Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tools of a Locksmith

Hercules Safe & Lock Inc wanted to bring you this article. They are the premier Fairfax locksmiths and Virginia locksmiths, and felt this would be useful for you.

Being a locksmith requires acquiring specialized tools. Some of these tools require the use of electricity and some do not. The original tools of the trade were quite large and cumbersome compared to today's set of tools.

Use of Fire And Water

The term "locksmith" originates from two words: lock and smith. The term "smith" describes anyone who shapes metal pieces into other useful objects or parts of another more complex machine or structure. So a locksmith is someone who uses metal pieces to build locks.

Originally a locksmith used a forge or a mould to build his locks since every locksmith designed, "manufactured" and assembled his own locks from start to finished product. He would work in a forge or a workshop with a hearth used to heat metals. Metals were heated in order to be shaped by using tongs, an anvil and hammer. The metal would be heated enough so it would bend into the desired shape by hammering. Tongs would be used to hold the heated metal. The metals would be heated and then cooled in a tub of water so that they would harden into the desired shape.

Use of Moulds

A locksmith would use a hollow-out block or mould and fill it with the desired metal. Upon hardening, the metal retained the shape of the mould. This saved a lot of time since the finished product was "ready-made" and did not need a lot of filing down. Even so, a locksmith of ages old would still have to hand cut screws and file down parts, often requiring hours of work.

Smaller Tools Today

Tools of a locksmith today are considerably smaller and easier to handle. In fact, a locksmith can be mobile now since he does not require the use of fire and water. Generally, unless a locksmith is also an engineer, he does not have to design or manufacture any locks. Most repairs are made by swapping out broken parts with mass-produced new ones. He can replace a lock, drill out a lock or re-key a lock with minimal time and effort.

Every locksmith possesses a lock pick set for opening locks without a key. These long narrow needle-like tools are inserted into a lock and catch the tumbler so that it can be set into its own unlocked position. The lock opens when all tumblers are set into their unlocked positions.

Another method a locksmith uses to gain entry is to decode a lock. Using depth keys, a locksmith can code cut a new key that matches the pre-existing key or he can use an expensive code machine as well.

A locksmith can also cut new keys or duplicate old ones using a key-cutting machine. He will still use a file to smooth down the sharp edges of new keys; however, this file is considerably smaller than the one that early locksmiths used.

Electronic Security Systems

A locksmith today will also install and maintain electronic security systems. These systems would include code keypads in which a sequence must be entered in before the door will open. Television and video recording systems would also be used in more sophisticated systems.

Internet Marketing Consultant Vince Samios writes about a locksmith

Monday, June 21, 2010

How Long Will Twitter Last?

There has been a lot of talk recently regarding the long-term viability of Twitter and whether or not it truly belongs as one of the "social media giants" with MySpace (whose status is now debatable as well), Facebook and YouTube. Considering all of the Twitter Apps and Twitter Programs, it seems as though it has earned its rightful place.

Sure Twitter is very limited in its capabilities, because after all there's only so much you can do in 140 characters or less. But it also has an addictive quality that most of these other social media sites seem to lack.

You also need to consider the fact that Twitter is still achieving massive user growth, and has been doing such for the past 12 months. Therefore it's kind of hard to label the sites as nothing more than a passing fad.

It's not all sunshine though: the fact Twitter really doesn't appear to have much of a solid business model (do they ever plan on monetizing?) is what really concerns me and seemingly most other people about its long-term (financial) viability.

Sure, they just received tens of millions of dollars in capital, but if these investors don't start to see a return on their money, the funds will quickly dry up.

The only thing I think these investors are hoping for is some sort of IPO or complete sale of the company to some media giant or Google.

While I think Twitter certainly should stay on your radar, I'm still pretty certain it's never going to really hold people's attention the way that Facebook, YouTube and even Digg have.

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