Why Do they Hack?

We would be generalizing too much if we were to put all illegal and unethical computer users into the same category. Motives and goals vary too much. Some online activities are aimed at stealing money or merchandise; some online activities will pirate software (especially games) without affecting the original. More than a few illegal online activates are undertaken by thrill seekers, who do not intend any harm be may cause problems simply by ‘trespassing’. Then there are also a few honest ‘white hat’ individuals who hack in order to report inherent weaknesses to those in authority.

The motives and goals for criminal hacking it both complex and obvious. In the end a criminal hacker want to steal. The psychology that lead to this desire is complex, yet unimportant for the victim. The obvious goal is theft of property and money, and the obvious solution to this is better security.

Piracy, the illegal copying of something such a software or film, is not the same as stealing an object, but it is still illegal. The mindset behind this is probably not as corrupt as a hardened criminal. The individual wants something without paying for it, yet would almost certainly not steal in a direct manner. They might copy a music recording, but they would never steal a CD from a retail shop. The original owners of the copied material are losing potential revenue from this, but the actual loss is hard to calculate. Often those pirating the material would not be willing to pay for it, so there was no real potential sale. Yet this remains unethical as the efforts of those creating the material are not rewarded.

Many hackers will break in to the security of the system merely for the thrill. This is a form of rebellion, and it has some psychological roots in belongs to a social group while being rejected by society as a whole. Early 1980s hacking seems to have been done primarily by teenagers, who eluded authorities for a time. Like most teenage rebellion this was a stage they ultimately outgrew.

Hackers often see their activates as ‘art’, and ignore the (perhaps serious) criminal aspects or their endeavours. Yet despite their motive and intentions they run the risk of causing serious damage to important computer systems. Software and hardware security measures must be used to prevent this damage. There are companies such as Supremanic providing top quality finger print scanning system.

Physical security, protecting the company building, never goes out of style. If fact it tends to have a significant influence on computer and internet security. Fingerprint recognition has used by many high end security installation for many years. It has now started to become commonplace for midrange smartphones. Hacker, for all their ingenuity, will always have a difficult time with fingerprint recognition.


What To Avoid


Don’t eat near a major tourist Site. These places will be expensive; you are paying for the view and location. A few of them have decent food, but the places the local frequent will be better food at a better price. North Korea tours won’t give you a choice- you eat where the tour eats. Some Japanese Package tours also choose the restaurant for you, but this can be an advantage- the package tours will get a group discount in return for providing regular customers, and the food will tend to be something that the tourists appreciate. Package tours will often use lesser known eateries rather than the tourist traps as


Don’t use Money Changers at the airport – the exchange rate and fees are too high. An ATM will get you a good deal, especially if it is linked to the same bank you have at home. Citibank operates in South Korea, so you can use a Citibank account from Australia. Find a card system without fees.


Don’t limit yourself to the same internet search engines. Search engines in your country will not give all the best results for a foreign country. And a foreign country will not always be in your language. But use different search engines for more results. And do look for suggestions from returning travellers.


Don’t compromise time to save money. You will only be on vacation for a few weeks or so. If you save $10.oo but have to walk for an hour, or wait for a connection, you are wasting vacation time. You probably aren’t coming back soon, so make use of the opportunities.

A Few Cleaning Hacks

Though your grandparents wouldn’t have used the term ‘hack’ they probably knew a few ‘tricks of the trade’ or ‘insider’s secrets’ as they were once termed. A hack is that particular method of solving a particular problem in an efficient and effective way.  A few home and office cleaning ideas from our Sydney readers are included below.


CLEANING GAS COOKTOP: Remove Knobs and soak in soapy/detergent water. Anything removable from the cooker can be cleaned in this way. Vacuum the cooktops surface to remove loose crumbs and then the surface with a cloth dampened in water and detergent. Make sure the cloth is only damp as water flowing into the mechanism is an issue. Lastly, clean the grates with baking soda sprinkled directly on the grates; mix kosher salt and baking soda if necessary.

If the grates are particularly hard to clean, put them in a plastic bag overnight with some ammonia.


CRUMBS IN CORNERS: If the vacuum doesn’t reach, use masking tape.

SOAP SCUM ON TILES: Use Liquid shower gel.

CLEAN BLENDERS:  Blend soap and water.

TOYS: Many, but not all, can go through the dishwasher. Proceed with caution, however, as a few plastics will melt.

COFFEEMAKER: Equal parts vinegar and water can clean a coffeemaker. Check the instruction first. Always flush out with water afterwards.

FOOD ON DISHES: Soak a dryer sheet in a dirty dish overnight.

AIR VENTS. Glue some cloth onto a paddle pop stick or old chopstick, and then use it to clean the vents.

WOODEN KITCHEN CABINETS: Mix Vegetable oil and baking soda to get gunk off a wooden kitchen surface.

DRY PAINT ON CLOTHES: A disposable razor can remove some paint stains; also removes piling.

GREASE ON CLOTHING: Chalk with remove some grease stains.

LEATHER: Shoe polish can remove discolouration from worn leather. Finding the right colour polish is a trick, but application is the same as cleaning shoes.

WORN SHOES: If polish isn’t covering up the wear marks, try spraying the shoes with methylated spirits, applying polish liberally, and leave in the Sun for a few hours. Then polish as usual.

NAIL POLISH ON CARPET/CLOTH: Rubbing alcohol and a microfiber will remove most nail polish.

CHEESE GRATER: Grate a raw potato, then wash as normal. The cheese will come lose.

PET HAIR: Use a Squeegee

LIPSTICK: Try hairspray. Wait 10 minutes and dap with a damp cloth.


AIR EXTRACTORS AND FANS. Use a can of compressed air. As blocked extractors can be a fire hazard we recommend regular cleaning.


For Home cleaning have separate cleaning equipment for the bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Label if you have to, but do this to avoid cross-contamination. This works for kitchens in Office cleaning too.


For home, office or strata cleaning call AAA Cleaning, Sydney.



Decorating with blinds, Sydney


Functionality is foremost with blinds. They are neatly stored away when not in use, and effectively block out light when needed. This is simple and effective.

Child safe blinds: If you have small children we strongly recommend control rods rather than cords. Children can get caught in cords, and choking is an issue. Metal bead cords reduce this risk as the cord is designed to break, but control rods are safely out of the way and minimize the risk with shutters.

Style. Blinds can be anything from wood to metal to cloth to modern polymers. Colours vary according.

Other options than blinds: Although other countries often use plantation shutters, Sydney has minimal use for these Nonetheless, some individuals like the look of plantation shutters, and recognize the functional and security advantages they afford. They are also extremely long lasting and wooden shutters can be painted a different colour should the home ever be redecorated.

Printed Blinds: High definition digital photography allows us to print any image on a blind. Do you want to look out on the Paris skyline, or look like a surrealist painting? Then get it printed on a blind. These are great for a room with a minimalist look; the blind image is the room’s dominant feature, until it is rolled way for the light to come in.

Harsh Sunlight: The great advantage of cloth blinds is that some materials can filter out the harsh glare and UV rays while still letting the natural illumination in. All the benefits of natural light, like lower electricity bills, without the Sun damage. It’s useful warmth as well.

Hard to reach Windows: Motorized controls are great when the window is out of reach. This is very popular in large rooms or public spaces like auditoriums.

TV and film viewing: Need complete dark when viewing? Modern projectors and screen often need this for the best image. Blinds can give you this with ease.

Many places emphasize functionality with their style. Modern security doors, Sydney is not completely immune from threat, serve to look slick while still providing safety. Blinds, shutters and windows can be made to match the same look as the door.

Factors to consider when looking for property

Time spent on any endeavour need to be rewarding in some way. Any time you are not working can be looked at as lost income. Some things, like time with relatives and children are rewarding in their own right; other things should be best looked at as an investment for a future payoff. People can spend considerable time looking for a property to live in, but the importance of the decision justifies the time spent. A property is probably the single most expensive item an individual or family ever purchase; and they will spend a considerable amount of their time there. Even if they don’t live there for the rest of their life they would at least like to have a property with respectable resale value.   Don’t hurry any decision with property hunting. At worst somebody might grab a bargain before you have a chance, but the majority of the time patience will pay off with a decision you should be happy with.

Questions to ask before you start looking

1 Price range- Talk to banks, lending groups, financial planners and others for advice on what you can borrow and afford. Basic, but this needs to be done upfront. Will you be reducing you lifestyle expenses? Do the calculations.

2 Are economic conditions going to change soon? Nobody even knows this for sure, but if you buy when interest rates are high you will be paying a fortune for something that is not worth all that much. It is a nightmare to own more money that your house is worth.

3 Can you live elsewhere and use this as an investment house for a few years? The rent you collect from somebody else living in your property goes a long way to paying it off, and the tax benefits can be good. The main problem is that you have to live somewhere in the meantime. And you might find that you don’t move into the house until you are starting to feel rather old.

Also ask yourself would you be better off buying an apartment instead of a suburban home. Ask yourself how permanent the move is; will you upgrade in a few years’ time? Will the banks accommodate this? If the move definitely is permanent then find if local schools are appropriate for (future) children. What are other facilities like?

Walk around any prospective neighbourhood. Consider:

  • Local transport- Is this something you need?
  • Local film theatres and pubs. Do you frequent these?
  • Traffic conditions. Is there peak hour noise and traffic at some point; can you live with this.
  • Council rates. This does vary per area. Expensive rates might be insignificant if the house is a great buy, but they are a factor to consider.
  • How much parking and storage space do you need?

Unconventional thinkers can be even more radical in their approach. If you have a job that requires you to be constantly away from home, if you have military service or work on a cruise ship, you can do well to buy an investment property and rent it out. You will find that a couple of years of this and you will have paid a sizable portion of the loan.

With Local Reading cinemas, a train station, several older hotels and moderate rates Lidcombe is a housing area worth considering. Talk to One Realty, the best Lidcombe Real estate agent.