Can You Cope With Small Living Space?

I don’t have to be too tidy and organized because I’m taking for granted of having a big living space in a regular house.  Nonetheless, some people who are having to contend with a much smaller living space would have to be rather tidy and disciplined about their living arrangements.  This is why I can’t imagine how I could cope with a much smaller living space.  It could be hell.

In the video right after the break, the video shows a dedicated couple who converted a school bus into a real living space.

If you don’t have the will and time to build your own school bus house, you could check out the Chinese’s folding home in the video right after this break.

Personally, I hate having to deal with the cleaning of the toilet and stuff like that.  I’m not sure, but I think it could get rather hairy in dealing with the toilet-related matters when living in a much smaller space that doesn’t have the traditional toilet hookup.  If you think this is easy for you, please let me know why you think this is so in the comment section.

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Very Soon UK Homeowners May Control Home Appliances And Devices From Abroad With Smartphones

British Gas intends to push a “smart home” technology that will allow UK homeowners to use smartphones to turn on/off many appliances and home devices from afar and abroad.  Even without smartphones, users of this technology can send text messages to turn on/off appliances and home devices from afar and abroad.  The technology will be priced affordably, but as now the affordability will not yet be for certain.  The company plans to distribute this package under 200 pounds.

The technology will work as long homeowners are having broadband network within their homes.  They hint that there will be a wireless central hub that designs to work with various smartplugs.  Smartplugs send and receive instructions and commands from a wireless central hub to have smart appliances and devices to be turned on/off.

What are the benefits of allowing homeowners to use smartphones to control their homes’ smart appliances and devices?  They argue that people can save money with the ability of allowing smartphones to control “smart home” appliances and devices.  One example they give is that the ability to turn off smart heating and cooling systems from abroad knowing one does not return home for a long time can save money on electricity and gas bills.  Others also insist on the awesomeness of having the convenience of allowing one to control the appropriate temperature within a home during a very cold or very hot day from abroad.  How about turning off a stove from one’s office, fearing a stove could create fire hazard somehow when one had forgotten of turning it off in the first place before leaving home for work?  With “smart home” technology, smartphones can communicate with home appliances and devices from abroad.  The list of benefits for utilizing this sort of technology for everyday use is obviously long.

In my opinion, it’s great for people to be able to communicate with home appliances and devices and the houses from abroad, but there is a security issue which cast some doubts in regarding to this so called “smart home” technology.  There is an ongoing belief that smartphone technology of today isn’t secure enough, because hackers can hack into smartphones with ease.  I’m not sure if that is the truth, but I know one thing is true to the fact is that smartphones of today do not have appropriate applications to provide computing security measures.  Unlike laptops and desktops, smartphones and tablets do not have antivirus and anti-malware software.  What is even more disconcerting is that smartphones and tablets do not even have a firewall.  I think these mobile devices must have application firewall level to protect these devices from hackers’ probes.  Without being secure enough, I doubt it’s good idea to have smartphones control home appliances and devices and many other things within the houses.  Knowing the magnitude of the lacks in security for these mobile devices, I can totally imagine there will be enormous headaches and pains that will inflict on the homeowners by hackers through series of frequent hack-probes and hack-attacks.

In conclusion, I think the idea is awesome and very modern, but the implementation of it is very crude indeed.  Why?  Security in terms of computing security measures for smartphones and tablets is so important, because without proper security measures in mobile devices I fear hackers will have so much fun with homeowners.  On the other hand, it’s so pleasing to see British Gas intends to roll out this “smart home” technology in abundance with relatively affordable prices, making homeowners more willingly to adopt this new technology.  Circling back to the security measures of these mobile devices that will be the remote control of “smart home” technology, I fear without proper security measures for these devices and allowing large waves of homeowners to adopt “smart home” technology might lead to a plague of dangerous hack-attacks.

Source:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/sep/30/smart-home-remote-control