Archive for March, 2010

Blackbag goes Twitter

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I’ve created the Twitter account ‘barrywels’ and installed a plugin that automatically twitters whenever I post here. So now you can follow me on twitter if you want to know when I post here. If I tweet anything else, it should show up in the sidebar to the right. I’m not planning to tweet about going to the toilet or having dinner, so following me should not generate a huge amount of messages.

More “hotel door hacking” and lockcon

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Times are pretty hectic so Charlotte and I decided to take off to one of Europe’s nicest cities for a relaxing weekend without the kids. When we entered our hotel room I was thrilled to see it had a chain on the inside … (see my previous post on hotel doors to read why). The chain is a weak link by itself as it was obvious if had been broken and repaired many times before. In my opinion it is not necessary to use force on the chain as it can be bypassed relatively simple.

Chain on the inside of a door

I did improvise a little and shot a video on how to bypass the chain using nothing more then a rubber band for you. Unfortunately I did not have enough time to experiment on how to lock the chain when being on the outside as I promised Charlotte I would spend my time with her and not geek around too much. But I guess a rubber band and some dental floss could do the trick.

And for those of you who want to test their ‘keyway knowledge’: can you tell by these keyways (1 2 3 4 5 and 6) what country we visited? BTW, keyway six is a lock used by the local phone or power company. And I did notice the hotel door keyway was the same as the picture I took of the lock in a completely different country.

Next post (after my short “I am now on twitter” message) is about Lockcon. It will be held the weekend of October 8-9-10. This will allow international visitors to visit the famous large security fair in Essen.