Today [Nov/14/2012] reading Google's Server Cooling Plan Produces 4ft Alligator and the comments about adding a moat around the facility, reminded me of this classic from Creative Computing Magazine (Sep-Oct 1977). Now, 35 years later, this MARK V Alarm system is almost reality. What is left to do? Do take note of the impressive time marks.
How'd you like to have a computer like this one: * D * A * N * G * E * R * * D * A * N * G * E * R * I, the MARK V Home Computer Alarm, detect a suspicious looking individual attempting to force entry into the building. Commencing Intruder Log: 18:33:47.023 Front door breached. 18:34:54.543 Photocell Checkpoint Alpha passed. 18:36:06.105 Weight of 97 kilograms detected on first stair-step. 18:37:22.133 Intruder on landing; digital photograph taken. 18:37:22.345 Photograph stored and processed: analysis indicates White Anglo Saxon Catholic male with a scar above the left eye and a slight lisp. 18:37:22.665 Photograph dispatched via telesat to interpol. 18:37:22.982 Interpol returned id as "Greg Heiss," known computer thief and Arlingtonite. 18:37:22.995 Energize defense system. 18:37:23.442 Target on fifth step of second tier. 18:37:23.445 Defense system ready. 18:37:25.045 Target at top of stairs. Lock on 50 megawatt laser. 18:37:25.050 Laser locked on. Query supreme court Robo-Judge for permission to terminate life of intruder. 18:37:25.052 Permission granted and verified. 18:37:25.053 ====== Z A P ====== 18:37:25.054 Switch air recirculation system to High Clean. 18:37:25.100 Notify building engineering office of repairs needed to front door and rear wall over stairs. 18:37:25.125 Reset alarm system. 18:37:25.143 Terminate Intruder Log. MARK V, ready.
[Alas they confuse Weight with Mass. Killiograms are a unit of Mass. Sigh.]