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Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects.

The tool on the cover of Smart Home Hacks is a key ring of skeleton keys. A skeleton key is an old-fashioned key used in warded locks. Warded locks, first developed by the ancient Romans, consisted of concentric plates protruding outwards to block the rotation of the inner mechanism. When the correct skeleton key was inserted into the maze of wards, with slots to correspond to the protrusion in the locks, the key rotated freely in the lock, causing it to press against the latch or bolt and open what was locked. When warded locks and skeleton keys were in vogue, a well-designed skeleton key opened a wide variety of locks. Based on that fact, many believed a specially cut skeleton key existed that could open any lock, but it proved to be a myth.


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