Re: Why, oh why?
"but why the fcuk do they always need to be connected to the Interwebs?"
The main reason for security cameras is that they would be pretty useless if the burglars ran off with the laptop or server that the cameras were recording on.
Another reason is upgrades. Many people aren't tech aware enough to do their own upgrades by downloading then uploading and installing. I had to do my NAS server a year or so ago and it was a stressful nightmare. A relative phones me every so often because the flash update on Firefox hasn't worked. The conversation always goes like.
"Open a Finder window".
"What's Finder? What do you mean a window?".
"Look on the thing that pops up on the bottom of the screen for a blue smiley face thing - probably on the left hand side".
"OK. Wait a minute while I close everything that's on the screen.".
"You don't need to do that - just open Finder".
"Hang on, I'm just closing everything that's on the screen".
etc. There's lots of "...look up at the very top right, then come down a bit - just next to the green dot....". They don't know what the following words mean: App, Folder, Return Key, Window, Finder, Side Bar, Column Header, Sort, Home Folder, Default, Settings, ............
They are not stupid; they are like the vast majority of home PC users who just use them to buy stuff on eBay and watch films and have no knowledge of what happens under the hood.