01 Apr

Sure Hope I Don’t Jinx Things 🤞🏼

It’s been a while since I last updated  the story of the webcam that always seems to be in need of attention, and that is because things have remained stable.  And I don’t know why, so I am afraid to mention it.

I am not a superstitious person.

Or am I?

To some extent, if I ‘m honest, I am a bit superstitious. I like routines, and some of those routines borderline on OCD. Nothing that paralyzes me or makes me literally twitch. Just … preferences.

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20 Feb

The SecuritySpy That Doesn’t Love Me

Almost immediately after I posted my last entry on the trials and tribulations of an EvoCam on life support, the software crashed again.  Fresh start, minimal other applications running, and poof. I cleaned up the mess, and then instructed my iMac to restart itself every Sunday at 1am.

If all goes as planned (stop laughing!), this will be enough to help keep EvoCam running between restarts.  If not? Then the next step is increase the frequency of the reboots until I can set up the Mac Mini, and start all over on that machine.

Because, I am all out of options as far as out-of-the-box software after giving SecuritySpy a close look this weekend. The results, as always, were mixed.

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14 Feb

Don’t (Kernel) Panic! 🤪

As you may recall there has been a lot of effort (by me) put into trying to make EvoCam as efficient as it can be in regard to its resources usage. I figured if the software has been abandoned I have two choices: learn to program and roll my own EvoCam clone or do what I can to keep it alive, and hope that I find a replacement. Long time readers (LOL) know that I chose the latter, because the former would take too long, and probably drive me mad. Read More

10 Feb

Pros and Cons of Wide Dynamic Range

Recently I wrote about night vision and green screen, and I assumed that it was a trade off.  It kind of is, but maybe not in the way I thought.

Every time I make a change to EvoCam or to the Hikvision settings, something new occurs. Not necessarily good or bad, just new. And times like this I am simply baffled.

Again, it’s time to look under the hood.

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09 Feb

Mastodon Something Right

I am now over a month in to my Facebook hiatus, and it is going well.  I have logged in on a few occasions in order to moderate pages I manage, and to help promote our Vermont Craft Tours business. Otherwise, I have not looked at the feed, wall, or whatever they are called.

I have been less successful, somewhat, with my Twitter break.  After about 3 weeks, I logged in because I like to have Twitter open whilst I watch my beloved Arsenal play. Admittedly, I am still opening Twitter on a regular basis, but I do not have a Twitter client on my phone, and that is important. Read More