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December 29, 2016

PorchCam 2016 Year In Review

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Back in October, I finally found a webcam I could program. This was the dawn of PorchCam 2.3, the current version of my outdoor webcam that looks north (most of the time) at my front walkway.

The previous PorchCam, version 2.2, died in May of 2015. So last year had a brief, mournful review of PorchCam highlights. This year’s is even briefer.

As a review (or have I ever explained this process?), the ProchCam software snaps an image whenever someone logs onto the PorchCam page on this site. The current image is fetched from the camera, timestamped, the displayed on the page. You can use remote controls to pan and tilt the camera, though PorchCam 2.3 doesn’t tilt down, and I haven’t figured out why yet.

The camera can also zoom, but the API documentation is weak on how it works, so I haven’t yet implemented that feature.

When an image is snapped, it’s uploaded to this website and archived. I review the archived images and then download the interesting ones. This is the time of year when I present the images in a gallery for your perusal and bemusement. Only four images out of dozens taken made the cut:

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