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December 28, 2017

PorchCam 2017 Year In Review

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This year saw the demise of PorchCam 2.3 and the birth of PorchCam 2.4. It also saw a software upgrade, so that the images are taken at given intervals instead of randomly as people visit the page. The result is an interesting collection of images that review the past year — quite a few of them, in fact.
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December 14, 2017

Lots of Pi

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Originally it was on a lark. I wanted to buy the $20 “computer on a card.” Physically, the thing is the same size as a playing card. It’s a fully functional computer: SD card storage, USB interfaces, networking, sound. It’s a Raspberry Pi.
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November 13, 2017

A Major PorchCam Improvement

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Originally, I used webcam software. It captured and uploaded an image automatically. When the software wouldn’t do what I wanted, I wrote my own. In both situations, the same problem occurs: When I’m out of town, my computer is turned off and the software doesn’t run; the PorchCam is down.
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October 19, 2017

The PorchCam Lived!

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I can’t believe that the hardware survived the horrid winter of 2016/17. It was brutal. Yet, of all the PorchCam hardware I’ve owned over the years, this model held up beautifully. As of last week, it’s still working.
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March 20, 2017

Wambooli PorchCam 2.4

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It was just last year when I finally got off my butt and bought a new webcam to serve as the Wambooli PorchCam. I wrote the programs and set it live. Now, almost six months later, I’ve modified the PorchCam yet again.
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October 18, 2016

PorchCam 2.3

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I’ve never forgotten the PorchCam, a feature that’s been on this website for nearly 20 years. Well, back in the 1990s it was called the DrivewayCam. Today, it’s the PorchCam and, yes, it’s back online. The current image is shown in Figure 1.
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October 4, 2016

The New Wambooli PorchCam – Almost

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The old Porchcam went down almost 18 months ago. I attempted a software update and the end result was that the camera’s Administration web page was completely inaccessible. Without any controls to access the device, I had to take it down.
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December 28, 2015

PorchCam 2016 Year in Review

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It was a sad day. On Thursday, 14 May of this year, the Wambooli PorchCam died.
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November 4, 2015

PorchCam 3.0

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I was so excited. I thought I had a new PorchCam for Wambooli. A better camera than the old Foscams I purchased. Something designed for outdoor use, with pan/tilt/zoom and IR for night time images. Oh boy!
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May 18, 2015

Porchcam Woes

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Curse the upgrade!

I swear, after so many years in the illogical computer business, I have a damn fine reason to be wary of software upgrades: Sometimes upgrades are the worst possible things you can do.
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