Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The closest web cam of all!

So, I have my own web cam now... I set up an Apache server to host a page, and set up cron to backup the current photo in 1, 5, and 15 minute increments.

The camera updates every minute, and if you click the link for older pictures, then it will reload the most recent photo every 10 seconds.

It took me a bit longer to set up the camera than I expected because if I type in my external IP address, my actiontec router just routes me to the internal setup page... rather than forward me to my web server... in short I had to use a proxy site in order to check that my blog would look right.  However, I took this picture once I saw that the camera worked right... then I moved the picture for the web cam to the top of my page.

It was a bit more work than I expected... and I have yet to see if the javascript that I wrote is only having issues because of the proxy, or Blogger's html/javascript gadget... but I guess I can test it at work tomorrow.

So, that's all for today.

Later,

     SteveO

P.S. have fun watching the cam!