So, before I had this problem, that if I were to disconnect my computer from the internet, my webcam would go down with it... well, now I've almost completely eliminated that problem. Thanks to dropbox!
Now, I have a public folder that I automatically synchronize my webcam pics to every 1, 5, 10, 15, and 30 minutes. I have also started replacing my home web server with google sites... not perfect, but ok. with the exception that I can't run a real time streaming web camera... but I never really had the bandwidth to support multiple users on that anyway...
so yup. That's my story about the webcam...
The other thing that I really wanted to have set up correctly was a good way for me to turn off my web cam, and use skype. I have been playing with this setup that will allow me to have skype running, and when someone calls me, it kills my webcam server, and frees up my webcam to make a video call. Then when I hang up, it restarts my webcam server... at least in theory. I still have to make it work right.
In the mean time, I'm listening to last.fm... and I think I'm going to eat.