December 24, 2007

Tree cam rides again

Last night the camera died. Perhaps too much Christmas spirit?

Luckily, I still had the receipt, and got a replacement at Fry's this morning, before the rush started. Also, I added some new lights for you to play with. Merry Christmas (eve)!

dial-up version

Java-based streaming video(IE, Firefox, Safari, etc)

IE only streaming video

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December 23, 2007

Tree cam outage

Hi. The tree cam is experiencing an outage right now. It should be back up (hopefully) Christmas eve.

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December 20, 2007

It's a boy!!!!!!

My new nephew was born today! Scamper over to welikedogs for the details.

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December 19, 2007

New, Improved, interactive tree

Just when you thought the tree cam couldn't get any better... Now you can control it over the internets!

Now when you check out the tree, you can control the lights from the comfort of your home.

Right now, the interactive fun only applies to the streaming versions. I will have the dialup version ready soon. Also, I haven't finished testing and working out the bugs. It works well in Firefox, and it works a bit in Internet Explorer.

Here are the links again:

dial-up version

Java-based streaming video(IE, Firefox, Safari, etc)

IE only streaming video

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December 16, 2007

iTree - The tree cam is up!

The 3rd semi-annual tree cam is now active through the holidays. Take a peek inside for all the details.

Before I forget, I hope you are having a: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Jolly Solstice, Super Kwanzaa, an Ebullient Las Posadas, or a Rockin' Eid-al-Adha. Did I forget anyone?

The tree cam is up and ready... so, stop in and see what's going on. This year, there are several different flavors to pick from. The images and video streams are live, so you may see us, cats, or the occasional Roomba. At the very least, you will most likely see a tree, possibly with blinking lights.

This year, the treecam hardware has been upgraded to a wireless webcam. It is essentially a little standalone computer. It connects to our wireless router, and makes it much easier than previous years, where there would be a computer and the camera sitting in the corner.

Okay, enough details. On with the links. Each one will open in a popup window.

First off, we have a static image updating every 30 seconds. This is good for dial-up connections, obscure web browsers, or if you can't get the other links to work.

Want streaming? Here's a Java-based streaming video. It should play well with modern browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, and Opera--- provided that you have Java installed.

And here's another streaming version, that is Internet Explorer only. You will just need to install the ActiveX thingie that pops up when you open the link the first time.

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