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Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Sleep Mode" and Other - Improvements?

The mystery of the fuzzy window may have been solved:
I use the ustream.tv service to connect my webcam to the Internet. It's a free service, which is about what I can afford.

Good news, ustream.tv is constantly improving their software. That lets folks who like brand-new bells and whistles enjoy nifty new wrinkles in what ustream.tv can do.

Bad news, ustream.tv is constantly improving their software. That's probably the reason that you can't see the picture: particularly late at night and early in the morning.

That's when I sleep. I leave the computer on: but right now it's set to go into sleep mode after a set time with no input from me. A week or so ago, this wasn't an issue. Now, maybe it is.

It's a bit after 5:00 a.m. now, I wasn't planning to check my computer: and the reason I'm down here is another topic.

One more thing: While searching for documentation on ustream.tv's "sleep mode" fuzzification feature, I ran into this video feed:
Enjoy.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Off Again, On Again - - -

The webcam's back online, and this time it wasn't my fault. Internet and telephone service to my household was cut, briefly, this evening.

Sunsets - and sunrises - are colorful events, now that it's autumn. There's not much sky in the webcam's image: but we've got some colorful trees. Minnesota is in the Central time zone, by the way.

Somewhat-related posts:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Aha! Webcam's Back: and I've Got a Clue

As I posted yesterday, I've had some trouble with the webcam:Today, the webcam went offline again: but this time my system told me that the problem was that Shockwave had crashed.

I'm hoping that this is a rare occurrence. If it's not, at least I know what questions to ask next time.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

That's Odd: But the Webcam's Back

Usually, when this webcam isn't working, I have some idea as to what happened: a power failure; something like that.

This time, I have no idea why the browser I use to keep the webcam and video service on speaking terms - decided to 'change the channel.'

Closing the browser and starting it again has the webcam back online, and I hope this is one of those 'once in a lifetime' events.

Meanwhile: enjoy the view. I do. ;)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Changing Seasons

The forecast says it'll be a degree or two below freezing tonight, so I took the hummingbird feeder in. I'm quite confident that the hummers have long since headed south: leaving central Minnesota and the rest of the north.

Next, I should start thinking about what to set out during winter.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Another Month, Another Round for the Hummingbirds

I see it's been about three weeks since the last 'fill' of the hummingbird feeder. This time I gave it a more-than-usually-thorough cleaning before setting it out.

We'll see how long this pint lasts.
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