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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

No Phone, No Web, No Internet: Not a Single Webcam Live

I intended that title to go with the title song of Gilligan's Island.

Around midnight last night, this webcam went offline. The webcam and my computer were working fine. The problem was that my household had lost our connection to the Internet - and telephone service.

I kept checking, and at 1:30 a.m. decided that sleep was important. And slept until almost noon. I'm not a 40-year-old kid any more. (Through One Dad's Eye (June 29, 2010))

I sincerely hope that we don't have another service interruption like that again, any time soon.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Webcam's Off Air? Yes, But There's More to It Than That

Sorry about that, if you visited this page and didn't see a live webcam's image.

A few minutes ago, I discovered that the feed out here shows that the webcam's offline. You can get at recorded video, but not the live feed.

That was an unpleasant surprise to me, since at my end, using monitoring features provided by Ustream, the service that's handling the feed, everything's just fine. Nice, (fairly) clear image and all.

Here, where it counts? Not so much. No live feed at all, in fact. Not good.

I've decided to re-start the feed periodically. Maybe that'll clear up this problem. We'll have more off-air periods of several minutes - but may reduce the number of times the webcam's unavailable for (probably) hours at a time.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Shockwave Flash: New and Improved? Not So Much

I trust that most Shockwave Flash users are quite satisfied with their recent upgrade. I made the mistake of installing mine - and have had issues with it and/or the service that usually delivers this webcam's feed to you.

If you've checked in and found no picture: that's one of the times I didn't catch the crash soon enough.

A couple happened today - and I'll admit that I'm a bit frustrated.

But, that's my problem.

I'm hoping to (eventually) find a solution. An all-new computer and camera system would be nice. But so would a million dollars, tax-free. ;) I'm looking for another alternative.

Thanks for your patience!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Technical Difficulties: It's Always Technical Difficulties

Well, it feels like all I post about here are the glitches (or maybe one recurring glitch).

This is something new, though. Around 2:00 this morning, judging from a log entry, some piece of software tried to get an update: and experienced a psychotic break. Or something. By the time I got to the computer, about 3/4 of an hour ago, all I saw on the screen was blue.

Now, a bit of rebooting and fiddling later, I'm up and running again. Smoothly, I hope.

Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Technical Difficulties

Another day, another glitch.

Actually, no: but it feels that way.

Small Town America: Minnesota's webcam is once again on speaking terms with the service I use. The issue may involve new-and-improved Shockwave flash. Or, something else.

Bottom line: the webcam's back. Sorry about the interrupted service.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Technical Difficulties: Another New One

This webcam was offline for - some period of time - this morning.

It's back, and I expect it to stay that way. Make that "I hope" it'll stay that way.

This time around, something went wrong with the Flash extension in the browser I use to keep the webcam and the online service talking to each other.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oops! Cable Troubles

Around mid-afternoon today, we discovered that whoever put in the coaxial cable that feeds our house covered it with sod - but not much more than that. It was just a few inches below the grass.

So, when the guys who were digging out space for brick paving got to where the cable was, they cut it.

Putting this webcam offline for a few hours.

Good news: they called somebody out to do a temporary splice.

Better news: the cable company is coming out - tomorrow, I think - to do a more permanent repair.
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