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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Power's Back!

That planned power outage took longer than I'd expected.

The good news is that the webcam is back online.

The better news is that this house has significantly better wiring now, than it did yesterday.

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Planned Power Outage

Sorry about this. My house will be without power for part of this morning: it's a planned outage, so that some electrical work can be done.

That will put this webcam offline for at least an hour.

I expect the outage to start in about 25 minutes: 8:30 a.m. in this time zone.

Thank you for your patience.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hummingbirds: Refills

It took the hummingbirds three weeks to go through a pint this time. I'm not sure why they're not taking as much now. Maybe I caught some that were passing through. Or maybe someone else set up a more attractive station.

Whatever the cause, I'm still seeing at least one come by every hour. Probably more often than that, since I don't keep close watch on the window or the webcam.

I've adjusted the webcam's focus: with noticeable improvement. Now I get a sort of 'stop motion' effect with the hummingbird wings as they hover.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Back Online: Ustream Malware Issue Resolved?

The webcam's back online.

I've got some pretty good security keeping a virtual eye on my in-house software. Not even that trigger-happy crew of AI guards got concerned when I checked out a few minutes ago.

Whatever was behind the malware issue that apparently affected every Ustream feed earlier today, it seems to be resolved.

Chris Crumn's updated post about the malware alert issue that plagued today is the best I've found so far:
Hats off to Chris Crumn, by the way, for providing detailed information: including (screenshots?)

Judging from some of the, ah, imaginative postings I saw elsewhere, there may be new versions of the old Google conspiracy theories brewing.

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Offline, For Now

Streaming video from this webcam won't be available for a while. Something's gone wrong with Ustream, the service I use.

First: You're okay, and so am I. Like the fellow says, "no problem."

Second: It looks like someone's hacked Ustream. My malware/virus alerts tell me 'don't go to that site,' so I didn't. Webcam service got dropped at about the same time.

You're okay, because there's nothing coming from Ustream. I'm okay, because I pay attention to 'don't go there' alerts.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that I won't be looking out the window through my webcam until whatever went wrong got fixed. And there's nothing I can do to help fix it: apart from wait, and not joggle Ustream's elbow with 'is it fixed yet? is it fixed yet?' messages.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back Online - Again

If you tried using this webcam last night or earlier this morning: sorry about that.

My household lost internet and telephone connections last night. Service got restored momentarily, but then connections were gone again. For hours.

We're back online now, happily.

This is the second major interruption in about as many weeks. Loss of the Internet is a major nuisance, since that's how I update my blogs and websites. A more serious issue is losing telephone service. After this outage, I've started setting up backup procedures for emergencies.

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Less Sky, More Birds

Now, why didn't I think of that?

Someone asked me about where this webcam is pointing - and I realized that I'd been leaving it in the same position for - well, for a long time.

This isn't a big change, just twisted a little to the left and tilted a bit more down. The sky isn't visible now, but the entire hummingbird feeder is inside the frame now, plus a little of the airspace around it.

The hummers will still probably show up as streaks and little ovals - but now we'll see them when they're around the 'left' side of the feeder.

Monday, June 4, 2012

More Hummingbirds

Yesterday I refilled the hummingbird feeder. They'd gone through nearly a pint of the 'one to four' sugar-water mix in a week.

It's a satisfactory arrangement: the hummingbirds get food - or fuel, anyway - and I get to watch them.
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