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2022-09-30 5:36:27 PM  
I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.
 
2022-09-30 7:07:10 PM  
JenniCam?
 
2022-09-30 7:08:32 PM  
I remember back in the day when people would wire up things to Internet-exposed relays and let random people on the Internet trigger them and see the results on their 'webcam' - not really live video when the frame rate was 1/30s.

Even then there were already too many people on the Internet to have any particular visitor know they were the one to turn the light on or off, or even to have it maintain state long enough they could fool themselves into believing they had been.
 
2022-09-30 7:08:44 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


Mentioned in TFA.

... and it was the University of Cambridge.
 
2022-09-30 7:10:34 PM  

buckeyebrain: JenniCam?


Jeebus, you made me have a flashback of hearing my 56k modem dialing into AOL.
 
2022-09-30 7:11:33 PM  
It wasn't installed by your creepy uncle

That one was Log Cam.
 
2022-09-30 7:23:21 PM  
I'm long-since tired of authors stating something in a headline that doesn't come up until way too far into an article.  In this case, the earliest mention of a date is a photo caption 1/3 of the way through the article, based upon the website's OCD need to have a measurement.

Put it in the headline, put it in the subtext before the article enters, I don't care.  Just get the "reveal" out of the way.  99% of this bullshiat doesn't need a buildup.  It's not getting amazing cinematography, nor is it being narrated by David Attenboruogh.  You CAN write a beautiful, flowery piece, aiming for an award, but for fark's sake, you're not writing some piece of shiat that's meant to keep people hanging on between tension builds and commercial breaks.  Spill the shiat in a way that requires little-to-no scrolling.  Crank your font size down, stop repeating photos, and just lay down the facts.  If you were worth the wordsmithing, you wouldn't be submitting the articles to these places.

I'm hungry.
 
2022-09-30 7:25:10 PM  
I put a web cam up in my bedroom. Sadly it committed suicide. I took the hint and did not put up another one.
 
2022-09-30 7:32:35 PM  
HArd to believe this site only started in 1999. I have been in IT since before the Internet, and this site seems to have been around since the dark ages.

The definition of existentialism
 
2022-09-30 7:34:56 PM  
Jenny Blighe impressed...
 
2022-09-30 7:39:12 PM  
Is it making sure the oldest lightbulb is still going?
 
2022-09-30 7:47:31 PM  

IdentInvalid: I'm long-since tired of authors stating something in a headline that doesn't come up until way too far into an article.  In this case, the earliest mention of a date is a photo caption 1/3 of the way through the article, based upon the website's OCD need to have a measurement.

Put it in the headline, put it in the subtext before the article enters, I don't care.  Just get the "reveal" out of the way.  99% of this bullshiat doesn't need a buildup.  It's not getting amazing cinematography, nor is it being narrated by David Attenboruogh.  You CAN write a beautiful, flowery piece, aiming for an award, but for fark's sake, you're not writing some piece of shiat that's meant to keep people hanging on between tension builds and commercial breaks.  Spill the shiat in a way that requires little-to-no scrolling.  Crank your font size down, stop repeating photos, and just lay down the facts.  If you were worth the wordsmithing, you wouldn't be submitting the articles to these places.

I'm hungry.


Yeah you sound grouchy, like low-blood-sugar grouchy.  Go eat a cookie.
 
2022-09-30 7:48:01 PM  
My mom has a lot of brothers, and they're from West Virginia - you're going to have to narrow it down, subby
 
2022-09-30 7:53:38 PM  
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2022-09-30 7:55:01 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


This was in the article. this inspired the FogCam, but the coffee pot cam was switched off in 2004.

I think they should point this cam at this experiment: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/made-in-scotland-changing-the-world/scottish-science-innovations/pitch-drop-demonstration/
 
2022-09-30 7:56:07 PM  

buckeyebrain: JenniCam?


I had a co-worker back when I was a student who's lame claim to fame was she'd been on JenniCam a couple of times when she was dorm-mates with Jenni.
 
2022-09-30 7:56:42 PM  
Nerds
 
2022-09-30 8:04:41 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


It was Cambridge. And predated the Fogcam by 2 years, but, since it was taken offline its no longer the Worlds oldest I guess.
 
2022-09-30 8:24:39 PM  

ansius: This was in the article. this inspired the FogCam, but the coffee pot cam was switched off in 2004.


They got a Keurig.
 
2022-09-30 8:39:29 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


The one that was shut down around 2001, thus not continuously running...
 
2022-09-30 8:40:47 PM  

ansius: EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.

This was in the article. this inspired the FogCam, but the coffee pot cam was switched off in 2004.

I think they should point this cam at this experiment: https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/made-in-scotland-changing-the-world/scottish-science-innovations/pitch-drop-demonstration/


2001. But yeah, long since shut down, while this one keeps going.
 
2022-09-30 8:43:24 PM  
I forget if it was for Frances or Jeanne, but i set up my camera with some basic HTML to feed an image from my 2nd floor bedroom window of the storm. Even had the page able to show the NHC storm track image at the same time.

Mostly shared it with #windows on the old IRC.
 
2022-09-30 9:16:32 PM  
Headline is a tautology.

"World's oldest person is still living."
 
2022-09-30 9:32:41 PM  
I"m surprised nobody  mentioned WebTruck. The one where you drove around a little truck and picked  up  little bricks.
 
2022-09-30 9:36:21 PM  
Triggers Broom, given the number of parts and infrastructure replaced.
 
2022-09-30 9:59:04 PM  

IdentInvalid: I'm long-since tired of authors stating something in a headline that doesn't come up until way too far into an article.  In this case, the earliest mention of a date is a photo caption 1/3 of the way through the article, based upon the website's OCD need to have a measurement.

Put it in the headline, put it in the subtext before the article enters, I don't care.  Just get the "reveal" out of the way.  99% of this bullshiat doesn't need a buildup.  It's not getting amazing cinematography, nor is it being narrated by David Attenboruogh.  You CAN write a beautiful, flowery piece, aiming for an award, but for fark's sake, you're not writing some piece of shiat that's meant to keep people hanging on between tension builds and commercial breaks.  Spill the shiat in a way that requires little-to-no scrolling.  Crank your font size down, stop repeating photos, and just lay down the facts.  If you were worth the wordsmithing, you wouldn't be submitting the articles to these places.

I'm hungry.


But flowery pieces and having to scroll drive engagement and page views.  Really, they'll show you colorful charts and graphs!

/it all makes infinitely more sense when you start with the premise that quick readability, ease of use, and learning the information aren't the design goals
 
2022-09-30 10:43:24 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


It has proven scientifically that a watched coffee pot does not get refilled and will never boil
 
2022-09-30 10:44:46 PM  
I think the put that Fog Cam in a SF movie once.
 
2022-09-30 10:46:16 PM  
Hey, there's a new Roku screen saver today!
 
2022-09-30 11:06:17 PM  

buckeyebrain: JenniCam?


*Theresaname. jpg*
 
2022-09-30 11:18:04 PM  
I would have guessed the LED sign site, where you could post any text on a dot-matrix LED sign, and the site would show a webcam live stream of the LED sign in the room.
 
2022-09-30 11:21:04 PM  
Ah, yes. The cams over the years.

The coffee pot, the bridge being constructed in Sweden, my friend in Boston waving to me, running a model train in Germany, the Decorah eagle cam, JennyCam (I think that was her name), live tsunami in HI, the dino someone put up near the one in a volcano, the live shots of stuff being tossed at asteroids.

I have had bunches of fun looking at stuff all over the world.
 
2022-09-30 11:26:14 PM  

EvilEgg: I thought the first webcam was created to watch the coffee pot at MIT because the engineers were too lazy to get up to see if there was coffee.


I though it was Rochester. The MIT guys did a finger thing for the coke machine. How many of each one, how long they had been in the machine.

For absolutely no reason whatsoever I used to finger the coke machine for grins and show it to other people. A lot of them didn't believe me.

/they mention the pot in the story
 
2022-09-30 11:31:53 PM  

maxandgrinch: Is it making sure the oldest lightbulb is still going?


It was out for a bit. Once to move it and another time.

https://www.centennialbulb.org/photos.htm
 
2022-09-30 11:34:05 PM  

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Gawd! I remember all those X10 popups. You could kill them for 24 hours but then they came back. The solution was set you clock ten years into the future then dismiss it.
 
2022-09-30 11:36:59 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: I"m surprised nobody  mentioned WebTruck. The one where you drove around a little truck and picked  up  little bricks.


Missed that one. I did have some fun running a model train in Germany.
 
2022-09-30 11:52:31 PM  
I'm kind of disappointed it's not the actual original camera.
 
2022-10-01 12:27:07 AM  

saturn badger: Parthenogenetic: [pages.cs.wisc.edu image 712x301]
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Gawd! I remember all those X10 popups. You could kill them for 24 hours but then they came back. The solution was set you clock ten years into the future then dismiss it.


The sad thing is, X10 as a protocol for automation was great at the time. But everyone hated those ads.

I had a really great X10 based HA setup going in an apartment in 2005. Including a great idea for the bathroom light motion detection. If it was around midnight to 10am or so, that light came on at around 20%.
 
2022-10-01 3:57:38 AM  
Am I blind? How do you write an article like that without a link to the cam itself?  Or did I just is it.

Www.fogcam.org
 
2022-10-01 12:27:00 PM  
Fishcam shakes tiny fist and won't be number 2 forever!
 
2022-10-01 1:37:34 PM  

maxandgrinch: Is it making sure the oldest lightbulb is still going?


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