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So I have decided to join the 21st century in terms of home security.
Just purchased a 4 camera cctv system that records onto a dvr with hard drive and can be set to back up incidents to both a usb stick and to a cloud archive.
It also allows you to stream the output to your phone or pc.
Added to that I have just bought a Smartbel doorbell system that rings my phone when anyone pushes the doorbell.
So if I am out and someone comes to the house I can see them on video and speak to them directly via the phone.
All in for £350, not bad at all.
Obscurum per obscurius.
Ad astra per alas porci.
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
That's a pretty reasonable price, Dave. I spent about $250 on a Uniden system that provides two wireless outdoor cameras and one indoor-only unit, plus the hardware and software to interface to the PC and use the things. What wasn't mentioned on the box is that it can record only form one camera at a time, and that has to be manually selected. Nice unit, but almost useless because of that limitation. I wrote to Uniden and asked for a SDK or API I can use to make my own recording scheduling software, but that email was ignored. Bummer, since I will now actively steer anyone I know or meet for the rest of my life away from any Uniden product, which could result in a significant number of folks never buying their stuff.
What brand did you buy, and is it available in the colonies?
On a related note, we recently had a bit of sabotage at one of our well sites, causing the destruction of a well pump and damage to other facilities. So I popped out to Sam's Club and bought a Bushnell game camera, then installed it at the well site, just to see how well it performs. The results are excellent - beautiful daytime shots, and very acceptable nighttime stuff. Since nothing's happened since the original attack, though, it's rather boring to review. So I'm in the market for a Yeti suit to wear whilst walking just outside the fence late at night during a new moon. It needn't be fancy, but it should be fairly sturdy as we often have rather nasty high winds at night. Any thoughts on where I might find one?
I hate people who make comments at the movies or while watching TV. I was watching a cartoon movie the other day and a friend just kept making comments every few minutes on what the scene implied. I finally snapped at them and said:
[Sean Connery's voice] Don't you presume to tell me how to follow Up. [/Sean Connery's voice]
IE actually displays a logical number. This is just a FF bug (or possibly joke). I also have seen 'i GB/sec', '-infinity GB/s', and 'NaN GB/s'. I think someone at Mozilla might have a sense of mathematical humor.
brisingr_aerowing@Gryphon-PC $ rake in_the_dough
Raking in the dough
brisingr_aerowing@Gryphon-PC $ make lots_of_money
Yesterday it was my sons third birthday, which we celebrated by going on a trip on a real steam train.
He was at first very afraid of the engine as it was big black steaming and made a lot of noise. But later on he couldn't wait to go back.
Today he didn't want to go to kindergarten (as in totally freaking out screaming). He wanted to go to the train instead.
Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!
It's amazing that they could power such heavy locomotives with nothing more than a fire that made steam. We recently went to Wisconsin and visited the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. They have a restored Union Pacific Big Boy - the thing is massive. I've also been to Steamtown in Scranton, PA (30 mins from where I grew up) which is awesome.
Sorry, misread your post, my reaction: "They are older than THAT!!!"
Here's an interesting timeline http://www.sdrm.org/history/timeline/[^] and a quote:
1804: Matthew Murray of Leeds, England invents a steam locomotive which runs on timber rails. This is probably the FIRST RAILROAD ENGINE.
Of course, later I realized I hadn't seen the show, so you could have been seeing 80 year old technology. It's amazing comparing 10 to 20 year old tech. We're still advancing, but not as astounding yearly advances as we saw 25 years ago. (And I'm not referring to steam tech )
Just read an article here at CodeProject (I shan't mention which) that was formatted poorly, had code samples that don't compile and wasn't well written, but it received numerous comments. Of course, they were mostly negative.
It struck me afterward that if you do something right (write a terrific article), we may just download your code and ignore you. However, if you do something wrong (write a poor article) we are going to let you know.
So, doing something wrong actually allows you to build more community (though it is constructed upon negativity) than doing something right. Ah, the human condition. It's a challenge.
Do you find my topic interesting or even well thought out? You probably won't comment.
However, if you eschew my point you will comment heavily. Am I funny yet?
I guess you can prove me wrong, easily, by being positive. I just played you, my friend.
But, I'm serious. I feel a serious paradox coming on.
Yes of course I'm kidding. I have articles on CP that I get positive and negative feedback after many years, but on my site where I have a lot of giveaway code and on Visual and Atmel Gallery Gallery I very rarely get any feedback so I guess it depends on the audience your addressing? Don't know what to tell you there!
Not to be contrary, but this hasn't been the case for me. I only have two articles here. The first was originally written in 2003, and I updated it a year ago. I occasionally get comments on it, even though it's old and no longer of central interest. The second article, which has a much narrower focus, hasn't received as many comments, but that's to be expected.
I don't generally use someone's code directly from an article. I will use it to learn how to do what I need. In either case, if I like someone's article or use their code, I make a point of commenting and thanking them. Even from my limited experience as an author here at CP, I know how much those comments mean.
I don't trash articles, unless they are obvious spam; in that case, I nuke'em 'til they glow.
You haven't met my mother. The lady is an absolute bear about good manners. 'Please' and 'thank you' were the order of the day when I was growing up. As a middle-aged professional in a world that seems to turn ever more callous and self-interested, expressing my appreciation for someone else's hard work should be a reflex. I'm ashamed when it isn't.
As far as the positivity goes, CP goes through cycles where the barbarian hordes run loose and bad behavior reigns. I've been guilty of it in the past. This is my favorite place on the web, so I'd rather not slip on my own spilled vitriol.
Interesting point, and one that made me ask if this is human nature or condition? Even kids at 2 and 3 pick on each other and seem to find joy in the shortcomings of others. Hmmm.... Add the anonymity of the web and people can be pretty darn ugly. It would be interesting to see the ratio of upvotes to downvotes in different forums. I have to admit that I am more likely to comment on something I disagree with, but I haven't found much use for downvoting.
I have have one article/blog post that gets almost daily downloads of the source but very few comments.
I would like to think that if we have few comments then we have been very clear on the content of the article and left no or few questions unanswered.
After reading articles for the last... umm how many years have I been here now.
Any way the ones that get the most comments are the ones where people want to do more with the source than what was originally intended or have a problem with what it does when it runs, if they can get it to run.