Who’s walking up my garden path?

Ok it’s official I am a saddo!!

Earlier this week because of the all too rare snow downfall in Cambridge, I put a webcam on my window to the front garden. Using a combination of Ncftpput and Mplayer I took a frame every 10 mins and uploaded to here:

However, this was not that cool! I’ve now used a cool app called Motion . This monitors a webcam (V4L device /dev/video0) and on changes to the image will take a screenshot and or mpeg stream, and also allows you to trigger events. So linked to a ncftpput based script, this takes the image and uploads it to my website.

Now all i need is somebody to visit me!!

Macbook Pro docking station

Insight – Photo Control BookEndz Docking Station for 15″ M…

One of the things that really annoys me about the MacBook Pro (well actually one of the ONLY things!!), is its lack of docking station. 60% of the time I’m using this as a desktop, attached to a USB switch (for mouse and keyboard) and a Dell 2405fpw screen. Having to disconnect these (by putting the macbook to sleep, disconnecting then awaking it) is quite annoying.

This looks to be a solution, although it’s a half arsed hack really. But 230 quid for this?

Apple should have added a replication port.

Oh well.  It’s still a right cracking machine.

Xiph.Org: Ogg on iTunes

Something that has annoyed me for quite a while is iTunes lack of support of Ogg Vorbis. I mean it’s truly free, smaller files, and higher bitrates to suit!

Well waddayaknow, i should have looked harder.  These Quicktime plugins allow Quicktime to play Ogg, and since iTunes uses Quicktime to play audio….!

Xiph.Org: QuickTime Components