Time Lapse

So I’ve taken the time to compile all those Yardcam images into a video.  Every 30 minutes from the middle of December 2014 to June 1st 2015.

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Time for The Watch Dog

Years ago I worked in an environment with heavy equipment, run by computers.  Very leading edge at the time, well as on the edge as big corporations can get.  It was entirely possible for the system to crash as all computer programs like to do.  For most of us real world users, this meant possibly a hours worth of work lost, more or less. Not life threatening.  At the time engineers recognized that there would be bugs, and life threatening or catastrophic damage was possible.  They devised (or borrowed) an elegant yet simple solution.  The “Watch Dog Timer”, this timer had ultimate control.  A simple count down timer had to be reset before a specific interval had passed.  If the timer ran out, implying that the computer was possible becoming unresponsive, then all control signals for live equipment were cleared, effectively stopping everything before bad things happened.

I find decades later I’m going to be doing the same with my Yardcam setup.  Several times this past Winter an inexplicable event has occurred.  My LTE Hotspot has stopped communicating with the cell phone network.  Past experiences have been limited, but the unit gets hung negotiating a connection with the local Cell Tower.  The unit will have 3-4 bars, 3G or 4G status, but no data moving.  Most annoying as it requires me to drive several hundred kilometers to press and hold the power button, turning it off.  Then I release the button.  Then I press again to turn it back on.  With in moments the unit has a functioning cell tower connection. Duh.   I’ve requested from my service provider at their end to effectively hang up on the LTE Hotspot, forcing the LTE to try again, but to no avail.

Recently I had a compound failure.  The computer serving as the host for the webcam decided to reboot.  Though I thought I’d turned off every possible avenue for that behaviour, I missed something.  The result is the image showing “No device selected”, a bug between the HP Netbook and the Logitech Webcam I’m using.  On an Acer Netbook its fine, the device is found after a reboot and selected.  The solution here, is of course to reselect the device.  Again Duh!  In future I’ll be able to do this with a Remote Desktop connection.  However can’t do that if the LTE Hotspot is broken, which it did about 4 days later.

This is where the Watch Dog Timer comes in.  I’m going to set it up to force a restart of the LTE Hotspot every X number of days.  How I’m going to do that, I don’t know, but I’ll figure out something.

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This Hydro-One data has been a real eye opener. Its both educational and annoying.

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Phantom load or Phantasm…

So what’s going on with the graphs you ask.  They’re captures of the hourly power consumption of our humble little cottage.  Continue reading

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Tripped Up Again

So I thought I had this Webcam thing all worked.  Had the software running properly, though a little overly sensitive to movement.  Actually not movement so much as change of content.  The software captures a reference image every so many seconds or minutes.  After that it compares each subsequent frame for a difference.  Images are saved to a predetermined target if they have a significant amount of change.  Continue reading

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Highs and Lows

I’m a real hound for weather and weather facts.  Recently I was looking up a forecast for a week up north.  Noticed on the sidebar of the website a highs and lows on this date.  I found it interesting that the low was -4C, not that unrealistic for a slightly inland location at the beginning of October.  Continue reading

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Most of what we hear about Drones is bad.  Government, Law Enforcement or Stalkers peeking into our backyards to see what we’re doing next to the pool.  Here’s a nice change, for what a Drone can be used for.  Initially found this video in the The Weather Network’s video gallery, Fall Colours.  I was so intrigue by the video I tracked down the original poster’s website.  Presented primarily as a commercial venture, but I think more of a “how do I cover the cost of this cool toy”.  Check out the website, enjoy.

Follow these links:

Their website: http://opspeculate.com/


Their videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=I6ewz-EWwz0&list=UUdkPOMPZ0hfHTf2-cty_2ww

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More on The Webcam

Very slow progress on this front, but yesterday and today a big jump forward.

In the past the problem (mostly) has been internet access.  How to get that remote image from a webcam onto a server.  Continue reading

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Ice Storm of 2013

Ok, not really a Georgian Bay related topic, but it was interesting in many ways and provided some spectacular photographic subject matter.

For us when the storm arrived it was mostly just another doom and gloom, world is coming to an end forecast.  Snowmageddon or Iceageddon in this case, is coming.   Continue reading

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Only a true Cottager would get the joke.

Hilarious video, we both laughed out loud when we watched this on-line.  Found via the Cottage Life website.

Forty years of 300 sqft., unfinished interior, Continue reading

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