Things Georgian Bay

Everything Georgian Bay.  Well mostly the eastern shoreline, and the general vicinity of Parry Sound.  Cottaging, Boating, Kayaking, Canoe, Photography, and more than I can think of at this moment.

Taken some 14-16 years after the maximum high water level occurred in 1986.  Lichen reportedly grows very slowly, but a single season of submersion will kill it.  Learn more about Lichen. The additional horizontal lines, show staining or possibly etching of the granite rock by seasonal algae growths.


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.

I find it entertaining (read more…)

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.  (read more…)

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.  (read more…)