Previously, the LivingRoomCam displayed the domestic habitation of an American family. With the coming of the Christmas season, decorations and the holiday spirit fill the house to convert this into the fifth Christmas Cam. We're certainly one of the real Old Timers when it comes to home cams on the Web.
We have the Christmas lights up on the house and the tree is going up so we can have parties and Christmas fun with our friends. Our tradition is to open presents on Christmas morning, so stop by and enjoy the spirit and meaning of Christmas with us.
While waiting for Christmas, send us email and enjoy relaxing at our house.
The image is updated about once a minute. I have two camera capture systems so there are two images -- one wide angle (using a conferencing camera) and a narrow angle camera (Connectix QuickCam).
I've started leaving a light on at night so the people on the other side of the planet have something to look at besides black. I also collect one image an hour for the last 24 hours .
The presents have been opened and the family and friends have been greeted. The Christmas tree will probably come down this weekend and then we'll revert to just plain, old LivingRoomCam. We hope you had a very, merry Christmas.
December 25, 1999
Merry Christmas to you and all of the people you love. Our ISP was down for a little bit Christmas morning (wouldn't you know it!) but we were up by 8am. The music on this page is "Christmas Town" from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
December 23, 1999
Join us for Christmas dinner (Wagilia -- traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner). We'll runn off to Grandma's for Christmas Eve but we'll be back to open presents Christmas morning. (Last year the kids were up before the sun.) From noon until 6pm (PST) we're having an open house. Hope you'll stop by.
December 13, 1999
It looks like we're having the family Christmas dinner here on Christmas Eve and then we're having an open house on Christmas Day. Stop by and enjoy this Holy and happy day with our friends and family.
November 29, 1999
Sure enough, the tree is up and Christmas Cam is on the air. Merry Christmas.
November 28, 1999
It looks like we might get the tree a week early -- we're having a "Peach Party" on Thursday the 2nd and the lady of the house wants the Christmas stuff up.
November 26, 1999
Christmas Cam will happen this year! We will be getting our tree on December 4th or 5th so tune in for our fifth Christmas celebration on the web.
NOTE TO THE CRIMINALLY INCLINED:our house has an alarm (door and window sensors and motion detectors) and we live in a small town whose cops actually show up in five minutes. So, save us both a lot of trouble, and don't even bother.
WebRingMaster: Alex Tutusaus
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It's Getting Easier and Easier
I started this web page over four years ago when cameras were new and connectivity was hard -- I was one of the first. But things have changed over the years and, today, anyone can put their home onto a web page. Companies like Connectix and software like WebCam32 makes putting your personal space on the web possible for just a few hundred dollars. The original hardware and software that makes this work description of LivingRoomCam is being replaced with a better solution.
A good resource is the About.com forum on Net Conferencing. Check it out. They give pointers to software, how to's and lots of pointers to other cams.
Connectix has a simple, easy to install digital camera that does not require a capture board. You won't be able to record videos or capture from another video source (like I did for our Trip Around America) but you will have a video camera for video conferencing or capturing your space. Intel's USB camera Pro allows you to capture video (like from your camcorder) as well as acting as a camera and I found it really easy to install and use.
WebCam32 is a shareware program that can capture a video image and then phone up your ISP (internet service provider) and FTP the image to their server. So, you can easily set up a web page that is updated once every five or fifteen minute. This is a cool, flexible program and registration is only $25 -- you should pay for this shareware, the author has earned it. This software will even capture AVI's like I created, act as an HTTP server, and work through firewalls.
I expect to see an explosion of cameras. I know the manufacturers are planning to make USB cameras a feature on nearly all new computers. Soon, just like sound, all computers will have cameras and we'll be seeing more of the world.
If you are a Webcam-aholic, here are other Cam pages (list updated June 27, 1998) :
Pointers to some camera technology:
Best experienced with Click Here to start.