IP Camera Fun

In the first installment I shared my initial experience with wireless security cameras and a network video recorder (NVR).

In a matter of weeks it became obvious the wireless camera idea wasn’t going to float. While installation was a breeze (so far I had not ventured into the attic!) the reliability of the signal was far from ideal. I’m sure if our house was less rambling or made of different materials this would not have been an issue… so your mileage may vary.

Eventually I resigned myself to stringing cable across creation. Continue reading IP Camera Fun

My IP Camera Lessons

Earlier this year I decided to string up some security cameras on the house. Like many projects, this one took on a life of its own.

I decided to share my experiences after playing around with several different cameras, network setups and software packages. Maybe you can glean some nuggets of wisdom? Or maybe you’ll just find comic relief in my haphazard abuse of the English language? Let’s find out…

Chapter 1: Wired or Wireless?


Axis Communications design cameras with industrial-strength features and provide free software that makes for a simple setup using a secure interface to view online.

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Wallpaper Your World

Windows 10 has some great features. Virtual desktops, integrated VPN, wireless displays, a browser that works, etc.

But you may not have noticed the included panoramic desktop wallpaper images. Users with multi-screen displays will discover that an extended desktop no longer means a repeated background image. Extending your desktop to another monitor will show a full panorama image. Continue reading Wallpaper Your World

Our First Cruise: Alaska Inside Passage

A 7-day cruise departing and returning from Vancouver, BC.

Booking our first cruise in 2014 proved to be more than a little intimidating. Alaska was about the only simple decision in the whole process! From there it became a swirl of choices and options– large or small ship, ports of call, cruise/tour… the list goes on. We decided on a round-trip Princess cruise from Vancouver, BC since we had wanted to visit the city anyway. It also made air travel easier than arriving in one city, and returning home from another.


Click here to view our vacation photo album. Yippee!

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Fun with Tumblr

A couple of years ago I started a photo album on Facebook called I Saw Art Today.

It started out as a repository for unusual paintings I discovered in thrift stores and resale shops. Eventually it grew to contain dozens of snapshots of strange and unusual works- sculptures, prints, etc. It seemed perfectly suited for a Tumblr project.

Tumblr is essentially a photo-blogging platform. Not to say you can’t post words- you can. But the main attraction is image sharing.

Unlike typical blogs Tumblr does not support comments. Instead users are urged to Like or Reblog a post to show their approval. By reblogging one user’s post it spreads it around the Interwebulars. Plus it’s very easy to post photos from your smartphone!

To see what I have managed to cobble together take a look at…

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