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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The Comedy of Errors Known as AT&T

Left Hand, meet Right Hand.

“There you are, your own number on your very own door. And behind that door, your very own office! Welcome to the team, DZ-015.”

Telephony NirvanaMy recent switch to AT&T Uverse had me feeling like a character from Terry Gilliam’s cult classic movie Brazil. Every step of the way we discovered a different department that operated some obscure nuance of the AT&T bureaucracy- yet operated as a wholly independent entity. The Uverse people can’t help you with wireless services, a traditioinal landline is another department, legacy DSL is handled completely separately and on and on.

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Next Stop: Forgotten Highways

Forgotten Highways:

I’m working on a new project called Forgotten Highways.

The idea is a series of documentaries about “the old roads” of America.

You know- those bumpy strips of concrete you see veering off your current route. Call them scenic roads, the business route, historic bypass, whatever. Every interstate owes its double-yellow stripes to a winding two-lane nearby that most people have forgotten. They’re everywhere and all it takes to find one is a tank of gas and a Sunday afternoon.

But it takes more than that to really discover these gems. You have to get off the Superslab® and meet people. In my opinion exploring the history of an old road can make for great video. Of course, maybe I’m biased.

This project is a natural evolution of Two Wheel Oklahoma. In fact, it will essentially follow the same format of that show. You’ll see a little more history, a little more Ken Burns-esque camera work, but the vibe will be the same. A couple of guys on motorcycles discovering treasure that’s hiding in plain sight. Continue reading Next Stop: Forgotten Highways

Putting the Osage on the Map

The first official trailer from a new movie filmed in Oklahoma was released today. It’s based on the play August: Osage County, written by Tulsa native Tracy Letts. The all-star cast is impressive. And the Ferrari racing along Highway 11 is also intriguing.

Judging from this trailer we could be seeing a homegrown movie on Oscar Night.

Look out Pawhuska- it might be tourist season up there!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/9Hd_uO72h1s?rel=0

 

For Sale: 1966 Batmobile, Low Miles, Extras

Holy Lincoln Prototypes, Batman!

Image courtesy Wikipedia

The real-live and original Batmobile is going on the auction block in January. But did you know the car in the TV show was originally a spectacular show car in its own right?

George Barris created the Batmobile from the 1954 Lincoln Futura. The Futura was a prototype designed by Ford’s Lincoln Styling Studio.

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Get the Inside Stream

I’m a big fan of Netflix.

205627_Stream on your TV. Not your PC.Yeah, yeah I know. They really pissed a lot of people off with that stupid price hike deal. It was pretty lame. But I forgive them and continue to be a loyal customer. We have been for like… forever.

But since they changed the pricing scheme I do watch more streaming titles than before. In fact, during the summer months we turn off the DVD option altogether.

That’s why I was delighted to discover Instantwatcher.com. It’s a site devoted to the up and coming, most popular and soon-to-disappear streaming titles on Netflix. Continue reading Get the Inside Stream

What’s a TV Antenna?

I haven’t had cable in more than a decade. That fact used to make me a fringe element- but now it means I’m hip.

High Tech TV Antenna

But we knew that all along.

A recent Wall Street Journal article chronicled this rise in over-the-air viewing (link below). Web-enabled devices are changing the way TV works. And people are realizing they don’t have to pay someone to make them a slave to their boob tube.

Favorite shows can now be watched when you want to watch them. Those willing to wait a little can enjoy their favorite series en masse instead of waiting a week to see the next episode. All while pocketing the cash usually budgeted for the monthly cable bill.

Eventually the real winners in all this will be local broadcasters. Assuming there are any left. Ironic when you consider just a few years ago the Internet was predicted to bury television as we know it.

Over the years regional and local content has been virtually annihilated by the propagation of satellite and cable TV. And most locals are doing their best to use the new digital channels as mini-cable networks, or at worst weather displays. The smart stations will stop trying to mimic Oprah and leverage digital channels for targeted, local content.

Over-the-Air TV Catches Second Wind, Aided by Web