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ashacat is due to return in five days. The counter says 116:34:04 at this moment, which means that at 2:05 tomorrow afternoon there will be fewer than 100 hours to go. No, I'm not anticipating this at all. :-)

At work, we have a reorg coming upon us. Timing still appears to be TBD, but it seems fairly certain that the voice group will be joining the network group in the basement. To ease their plight, I have finally done something I have been thinking about doing ever since I moved down to the basement four years ago: the MHIS web cam. This cam doesn't show any of us, or anything that we're doing. It shows the outside world. Specifically, the world on Market Street outside of 260 Constitution Plaza. Behold:
Visit mhiscam.hartford.gov

The image on the cam site auto-refreshes every 30 seconds. I have a Panasonic BL-C10A IP camera sitting in one of the upstairs windows. Twice a minute it FTPs an image to the web server. The rest is HTML, a meta tag in the <head> section: <meta http-equiv=Refresh content=30;URL=/index.html>

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also_huey
Apr. 11th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Now that flat-panels, wireless, disk, and bandwidth are so cheap, it may be time for my revolutionary new product to take hold.

"Windows".

...course, for obvious reasons, I may have to find a better name for it than that, but I can't help but notice that one of the big flaws in my office is that I don't have an actual can-see-the-outside-world window.

But, given a flat-panel wirelessed to a server with an 24-hour MP4 of somebody else's view (a "Windows Server"? ...naaah) and some bits of crown molding, and maybe some curtains, I - or anybody else who wants to pay for the $500 hardware and the $10/mo subscription ("Windows Live"? ...naah) - could have an e-window even on an office like mine, that's all interior walls.

People could create and upload their own views! Your office could overlook the Bras D'Or in Nova Scotia in its glorious fall color, 42nd Street in New York, the Sorbonne, or the Shinto shrine in Sendai Japan! And you could change 'em every day! And you could use 'em for videoconferencing! People could look in your window while you're lookin' out theirs!

I'm tellin ya: "Windows" is gonna be the biggest thing to hit the IT industry since... ...er, Windows.

Dammit, I really gotta figure out a better fuckin' name for it.
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