DeskCam Technical Notes
Well, my old Connectix Color Quick Cam finally bit the dust. Not
mind you, but rather suffered a terminal case of emotional disfunction.
there is no Win2000 driver for the device. So, I replaced it with an
Intel Pocket Digital PC Camera. The results have exceeded my expectations.
Color and clarity are significantly imroved. The pictures
were taken with the old camera. While still far less that what one
would expect from a minimally functional digital camera, as a web-cam it
is way fun. I still use
's Webcam32, version 6.0.1. The image is uploaded every 5 minutes (except
when I'm using the camera to take pictures for web sites I manage). You
need to refresh your screen to see the current image. Click
>> to see my original desk cam page. I've moved to a new
and things have changed (like, I got a haircut!). I periodically
the direction my camera points. Below are four basic possibilities.
This is my work area. The picture on the wall is a
shaded relief map of Crater Lake, Oregon. I recently contacted Raven
this map - it's out of print, sorry...
This is the view towards the door. You can see my big
file cabinet. The globe is a 12 inch Replogle. It was
during the summer of 1948. It has cool countries like Belgian Congo,
Siam, and Baluchistan. The plant is a Ficus repens, and the clock
to be wound every 31 days or so. The chime is really loud so
in the department knows what time it is!
|This is the wall straight
from my desk. The picture is a geologic map of the island of
I bought the map as a souvenir of my visit to Kilauea. The Boston
somewhat obscures the view of the table I use for meetings, etc.
||The entire south wall of my
office is glass, overlooking a central atrium in the building. I'm
on the top floor, and there is a glass roof that lets lots of light
This picture was taken in the middle of the night, so it's a bit
Periodically you might catch someone walking by. The window on the
right across the atrium is my boss's office.
Below is the Caithness
paperweight that Lindsey
brought me from Scotland. It lives on top of the
Can you spot the camera?
That's my office! (taken with an actual digital camera)