New Camera for wx.pelleys.com

Back in August, August 23rd to be exact, the camera for wx.pelleys.com died in the afternoon. It was a nice warm day. The camera, a Panasonic TK-C750C, was about 10 years old. That’s a pretty good age given it is outside in an enclosure. The enclosure, actually the second one, has a heater and a fan for cooling, but in this environment (wind blown sea air) I’m not surprised failed. It looks like the sensor broke. The sea air actually croaded the chromed thumbscrews on the lens! The arrows point to the former silver thumbscrews.

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I started my search but I couldn’t decide on whether to get another analog camera or go with a higher definition IP-based camera. As noted in my previous post, my dad got ill in September and then passed away in October.

Finally, I got around to replacing the camera. The weather had to be decent (which we haven’t had for the past two week – rain, drizzle, fog and lots of wind) to replace it. I decided to cheap it out and went for another analog used camera. This time a Panasonic WV-CP484 with a 2.8-12mm lens. This lens has a slightly higher zoom than the old camera.

If I can get another 5 years out of this camera, I’ll be pleased.

Anyway wx.pelleys.com’s web cam is back up.

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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