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So, nearly midnight there, and raining. And here it is too hot, with blazing sunshine.
It's really interesting, Cindy, that I have learned so much (still very limited but....) since I first joined Lambwatch, too. I was thinking the other day how much poorer I would be, in every way, had I not discovered Lambwatch when I did.
Wow thanks for that big explanation Dan - you know how limited my computer knowledge is although I am a little better than I once was at the start of LW. Thanks for getting everything working again.
Forgot to say that Prince Harry is here in Toronto. I invited him for tea, but he's too busy with the Invictus Games. A shame.
Thank you! But I know you're busy, and have lots of other things to do! Occasionally, when the system is down, I go off and sing 'Jerusalem' and think of England's green and pleasant land". It helps! A little craziness to keep me sane.
Aww it's always lovely to hear nice comments like that. I shall endeavour to continue to provide your green pastures fix for as long as I can
It's a lot of work for you, and I hope you know how much we all appreciate it. I need my 'green pastures - Lambwatch fix' several times a day, my escape from the noisy, concrete city!
You're welcome The software has just been updated again today so we shall see how stable it is in due course. It if stays online for a week without crashing then I shall restore the camgrabs function to see if that is now fixed
Thanks for all the explanation, Dan. ANd thank you for restoring the camera and stream. Very much appreciated.
The camera is now live again.
Hi Cindy, the reason it keeps breaking down is because the software that does the broadcasting is designed by a small organisation (one man) and is continually being updated. Some times an update will cause something else to break, and this is what has happened since about June time. Fortunately the developer is very good at fixing bugs and releases bug fixes very regularly. Susan is correct in that the network that we use to stream has changed from Camstreams to Youtube. But this change happened a year or so ago, if not more. The reason we changed from Camstreams to Youtube is because Camstream's streaming technology was no longer supported by browsers as it used old obsolete technologies. You may recall that there were issues with plugins and clumsy work arounds, browser incompatabilities etc. that were associateed with the camstreams streaming. Many broadcasters switched from camstreams for this reason and this is evident because you will see that there are now very few broadcasters still using Camstreams. Most now use Youtube as it is free (as is camstreams), and because it is run by Google, it is continually being supported and uses technology that is supported by modern browsers. It costs no more money to run this site on Google (Youtube) as it did on Camstreams. In fact neither camstreams nor google charge for their broadcasting services. But there is a lot more that goes into runnning a site like this than just the streaming provider, such as the broadcasting software (blue iris), electricity for powering the cameras, development time, server running costs etc so any donations are always very much appreciated. Any donations we receive go to supporting the website or the animals which you are able to view. Hope this goes some way to explain. If you have any questions then you are more than welcome to ask. I would recommend emailing me or PM or using the contact page rather than posting on this shoutouts page as i do not always check every message that is posted so it may get missed.
Thanks for your explanation Sue.
So people should get their fingers out of there pockets and donate.
Cindy,The reason the cam keeps breaking down is because it's on Youtube not on a network that Dan had it on.And the reason he changed is because it was costing a lot of money to pay for the network and as usual people weren't willing to donate towards the cost of running the site. So if people and not just us that speak everyday on the site are willing to donate at least a fiver a year then I would think Dan would maybe think about putting it back on a network.
Hello everyone. It baffles me why the webcam breaks down so often nowadays - when LW first began with one camera on the big tree I cannot remember any breakdowns.
Morning Helen and all !,,,,Its a lovely day here !,,but temps are dropping at night time now ,
Further to Thomas' poem, it's past time for "the owls to bear" me away to never-never land. I bet Howard can recite this long poem to perfection. I must ask, sometime. Goodnight, all.
A little Dylan Thomas and his childhood memories of life on a Welsh farm.
And nightly under the simple stars
As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the
Flying with the ricks, and the horses
Flashing into the dark. (in place of horses, think sheep.)
Goodnight, sheep and farm and friends. I know you are there in the darkness. Time to pull out Dylan Thomas's Fern Hill and read his lines about the farm in the dark of night.