9 Sep 2003 Stevey   » (Master)


 After becoming extremely frustrated at the difficulty of setting up stable interesting webcam packages I've finally admitted defeat.

 I used to use vgrabjj, then I switched to 'camE'.

 Each of these would break randomly; either quitting uploading, having font problems, or other random errors.

 After a brief rant upon my livejournal a friend suggested writing a tool that would just dump a single image from a camera - then using that in a bash script.

 So I hicked and I hacked and I produced a little program 'camgrab' that will just output a single .JPG file from a video device.

 Wrapping that up in a little shell script with a call to ImageMagick to stick a date stamp upon the image I have a new working webcam.

 Debian (x86) package available from my apt-get repository.


 In other news I'm still on the lookout for a new job ..

 I'm (yet another) Edinburgh SysAdmin / Free Software Programmer ..

 For fun I was recently told Byte mark hosting offer a 10% discount for free software developers. Nice to see a company doing things like that when their entire infrastructure is GNU/Linux/Free Software based.

 I think I'm going to use them.

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