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Daren Beattie , United States of America

Webcam & Monitoring by zelmo 5 comments

Sorry for being so slow in replying. It looks like Tom is bundling a very capable Lazarus-based front-end with MJPG-streamer now, so I don't plan on maintaining StreamMinder any further. - Mar 10 2010

Webcam & Monitoring by zelmo 5 comments

As seen on Linux Weekly News (, the 2.6.26 Linux kernel will include the UVC driver. For people wanting to use a webcam under Linux, this means the hardest step of getting it working will be taken care of automatically. No more need to search online for the module source, download it, compile against your current kernel, and place the module binary where the kernel will find it. At most, all you'll need to do is add the module name to your /etc/modules (or similar) file to ensure it's loaded at boot time. - Jul 06 2008

Webcam & Monitoring by zelmo 5 comments

Tom just made a new release of MJPG-streamer that supports spca5xxx-based cameras, in addition to UVC cameras. (See for a list of spca5xxx cameras.) If you have such a camera and would like it to appear in the list of devices in StreamMinder, e-mail me so I can get the details needed to make it work. It should be a simple matter, but since I don't have one of those cameras, I can't do it by myself. - Jun 14 2008

Webcam & Monitoring by zelmo 5 comments

Since pushing out the beta release of StreamMinder yesterday, I've decided to see what needs to be done with MJPG-streamer to get better interaction between the two programs. Specifically, I've been wanting to get MJPG-streamer's startup output to appear in one normal-looking message box, rather than a bunch of error messages.

Well, that turned out to be pretty simple by doing a quick-and-dirty hack on MJPG-streamer's source. I've proposed the changes to Tom; in the meantime, try it out for yourself: - May 26 2008

System Software by zelmo 1 comment

Not that you'd ever guess it :P but this was my first-ever Qt program, which I built after reading just two or three chapters of Blanchette and Summerfield's book. Needless to say, I still knew next to nothing about Qt at that point.

Since then, I've read more of the book and also gotten my hands on Qt-Assistant, and have been building another Qt project using the newfound knowledge (see StreamMinder from the link to "Other content from Zelmo").

Normally I'd just let this project stand as it is, since it's basically functional. But I noticed recently that someone has developed a kernel module for the Dream Cheeky missile launcher, which gives much finer control than the command-line program currently being used as a back-end for MissileUI. So once I get to a resting point on StreamMinder, I'm going to come back to this project and re-do it from the ground up, using the new kernel module as a back-end.

In the meantime, I'd like to hear two things from current users:
1. Is there anything missing from the UI?
2. In your experimentation with the command-line client, exactly how many seconds does it take to to fire one missile? (I currently have it clocked at 4.45 seconds, but that seems to be inaccurate by a matter of milliseconds.) - May 18 2008
KDE Four Live

Various KDE Stuff by javierllorente 51 comments

Likewise here. I've tried burning the image to both a CD-RW and a CD-R, and in both cases the BIOS gives a "Boot from CD:" prompt and then goes right to booting from the hard disk. - Dec 13 2007