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  1. #11
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    Actually, it has reduced the number incidents in the area. Wife's car was broken into, about four years ago. Only other one attempt, in recent history. They see that camera on the roof and back off. We're on a high school foot traffic path ... which obviously increases your chance of incident. The police actually have a couple of our tapes in regards to incidents/accidents that have happened in the area. Serve and protect, right from the house. Recordings of UPS/FedEX deliveries. It's kind of nice to be able to turn my head and immediately see what is going on in the garage, the yards, the hot tub hut, the drives, the perimeter streets and the doors.

    There are actually 12 cameras involved, for monitoring activities around the house, with the option of going to 16 total. I'm working out some plans for additional locations for total coverage. Camera's that engage the system when IR heat and motion is picked up. It saves a lot of time seeing who is around the house ... also monitoring traffic when my son has all his friends over, and most of all, safety with the hot tub. Although the entire backyard is surrounded by a huge vinyl fence (mostly for the dog's protection), it also provides a buffer against the small children who live in the area. When I lived in Florida, there were always stories of lil' folks wandering into pools and becoming casualties. I promised myself I would do everything I could to avoid that, when I got the hot tub. Heavy lid, protective house, fence and alarms (surveillance).

    On a really strange note, tonight: It has been announced that Des Plaines has just won the tenth & final Casino license in Illinois. It'll add $9-million/yr to the community, beating out Rosemont's bid ... who thought they had a "lock" on the license. Boy oh boy, what a surprise for them. I hope it ups the business district a bit, because it has been languishing for the past couple of years.
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  2. #12
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    Well congrats to your city!

    Cool, I've always wanted a few cameras around the house. Mainly just the front door and garage/alley area More like wishful thinking lol.
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    Question Background screen

    I was messing around with bokeh for some variety to my screen backgrounds and came up with this ... what do you think?

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    Say Don, I am thinking more and more we have a lot in common my friend, interests and outlooks anyway. Do you use any of the wireless cameras or are they all wired? Are you using a sequencer on your monitor to scroll through the cams, a 27 inch monitor is about the smallest you can use for 16 images, I like to stay at 12, a second monitor is nice to 'pop' up a full screen scene from one of your cams, but then the wife and the neighbors start to give you thise funny looks LOL. Heat source and movement are nice but may not be the most practical in a residental area, your dog could activate, also if you get a lot of blowing leaves, can be annoying if you have it set to 'light up' the area when activated. One question Don the front door cam, where is that mounted? The aspect looks like it may be low, some one could cut the wire, whack the cam or just bend the mount out of the way, also if you could zoom it a hair or lower the angle a bit, it doesnt look like a good clear view of the door, might just be the screen capture, also if a bit lower yea you dont see your porch roof but would see more of the walk leading up. do you slow record full time, or only when not home? One of the guys I work with lives in the country and on his home system has 4 wireless cams with I/R leds works VERY well for seeing in the dark. About the casino license, it can be a blessing or a curse for communities, depending how the language and ordances are set up, in many situations vast amounts of the income leave the community, often with little or no taxes paid to the community or to the state. Also many of the new jobs created are low paying service industry jobs, the 'good' jobs are filled from out of town from the casinos corporate hiring pool, depending on your population and employment rate already this can help to a degree or create new burdens. Vice crimes tend to increase, not overall but in the area of the casinos, I am not saying casinos or the gambling industry are evil or bad for communities, but they often are not the salvation to the local econemy the claim to be. Sorry if I hi jacked this thread.
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    The indignity of assault ...

    Sean,

    I didn't vote for a casino ... that was the city council ... and they got their wish. It'll take about a year for them to even break ground, so who knows?

    As far as the cameras go ... there are several monitors throughout the house and everything is wired and has a backup ... single point of failure seems a little too obvious. One camera watches the others and that kind of thing. Not much gets by them ... but, they are more for situational awareness, than protection. Power goes out ... battery backup to the rescue. Keeps them honest ... as I get the armor out, night scopes and the party starts. Notify the neighbors, as the alarm system goes off and they and the boys in blue bring the torches. Happy little neighborhood we have.

    Hijack averted ... back to the theme.

    Here was one of the presents I added to the tree ... as I opened the gifts

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    Question Trying something a little different ...

    Then ... the light pulsated ... the tree shook and all heck broke loose ...

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    Does this work? Or does it look a little too ... overworked?
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    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Then ... the light pulsated ... the tree shook and all heck broke loose ...

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    Does this work? Or does it look a little too ... overworked?
    Geez Don, I think you got a little heavy handed with the curves on that one.... something just doesn't quite look "natural."
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    Question Adjusted

    Okay ... I added a 4-pixel gaussian blur to it in this one ...

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    Better?
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    Don, once again amzing, I hope to one day of being able to do half of this stuff.
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    Sean ... I appreciate your ... appreciation. I do try hard to get this stuff in suitable form so you guys can learn the ways of the ... light.

    LOL Betcha thought I was going to say "FORCE" ... Padawan!

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