Blog changes

You will now find your recently posted comments on the left side bar of this blog. 

Also, though it does directly pertain to the fabric of the blog ("flobric"?) I moved my blurb about the Z-Cam around.  I still can’t get through the firewall of my residence.  Apparently the not very swiftly moving admin geek has to talk to Telecom Italia and get them to create the service on the router that allows me to stream.  This is all very annoying. 

In the meantime, I am broadcasting from my window on Yahoo Messenger (wdtprs). 

I am getting an odd purplish cast to the image sometimes, however.  Be mindful that Rome has the regular sort of sky like the rest of the world… mostly.

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  1. Jon says:

    Hmm…I can hear it now, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. Since my last confession I haven’t been very attentive to the duties of my station in life. To be exact, I accuse myself of being a not very swiftly moving administration geek.”

    Can’t help but wonder what kind of penance Zuhlsdorf of Pietrelcina would give the poor soul!

  2. matt says:

    If you can broadcast via yahoo, then Telecom Italia isn’t likely to be blocking webcam streaming (ISPs’ very rarely block anything, let alone webcams, unless there’s a security agreement)… Normally, for you to be able to broadcast from behind a firewall and/or router (to the free webcam broadcast service you’ve got), you’d need:

    1) Static private IP address assigned to the computer the cam is attached to
    2) a simple Firewall/router ‘port forwarding’ rule to allow the port used (5700 is it?) to allow traffic between the webcam located at the static IP to stream it’s data to the free hosting server on the internet.

    It takes about 30 seconds to do (either locally or at telecom italia). The problems usually arise in network policies, which might include not allowing ports opened on the firewall and/or router, and the like, as it is potentially a security risk. Someone could potentially hack into your computer through the now open port and access the LAN from there, or re-arrange all the icons on your desktop :), etc..

    It’s not that big a deal for experienced admins really, the security risk is minimal, and can be made so negligable as to be practically non-existant. Seems to me the ‘wool over the eyes’ phrase applies here. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t know how.

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