Webcam Driver Help


Drivers are required for everything from video cards and keyboards to the mouse and webcam. Different manufacturers have varying ideas about how products should run, so different webcams may each require a different webcam driver.

Many webcams include an accompanying CD with the driver, or computer version of an instruction booklet, on it so the computer can “learn” how to run the new device. Often installation disks are also full of other software, like a media player in the case of a webcam. The most important part of that disc, however, is the webcam driver, without which the hardware cannot function.

If you find yourself at a loss because you have an older webcam that no longer has the disc with it, do not fret! While you should always use the disc if you have it, there are sources you can find online where you can download an updated webcam driver. Try the manufacturer’s site, where many respectable companies regularly update drivers so their customers can have the smoothest operating hardware. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Flamingo chicks on webcam

A new webcam has been installed on the flamingo nest site at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre to allow people to watch over eight flamingo chicks and their parents.

The webcam can be viewed Here. The webcam went live during the half term, over 2000 people have enjoyed watching the footage.

Centre Manager, Andy Wooldridge, said: “Webcams have become very popular at Martin Mere and I think the flamingo webcam will prove to be just as interesting as you can see the chicks up close.

“We can now offer a service that allows visitors to take the experience home and watch either the beavers or the flamingos in the evening and we are looking forward to putting more webcams at the centre in the future.”

Webcam tool shows which health clinics are crowded

Emergency rooms and health clinics are notorious for the long waits visits typically entail. That’s why InQuickER—which we covered last year—emerged to let patients reserve a spot ahead of time, and it’s also apparently why Singapore’s Ministry of Health has developed a service to give citizens a real-time view from home of how crowded clinics are likely to be.

Part of the Ministry of Health’s eCitizen effort, Queue Watch is designed to provide health patients with timely information to plan their visit to any of Singapore’s many health clinics. A map on the site marks each of those clinics with two symbols—a red circle and a yellow triangle. Clicking on the red circle for any given clinic reveals not just the number of patients waiting for registration and consultation, but also live webcam images showing the waiting areas for registration, consultation and pharmacy/payment. Webcam images are intentionally out of focus to protect patients’ confidentiality, the site notes. Clicking on the yellow triangle for a clinic, meanwhile, brings up information about its peak and non-peak periods.

By giving patients the information they need to plan which clinic to visit and when, Queue Watch promises to help them minimize the time they’ll have to wait—and, at least as important—the frustration they’ll experience. Time to bring that type of transparency to clinics and government offices all over the world! More webcam from Singapore

Wi-Fi Puts Windblown California Islands on the Web


The hardy team of biologists stationed on the Farallon Islands, a minuscule set of outcroppings in the Pacific just west of San Francisco, suffers a lot of inconveniences.

After all, they’re living on islands made up mostly of rocks, drinking filtered rainwater and using solar power that wanes during the short days of winter. Just to get out to the island and back, they rely on a band of private boat skippers who are willing to sail the 47-kilometer (28-mile) stretch of ocean between the city and the islands and then have their boats lifted to shore on a crane. The Farallones have no dock, because none would survive the wind and rough seas, according to Russ Bradley, who works on the islands for about 18 weeks of the year as Farallones program manager for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

In some ways, the Farallones feel more than 28 miles away from civilization, according to Bradley. “Just the transportation and the logistics of working and living out here is a whole challenge in itself,” he said.

But for the past year or so, the inhabitants of the two small, restored 1870s homes that make up the human settlement on the islands have enjoyed faster Internet access than many residents of highly wired San Francisco, which they can see on a clear day. The island’s denizens usually get between 6M bps (bits per second) and 12M bps, which is on the high end for a typical cable modem connection. They even have fiber straight to their homes, a luxury many U.S. residents are still anxiously waiting for. Read the rest of this entry »