Linux & home cameras
rafazap at cwnet.com
Sun May 30 03:31:44 PDT 2004
I have a friend in need.
1) Can Linux on a PC (with USB) be set up with about six or eight cheap
cameras to record everything going on around her house (perhaps at one
2) How much do cameras cost nowadays? Would night vision cameras be
much more? The cameras must be small enough to be able to be blended
into the surroundings. Rentals may also be considered.
3) Are there places on the web which could cheaply store the resulting
images (not all, perhaps one image from each camera every 2 or 3
seconds) (along with thumbnail images to make it easier for me to
download through my slow pipe)?
My friend has a high speed pipe. If I did, I would store them on my PC.
Her PC would be used to capture the images and store the bulk of them
for detail (as much as storage space permits). But if the cameras are
discovered, the PC may be targeted, hence the need for off site storage.
(The perpetrator would not be able to do anything about those images.)
We need to catch this guy in the act because the police seem to be inept
to be able to help her to be and feel safe.
I have a plan that I think will get him sent away on felony charges. It
will work with two cameras in particular *if* everything goes according
to plan. But that is *such* a big "if" which is why I need the six
other cameras also.
This guy is super slippery and makes fun of the police. He knows the
ins and outs of the system. He makes lots of mistakes, but nothing that
will hang him. We know who it is, but since we don't *see* him doing
it, he gets away with it, /daily/.
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