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  1. Might want to try https://freecampsites.net/#!san+francisco,+ca The information isn't necessarily up to date, but it's a start. Good luck.
  2. screw that, my wife can't resist blasting her xaphoon in places with interesting acoustics... probably scares away any ghosts.... sort like the banging sticks scaring bears away thing...
  3. hrm, never had any trouble with electronics up there.. however we usually end up in the remains of the concrete block building having a jam session of some sort.. music to sooth the savage spirits... although if you heard it you'd probably not be soothed.. sometimes we just make noise 😉
  4. I was going through pictures and scanning everything in, when I found a recipe for Irish Soda bread that my grandmother wrote down on a card. Here's the recipe: The story from my mother was that Clive and Eleanor broke down near Panamint Springs, at the time my grandparents lived there at the Caltrans station. Who were these folks from Sunnyvale, what really happened? As luck would have is their son is a professor at Stanford, pretty easy to find and through him more details come out: I'm going to try and find pictures of my grandparents from 1975 and send them along. Maybe they'll find some pics, who knows.
  5. Ya did post in critiques ;-). I thought it was pretty well done, smooth movement .... not excessive zooming... paused at points. Only critique I have is to work on your 'steadicam arm'. When walking and shooting it helps to have a pretty weird gait, knees bent goal is to keep the camera from bouncing with each step. You can also compensate with your arm, I usually use a combination of funny walk and relaxed arm to let the camera stay at the same level. It's much easier with a heavier camera..these tiny things they make ...ack..
  6. Looks like a drop-shipper for the most part. Small store front, but at least they have a storefront you could knock on....
  7. Another bug I found, if you set a region for motion detection it somehow causes the RTSP server to crash after server 3 or so frames. Removing the region, and it works. I might look into this and submit a fix if I have time.
  8. If you want to use FTP upload of motion detection, you'll need to add a variable to motion.conf ftp_video_duration=10 It's in seconds, without that it'll record 0 second videos and upload them... not too handy. I reported that to the person who implemented the feature so it should end be fixed in the repo sometime.
  9. Now that I've had a chance to poke around some with the hack firmware. For surveillance purpose typically 5-10fps is sufficient. I'm testing cameras set to 1600x900, 10fps, 2000 bitrate and CBR. Seems like reasonable settings. the motion detection seems to work okay, however the feature to send mail when motion is detected appears to have some bugs. I can see it connecting to my mail server, then just dropping pretty much immediately. There is a feature to FTP upload images from motion detection, you have to modify motion.conf to enable that. I'm going to try that, and setup my FTP server to email alerts when new images are received. That should work just as well as the camera sending directly.
  10. If I learn any other interesting bits I'll post them here.
  11. In another thread Wyze cameras came up: Generated a lot of interest, cheap HD camera...small... I picked up a pair of V2 cameras for about $50 and did some playing around. Wyze camera From what I've been able to find out these are rebranded/slightly modified Xiaomi Mi home security camera aimed as the U.S. and European markets. Instead of being tied to the Xiaomi Mi service, it's tied to Wyze. Sadly they are not ONVIF compliant. Wyze App First thing I did was mess around with the official way to use these cameras. From what I was able to gather info wise, the 'cloud' component is so the app can find your cameras and allows your camera to push recordings to their server As this is unknown software/hardware, my plan was to put them on my guest network. My guest network is unsecured with a captive portal, for this I was on my WIFI controller so I could authorize the cameras as there would be no way to put in the captive portal password. First thing I discovered was that the app cannot connect to unsecured WIFI, maybe they think that's a good thing for most people... probably is. So I setup a new guest network that does have a password just to get past this hurdle. Installation was pretty easy. You put the camera into config mode, type in WIFI SSID and password on the app, it displays a QR code which is read by the Wyze camera. That all worked as it should. The camera image was very noticeably delayed on the APP. It's very likely that the images are being pushed to their cloud service first and then down to the app. Besides the latency, this means that if anyone involved (Amazon where the servers are, Wyze, etc) doesn't secure things properly anyone can look at your cameras. IMO that is unacceptable. OpenIPC firmware OpenIPC is a fork of Xiaomi-Dafang, I think the idea was to make it more user friendly and perhaps add more features.. as least that's the claim. The real goal seems to be to monetize open source code, the OpenIPC website really tries to sell you an 8GB SDHC card that just has the hack copied to it... nothing special that I could find. Maybe they will deliver on features/usability in the future.. no clue on that. They also seem to be lagging, failing to merge from the source repository on a regular basis. I was able to install the firmware, however the imager in the latest hardware appears to be un-supported.. I didn't dig in further, I found recent posts reporting the same problem and nobody from OpenIPC offering any solutions/workaround or a timeline for a fix. Xiaomi-Dafang (link to github repository) Other than the instructions being one too many steps (you can copy the hacked binary to the root of the SDHC card, AND copy the CFW firmware as well.. no need to install the binary then install CFW). This worked well.. At this time max resolution is 1600x900 using hacked firmware, anything higher results in no image. Getting the feed from RTSP was easy, works well.. direct access is of course much less laggy. I've attached the Xiaomi-DaWyze V2_Xiaomi-Dafang_Firmware.zipfang firmware, with Wyze V2 binary already in place. You should be able to unzip that to root of a FAT32 formatted micro-SD card, update the config\wpa_supplicant.conf file with your WIFI settings. Install, power up cam with setup button held until LED near power connection lights solid blue.. let go of the setup button and wait. When light turns orange, you should be connected to your wifi and ready to go: https:\\dafang should get you to the camera. I'm still poking about in the config, playing with settings and the like. For the prices seems to be a pretty good camera. Conclusion If you require remote access and are not willing/able to setup/manage the necessary infrastructure yourself (I used SSH tunneling). And the risk of your camera feed becoming public isn't high on your list of concerns. Give the Wyze app a try. Otherwise I'd recommend the Xiaomi-Dafang hack as the best option at this time. Wyze_V2_Xiaomi-Dafang_Firmware.zip
  12. I'll start a new thread and write up a short bit.
  13. Washoe county has an extra tax so they can run empty busses around town, gas outside of the county is typically 25cents cheaper.
  14. Good news, picked up a couple of new 32gb SD cards and retried installing dafang hack. The OpenIPC doesn't appear to be able to handle the new image sensor (confirmed by similar issues reported by users). However installing the Xiaomi-Dafang is working so far! At least I have image.
  15. Might want to hold off buying new Wyze V2 cameras. The 2 I have aren't loading the hacked bootloader properly, I've been able to revert to factory bootloader without issue. Tried OpenIPC and Xiaomi-Dafang. I suspect something may have changed, I'll have to solder a serial connection to the hardware and get a console to find out more.
  16. Permits are the norm, however AFAIK it's only required for monitored or audible alarm systems in most cases. Install your own, have it set to call neighbor/yourself..etc.. no audable alarm and no permit needed...as a bonus criminal think you don't have an alarm.... pretty sure NV has no duty to retreat 😉
  17. https://github.com/EliasKotlyar/Xiaomi-Dafang-Hacks Looks to have support for pan cams. I've got a couple of the v2 cams on the way. NOTE: Don't allow the cameras to update, it might break the ability to install this. instructions: https://github.com/EliasKotlyar/Xiaomi-Dafang-Hacks/blob/master/hacks/install_cfw.md OpenIPC instructions: https://github.com/openipcamera/openipc-firmware I think OpenIPC uses the firmware from Elias Kotlyar, not sure what the differences are.
  18. I thought the bear was hired security doing the rounds 😉
  19. Have you considered zip-ties? 😉
  20. Dang those Wyze cams sure are...inexpensive... looks like others have had good luck with OpenIPC... I for one would be interested in details if you get around to trying that out.
  21. Good, not just me then ;-). 10 rds of .45 should be 'enough'... as long as you have good shot placement.... I've got a 30rd for my 9mm when I feel like spraying at steel targets or the like 😉
  22. Been to Centralia? I used to live in Ohio, most of the property in midwest/eastern states is privately owned so you're options for exploring can be very limited. I'd suggest looking at rail lines on google maps, see if you can find abandonded rails/tunnels.. sometimes you can find buildings or even entire trains sitting on the tracks ignored. Good luck! And not abandoned, but if you haven't been to Boulder Field... make a day or two of Centralia and Boulder Field.. 😉
  23. Have you had issues getting 10 rds into the G30 magazine? I've found I can just get 10rds in, and have to really slam it home to seat the mag. Always kinda wondered if i got a couple of poorly made magazines....they're glock brand with extended bumpers.. heck maybes it's the bumpers... I shot IDPA on occasion with the G30, and found that when I slam a full mag in the slide releases.. which in a way is a bit handy.. if a bit unnerving 😉
  24. Good idea, I forgot about those. Fairly easy to conceal so even if they can't ship the images elsewhere... not too likely to be noticed. Robust, I think they even have pretty strong case options that help prohibit theft in the field? So far most aren't so 'smart' that they are stupid.
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