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Seven: Personal Soundtrack Shirt (39.99) [Received: NO]

“The Personal Soundtrack Shirt is an amazing new wearable audio solution that features a working speaker embedded into the front of the shirt. When you push the appropriate button on the pocketable remote you get music or sound effects appropriate for any situation… everything from drum roll, to cat call whistle, to western showdown.” via ThinkGeek

Six: Multi-Color LED Lightbulb w/Remote (49.99) [Received: NO]

“The Multi-Color LED Lightbulb is a super bright LED bulb that can transition through dozens of color and brightness combinations and is compatible with a standard lightbulb socket. The included IR remote can select an individual color or brightness level or choose one of four different transition effects. Great for mood lighting, decorating, parties or special lighting environments.” via ThinkGeek

Five: Sony VAIO Wi-Fi Photo Frame (299.99) [Received: Kodak P720]

“Capture pictures out of thin air. With wireless technologies that let you display your pictures in a whole new way, the Wi-Fi Photo Frame makes it simple for anyone with a high-speed internet connection to relive those special moments—wherever they may be.” via Sony Style

Four: M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Reference Monitors (199.95) [Received: Sony Studio Monitor Headphones]

“The compact Studiophile™ AV 40 powered speakers deliver the same proven M-Audio technology favored by top producers, recording engineers and musicians around the world. The combination of 4” polypropylene-coated drivers and 3/4” ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters provides punchy lows, crisp highs and a balanced, uncolored response.” via M-Audio

Three: Apple TV (229.00) [Received: Not Yet..]

“Apple TV gives you access to an easy-to-navigate world of entertainment. Rent HD movies. Buy HD TV shows. Listen to your iTunes music. Even show off your photos. Connect one HDMI cable and, just like that, Apple TV turns your TV into so much more.” via Apple

Two: Double Breasted Winter Jacket [Received: YES]

One: MacBook (1299.00) [Received: NO]

Update: Happy Holidays everyone!

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Do you have a webcam hooked up to the internet? Maybe a security system? Have you password protected it? With this simple Google search, people may be able to watch and possibly control your cameras.

Protect yourself! Password protect your internet enabled cameras!

Other possible search keywords include;

inurl:/view.shtml
intitle:”Live View / – AXIS” | inurl:view/view.shtml^
inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=
inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=Refresh
inurl:axis-cgi/jpg
inurl:axis-cgi/mjpg (motion-JPEG)
inurl:view/indexFrame.shtml
inurl:view/index.shtml
inurl:view/view.shtml
liveapplet
intitle:”live view” intitle:axis
intitle:liveapplet
allintitle:”Network Camera NetworkCamera”
intitle:axis intitle:”video server”
intitle:liveapplet inurl:LvAppl
intitle:”EvoCam” inurl:”webcam.html”
intitle:”Live NetSnap Cam-Server feed”
intitle:”Live View / – AXIS”
intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 206M”
intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 206W”
intitle:”Live View / – AXIS 210″
inurl:indexFrame.shtml Axis
inurl:”MultiCameraFrame?Mode=Motion”
intitle:start inurl:cgistart
intitle:”WJ-NT104 Main Page”
intext:”MOBOTIX M1″ intext:”Open Menu”
intext:”MOBOTIX M10″ intext:”Open Menu”
intext:”MOBOTIX D10″ intext:”Open Menu”
intitle:snc-z20 inurl:home/
intitle:snc-cs3 inurl:home/
intitle:snc-rz30 inurl:home/
intitle:”sony network camera snc-p1″
intitle:”sony network camera snc-m1″
site:.viewnetcam.com -www.viewnetcam.com
intitle:”Toshiba Network Camera” user login
intitle:”netcam live image”
intitle:”i-Catcher Console – Web Monitor”

Photo Credit: I Know the Things You Do by Thomas Hawk

Ever wanted to be able to check in on your house while you were away?  is a piece of open source software that enables your webcams, that you may have laying around the house, work as motion detectors. Motion should run on most linux distributions but for this tutorial, I’m using the desktop version of  linux.

Requirements

  • PC with Ubuntu installed
  • USB webcam(s)
  • 30-90 minutes of free time

Step One

Okay lets start off by downloading the linux driver for your webcam. This great man wrote a single driver that is compatible with about 260 different webcams! You can download it here, to your desktop preferably. If this driver does not work for your camera please search  for the right driver.

Once you’ve downloaded the driver we can start compiling it, but first make sure you have the package build-essential installed you can do so by typing in sudo apt-get install build-essential into the terminal, information on this package can be located here.

Build-essential

We are now ready to start compiling the source code for the driver. Once we extract the .tar.gz file by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract Here. This should take a few seconds to complete.

Then open up terminal again and type in cd ~/Desktop/gspcav1-20071224, then type ./configure, this should take a minute or two (don’t worry if this gives out errors, just precede to compiling).

After that, start compiling it by typing in make. After it’s been compiled you can install it by typing in sudo make install this will install the package. You should now have a webcam that is recognized by linux now!

Step Two

Ubuntu has added Motion to the repository so it is now super easy to install (no compiling required). All you need to do to install Motion is, type sudo apt-get install motion in the command line.

sudo apt-get install motion

Step Three

It’s now time to setup Motion’s configuration files. You can download my config files that I’ve already filled in; here (read through the entire motion.conf file and change the settings to fit your needs).

Put the files in the Motion Config.zip file in your /etc/motion/ folder on your server by first extracting the files onto the desktop, then typing sudo mv ~/Desktop/Motion Config.zip_FILES /etc/motion/ into the terminal.

sudo mv motion config

Please note: that if you have more than one webcam you will need one thread.conf for each extra cam (example; thread0.conf, thread1.conf, thread2.conf) You will also need to add the links to these files at end of the motion.conf file.

Step Four (optional)

Wput is a command line FTP client that allows you to upload security photos to a remote FTP server. To install this type sudo apt-get install wput into the terminal. We can configure Motion to use wput to upload photos that have been taken by adding

# Command to be executed when a picture (.ppm|.jpg) is saved (default: none)# The filename of the picture is appended as an argument for the command.on_picture_save wput ftp://USERNAME:PASSWORD@REMOTE SERVER %f

to your motion.conf file (if your using the motion.conf I provided this is already in there, just replace the server info in the ftp:// section)

Step Five

Lets make Motion startup automatically with the computer. Open “System” from the menu bar on the top of the screen, then “Preferences,” and “Sessions.” Create a new startup program type in a name for it and then type motion in the command section. Click “OK.” You can now restart the computer.

Motion Autostart

Configuration

If you need more information about getting Motion running visit; here. There is also a ton of configuration options. From taking movies instead of photos, to launching a script when motion is detected; here. A wonderful person by the name of Morgan Storey has made a few scripts available, to automate the mundane process of activating motion when you leave (via screensaver) and help clean up after Motion (deleting old security photos locally and over FTP). Here are the scripts if you would like to use them.

Conclusion

You should now be able to open a web interface for Motion now by typing in localhost:8000 from the server itself or XXX.XXX.X.XXX:8000 from another computers web browser. To view a live stream of your webcam type localhost:8001 from the server itself or XXX.XXX.X.XXX:8001 from another computers web browser. You can change settings from this interface here too, you can even make Motion generate it’s own config files to fit your setup exactly!

Enjoy your new home-brew security system! All thanks to  and all the other great open source developers. Keep up the great work!