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  • Timelapse Using Slider

    I have been experimenting with creating timelapse video clips. I recently upped my game a bit by buying a motorized slider. I did some research and based on features and price I chose a slider from GVM the GT-80WD.

    This timelapse uses the slider to capture storm clouds over Woodside in NYC.

    https://youtu.be/nGBPmFh-7uQ
    Storm clouds over Woodside
  • Labor Day Time Lapse

    Like many other New Yorkers since the city was hit with Covid-19 I’ve spent a lot of time staying home with my wife. To help pass the time I’ve started creating time lapse videos shot from the terrace of my coop.

    I live in Queens and I have to say that I have a great view of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Here is my latest time lapse that was created of the Labor Day weekend. The city enjoyed perfect weather for the holiday.

    https://youtu.be/n6VbfvSnU1E
    New York City sunset September 5th 2020

  • Hacking Passwords

    I think everyone hates passwords and they especially hate complex passwords. I’ve been using a password manager for years now which allows me to easily create complex and unique passwords for every web site that I use.

    I’ve been able to convert my wife into using the same password manager software and she has become very comfortable using it. Convincing other family members and friends has been a bit more difficult. Using easy to remember passwords is convenient but could be risky. Using that same password across multiple sites is even more risky.

    I just came across an article that visually depicts how long it would take to ‘crack’ a password of a specific length and complexity. Could be an eyebrow raising read for some people.

    Check it out at Digg:

    How Long It Would Take A Hacker To Guess Your Password, Visualized

  • Dawn’s Handmade Jewelry

    It’s great being retired but Covid-19 has pretty much killed off all my side hustle of playing bass in a couple of bands. It also killed off my wife Dawn’s business of selling jewelry at street fairs. It’s just too risky for her because of her Lupus.  

    I’ve built her website to sell her hand made jewelry. I’ve found the the tech side is much easier for me then the marketing side .

    I’m certainly biased but many people find her handmade designs both unique and beautiful. You can see some of her creations below. And, find the web site here: Dawn’s Handmade Jewelry

  • cafe52 Woodside Webcam
    Woodside Webcam

    Back in 1999 when I was working at JP Morgan as an IT consultant for CSC I decided to registered the domain cafe52.com. At the same time I had a DSL line provisioned and requested a static IP address. I did this so that I could run my own web server and email server.

    Being a member of the JPM network security team at time I couldn’t do things by half, I built a Linux firewall that utilized the TIS Tookkit (Trusted Information Systems). This was an open source version of Gauntlet Firewall which we used at the time. There were no binaries for Linux available so I had to compiled the toolkit from source code. The firewall directed Internet traffic to my Linux web/email server and, allowed me to browse the Internet. I was in geek heaven.

    Around the same time while working at JPM I also acquired a Mac PowerPC. This Mac had a video input. The gears started turning and before long I had an 8mm handy cam connected to the Mac and was directing Internet traffic to the video stream from Mac. The Woodside Webcam was born.

    Since those early days the Woodside Webcam has gone through many different technology iterations and hardware outages. The current iteration is a Raspberry Pi which is certainly a lot smaller and power hungry than the original Mac PowerPC. You can see the live stream here:

    Woodside Webcam

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