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  1. J Sigmo

    Xmas porch pirate team 12/23

    She doesn't pick up the packages until she sees the getaway car right there, ready to pick her up, so that probably lessens her risk to some extent. Dirtbags! I hope they are both caught and effectively prosecuted.
  2. J Sigmo

    I want a "sort of new" laptop.

    Although I added more RAM and a bigger SSD to the one I got, probably pushing the total price up to where I may well have found a similar deal all at once, I'm still loving this thing, and very happy with the purchase. I like the high resolution screen, and love that it has the backlit...
  3. J Sigmo

    Increased FPS 25 on Dahua SD59225U-HNI smoothed auto tracking????

    That is a good find. And it shouldn't be surprising. If the frame rate we set not only sets the rate at which frames are compressed and streamed, but also sets the rate at which frames are captured by the camera and thus available to the camera's "brain" for use in performing tracking, then it...
  4. J Sigmo

    This is pretty cool, why don't we have this fully deployed in the states?

    They say they are looking for folks using cell phones with their surveillance system. So how does one call 901 to make a report without being caught on camera using your cell phone? I can just see it. Citizen A is calling to report Citizen B who is calling to report citizen A....
  5. J Sigmo

    Amazon Package Thiefs

    I couldn't do it with my garage, either. Some of the junk in there might topple over on the poor delivery guy, and I'd be in for a serious lawsuit.
  6. J Sigmo

    Students with bath

    Industrious, though. Those things can be heavy!
  7. J Sigmo

    Well there goes the neighborhood

    Why does this come to mind?
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    Lazy Neighbor Pushes My Trash Can With His Truck / Caught On Video

    Luckily ours at home are some sort of heavy plastic. But I know what you mean! I work late nights, often well into the wee hours. I come home at 2 to 4 am, want to haul out my trash, but stage it in my garage until a more reasonable hour so I don't bug the neighbors. However, at work we have...
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    Lazy Neighbor Pushes My Trash Can With His Truck / Caught On Video

    One of life's many little inconveniences that, when thought of in the big picture, makes one glad he doesn't have real problems! :) I'm convinced that humans evolved to face constant mortal danger and solve life-threatening problems pretty much every day during most of our 1.8 to 2.0 million...
  10. J Sigmo

    Well there goes the neighborhood

    None of us can ever look at an RV the same way now! :)
  11. J Sigmo

    smart IR issue explained

    Excellent weiteup Most security camera users come into this with no background in photography. Unfortunately, a basic understanding of exposure and photo lighting is required to get the best use from their security cameras just as it is for any photography. And sadly, our security cameras are...
  12. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Remember that the cameras we all like, right now, such as the venerable Dahua IPC-HDW2231RP-ZS already have smart IR. In fact, people have been annoyed that smart IR was missing from some of the newer cameras, but a recent firmware update brought it back, but it's now called "auto IR" or...
  13. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    Because existing external IR illuminators are not controlled by the camera itself. External "dumb" illuminators are a great idea and of great use. But we have to run separate power wiring to accommodate them. And they can't perform the "smart IR" functions. If the camera came with it's own...
  14. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    I think these are ideas the existing security camera makers need to think about and offer. Getting up to speed on the other 95% of security camera design would be a lot of work. I've owned a company that did electronics design and manufacturing. I wouldn't want to go up against these...
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    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    It would depend on the exact situation. I figure if they gave you two remote heads with five feet of cable on each of them, you'd have a lot of flexibility. Let's say you're mounting the camera up under an eave, to the soffit (my current case for a number of my cams). But there is a fascia...
  16. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    You make some excellent points! And I apologize for being confusing. But you've completely misunderstood my reason for using the example of how remote flash controls common to DSLRs for the past 20 years work, and how amazing that technology is compared to what exists in our current security...
  17. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    YES! That thing's huge. Just what we may need. :)
  18. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    But remember: My posting this here provides proof of "prior art" when we sue over patent infringement! ;)
  19. J Sigmo

    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    YES! It needs to be cheap! :) The thing is, it wouldn't take any new technology at all to give us a remote LED head. Just wire up the remote to the same connector that the internal LEDs connect to right now. It's just a matter of a cable and a second enclosure. Of course, it would add to...
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    Review-OEM 4mp AI Cam IPC-T5442TM-AS Starlight+

    We want the new 1/1.8" 4MP sensor and with a varifocal lens, but in a turret body. That would be the best new technology in a non-spiderweb-plagued case. If they come out with that, I need about a half a dozen of them. I already have a few of the 2231s. They're pretty good, but I need to...
  21. J Sigmo

    Recommendations for a showy camera (maybe WIFI) or even a fake

    Generally, in the US, if this is YOUR single family dwelling, you can do both low voltage and high voltage wiring, etc. Depending on the particular jurisdiction, and for high voltage wiring, you may need to obtain a building permit, and you may need to have the proposed wiring job signed off on...
  22. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    The domain "goatcams.com" is not taken at this time, according to Go Daddy! ;)
  23. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    You need to set up a live feed to stream them on YouTube. Monatize, baby!
  24. J Sigmo

    Recommendations for a showy camera (maybe WIFI) or even a fake

    Running the wiring is almost always the most difficult part of any installation. But I'd still recommend a real camera, especially an active deterrence model if you really want to keep people away. Either that, or something like this: Someone else posted a link to some of those "motion...
  25. J Sigmo

    Pole mounting something like the Dahua IPC-HDW2231R-ZS from a commercial ceiling joist

    Regular pipe flanges can be had with the usual pipe threads to fit threaded pipe (same as rigid conduit). You could then drill normal camera mounting boxes and bolt them to the flanges...
  26. J Sigmo

    Holy 60x Zoom Batman! Dahua SD10A260WA-HNF

    Look at that detect distance (dori). Pretty much a mile! (Edit: More like three miles!) The entrance pupil diameter for a 336mm f/4.5 lens should be 75mm. So the front element of the lens must be somewhat larger than 75mm. That's a big lens!
  27. J Sigmo

    Goat Cam

    Is it just me, or does that room remind anyone else of their college dorm/apartment, and maybe the roommates as well? Those are some sweet wire spools, man!
  28. J Sigmo

    Samantha's Secret Hiding Spot

    Very stealthy! Cats are a hoot. :)
  29. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    Some of the covers claim to block IR light while passing visible light so that the police cannot see the cover. There are sprays that claim to create a reflective surface that cannot be seen from straight-on, so that again, the police cannot see anything wrong. But they allegedly reflect...
  30. J Sigmo

    Automotive IR emitter

    Here, people buy aftermarket covers to put over their license plates to defeat their normal reflectivity. This is mainly done to prevent police laser speed measurement from working, and also to prevent automated LPR systems from reading the plates. These covers are illegal. But I still see them...
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