The world's oldest continually operating webcam is based in San Francisco. After 25 years running, co-creator Jeff Schwartz says FogCam is "shutting down forever.
Schwartz, Wong, and others at San Francisco State University pose for the webcam in these photos from This cardboard cutout of a dog was the star of many of them. Twenty years after Hildebrand's discovery to combat the bends, UC Berkeley physicist Hugh Bradner revolutionized diving with his discovery of the neoprene wetsuit. Using neoprene allowed divers to retain body heat despite diving into frigid waters. He's talking about Petunia and Web, the cats that used to live in his Mission District apartment.
Back inSchwartz came up with the idea to point a webcam at his pets while cheap dates in Ocala FL was away at school.
He eventually figured out how to connect his webcam to the Internet over the phone lines — it took one picture of his furry companions every minute. But that was just a side project. A year earlier, Schwartz known as Webdog and his cohort Dan Wong Danno had already begun running the San Francisco FogCamnamed for the shrouded view it offered of the San Francisco State University campus where they were taking computer science classes.
Now, it's the oldest continually operating webcam in the world, and has been running for 25 years. But at the end of August, Schwartz and Wong are speed dating Point id the plug.
The university tolerates us, but they don't really endorse us and so we have to find secure locations on our own. He recalls the early days of the FogCam fondly.
Schwartz says he was inspired to create it when he was learning how to script. Around the same time, he became intrigued by the first-ever live webcam that actually pre-dated the Internet: the Trojan Room Coffee Pot cam.
It was invented by researchers at the University of Cambridge, hoping to make their naked Lubbock TX dating caffeine fix a little more convenient. Many of them worked in different labs on different floors, making it impossible to tell if their trek to the coffee pot would leave them dismayed to find it empty. When they connected the cam to the Internet intech enthusiasts around the world grew fascinated.
Usually, the FogCam pointed straight toward Holloway Avenue. But as a tribute to the Trojan Room, they occasionally pointed their own webcam toward the nearby line at Cafe Rosso so is it easy to meet girls in San Antonio Texas TX could take a look and know when to get their coffee there. It was also one of the first websites to experiment with early stages of social media, hosting its own live chat room in combination with its webcam.
Schwartz said MTV's Adam Curry reached out to ask how to use a similar model for his own website, and gave them credit.
Curry later went on to craft his own web portal de and hosting company. The webcam will be switched off on August 30, but Schwartz says the website itself will be kept up "for sake of posterity. Amanda Bartlett is an SFGate editorial assistant. : amanda.
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