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JenniCam Celebrates 4-Year Anniversary

CmdrTaco posted about 14 years ago | from the coming-at-ya-live-14,000-times-a-day dept.

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beebware noted that as of today, the JenniCam is now four years old. I've been a fan of this thing for the majority of that time... all I can say is it sure beats the Netscape FishCam. It's nuts how Jenni's little cam became such a fixture on The Internet... congratulations to her.

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Grats (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133037)

Without a doubt my favorite slashbox :)

The great thing about Jennicam in a way is the time difference, I'm in the UK, so I get to see Jenni in bed for most of the day

*puurrr*

Re:WTF??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133038)

If you really need it explained that it's defined as
internet culture, and therefore of geek-interest,
then perhaps you really don't belong here.

JenniCam automatic downloader (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133039)

/*
* Jennicam fetcher. Requires curl. Known to compile and run under that
* *evil* operating system. Grabs latest pic every
* 15 minutes and writes HTML file with all pictures
*/
#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stddef.h>
#include <process.h>
#include <time.h>

int fetchPic( char *fname );

int main( void )
{
time_t t,t2;
struct tm *tm;
static char fname[256];

while( TRUE )
{
// generate filename
t = time( NULL );
tm = localtime( &t );

wsprintf( fname, "jennicam-%04d%02d%02d%02d%02d.jpg",
tm->tm_year+1900, tm->tm_mon+1, tm->tm_mday, tm->tm_hour,
tm->tm_min );
fetchPic( fname );
writeHtml( fname, t );

t += ( 15 * 60 );
t2 = time( NULL );

tm = localtime( &t );
printf( "Sleeping until %02d:%02d:%02d...\n\n", tm->tm_hour,
tm->tm_min, tm->tm_sec );
if ( t > t2 )
SleepEx( ( t - t2 ) * 1000, FALSE );
//SleepEx( 14 * 1000, FALSE );
}

return 0;
}

int fetchPic( char *fname )
{
char buf[256];
printf( "Executing curl: %s\n", fname );
spawnl( P_WAIT, "curl", "curl", "-o", fname, "http://www.jennicam.org/guests/cam.jpg", NULL );
printf( "curl finished...\n" );
return 0;
}

int writeHtml( char *fname, time_t t )
{
FILE *fp;
char buf[256];
long int currPos;
BOOL done = FALSE;
char insline[] = "<!-- next line -->";

fp = fopen( "jennicam.html", "r+t" );
if ( fp == NULL )
{
fp = fopen( "jennicam.html", "wt" );
if ( fp == NULL )
return 0;
fprintf( fp, "<HTML>\n<HEAD>\n<TITLE>JenniCam Captured Pics</TITLE>\n" );
fprintf( fp, "</HEAD>\n<BODY>\n" );
}
else
{
// seek to the spot where we want to insert another image
while( !feof( fp ) && !done )
{
currPos = ftell( fp );
fgets( buf, 256, fp );
if ( !strncmp( insline, buf, lstrlen(insline) ) )
{
fseek( fp, currPos, SEEK_SET );
done = TRUE;
}
}
if ( !done )
{
printf( "did not find insert line... :-(\n" );
return 0;
}
}

strcpy( buf, ctime( &t ) );
buf[lstrlen(buf)-1] = '\0';
fprintf( fp, " Picture captured at: %s<br>\n", buf );
fprintf( fp, " <img src=\"%s\"><br><br><hr><br>\n", fname );
fprintf( fp, "%s\n", insline );
fprintf( fp, "</BODY>\n</HTML>\n" );

fclose( fp );
return 0;
}

I never understood the whole concept (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133041)

Could someone explain the attraction to JenniCam (sans nudity) and other things like MTV's 'Real World' and some recent show on ABC? Personally I find it extremely painful to sit around in a room listening to peoples personal relationship problems, or to sit in a room watching someone cut their toenails and pretend I'm not there. For most people the idea of sitting around doing nothing but listening to people bitch and moan is boring, so what do they do? They turn on the TV and watch people do it.

The whole JenniCam thing is pretty sick. I can understand if you watch to see if she gets naked, but you might as well just go out and rent a porn tape because the picture quality is much better. The losers who say they don't watch JenniCam for the sex are either liars, or they are those pathetic people who are so lacking in self-esteem that they have to lurk around people to feel some sense of self-worth; you know, potential stalkers.

Re:Well, good for her. (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133042)

it seems like a lot of people are missing the point of Jennicam. What she is doing is in no way porn, as her sex life doesn't get more emphasis in the images than her desire for cheese sandwiches. what might make it porn is the viewer's voyeristic interest, but that is up to you to create. the site is a darn fine piece of art. not 'cause the design of the site is "pretty", but because she's taken a straightforward idea to extremes and rocked some people's boats pretty effectively with it. A lot of /.ers seem to have had their boats well and truly capsized. "porn" & "obscene" & "jollies"... Christ almighty, get over it. Instead think about it in terms of space. She has left a window perpetually open on what she does, so where does she keep her privacy? and how does that window give anyone the right to judge or include themselves in her sex life?

Cock Tease cams (4)

Anonymous Coward | about 14 years ago | (#1133043)

It's amazing how many of these chick cam sites there are. Practically ALL of them make you pay, and there's always the "oops I forgot to wear any clothes!" shots, the "I just got out of the shower" shots, the "I'm gonna mess around with my boyfriend who's not ever going to be you!" shots, all with a stupid disclaimer of that they want every minute of their life to be on the cam, whether it's naked time or not.

Let's face it, an attractive woman who sits around the house all day for a for-pay webcam is a quick profit. She is profiting off of horny lonely men, and will not give out any refunds(a drunk friend of mine signed up for jennicam, and refused to give him a refund).

i predict these webcams will stay popular until one evening a crazed stalker enters the home and rapes/kills her for EVERYONE(including the guest cam) to see. The media will get wind of it(since all men on the internet are creepy in the media's eyes), and all of these cams will thank god shut down overnight.

Oh very brave moderating me down. (1)

fialar (1545) | about 14 years ago | (#1133049)

Moderator: get a life and realize that people have every right to voice their opinions.

Slashdot has always been about quirk (1)

ry4an (1568) | about 14 years ago | (#1133050)

Slashdot has always had a healthy mix of tech news and connected quirk. If it loses its sense of humor, it'll just be ZDNet (without the evil).

www.anonymizer.com is for you! (1)

zipwow (1695) | about 14 years ago | (#1133051)

anonymizer.com [anonymizer.com] works well for avoiding those silly firewalls. Or, if it is blocked as well, there are other sites that you can usually find via a search.

Firewall blocking is a waste of time, imho.

Zipwow

How dose she do it ? (1)

Forge (2456) | about 14 years ago | (#1133052)

I get antsy just having a few people peep through my window. I had a netcam and turned it off to avoid being seen so much.

Jenny on the other hand is on display 24/7 for the whole world. You can watch her eat sleep hack or just plain live. I don't think I could handle the pressure. Then again, maybe I am just not as pretty as Jenny. Not that she is particularly hot or anything. In fact the only thing unusual about her is that you get to see how she lives.

What a difference the cam makes.

Hear, hear... (1)

acb (2797) | about 14 years ago | (#1133054)

It's sad that a lot of people condemn JenniCam as being some sort of porn for perverts in denial or something. Most of them seem to be acting on secondhand knowledge, having heard some stories about a girl who gets naked on camera for all the world to see. If they read her journals, &c., which she posts online, or looked at the images a few times, they'd know that this is not about n3kkid l4diez.

JenniCam is more about intimacy than sex. In many places you can go to see a woman get naked; there are plenty of porn sites which fill that demand. What Jenni does is let the viewer into her life, in honest, intimate detail; and that her life is just a normal life, not the exploits of a porn star or anysuch.

(Of course, that she's pretty cute also helps her traffic, no doubt. Though I doubt that much of the traffic is from the dirty-raincoat brigade, who wouldn't waste their time watching a fully clothed woman typing or folding her laundry or whatever when there are actual porn sites for them to visit.)

Re:1st cyberstar (2)

acb (2797) | about 14 years ago | (#1133055)

First photogenic cyberstar, maybe; or first pretty girl you can look at as you read her diary. There have been other virtual celebrities before Jenni, and even before the Web (such as Kibo [kibo.com] , for example), though they were mostly textual and didn't get quite that amount of media attention.

Re:Maybe A Little Background Would Help? (2)

acb (2797) | about 14 years ago | (#1133056)

Jenni's "infamous BDSM pages"? The mind boggles...

Re:you gets what you asks for (1)

Mr. Neutron (3115) | about 14 years ago | (#1133058)

I agree with this post.

Although, the moderation system will assure that only the most interesting, informative, insightful, and funny obscene garbage and spam will float to the top of the heap. :-)

--

"Big Brother" (1)

Pseudonymus Bosch (3479) | about 14 years ago | (#1133059)

Could somebody confirm that audience for the German show has been decreasing since the splash 1st emmission?

But it's being licensed accross Europe.
__

1st cyberstar (5)

Pseudonymus Bosch (3479) | about 14 years ago | (#1133061)

JenniCam is newsworthy because, as Salon (?) said she is the first cyberstar. See, whatever star you can think of, Ronaldo, Pamela, Clinton, Gates, Torvalds and Tux (not that good example), the Pope, they are popular in the net and outside of the net. Their fame was enhanced by the net, but Jenni was created by the Internet.
It showed that you could be a mere student and get worldwide famous, a dedicate followership, even alt.fans.jennicam [alt.fans.jennicam] and only by some pieces of networked hardware.

It couldn't happen before the net.

Besides, it's the only webcam available as a Slashbox.
(What about some statistics about Slashboxes people choose?)

But yes, 4th anniversary is not that exciting.
__

JenniCam IPO (2)

Bishop (4500) | about 14 years ago | (#1133062)

So when is the JeniCam IPO? As one of the few web sites that actually make money it is past due.

Feeling old. (2)

Nicolas MONNET (4727) | about 14 years ago | (#1133064)

Indeed, that feels so old. I remember the pre-cam Jenni pages, I did'nt remember that was so old. I remember that, when I saw it, I said to myself: wow, she's very exhibitionnist. Duh!

Back in the day (1)

marquis (5361) | about 14 years ago | (#1133065)

I've been bragging for years that I knew Jennifer back when she was a student at Dickinson College [dickinson.edu] . I think it was autumn of 1995 and I had just discovered The Internettm. I'd heard you could see naked pictures and stuff so, clever fellow that I am, I did a search on Lycos for "breasts" (OK, and other stuff). I stumbled across a site by Jennifer Kaye Ringley which included (amongst a plethora of fascinating items) a "Tour of Jennifer's Body". This included closeups of almost every body part: hair, back, hands, feet, BREASTS(!), arms, neck, butt, etc etc. Jennifer wrote informative, entertaining blurbs for each of the body parts. I was struck by her humor and strong sense of herself. I just HAD to email her and we ended up exchanging email for a couple of months. I turned her on to Jackson Browne and she turned me on to Poe's (Edgar Allen, that is) Annabel Lee.

The point is this woman is anything but some money-grubbing whatever. She is a clever early-adopter who figured out a way to let her hobby pay for itself and then some.

Jennicam Activity Meter (2)

szyzyg (7313) | about 14 years ago | (#1133071)

I'ma amazed my dead activity meter page still gets more hits than anything else on my web pages (welll except for liveice now).

It was a silly use of image analysis to figure out just what was going on, I never quite got round to implementing an automatic Jenni-Alert for users.

Still this whole automatic download/image analysis did one thing original.... I remember SGI claiming a patent for a random numbver generator based on a camera pointed at a Lava Lamp.... well I used the jenni images for random number generation and occasionally - this featured a lava lamp.

So... anyone wanting to challenge this patent can talk to me for 'prior art' ;-)

Interesting (2)

tilly (7530) | about 14 years ago | (#1133072)

The first time I heard about her was a little over a year ago when she was running in some poll [zdnet.com] against Linus Torvalds. I saw it here and said, "Huh?"

I find it amusing that the number times I run into mentions of her is about as often as she shows up on /., which it to say "not much".

Cheers,
Ben

Re:"Big Brother" (1)

sanderb (9539) | about 14 years ago | (#1133074)

Could somebody confirm that audience for the German show has been decreasing since the splash 1st emmission?

But it's being licensed accross Europe.

I am not sure what you mean, but if you mean 'why bring it out all over Europe if it ain't popular', the answer is it was a huge hit in the Netherlands, the first country to show it.

Re:Lies,lies,lies (2)

orabidoo (9806) | about 14 years ago | (#1133075)

huh? quit lying to ourselves? I don't need to lie to myself to say I'm not interested in Jennicam. I remember back in 97 or so when it became sort of known, and sure, I went and looked at the page, maybe 5 times across a couple of weeks. then I just forgot about it, because it's just not that interesting, really.

I respect Jenni as a (probably) intelligent human being who made something of her life and had an impact. But I DON'T respect Jennicam, nor the bigger picture that it stands for, which is to use other people's dull lives as entertainment. Not for moral reasons, she's not "selling herself" anymore than a TV actor is, anyway. My opinion of Jennicam is more or less the same as my opinion of soap operas on TV. Pure meaningless time-filling dumb entertainment. Which is fine as a guilty pleasure if you take it like that, but in terms of "how worthwhile it is for you", it's really very near the bottom of it all.

1986 (2)

kritanus (9944) | about 14 years ago | (#1133077)

So what are the consequences of Jenni-Cam and alike? I also watched Jennicam a few times until a TV-Show came up here (germany) called Big Brother.
In this show you can watch a couple of people who are isolated in a house (at their own will) and every week one of them is elected to leave. The last one gets o lot of money. As this show came up I was somehow shocked. Ok, I know there are enough idiots who want to be in tv at any price, but think of the consequences. It supports the tollerance of being watched. Things like this
risk our privacey on a long term basis.

Re:Cock Tease cams (1)

TrentC (11023) | about 14 years ago | (#1133082)

Let's face it, an attractive woman who sits around the house all day for a for-pay webcam is a quick profit.

...Except according to her and her journal, she's not making a lot of profit. She's commented many times that if more people actually signed up as members, she'd have the money to do some really cool stuff. I remember her discussing the move from 30-min refresh/2-min-for-members to 15 and 1, trying to see if the increase in bandwidth usage would break her or not.

Most of her hardware (including her laptop) is actually donated to her by fans. As for her bed selling on eBay for $2800? Well, she said she paid over $3000 for it, so hawking her stuff hasn't been too lucrative either.

She is profiting off of horny lonely men, and will not give out any refunds(a drunk friend of mine signed up for jennicam, and refused to give him a refund).

Funny, I'm not lonely -- I proposed to my fiancee back in November, yet I still resubscribed to Jenni last month. Trust me, if I'm horny, I don't need to go to a website to get my rocks off.

Besides, in the last year, I've actually seen her having sex maybe 4 times, 5 times tops. That's a piss-poor average for a "porn site".

i predict these webcams will stay popular until one evening a crazed stalker enters the home and rapes/kills her for EVERYONE (including the guest cam) to see.

Fortunately, Jenni seems to have enough sense to take reasonable precautions to protect herself.

Jay (=

Anybody want to see a CmdrTaco cam? (3)

Guppy (12314) | about 14 years ago | (#1133083)

Well?

Seriously, once you take out the fact that Jenni happens to be a pretty young lady (who sometimes gets naked) and replace it with a guy, the concept looses some of it's charm (OK, maybe not for the geek girls out there).

JenniCam - what's in it for me. (5)

jabber (13196) | about 14 years ago | (#1133085)

Kudos to Jenni, congratulations for sticking to your guns and putting your life on display.

Kudos to CT for seeing JenniCam as worthy of a Slashdot article.

I've seen posts here, mostly commenting how JenniCam is about Jenni 'doing' her boyfriend. Grow up guys. Read the journals and get a clue.

/Disclaimer: I am NOT a JenniCam subscriber. I just pop in now and again out of curiosity.

Some time ago, Jennifer went through a messy situation with her folks. At that same time, I had a very similar thing happen in my family. I'm a grown adult, but it still shakes you to the core to see your parents at each other's throats. Reading about Jenni's experiences, having a glimpse inside her feelings - which she bravely puts on display - helped me realize, confront and resolve my own issues. Jenni, thanks.

That was a rather singular event, but it made me a fan of Jenni's courage. She's forced me to consider the fact that I'm neither special nor typical - just like her. So she takes her boyfriend to bed on the Internet. So what? She also does yoga, pets her cats, hacks on her PCs, watches South Park...

She's one of us, whatever US means. She just doesn't hide any aspect; doesn't consider things dirty or inappropriate. Such restrictions are ours to place on ourselves.

So, Jen, thanks a bunch for exposing your self (and I do mean SELF, not body). It's nice to know another person. Best of luck in CA.

Re:Not geek news, what?? (1)

Julius X (14690) | about 14 years ago | (#1133089)

If you'd noticed I also stated earlier in my post that if not the first, defnitely one of the post.

But in any case, the coffee pot isn't autoreloading, which is really one of the functions required for a "webcam", and something Jenni has had the entire time. (I rememver even CNET's original studio cam, which came after they ran a story on her, had an autoreloader and ran on NS 2.0)

-Julius X

Not geek news, what?? (5)

Julius X (14690) | about 14 years ago | (#1133090)

I'm kind of surprised, as I haven't really seen any posts backing up CmdrTaco on this one.

Honestly, I agree with him, that Jennicam was the first(if not the first, than one of the first) sites on the internet that showed just to what degree someone could go on a website.

Jennicam is one of those sites that really shows why the internet is such a stronger medium than we've ever had available before, because one can expose themselves to the entire public, but at the same time, be completely hidden as well.

I, for one, admire Jenni, and think that she, if nothing else, deserves a little recognition on /. when such an anniversary comes about. She launched a net trend, the webcam, which should definitely be counted as "news for nerds". But in any case, it's definitely "stuff that matters."
(This isn't just pr0n here guys, take some time to actually read the site)


-Julius X

Re:Bit more information (2)

robinjo (15698) | about 14 years ago | (#1133092)

She has also recently sold her bed on Ebay for $2,760!

Big deal. She bought it two years ago for $3100.

Re:How is this news? (2)

Badgerman (19207) | about 14 years ago | (#1133093)

Actually it's news because its netculture. You can think its ridiculous, pathetic, etc., but it is part of what's going on on the net.

Four years of voyeurism. Damn.

Re:Not geek news, what?? (2)

Stephen (20676) | about 14 years ago | (#1133095)

She launched a net trend, the webcam, which should definitely be counted as "news for nerds".
I agree it's "news for nerds", but I would argue that the Cambridge coffee pot [cam.ac.uk] was the first Webcam to become famous, and to launch the trend.

Re:Cock Tease cams (2)

akey (29718) | about 14 years ago | (#1133102)

Drunk men waste far more than $15.00 just ordering drinks. Ever been sitting at a bar and go to pay for that one last drink and sit there intently trying to count those one dollar bills in your pocket, hoping not to get it wrong, then just say "fuck it" and pile the entire mess on the table and ask the bartender to keep em coming until you run out? Just losing $15.00 on a binge should be considered a fortunate fate!

Actually, drunk men used to end up enlisted in the Army. I'd just take the $15, write it off, and remember that far worse things can happen...

Re:1986 (1)

fReNeTiK (31070) | about 14 years ago | (#1133103)

Long live Slatko "the brain"! (Have you seen him in TV Total? He won, and will be back next week, arrgh!)

[moderators: If you don't get it, don't moderate]

correct URL (1)

pixelbeat (31557) | about 14 years ago | (#1133104)

At least you got the URL right this time :-)
Previously you posted www.jennicam.com !
which is pr0n.

Re:This IS News (1)

ceeam (39911) | about 14 years ago | (#1133109)

Yippie!! An idea: slashdot should post a news story everytime someone naked appears on j.c.

Huh? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133112)

>nuts how Jenni's little cam became such a fixture on The Internet

What? I never even heard of her and her cam until this article.

I think someone has a *crush*.

Re:Huh? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133113)

>Then you've dodged the media pretty deftly

I wish.

I got the full blunt of the Elian, Princess Diana, JFK Jr., etc crap. I don't even watch the news. :(

Re:This IS News (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133114)

>it's not EVERYDAY you see a porn star

I don't know about your ...er... habits, but I do.

:) :) :)

It is pr0n. (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133115)


>This isn't just pr0n here guys

Yes it is. Its called "Voyeurism".

Other people have posted here that its you can see her nude and thats its a replacement for a girlfriend.

If she really was the first webcam site, then good for her. But why don't we celerbrate the 4th year anniversery of the first ISP? First college dorm to get high speed internet access? The first commerical web site? The first ?

What is so special about the 4th year anyways?

Re:Bit more information (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133116)

>Since I submitted this article

I don't have a problem with anyone submitting this. Its just that it shouldn't have been posted. How about in the bigger posts with other unrelated stories. (Can't remember what its called but slashdot does it occasionaly.)

>but her site is one of the busiest

Shrug. There are other types of sites which are just as busy, but do you see slashdot posting about its 4th anniversery?

>She also helped raise the media profile of the web and internet

So does spam, email, Naspter, hackers, e-commerce sites and free pr0n. These are not things we celebrate the 4th anniversery of. She wasn't even a candidate for the slashdot awards. (I think)

Re:Oh very brave moderating me down. (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133117)


I agree with you. You asked an honest question and they marked you down as a troll.

Crappy moderation.

Re:How the fuck did this get a 4!?!? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133118)


The joke is;

He is refering to how people say, when they are caught with a Playboy magazine, that they don't read it for the pictures of the nude women but to read the interesting (sometimes political) articles.

He is just applying it to this webcam site. Thats why its funny. Or not, depending who you are and your sense of humor.

(BTW, I think that the moderation here is crappy also. But for different reasons.)

Re:WTF??? (1)

GoofyBoy (44399) | about 14 years ago | (#1133119)


What??? Is this really "geek-interest"?

Its more like voyersum interest.

Tell me how this is defined as "geek-interest" vs any other things which is celerbrating a 4th anniversry today?

Oh. Stop stereotyping me. I consider myself a geek but do not find this interesting.

Re:Cock Tease cams (3)

weave (48069) | about 14 years ago | (#1133120)

Let's face it, an attractive woman who sits around the house all day for a for-pay webcam is a quick profit. She is profiting off of horny lonely men, and will not give out any refunds(a drunk friend of mine signed up for jennicam, and refused to give him a refund).

No refund? Of what, $15.00 for a year of one-minute peeks instead of once every 15? That's something to get upset about?! :)

Drunk men waste far more than $15.00 just ordering drinks. Ever been sitting at a bar and go to pay for that one last drink and sit there intently trying to count those one dollar bills in your pocket, hoping not to get it wrong, then just say "fuck it" and pile the entire mess on the table and ask the bartender to keep em coming until you run out? Just losing $15.00 on a binge should be considered a fortunate fate!

so what (2)

Hard_Code (49548) | about 14 years ago | (#1133121)

JenniCam is porn? I went there once, for the first time, after visiting the BOFHCam, a JenniCam spoof. But I wasn't really impressed. It was sort of boring. All I saw was a stupid desk. I like BOFHCam better.

Re:Earlier webcams (1)

ddstreet (49825) | about 14 years ago | (#1133122)

Yes, you're right the internet was around in 1991 (and earlier). I should have said, World Wide Web, possibly, since it was hardly available to the average joe back then (universities, govt's and some businesses). From the Coffee Pot's biography:

"It started back in the dark days of 1991, when the World Wide Web was little more than a glint in CERN's eye."

Re:Earlier webcams (2)

ddstreet (49825) | about 14 years ago | (#1133124)

Also known as the Trojan Room Coffee Pot [cam.ac.uk] , which is located in the Trojan Room [cam.ac.uk] . It was around in 1991, but not connected to the internet (there wasn't one then) until later (see the biography [cam.ac.uk] ).

A close relative (but much younger) is AT&T Laboratories Cambridge [att.com] 's Smart Beverage Dispenser [att.com] . It, however, does not yet conform to rfc2324, Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0) [nottingham.ac.uk] , and rfc2325, Definitions of Managed Objects for Drip-Type Heated Beverage Hardware Devices using SMIv2 [nottingham.ac.uk] , "is not sufficiently flexible to represent the advanced multiple beverage dispenser". But, "Development of a revised MIB supporting multiple dynamic beverage options is under way". Hooray!

Re:I never understood the whole concept (2)

ronfar (52216) | about 14 years ago | (#1133125)

The whole JenniCam thing is pretty sick. I can understand if you watch to see if she gets naked, but you might as well just go out and rent a porn tape because the picture quality is much better. The losers who say they don't watch JenniCam for the sex are either liars, or they are those pathetic people who are so lacking in self-esteem that they have to lurk around people to feel some sense of self-worth; you know, potential stalkers.
This is interesting, because I think it gets to the heart of why Jennicam is an interesting idea (I've only been to the site once myself, got bored and didn't stick around.) I mean, this person is upset at the idea that Jennicam might not be about sex.

Jennicam let's us all be Jimmy Stuart in Rear Window, in that movie, the disturbing thing wasn't just the murder, it was Jimmy Stuart in his wheelchair watching all the other people's lives and watching them. Watching the sad parts of their lives and the happy ones with a coldly judgemental voyeurs eyes...

Of course, if you want judgemental voyeurs, looks like Slashdot is the place to get them! ^_^

Funny how popular it got ... (2)

operagost (62405) | about 14 years ago | (#1133127)

... once she started shagging her boyfriend onscreen.

Have you seen the screen captures? Yikes! It's a wonder that the Christian Coalition hasn't sprung on this yet!

Re:Funny how popular it got ... (1)

AppyPappy (64817) | about 14 years ago | (#1133130)

Speaking as a member of the dreaded Religious Right (gasp), I file this under "things I don't care about". It's not porno, it's silly. Now an Oval Office cam would have me alerting the feds.

She does have a killer server. It even stands up to a good slashdotting.

Re:I never understood the whole concept (1)

cyberroach (70685) | about 14 years ago | (#1133131)

Believe it or not, the biggest appeal for me is that Jenni works from home. I do not work from home. I work in a large office building at a little workstation. There's something very appealing about sitting at my desk at work and being able to watch "through the looking glass" as someone lounges around in there PJs 'til 11 or 12. Or goes wandering outside all afternoon on a nice day.

On a wider level...

I think there are two classes of voyerism: There's the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"/Pornstar Home Movie type of stuff that deals with people getting to see all the things they WISH they had in their life. This makes us feel small and unimportant.

And then there are things like Jennicam and "the Sims" that reassure us that yes, our lives are pretty normal and that's ok. Jennicam is especially intersting for male nerds that don't get much interaction with the females of the species... it difuses some of the mystery of a person when you realize that they sometimes stay up 'til 2am stuffing themselves with junkfood and playing video games too. But since it is simply "a life... on the web" there is something for everyone in it. As much as people may try to tell us otherwise, "a life" is something we all have.

Jenni & Geeks In Space (2)

Duxup (72775) | about 14 years ago | (#1133135)

The unfortunate thing for me (maybe i'm not alone) is that every time I visit thesync.com I see the pic for Jenni Show and the latest Geeks In Space tittle.
I'm not sure what is sadder, that I would think Jenni would actually be on Geeks In Space, or that I'm disappointed every time I visit that she's not.

Re:Cock Tease cams (2)

Camel Pilot (78781) | about 14 years ago | (#1133137)

She is profiting off of horny lonely men, and will not give out any refunds(a drunk friend of mine signed up for jennicam, and refused to give him a refund).

Don't get mad get even. Have your druken freind do the same thing the Cookie lady did and publish the password right here on /. :)

We're exhibitionists... (1)

jedrek (79264) | about 14 years ago | (#1133138)

I think that jennicam is what the web is all about. It's just a single person who's made a site about her life. Nothing more, nothing less. Think about it, 4 years ago (40 internet years) jenni pushed the limits.

Some of you who've been online as long or longer than I have (11 years) will probably remember the way the web looked back in 93-94. Lots and lots of .edu sites, lots of papers about computers, biology, chemistry and the like. Every now and then you'd get a home page along the lines of 'This is me, this is my cat, I like to watch the Simpsons.'

Jenni [and the hordes (just look at Blogger [blogger.com] ) that have followed her] did it differenetly - and I am one of those who followed. We represent a much more human side of the internet. Sites like these show that people are more than the sum of our experience and interests and that's what makes us human. That's what makes us special.

While I don't deny the power of the internet as a tool for the distribution of facts and knowledge a lot of geeks need to remember that it can be used to distribute emotions. That's what jennicam's been doing for the past 4 years and that's what hundereds of sites who've followed her lead (and not only) are doing (and will keep doing) as well.

Jay

-- polish ccs mirror [prawda.pl]

Re:Earlier webcams (1)

fanf (79565) | about 14 years ago | (#1133139)

You are wrong about the Internet not existing in 1991: not only did it exist, but the UK's Joint Academic Network was connected to it and so was the University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory. (check out the records in the RIPE whois database for 128.232.0.0)

Thanks Jenni, if it wasn't for you... (1)

The BOFHcam Bloke (82176) | about 14 years ago | (#1133141)

... there would be no BOFHcam.

Some might say this would be a good thing. I don't care. Bollocks to the lot of you. It's my ego, I can do what I like with it.

I'd like to thank Jenni for doing what she's doing. Running the JenniCAM gave me something to take the piss out of when I first came across a spare webcam to play with in my job. A few hours later I had the embryonic web site that became the BOFHcam site a few of you know and visit.

Frankly I don't give a fig what Jenni does on her site and in the view of her cameras. I aimed to parody her in the first instance, but now my Journal seems to have become something that hundreds of people seem to check at least twice a day. I get emails from all over the world from sysadmins, technicians, the occasional student and now and then a boss who's been trawling their employees' webcaches. Not one email has been negative or abusive, in the main they've enjoyed the site (many of them have never seen the JenniCAM, but go there after they've seen me mention it). Most people are glad to read something that show that their job isn't the worst on the planet (mine is).

As far as I understand it, I run the only site that's as faithfully close to the JenniCAM original (some might call that sad, I do too) design. Copying the style (cleaned up to be HTML4.0/Transitional), redrawing all the images and working on new versions and additions has taught me more about web design (good and bad) than I would have otherwise learnt from a book or a course, I feel.

All this is thanks to Ms Ringley and her cameras. If not for her, I wouldn't be able to slack off at work and play with web servers and shit.

Happy 4th birthday Jenni. Try not to go too much towards Flash and Java or I'll never be able to keep up.

--
For your original JenniCAM parody: http://bofhcam.org [bofhcam.org]

Webcams, eh (1)

Eil (82413) | about 14 years ago | (#1133142)

This is just plain sick. I lasted a whole 20 seconds on that site before my mouse found itself hovering over the File|Close menu item...

Logging Jenni (1)

Hermetic (85784) | about 14 years ago | (#1133144)

I wrote a Cold Fusion script to rip the JenniCam picture and save it to disk with a timestamped name. I got about two weeks worth of images, taken every 15 minutes before it was taken down by my boss.

If I want pr0n, I know where to get it. If I want to see normal people doing normal things, this is the place to do it. The problem is most normal stuff is boring. (And having more than 1400 images I can promise you I have seen enough to know!) I enjoy jenni as a slashbox, but after wading through literally hundreds of shots of her sleeping, the few thong pics weren't worth it.

So, Jenni, if you read Slashdot (she uses a Mac), I still watch, but in a passing a car wreck sort of way...

Re:Logging Jenni (2)

Hermetic (85784) | about 14 years ago | (#1133145)

She is not likely to be reading a Linux-centric web site.
But since it is possible, I thought I would point out to everyone else how unlikely it would be for her to read my messsage.

Re:you gets what you asks for (1)

AndyL (89715) | about 14 years ago | (#1133146)

Slashdot has always been about what Rob and his friends are personaly interested in. They never made any attempt to make it unbiased or allencompasing. But we knew that when we got here.
If you want a more formal news source got to the BBC's web site.

Re:How the fuck did this get a 4!?!? (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 14 years ago | (#1133149)

Which is really too bad since Playboy Does
have very good articles. In fact, it could be a
pretty good magazine in and of itself, without the
pictures.

You know that you are bored when... (1)

guran (98325) | about 14 years ago | (#1133151)

...watching someone else's life online seems like an alternative to have a life of your own.
...you leave your monitor, only to wath docusoaps on TV
...you reload users.pl every minute just in case someone replied to your post five days ago.
...you post "You know that you are bored when..."

April 14 (2)

Jim Tyre (100017) | about 14 years ago | (#1133155)

The day Lincoln was shot.
The day the Titanic sunk.
The day I was born.
The day JenniCam was born.

Obviously, history has a way of evening things out.

Re:How the fuck did this get a 4!?!? (1)

superkorn (101469) | about 14 years ago | (#1133156)

If you are that pissed why don't you make an account and login? Then you too will get moderator points and stop bitching about how everyone else is doing such a poor job...

Maybe A Little Background Would Help? (5)

Carnage4Life (106069) | about 14 years ago | (#1133158)

Here read this article [apcmag.com] . It has a history of Jennicam and how it became famous plus a few emails from flame wars Jenny got in over her webcam site.
Anyway, her site was the first webcam site, so this makes her a pioneer of something that's now a common aspect of Net culture. I would call that geek news.

Lies,lies,lies (2)

Understudy (111386) | about 14 years ago | (#1133160)

"this above all to thine own self be true" You ppl just don't get or want to admit it, jennicam had an impact on the web not just because your ocasionally got to see some chick nude but because you could watch everything even her eating breakfast. Thus idea that she is a money grubbing whore or anything else of that ilk is complete bull, she had an idea and was smart enough to implement it and get it to work for four years now. If you think she isn't the brightest indivdual either you need to realize she doesn't have to she just needed to be smart enough to fill out the deposit slip on her way to the bank. Jennicam works because it does the same thing a movie does gives you a chance to escape your dull deary life even if that means living vicoursoly in someone else's dull deary life. Jennicam doesn't have soap opera twist's to the extent of daytime TV. It has the same dullness that everyone else's life has the diffence is you get to watch and form an opinion based on the fact that you aren't directly involved, and you thought armchair quarterbacks were bad. So quit lying to yourself and everybody else admit you watch admit it is one of the boxes on your customized \. page and enjoy it. CONGRDULATIONS ON FOUR YEARS JENNI

Re:Not JenniCam(quite humurous): (1)

Fesh (112953) | about 14 years ago | (#1133163)

And they've already got a banner ad up proclaiming that they're proud to be featured on Slashdot... Hmmm. Makes ya wonder.


--Fesh

Re:Quite the gift... (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | about 14 years ago | (#1133164)

Hey, it's kinda like giving her the online equivalent of 'birthday spankings'.

-- Dr. Eldarion --

I think the Slash effect broke it (3)

nlvp (115149) | about 14 years ago | (#1133165)

Jennicam is currently experiencing technical difficulties and will be back online as soon as possible...

Taco, it might just be possible that by trying to celebrate her anniversary, and Slash-ing her URL, you broke her.

Re:WTF??? (1)

Calamari Indigo (116437) | about 14 years ago | (#1133167)

"Internet culture"?

/me falls off chair laffing.

You wouldn't know "culture" if it walked up and bit you on the arse. This is voyeurism plain and simple. You don't need the Internet for that.

Putting the fun into DysFUNctional (1)

Iron_Slinger (126682) | about 14 years ago | (#1133170)

Am I the only one that thinks televising your life for all the world to see is serious screwed up? This girl obviously has some serious self-esteem issues.

Re:This IS News (1)

jbarnett (127033) | about 14 years ago | (#1133172)


remember, it's not EVERYDAY you see a porn star

You obviously work at the Wrong Place then

It's easy (2)

^chuck^ (131444) | about 14 years ago | (#1133173)

When I setup my account on /. I noticed this little check box called jenni-cam. I was interested just because it sounded more interesting than the latest Apache development news (although i have that up too :-) ). Then I saw what it was, and thought, hmph, well lets see if she does anything interesting. Right now she's staring at her computer, as am I. Think of Jenni as a metaphorical mirror to us, she's a geek, but not a complete one, and also bored in college, as am I. So in this "world" of the internet, its cool to see that other people like me exist, just chilling, reading slashdot, drinking a cup 'o joe, waiting for the next class.
At least Jenni's real, The Real World is a boring, painful to watch experience. It's a whole bunch of whiney posers that MTV selected because they knew that they wouldn't get along. Seem's like Jenni is at least trying to make an effort to add a personalized, friendly face to the net. Well, what do ya say?

Re:Putting the fun into DysFUNctional (1)

luckykaa (134517) | about 14 years ago | (#1133175)

Everyone wants to be famous (well, maybe not absolutely everyone....) This is just a way to do it.

Earlier webcams (3)

luckykaa (134517) | about 14 years ago | (#1133176)

Surely everyone realises that webcams have been around for a lot longer than this. The Cambridge Coffee pot [cam.ac.uk] claims to be the first, dating back to 1991. It wasn't strictly a webcam at the time since the web hadn't been invented yet, but the principles the same.

Well, good for her. (2)

Ron Harwood (136613) | about 14 years ago | (#1133177)

Not that I really care. Since for the most part the site is for either horny little teenage guys, or pathetic older losers (that couldn't get a woman to spit on them if they were on fire) hoping to see something in order to get their jollies...

Mind you I can see why some people would then think that this is truly news for nerds.

This IS News (2)

Sasquach (144074) | about 14 years ago | (#1133178)

Well, for alot of young (and, very sadly, old) nerds, this site is the only place to see a *real* girl get naked

*real* meaning an everyday girl........(remember, it's not EVERYDAY you see a porn star)

culture cam (1)

don_carnage (145494) | about 14 years ago | (#1133179)

Society's fascination with crime brought us America's Most Wanted and Cops; our fascination with danger brought us the slew of FOX Worlds Most / Scariest shows. In reaction to our fascination (obsession?) with privacy, we now have shows like Big Brother and desktop cameras everywhere.

As long as I'm not forced to watch another sham wedding on television...

Bit more information (2)

beebware (149208) | about 14 years ago | (#1133183)

Since I submitted this article, I may as well fill everybody in

I think it 'nerd news' because not only was Jennicam one of the first (not the first - I agree that it was probably the Cambridge coffe pot), but her site is one of the busiest (and this is the first time I've known it to be down and, no, it was down before the story was posted).

She also helped raise the media profile of the web and internet - I've lost track of the number of news articles about her and her site

Okay, her site isn't free (I'd hate to think how much she is paying per month in bandwidth charges), and she doesn't 'get her kit off' much - but that isn't the point of the site. It is to show an insight into her life and everything.

She has also recently sold her bed on Ebay [ebay.com] for $2,760!

Hope that answers all your wondering...
Richy C. [beebware.com]
--

So far (2)

kawlyn (154590) | about 14 years ago | (#1133186)

JenniCAM is the best excuse I've seen for enabling active desktop. I think M$ should give her a grant just for making an otherwise usless (and buggy) feature useful, or at lease entertaining.

Re:Maybe A Little Background Would Help? (1)

h_jurvanen (161929) | about 14 years ago | (#1133189)

Anyway, her site was the first webcam site [...]

In the words of Dave Barry, "My ass, Bob." Web staples like The Amazing Fish Cam were around before Jenni showed up.

Herbie J.

Re:Huh? (3)

h_jurvanen (161929) | about 14 years ago | (#1133190)

What? I never even heard of her and her cam until this article.

Jenni's been on Letterman. Since the media-savvy intelligentsia recongizes Letterman as the metric of who has made it or not, it is now officially you who is behind the times.[1]

And, I'm surprised that nobody has brought up the fact that JenniCam can be had as a Slashbox!!

Herbie J.

[1] Just kidding, of course, although she has been on Letterman. And I don't want to hear any guff about "what is Letterman???" If I can get it here in Finland...

Re:Putting the fun into DysFUNctional (2)

streetlawyer (169828) | about 14 years ago | (#1133193)

This girl obviously has some serious self-esteem issues.

well then let's all help by talking about her then.

Blocked! (1)

DjDanny (171472) | about 14 years ago | (#1133196)

Does anybody have a link to a mirror of Jenni? or a site with some example/archived stuff from it? I'm behind a firewall and a nasty site-blocking proxy and jennicam.org is blocked :(
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