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Turn Your PC into a 'Moblogger'

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the mob-log dept.

Hardware 208

ptorrone writes "Engadget's weekly how-to article this week shows how to turn a PC in to an 'automatic moblogging' machine. Their example they show a Windows PC, what do you use on your Mac or Linux machines to post images automatically?"

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But.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020164)

it still can't beat my Honda Hybrid.!!

Yipes (5, Funny)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020178)

"as well as the house cat and dog, or as I refer to them, the meat pets."...remind me not to go to a BBQ at his place.

Re:Yipes (1)

Gettinglucky (655935) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020507)

Mmmmmm.....just think what you get when you have a hotdog at this guys place!
Not only do you have a pet to be love but you have lunch when you are done loving it.

what about.. (4, Funny)

The Unabageler (669502) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020180)

a freakin webcam? hello 1995?

Re:what about.. (3, Funny)

Rupert (28001) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020259)

What's the URL for your cellphone? I hope you have caller pays.

I guess the big question is... (0, Insightful)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020181)

what the hell is a "moblog"?

And who comes up with these ridiculous names?

Re:I guess the big question is... (5, Informative)

vk2 (753291) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020212)

How about RTFA ?

A Moblog is usually a website which displays photos you send photos from your camera phone, but you can use the same site to automatically send and post photos on the web

Re:I guess the big question is... (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020552)

FA is slashdotted already.

I use this same technology on my family website, which I am NOT giving the URL of (smart l33t hackers can get it out of my profile if they try hard enough) because it's on a DSL line and would get smacked down immediately.

Of course, I do it in a more primative form- just a configurable HTML upload program and a PERL script to create HTML img tags from a picture directory- but I've been doing it for several years now (never mind that having a child means that the family photo album hasn't been kept up for several months now).

Re:I guess the big question is... (-1, Offtopic)

machine of god (569301) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020215)

tools.

Re:I guess the big question is... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020218)

no, the big question is who the hell thinks so highly of themselves that they believe everything "interesting" they see should be posted onto the internet and why do they think that?

i mean geez, are there really that many people with TRULY interesting lives?

Re:I guess the big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020221)

"A Moblog is usually a website which displays photos you send photos from your camera phone, but you can use the same site to automatically send and post photos on the web" - Phillip Torrone

Re:I guess the big question is... (4, Informative)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020226)

According to the UrbanDictionary [urbandictionary.com] , a moblog is a "Moble Photo Weblog, a weblog made up of content (mainly pictures). Usually this content is published using a moble cellular phone that includes a digital camera."
This might have been more obvious if you had RTFA.

Re:I guess the big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020315)

Er, the point is without knowing your psychopathic trend-whore buzzwords ahead of time, readers may find it hard to tell they can happily avoid such pointless foof.

Re:I guess the big question is... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020234)

A MOBile telephone LOG. As you travel around your daily life, you take photographs of anything you think is interesting using your mobile phone, add a few comments and send them to a special web site which will automatically convert the E-mails to a web page.

Re:I guess the big question is... (0, Flamebait)

bobej1977 (580278) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020245)

I don't know, what the hell is the internet?

Re:I guess the big question is... (1, Flamebait)

lacrymology.com (583077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020264)

> what the hell is a "moblog"?

Every post is along the lines of:

Whoop whoop whoop!

Wise-guy aye!?

I'll have four pieces of burnt toast and a rotten egg.

Why I aughta!

etc...
-m

Re:I guess the big question is... (1)

JLavezzo (161308) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020270)

I guess it's like a blog with more of it, MOre BLOG?
or maybe it's a log, but of the activies of a mob? or it mobs you with it's logging? but most logs are pretty constant so that's not worthy of a new name.
I don't know who comes up with this stuff, though.

Re:I guess the big question is... (1)

howlatthemoon (718490) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020592)

Maybe it is MOron BLOG?

Re:I guess the big question is... (1)

BetterThanCaesar (625636) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020322)

It's a tool for registering mafia members' activities.

Re:I guess the big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020404)

http://www.zimoblog.com/Account/About.aspx

Re:I guess the big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020405)

Mad Obnoxious BLogger == MOBLogger

possible origin (1)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020500)

Comes from Mobile Blog

probably named by the geeks who invented the idea.

Re:I guess the big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020503)

I thought a moblog was something where organized crime keeps tally's of their hits...

Mob Logging? (-1)

Bobdoer (727516) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020182)

Since when could PCs do that?

Re:Mob Logging? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020247)

I thought mob logging was made illegal back in the 70's to protect the spotted three-toothed ferret or something?

Moblogger (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020198)

Worst. Word. Ever.

Re:Moblogger (4, Interesting)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020219)

specially since I have never head of the damn thing... I think people who make up these "techie" terms should be shot, they make no sense and dissapear as fast as they appear sometimes

Re:Moblogger (2, Informative)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020550)

You can kinda see where the train of thought went in order to get it to this:

Web Log -> __b log -> blog -> mobile blog -> mob___ blog -> moblog

Re:Moblogger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020402)

No kidding. How do people say words like that with a straight face? That word is almost as stupid as mebi or gibi.

Re:Moblogger (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020506)

That word is almost as stupid as mebi or gibi.

Or "Gigli".

Do we really need more blogging? (4, Insightful)

genericacct (692294) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020204)

Seriously, I think there is too much stuff put on the web just because people can. Blogs are mostly narcissistic rantings, with no regard to what purpose they serve. I'm getting tired of googling for something, only to turn up a useless blog or forum discussion.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (5, Funny)

chame1e0n (566753) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020236)

and unlike your post, how?

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (2, Informative)

croddy (659025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020257)

seriously, kids. it's this simple:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020296)

blogging is brilliant. it provides dudes who spout shit with the perfect soapbox with no risk of anyone paying any attention.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020311)

rofl

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (2, Funny)

Cowboy Bebop (540969) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020300)

Blogs are mostly narcissistic rantings, with no regard to what purpose they serve.

And what purpose would that be?

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (4, Insightful)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020317)

What we are seeing in just evoloution. People are still figuring it out. I mean, look at the web mid 1996. Everyone had a web page full of useless stuff, a boat load of javascript and way too many blink tags. What little content there was, was "arcissistic rantings, with no regard to what purpose they serve". Give it a bit, people will get bored and move onto the next 'big thing'.

I try to post semi-useful thing in mine, like "I got this error at work today, here is what I did, It drove me nuts", in hope that google will index it so other people don't have to go through the wild goose chase that I had to go through. But mostly, mine is journal-type stuff.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

croddy (659025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020360)

I run a messageboard. I have a robots.txt. it's done a damn fine good job of keeping google out. would you like me to send you a copy?

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020510)

I guess the point of my post wasnt clear. One can try to use your weblog for useful things. I opted that my journal-weblog isn't indexed by google, but I keep work-weblog (well, wiki to be exact) to be. Why? I keep useful info in the work one, and I keep useless stuff in my personal one.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

uberdave (526529) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020586)

Sure, post it. Stuff like that might make Slashdot useful. At least it will gain you some karma.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020370)

Read my blog, then. It's still narcissistic ranting, but I freely admit that it's a waste of space and time. Still some people have enjoyed it, so maybe I'm wrong.

On a more serious note, I find blogs to be pretty useful sometimes if I'm trying to get general information on a topic. Think of it as the web equivalent of going into the tavern and asking the patrons about the dragon, to put it into an RPG analogy. After you get the gist of the info, you then go refine your search.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020372)

This might sound overly simple, but, don't read it if it bothers you.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

timmyd (108567) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020396)

and when you google for some obscure error message that doesn't make sense to you, you'd rather get no results than some stupid forumn posts where someone else had the same problem? Sometimes it is helpful to read the replies. the thing i can't stand is when google returns pages that are like 100k and full of crap that will match about any query, but i don't mind a forumn post or a blog that describes how to do something.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

Woogiemonger (628172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020445)

Seriously, I think there is too much stuff put on the web just because people can. Blogs are mostly narcissistic rantings, with no regard to what purpose they serve. I'm getting tired of googling for something, only to turn up a useless blog or forum discussion.

Actually, I had a funny experience with a blog recently. After the recent /. article about Google and a mention of "vanity Googling" I decided to google for my own name. I ended up seeing a friend comment about my dancing at a club recently (offering his compliments, saying he was amused), and went on to say other anecdotes about the night, and how it was all a lot of fun. I chuckled over his commentary and emailed the author saying I agreed we did have a blast, and we should do that again some time. At first I sorta rolled my eyes at the mention of another friend setting up a blog that I don't have time to ever read, but this made me think that there's some real entertainment and social value in them.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020454)

Considering the website you're posting on, and your opinion on the matter, i find your post highly ironic.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (4, Insightful)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020455)

I always see these comments in discussion about weblogs, and they REALLY piss me off. These comments are ignorant at best. I won't speak for the unwashed masses of webloggers, but I've been doing it since 1999, from the original, editthispage manila software. Blogs can start out as "narcissistic rantings" but once you start writing well, everything changes. All my relatives and friends regularly read my blog, and they appreciate it for the window it gives into my mind. For example, this entry [weblogger.com] sparked a discussion between me and my uncle.

So before you start a narcissistic rant about how blogs are mostly narcissistic rantings, remember that this useless forum discussion takes place on a blog. That's right, slashdot is a blog.

Define "blog." (1)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020614)

So before you start a narcissistic rant about how blogs are mostly narcissistic rantings, remember that this useless forum discussion takes place on a blog. That's right, slashdot is a blog.

Since "blog" is short for "web log," what exactly does Slashdot log?

The difference between news sites with discussion and blogs is one of the personal nature of the content published. Slashdot isn't a log of anyone's life, and it's far more discussion-oriened than the usual expositionist diaries that characterize blogging. It has little in common with the blogs that came after it other than the fact that it has articles and discussion.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (1)

Ian Bicking (980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020595)

Personally I find a lot of useful content on blogs. Like recently I found this little Javascript recipe [alexking.org] -- I looked through lots of other unhelpful Javascript forum posts, mailing list archives, and other junk that came up before finding the answer. A blog certainly has better content than all of those. And the blog actually existed, where the more substantial Javascript reference sites didn't cover this technique, or worse were out of date and suggested the technique was impossible.

Maybe you are just searching incorrectly. If you search for pictures of cats, you'll get lots of pointless blog posts. But what do you expect? Put in a good search query, and the blog content will enhance the results, or provide substantive results where otherwise there would have been none.

Re:Do we really need more blogging? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020608)

Is this [slashdot.org] the kind of stuff you are talking about?

No? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020205)

That's just horrible. People need to stop this behavior. You'll be laughed at in a few years like we laugh at people in the 1970's.

Want to have sex? (5, Funny)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020206)

Pay no attention to the laptop behind the curtain.

The Definition of Moblog is: (0, Redundant)

syntap (242090) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020216)

"A Moblog is usually a website which displays photos you send from your camera phone, but you can use the same site to automatically send and post photos on the web"

(from linked article, text slightly corrected)

Re:The Definition of Moblog is: (1)

HisMother (413313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020434)

Ah, as in mobile-blog, not mob-blog. Was thinking this must be related to that other oh-so-fashionable (yet ultimately lame) concept, the "flash mob."

10 PRINT "FIRST NINNLE POST!" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020220)

20 FOR I = 1 TO 8
30 PRINT "NINNLE!"
40 NEXT I
50 PRINT "BATMAN!"
60 END

silly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020231)

that is silly, why do we need a howto to find a program to send emails of webcam pictures, and who in this would knew what a moblog was, this post should not have been posted here... it is not to the correct audience

Done before? (5, Funny)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020233)

Isn't this exactly what the 40,000,000 odd porn sites on the web have been doing for the last, um, decade or so?

Re:Done before? (1)

CdBee (742846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020590)

I think you'll find that the sex industry was at the head of every single communications technology breakthrough - lithography, daguerrotype, magic lantern, cinematography, telephony, internet, video-phone and more...
They are the ultimate early adopter

Checking in on the cat and dog (4, Funny)

zymurgy_cat (627260) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020237)

Ah, yes, thanks to technology he doesn't have to wait to get home to watch the cat toss up a hairball while the dog licks itself.

Re:Checking in on the cat and dog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020600)

For a contract, I had to write a network based screen capture utility. The cool thing was that it could also capture Web-cam windows. So you just typed out the machines IP address, the screen and region you wanted to grab, an optional password and it would bring it up on a web browser anywhere - no additional software required on the host machine.

For fun, I set it up running on my home PC and keep track of what's going on at home or outside on the street. Timelapse recordings are cool as well.

And it is so secure! (3, Insightful)

YankeeInExile (577704) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020244)

And it is so secure!

Basically, the way it works is as follows: you send any email with a picture attached to your TextAmerica account, the email address is the login/password so it looks like this login.password@tamw.com. When we set up TinCam, the WebCam application, we will enter this info in. If you want you can send a test message to your moblog now, simply send an email and attach a photo, then visit your site to make sure it all worked. This is also a quick and easy way to post pictures on the web as well.

If I were doing something like this, I would probably use Perl.

#!/usr/bin/perl5
use Handwave::Camera;

use constant MYUSER => 'notauser';
use constant PASSWORD => 'notmypassword';

while (1)
{
my $image = Handwave::Camera->new();
#
# maybe use some of Image::Magick to transform image
#
my $message = new MIME::Lite ( To => MYUSER.'.'.MYPASSWORD.'@tincam.com',
From => 'notme@example.com',
Subject => 'another photo',
Type => 'multipart/mixed' );
$message->attach( Type => 'image/jpeg',
Encoding => 'quoted-printable',
Data => $image ) ;
$message->send;
sleep 60;
}

The only problem with your solution is that (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020349)

it is written in Perl.

no need to handwave (1)

aap (108982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020413)

Mandrake contribs since 9.2 contain a package called camdump. It's a very simple program that copies all the new pictures from a gphoto2-supported camera to a predetermined directory. It includes and uses SWIG-generated Perl bindings for libgphoto2.

Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

mcx101 (724235) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020249)

I have been posting on /. for a couple of months now. I had read Slashdot for several years, and had always been repulsed by the level of ignorance and mob culture that reigned here.

So I decided to get a user account and test my theory that only posts that would be favoured by the masses would get moderated up, and that posts that closely corresponded to the communist zealoutry of "free" software were certain to be favourably received.

The results showed that this was indeed the case. Pandering to the "utopian" ideal of open source with its socialist political undertones guaranteed my success. Provided these posts appear sufficiently close to the beginning of the message board they would be seen and moderated up by individuals (or were they behaving as individuals; that is a pertinent question) who sought to promote their narrow minded bigotry, to spread their seed of poison against the stability of society and the natural human processes of capitalism.

If I wished to have a +5 Informative/Interesting/Insightful (for these tags in themselves are arbitrary markers; do Slashdot readers even understand what is truly meant by "Insightful"? I very much doubt it.) then I was certain to achieve it merely by waiting patiently reloading the /. homepage for the next article to appear.

I saw the moderation points come in, and my Karma climb up from Neutral to Positive to Good to Excellent. The accuracy with which I could predict the moderations and replies astounded me; it frightened me. Is this representative of all society? Is there really no such thing as individual thought? Are we all just a member of some mob or another?

You can see from my history that what I say about being moderated up is true, although the earliest examples were best and can no longer be seen. I didn't try as hard to mould my comments perfectly into the Slashdot mindset after my initial successes, knowing how easily my prey fed were caught even in those mouse traps with rotten cheese.

I urge you to reconsider your opinions on free and open source software. I do not say that they are wrong, or that they have no place. Open source software may have a place, but anticapitalism does not. Without capitalism we won't have jobs to pay for food, accomodation, our families and recreation. Those who benefit most from the furious communism of the GPL are the large players like IBM and Novell. It doesn't benefit the small, innovative firm struggling for a foothold. The BSD license, MIT license, and to an extent less restrictive variants of the LGPL like the Mozilla Public License or wxWindows (now wxWidgets) license are beneficial to the developer community, firms large and small, and end users alike. It is closer to the academic/commercial partnership that has worked in the past for scientific and other industries.

I also urge you to be objective, to think about your viewpoints, and those of others whose views you embrace. Perhaps I will return to Slashdot one day when an "Insightful" moderation really means Insightful, and is not merely a doubleplusgoodduckquack to use Orwell's terminology.

Thank you for your time.
mcx101

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

wash23 (735420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020326)

If I have to suffer through one more haughty post about The Bleating Masses... I'll... I'll... I'll... stage an Ayn Rand book-burning.

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

sampowers (54424) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020338)

doubleplusgoodduckquack, but somehow i think he unbellyfeels ingsoc.

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020350)

Signal 11? Is that you?

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (0, Offtopic)

lechuck80 (672996) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020352)

Good riddance.... the ignorant masses are what make this site fun to read. Go watch TECH TV.

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020355)

blah blah blah, blah blah. Blah blah blah. Yack yack, yuck yuck. Yammer yammer -- twit or twat? Don't like the /. crowd? Too fucking bad. You may now go browse Microsoft.com and enjoy your loser life. blah blah blah blah blah blah

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020393)

Taco is that you? I thought I smellt Free For All but Pay Me First...

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

DR SoB (749180) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020423)

NEWS FLASH: You are a retard.

Every single news station has some political view points they will hype.. In my home town of Toronto, we have Big Blue (Toronto Star - Backing the liberals all the way), and Big Red (Backing the Tories, or any1 else that hates the lib's for that matter, c'ept the NDP of COURSE..).

Guess what? That's the way the world works.. Do you think CNN is unbiased? How about MSNbc? Oh, Oh, I know, FOX news?!!

GIVE ME A BREAK.

If I read one more twit complaining that karma is effected by people with certain views I think I'll shit myself.. Guess what, you're acting like a karma whore, seriously, WHO THE FUCK gives a crap about karma? (err, at least /. karma, real karma is scccarrrryyy).

ps-Use of profanities specifically used to make me seem immature and to give the FCC the finger. No monkey's have actually been formed in the crafting of this witty response. - Plain text only!

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020459)

You could set up your own site where you post new stories for yourself to read. And then you and only you post comments on them. That sounds good, huh?

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020463)

It doesn't matter. You do get that right?

So what if like-minded people discuss things here; so what if they don't want to hear about a different school of thought (although most people do provided you don't throw around words like zealot, biggot, nazi, etc). You don't *have* to have moderator points, you don't *have* to be a member of this particular online community.. where are you going with this? Try reading CNN.com, I think you'll find most of your same arguments apply.

Re:Slashdot Valedictory (3, Insightful)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020594)

Why is the GPL "anti-capitalist"? It provides corporations with high-quality software that they can use without paying license fees. And furthermore, it requires that any modifications to the software must be released to the general public, which would benefits all users of the software, corporations included.

Also, it encourages competition by preventing malicious companies from pulling an "embrace and extend" maneuver on an existing piece of software. I think it's far more anti-capitalist when a company does what ever possible to lock users into their proprietary product, deflecting the attempts of others to release competing products. Eliminating the competition is not the same as competition.

If you release software you've written yourself under the GPL, you are not some pinko anticapitalist commie. It is your right as a participant in a capitalist job economy to name your own terms under which you do work, whether it be $140/hr or for free (possibly with the GPL as the sole string attached). Remember, communism is where people are FORCED to work for the benefit of the greater whole. In the FOSS, people VOLUNTEER to work for the benefit of the greater whole. It's capitalistic because the developers have the ability to choose whether or not they want to volunteer or demand pay when they write software.

And no, the GPL does not FORCE people to give away their source code- if you don't want to give up your source code, don't modify GPL'd software. It's not like you'd even have the opportunity to modify the software if it was released under a proprietary or "shared source" license, so don't complain.

Inetcam (3, Informative)

DeanFox (729620) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020252)


In the old days of webcamming I used Inetcam software. Does/did everything the article talks about ...um almost 10 years ago.

A little clarity (1)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020265)

Wouldn't CelBlog be a more easily understood name, or am I being North-America-centric? Plus it sounds really jail-ish :|

Mob logging? (3, Funny)

FattMattP (86246) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020272)

Mob logging? Is that when your site gets slashdotted and apache is writing to the log files as fast as it can?

Re:Mob logging? (1)

TerminalInsanity (720167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020527)

If so, this article was a perfect example.
Because thats all this article was good for...

My convoluted solution (1)

sseremeth (716379) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020280)

Windows Box Running "Hello" (www.hello.com) ->
Mounted Samba Share on Linux ->
Apache/PHP Directory ripper which auto-gens the thumbnails.

Goofy but it works (when it's all up and running).

two words... (2, Informative)

trick-knee (645386) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020284)

what do you use on your Mac or Linux machines to post images automatically?

cron [dream-seed.com]

scp [duke.edu]

Re:two words... (1)

13Echo (209846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020451)

In addtion to cron/crond, there is a program called "webcam" for unix machines, that captures a video device node to a jpeg, and uploads it via FTP. Simple, but powerful.

There are several programs that do the same thing as well.

Death to all Blogs and Moblogs ab=nd bloggers etc (0, Offtopic)

xraylima (769632) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020293)

Stupid people shouldn't breed.

meat pets (2, Funny)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020301)

"I like to look in on what the many robots are doing as well as the house cat and dog, or as I refer to them, the meat pets."

Dear god, this carbon based bi-ped has meat pets!

Your attention, please... (3, Funny)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020307)


Much like the words "Gen-X," "extreme," "controversial," the "i-" and "my-" prefixes and everything else that has been marketed, hyped, and "Next on Entertainment Tonight!"-ed to death, the "-blog" suffix has now joined the ranks of things that instantaneously bring out my "HULK SMASH!" reflex and, unfortunately for much of the world, I was exposed to a massive dose of radiation last night. I'll likely just wither away and die, but on the off-chance that I wake up tomorrow with a set of X-Men-esque abilities, the guy who coined "Right Guard Extreme!" just might want to start digging a hole to hide in.

Cliches of the world, fear my wrath.

Re:Your attention, please... (1)

Blahbbs (587167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020612)

You forgot "cyber-".

I hate that one.

Be careful. You know what they say? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020318)

Mo blogging mo problems.

i love cron! (5, Informative)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020367)

How about cron?

I did something like this many many years ago.

steps involved:
1. steal a webcam (no, i'm not paying anything over 5$ for a crappy 320x240 (or whatever) CMOS sensor.
2. get a v4l frame grabber
3. here's where it gets interesting, and kinda tricky ... you have to somehow find some way of 'copying' (or so i've been told) the output files into some sort of 'directory'
4. then you run your choice of automatic gallery-generating script, and WHAMO, you're on the bleeding edge of WWW acronymia and coolness.

really, being an techno-elitist aside, you can automate the entire process using cron and something like scp, rsh, or rsync (preferably some combination of those)

this is ollllllllllld news, incidentally. Seems to be the general tecnological ennui that's been affecting Askslashdot and other forums lately. Why go to all the trouble of using a search engine for locating information, when you can just fire off a post and wait a day or two for someone to write a recipe for you.

Incidentally, to quote the article ...

Basically, the way it works is as follows: you send any email with a picture attached to your TextAmerica account, the email address is the login/password so it looks like this login.password@tamw.com.

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!

That has got to be the stupidest solution to this problem that I have ever heard.

Who doesn't have an Aibo? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020371)

.If you have a Sony Aibo, you can use the built in application which sends a photo email to also send a photo to the Moblog, I have 2 of my Aibos doing that now

Does it strike anyone else as odd that not only can he afford to throw away cash on something like an Aibo, but he can justify doing so more than 2 times?

Imagine a cluster of Aibo (sorry)

Re:Who doesn't have an Aibo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020581)

The potential for coordinated simultaneous wizzing simulation is astounding.

Re:Who doesn't have an Aibo? (1)

lpangelrob2 (721920) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020593)

I think that it would technically be called a "pack" of Aibo.

ducks

It's a webcam (2, Informative)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020391)

Isn't it?

My webcam (currently pointed at robin from a few inches away) uses a neat little freeware app called Cam2Web [dubaron.com] . Very barebones, it simply accepts a connection and then returns image data. Nice thing is how it uses HTTP 1.1 push to send up the images, which lets me avoid FTP and all that. I use another program to download an image every five minutes and save it for the archive. It all runs on a laptop with Win98.

I'd use a few simple shell scripts if my webcam actually worked in Linux. Oh well...it's an old cam, and Logitech never released any data.

This is way cool!!! (3, Funny)

sssmashy (612587) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020400)

I sure hope moblogging becomes much more widespread than it is now! If there's one thing the world needs, it's millions of pictures that capture inane and random figments of some stranger's life. Whoa, look at this whimsical picture that she look of the sunlight glistening off the back fender of her Taurus.... instant art!

In fact, I look forward to living vicariously through the lives of strangers and acquaintances. Why, it's almost as if I had a life of my own!

Re:This is way cool!!! (1)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020579)

Give an infinite amount of monkeys an inifinte amount of typewriters...

Of course, who is going to implement the IMPS [faqs.org] system?

if you use it, please PLEASE do us one favor (1, Flamebait)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020438)

do NOT say you are part of a moblogosphere.

the world thanks you in advance.

Python, email, procmail and o-xml (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9020448)

I simply email my [dirtyeye.com] website with a specially formatted email and at the other end have proc mail process the email and send it to a python script which breaks the message apart into the subject, body and phot. I them pass this to an o-xml [o-xml.com] script which adds to the xml data file and creates the html pages. /b

I used to setup a webcam in my bedroom.. (2, Informative)

jstrauser (711857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020469)

this whole moblog thing sounds like a reinvention of the wheel as far as webcams go.. nothing really new.. I used to have a webcam set up in my bedroom to keep an eye out for my siblings/parents. This was years ago..

Textamerica?? (4, Interesting)

Kaa (21510) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020475)

Textamerica is an interesting site. It claims ownership of everything posted to it, which is, umm... unusual for a blog-hosting place.

I am guessing the great majority of people with accounts at Textamerica never read the Terms of Service and don't know that they don't own the images and text they posted to their own blogs there any more...

Quotes from their ToS:

"14. Textamerica.com may use, sell and/or share with its affiliates any information provided by you on this website, including your name, e-mail address, usage patterns, and uploaded images and text.

...

17. Textamerica.com and any images and comments on this website are intended for personal use only and may not be used except by Textamerica.com for commercial purposes."



What the fsck is a 'moblogger'? (1)

npsimons (32752) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020490)

What is a 'moblogger'? Can anyone tell me? Please? Is is some sort of chant like 'mo' 'blogger, mo' 'blogger, mo' 'blogger . . .'?


Or is is some police surveillance thing, a 'mob logger', that keeps track of groups of insurgents?


Also, WTF is a 'zine'? Is it some type of italian dressing? Maybe a kind of pizza from the middle east?

Moblogging??? (4, Funny)

WwWonka (545303) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020502)

Moblogging?

Hmmmmmmm.....

4.27.04 Tony Z, Little Pasta, and I went down to Bruno's for a slice at noon. Talked bout sum bizness that needed to be handled with the Skarpaze family. Bastards owe us points from the game.

4.28.04 Little Pasta and Tony Z were arguing over "shotgun" in my caddy. Whacked em both cause I was getting irked. Buried em in Ma's rose garden. Got another slice at Bruno's.

The Grandaddy of them all (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 10 years ago | (#9020532)

Is Pud's (Of F*cked Company fame)Mobog [mobog.com] . Most of the pics people send in fall into the following categories:

1. Pic of speedometer when traveling at high speed
2. Pic of toilet
3. Pic of topless and/or naked chick
4. Pic of food
5. Pic of a computer screen, displaying a message to someone (the ultimate in rube goldberg communication!)
6. Pic of some current event that you can see in real time, e.g. opening day at a baseball game
7. Clandestine pic of someones ass or cleavage.

Ahh, technology.

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