Party transport early warning system

Car pulls up outside our house.
What’s going on outside my front door, you ask? Well, let me show you. Ah! Right on time: here’s the party transport.

Reuben and Joshua were invited to a party taking place in Leven this morning. Our friend Helen offered to drive them there in her small bus; what her seven children teasingly refer to as ‘the loser cruiser’.

Remarkably I managed to get both boys dressed (with jumpers and shoes) in 25 minutes (could that be a record?), the birthday present was wrapped and the card was written. All we had to do now was wait.

I found myself thinking: if only there was a way that allowed me to see what was going on outside while still sitting comfortably at my study desk.

Wait a minute! I’ve got a webcam that might just… wait… it does! It stretches from my desk over to the window.

Perfect: an instant party transport early warning system.


I had intended on doing something useful and productive this evening.

Instead I ended up installing a new webcam (Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000), trying out Seesmic, and trying to work out why

  1. the Mozilla store had sent me an XL Ladies’ t-shirt instead of a man’s one (even though the label on the cellophane wrapper says “Men’s”),
  2. why my MP3s were now being randomly played at about 3x the speed, and
  3. why I didn’t have a third question.

Why did my webcam have to install its software twice?!

I just installed the drivers and software for my new webcam, the infeasibly long-titled Creative Live! Cam Video IM Pro.

Here’s what happened:

  1. I inserted the CD-ROM
  2. Ran the installation application
  3. Selected to install everything
  4. Waited while everything installed – having to say YES to my ZoneAlarm firewall about every 20 seconds!
  5. Reboot
  6. Online registration ran automatically upon restarting. So I filled it in and submitted it, like the good customer I am
  7. Software updater ran, and found updates. I said YES to updates
  8. It then proceeded to UNINSTALL almost all the software I’d just installed (see steps 1-4) and REINSTALL the latest updates of these applications and drivers
  9. Reboot

Now, would it not have been better if the installer had checked online first to see if there was a more recent version of the software and installed that? And if there wasn’t, or an internet connection could not be established, to fall back on the option of installing the version on the CD-ROM?