MilesCam is now online.
Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Hey Everyone, the camera is now online! Your view is from inside of Main Street Grind for now, until we hook the camera up on the roof.

Thanks for watching!

http://www.milescam.com

Also, take a look at the all new website!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 11 years ago
SWEET!
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3745) 11 years ago
Great work Josh for taking this on yourself!
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
It isn't just me. I have handled alot, but you must also thank Dean Hanvold of Technologies Plus for supplying the (soon to be online) camera.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 11 years ago
Looking good.

Well, not everything is... I'd forgotten how rough MC looks in early Spring. There's got to be enough sand on the streets and sidewalk to build a small beach!
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 11 years ago
When did they whitewash the Bison bar?
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
They did that before the snow, about january.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
Thanks Josh; good job.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17317) 11 years ago
Nice! Good job, Josh!
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 11 years ago
What was the Bison Bar originally like?
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10000) 11 years ago
Square if not rectangular?
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 11 years ago
Three Cheers for Josh!!!! Way to go !!!!
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Cool new features. There are dual cameras, meaning I can switch to the indoor camera or to the outdoor camera at a whim.

Also, go to the Main Street Grind when it opens, and you can literally see how it works! It's all in the open.


Edit: Also, the service I was using (Justin.tv) seemed to have changed a few things since we last used them, and that will not do. I've switched to uStream.tv, which allows for the video to autostart when you arrive on the page, and provides a bit more insight into the video.

[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (3/12/2010)]
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1904) 11 years ago
If this were 1975, the street would've been full of bored drunken teens, driving up and down main.
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Posted by stephen (+249) 11 years ago
Though I regularly disagree with anything you have to say, I must say you did a nice job Josh.
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Posted by J. Dyba (+1349) 11 years ago
The new site looks very nice. Good job Josh.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Thanks.
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Posted by Doug and Sami (+200) 11 years ago
i take it this isnt the cam where you can make thousands a week? LOL
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Posted by Shu (+1794) 11 years ago
Kudos, again, from me too, Josh! You had to persevere through a lot of road blocks to bring this to fruition, and I do like the view.

Let's hope this time it lasts awhile. It was very disheartening when the last webcam location was vandalized...hopefully that won't happen to it where it is now.

One other thing - if you are still seeking donations to help cover the equipment, installation and operating costs, I'll see what I can do in the near future.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
Josh I clicked more or less by accident (I have a sensitive mouse pad) on something on the webcam and it opened in a new window with a chat box there was only one post there it just said (anyone here)5:18. Is that something people can use? It would be kind of interesting to see comments there like Oh there is so & so.
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Posted by jessiker (+290) 11 years ago
Looks excellent, thank you Josh and Dean!
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Lorin, indeed that is something we can use, but I am choosing to not do it. Reason being is that I would need to have moderators within the chatroom at all times of the day, so we would not have anyone cussing or slandering. If it is a well requested feature, I will enable it.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
Ok I think it would be interesting, but I agree probably not worth the bother. I don't know what a moderator would entail but it sounds like it would be a full time job. Maybe there will be a volunteer.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
I may be able to install a comment box on the website. I'll look into it, and maybe I'll find one that allows me to see the comment and authorize it first.

Also, Shu. Currently the only things on deck for the MilesCam financial wise is upgrading the current computer for the future, and paying for the $50 a month webhosting cost.

I've covered the webhosting cost so far, but any help would be great. Remember, if you wish to donate click the orange "Donate" button either on the homepage or on the donors page.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
I am not sure how it got there but there is now a link to milescam on my facebook page. It is not attributed to anyone, but maybe by me going to the miles cam. Anyway it should generate more interest especially if it goes to every ones facebook that visits the site.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
That would be because you are a fan of the MilesCam on facebook. Since you became a fan, any posts i send out through the page show up in your feed. I included a link to it within that post, thus is why you have a link to the site on facebook.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
I understand now. I went to the friends of milescam page and looked through all the members I assume most of them also are mc.commers. I only recognized a few of the names as mc.commers. That leads me to think we have a lot more aliases on here than I thought. A few times I have wished I had signed up with an alias, but usually just when I want to be meaner than I already am, so it is probably a good thing I use my real name.
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Posted by Ken Ziebarth (+320) 11 years ago
So much for the myth about everyone going to town on Saturday morning. The place looks deserted.
Ken Z
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Posted by Bart Freese (+926) 11 years ago
Okay. I can understand why all the ex-pats enjoy looking at the web cam, but why do I care? But I do. I'm drawn to that baby like a moth to a flame. Thank you RIck Flotkoetter, Josh Rath, and Dean Hanvold.

I hadn't even realized the Bison had been painted. I've got to get out more.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Here's some pictures for everyone!





^Thanks to Dean Hanvold for braving the roof. I hate heights....^

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Posted by hallick (+121) 11 years ago
Forget the MMA,.. Now we have the Bison Bar Fight Cam, live from downtown Miles City!
Take it outside boys!.. Ding Ding

Right on Josh, we all appreciate your perseverance, it looks great.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Thanks! Also, suggestion implemented! A comment box is now online on the site! Check it out and comment away!
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Posted by skoh (+327) 11 years ago
This is so wonderful to have the webcam up and running. Thank all of you who did all the work. It looks great!
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+596) 11 years ago
Thanks for the new pictures Josh. I have posted one of them along with pictures of the fire on my facebook.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
No Problem. The comment box is fully online also.

Edit: THe comment box has a link that says "by HTML Comment Box" which we can remove for 10 dollars. Anyone care to have that removed in their name?

[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (3/14/2010)]
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Not that anyone in MilesCity can read this, but here goes anyway.

Midrivers Internet is down, thus the MilesCam is down. Once it has internet restored, it will automatically begin streaming again.

How can I be on here? Verizon Mifi.

Sad when Verizon, a cell company, is more reliable than an internet company.
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Posted by Zack Carey (+68) 11 years ago
Qwest for the win
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
I cannot get qwest where I live. If i lived next door I can, either house on each side. Just not mine. Stupid really.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
Technology sometimes goes down? Wow. Who knew?

Power sometimes goes out. Water mains sometimes break. Fancy schmancy technology has problems. This is life.

Oh, look. It is working again.

This is also life.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Sorry for downtime today, since about 2:30 Till now. I went to check on the computer @ MSG and found it covered in Dust, dried soap bubbles, and slid away from where it should have been. So I had to disconnect it, clean everything, burst dirt out of the computer and everything, rewire and turn the machine back on.

Oh, who can we thank for this stupidity? Jerry's Refrigeration. Because they "Weren't told about it" then decided it would be hunky dory to allow dirt and water into a computer, and power outlets. Great Company, no?

[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (3/16/2010)]
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 11 years ago
They weren't told that sawdust and soap bubbles don't mix well with technology?
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Posted by Septimius (+65) 11 years ago
Whoa... I doubt they did it on purpose OR by an act of stupidity. They werent told about it so they didnt KNOW about it.. things happen.

I might just be careful on who you call stupid (yes, the context IS the same). They were hired by the same person or group which agreed to house your computer. They hear what you expressed about them, they just might take it to the person or group they were doing business with.

And that may lead to a burned bridge somewhere.

But I know, we all know... you just don't care what people think of you.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
My point is that apparently it didn't occur to them that water + Electricity = bad. Which, for many, will be a great help when choosing a company to do what then need done.
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Posted by Zack Carey (+68) 11 years ago
is it down again?
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Apparently so. Seems the internet is down there, because the computer is on a 2 hour battery backup. So it isn't off yet. Planning on ringing midrivers in a few.

Edit: Midrivers says the internet is aok downtown. So I'm clueless. Maybe MSG lost power or something, no idea. When it regains internet or power it will automatically begin streaming.

[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (3/16/2010)]
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
The Camera is back online. After looking at the battery backup's data, it is clear what the cause was. Not the power. The internet at MSG was down for 3+ hours, and the streamer gave up on trying to reconnect. Hopefully this isn't a nightly thing.

Edit: Sigh. Not.

[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (3/17/2010)]
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