Saturday, April 13, 2019

State of the Harborcams - After the Storm

Just thought I would review of where the Harborcams stand after the storm.

Camera's - amazingly, all 11 cams stayed operational through the sustained 50-60 MPH winds -- I have to give AXIS credit for making good cameras. I am especially surprised that the Wisconsin Point cam stayed operational-that camera is wide open to the winds.

Internet connections -- There are lots of things that can go wrong with the internet connection and often does. My hope is that most of the cams stay up and do not get bogged down with internet traffic and poor connections. That said, there were times during this past storm when connections were intermittent and poor. Hopefully, with technology advances, things get better in the future.

Ship Alerts - I still do ship alerts when I am at my desk and notice them coming -- not always the best indicator.  Between the Ship Alerts, Boat Schedule Page and the AIS Pages, you should have a good idea when to expect activity.

Marine Scanner -- I have installed the best scanner and antenna I could find and hopefully, it is better than the old one.

Video Recordings -- I try to get the recordings up on the website when able, however, sometimes I am tied up and not able to do it. If you have a particular boat recording that you want, let me know and I will get it for you if possible.

Website -- The duluthharborcam.com website is hosted by Google Blogger. It doesn't have a lot of options to customize the comments and I cannot change the order in which they are presented. While Blogger is very limited, it is free.  In the past, even with paid sites, I would often get my account suspended due to high traffic.  Maybe next year I will try something else.

Response to comments -- I apologize for not always responding to comments -- I often fall asleep before getting to them and then I forget about them.

My thoughts -- I hope to keep the cams going for a long time as I get tremendous satisfaction from knowing folks are enjoying them.  I spend a lot of time on them, but, do try to keep a balance with other responsibilities.

I really, really appreciate all of the folks who help support these cams -- I consider myself the caretaker of your cams and while there are lots of glitches along the way -- I will do my best to keep them running.

Thanks,
Den


18 comments:

  1. Thank you, Dennis for this update. Thank you for keeping the Duluth cameras in service.

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  2. Dennis you are the man! I for one am thankful for any and all that you do to keep this website just as it is. Warts and all! It is a work in progress. Many thanks!
    Joan D.

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  3. Thank you Dennis for keeping us up to date and for keeping everything running smoothly.
    It is greatly appreciated.

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  4. I appreciate you and thank you for all the time you spend making this possible!

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  5. Denny, Thanks for the update. You do a GREAT job keeping the site relevant and interesting. You are doing a great job!...Neil

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  6. I have been online with you the entire time, great views from the new cam at Silver Bay, question did part of the canal park wall break off on the city side just off the light house?

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    1. I think it is just ice piled against the break wall

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  7. Thanks for everything you do, from a viewer in Kentucky!

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  8. Great update Dennis. I thought for sure the Canal Cam was a goner.

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  9. Dennis I have been watching your website for many years now. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the cameras. I recently went through some tough times. I could count on your camera's to bring my spirits up. I watch them every day. Thank you so much for them.

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  10. Thank you Dennis for all that you do for us! I appreciate everything and totally understand other things may take priority. A happy viewer from California!

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  11. you do an awesome job handling this website and all the webcams by yourself. Your dedication to this website is so appreciated and we viewers should understand you have a life besides this and when things go wrong it's not your fault.

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  12. Thanks for all you do! This is a great site. We enjoy Duluth and "the shore" tremendously but living in the Cities it's tough to get up there often. So, being able to see quality images and feeds of the area is wonderful!

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  13. Thanks so much for keeping the cameras going during the storm. The new cam at Silver Bay is terrific! Could really see the wind and waves there during the storm!!

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  14. Thanks Dennis. I usually look at all the webcams at least once a day. It always makes my day seem more adventurous just seeing the ships and Lake Superior.
    deb

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  15. Yes thank you for all you do. I especially love the audio between ship and bridge that you add now and then.

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  16. Thank you Dennis for this website. It brings a lot of joy to my life. I was wondering how you ask Jeffrey a question? I don't see where you can ask a question on his profile. Thank you.

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