EyeSpyFX Webcam 2.2 now available


Screenshot showing saved hourly images in the Archive

The latest version of EyeSpyFX Webcam is now available. Version 2.2 has a new ‘Archive’ feature that allows you to store images at regular intervals on the EyeSpyFX reflector server. For example you can store images every hour to build up a view of activity over 24 hours. The archive stores up to 100 images.

Stephen Fry on Smart Phones

Stephen Fry (cumplusive individual, comedian and commentator) has written a blog entry about smart phones

Its worth a look


Here are some quotes:

“I have never seen a SmartPhone I haven’t bought

(I’m not even going to mention outside these parentheses the LG Prada phone, that’s an iPhone beater in the same way Tim Henman is a Federer beater)

My disappointment in the P1i turned to anger ……… The miserable nonsense of the browser (a bad implementation of Opera) – I mean what on earth is the point of having menu shortcuts that involve using two fingers?

The E90 is thick-as-a-brick, expensive (ex-contract as an offline purchase it’s well over £600. Or maybe they just saw me coming) and yet … I LIKE IT!

God knows this is (E90) NO iPhone killer. But unlike the iPhone it does have something approaching a manageable filing system, Bluetooth that works, GPS, quick text entry via a keyboard (Steve Jobs here you are wrong, much as it grieves me to say it – more below), the ability to save and move around attachments, to download applications and to create documents.


On the I phone: Server side apps only. No, no, no, no, no. This is NOT good. It’s one thing to want to keep the proprietary system closed, but to present a device sealed in digital Araldite is a Bad Idea.

Text entry. I’m sorry Steve, but physical keyboards are okay. They’re fine.

Another triumph for Jonathan Ive and his design team, Apple have made a wholly desirable and beautiful object.”

Mobile Content and the Apple I Phone

The idea driving Mobile Content on the Apple I Phone is that the notion that the Mobile Internet is the same as the regular Web. Small screen size is circumnavigated by means of the clever Apple Pinch interface.

This idea will work, to a certain extent, if you are in a wi-fi zone and you can browse using big bandwidth – but when you step outside and try browsing on the 2.5G network regular web pages will appear very slow.

Is the Mobile Web is the same as the Web?

Web pages on the regular internet now feature – dynamic content, flash, security scripts, embedded movies, etc. To view them you need processor power, memory and bandwidth – all of which a phone will have less of than a PC. (In Apple terms: all of which an I Phone will have less of than a G5). In that context the idea that the mobile web is the same as the Web seems far fetched.


To build sophisticated applications on Phones there is a mechanism available: It is called Java. Apple however say that to build applications for the I Phone you simply build web apps and launch a page. This further strains the processor, memory and bandwidth issues already described.

Basic guidelines for the design of Mobile Content.

Taking an opposite viewpoint for a moment, lets assume that Mobile Content is different from Web Content. The screen is smaller, the bandwidth is narrower, the user interface is more constrained, there is a user tendency to operate the mobile device with one hand. If these factors influence the design of Mobile Content then the following simple guidelines for the design of Mobile Content can be deduced:

  • It should be more personal
  • It should be simple
  • It should be minimal
  • It should be targeted and relevant to its viewer

Personal, Simple, Minimal, Relevant.


Also see Blog post: Apple I Phone