Archive for the ‘IT – Misc Stuff’ Category

Yawcam Notes, Review

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

2012-07-29 Initial Post

I played around with this back in January 2012 with version 0.3.7, using it with a Logitech QuickCam Deluxe for Notebooks model V-UBV49.

Basically I wanted to set up a video surveillance system and this seemed to be one of the better free programs for doing such. It has some nice features for a free program, but it needs some work. I ended up getting a camera with built-in motion detection--see my post on that at

Here are some misc notes I made about Yawcam. This isn't very extensive and I'm just posting it for my own reference.

  • C:\Users\%username%\.yawcam\
  • You can define an area for motion detection. The area is based on the current frame, so if you move the camera, you need to reselect the area.
  • You can add an overlay to the capture (such as text with the date and time).
  • It has a scheduling feature.
  • Too much sun washes out the motion detection area (not the software's fault).
  • It temporarily saves motion activated images to C:\Users\%username%\.yawcam\motion even if you specified another location. The images there get deleted after clearing/deleting the events from the Window menu --> Motion Detection --> Motion Events tab.

X10 AirSight Wireless IP Camera and (Cheaper) Clones, EasyN FS-613A-M136 Review

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

2012-06-30 Updated

2012-01-25 Initial post

I was thinking of getting the X10 AirSight Wireless IP Camera and had a $15 off discount code, so it would have cost $85, which seemed like a good price for the features. I was about to get it but fortunately I found out that there are clones of this exact same cam. Note that even though the clones share the exact same hardware, the software and instructions vary. (more…)

Dell Dimension 3100/E310, Graphics/Video Driver for Windows 7 (x86 / 32-bit)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

2012-06-16 Updated

2012-01-06 Initial Post

NOTE: This was NOT tested on x64 / 64-bit systems.

I recently loaded Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 on a Dell Dimension 3100/E310 and it did not properly detect the graphics card. Dell has no Windows 7 drivers for this graphics card. The system runs Windows 7 fine even though it only has 1.25 GB RAM so the only thing holding it back was the lack of a graphics driver which resulted in crappy screen resolution. (more…)

IE and Firefox Temporary Files / Cache Folder Locations

Monday, February 20th, 2012

2012-02-02 Initial Post

Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5

Firefox 10 on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\saovyayv.default\Cache (more…)

Sync IE favorites with iPad / iPhone / iTouch

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


  • iPad (original) model MC496LL, iOS 5.0.1 (Build 9A406)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP2 with Internet Explorer 9, iTunes and iCloud 1.0.1

Two options:

1.) This is the newer option based on iCloud. iCloud was a new feature in iOS 5.0. It stores data on Apple's servers so that the data can be accessed/synced by multiple iOS and iTunes devices. You need to install iCloud Control Panel on your Windows computer and use that to sync your IE favorites to iCloud. Then on the device, you need to set up Safari bookmarks to sync via iCloud. You log on to iCloud using your iTunes account.

On iPad, go to Settings --> iCloud --> Bookmarks --> make sure this is set to "on." It looks like IE must be open for the sync to work. Per, "Safari and Internet Explorer require port 443 access to iCloud in order to push and pull updates to and from the iCloud Bookmarks servers." I was not aware that IE had to be open--no where in the iCloud interface does it mention that.

After several attempts, I have not been able to get this to work. It seems like my computer never syncs to iCloud, but I don't get any error in the iCould Control Panel. I didn't want to waste anymore time so I went with option 2.

2.) Disable option 1 and use iTunes syncing via USB.

I had read and wasn't really clear on this and didn't get it working initially. I had initially thought that bookmark syncing to iCloud on my iPad was related to this, but it's not. This is strictly iTunes syncing via USB. I did get this working easily, so this is what I'm currently using.

Once this is set up, each subfolder under C:\Users\%username%\Favorites\ will have a file named .AppleSyncInfo that contains some sync configuration info as shown below.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

Note: with either option, favorites/bookmark syncing only works with IE or Safari on a Windows computer.