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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:17 pm

Danie wrote:Orpen flood light...uhhm..we are still looking for the ellie that did it! :D It should be rectified soon and a 'written warning' given to the naughty ellie who played with the flood light!


The floodlight at Orpen has been fixed! So you should be able to have a better view at night now! Thanks Rosinah (HSM at Orpen) and Masia (Technical Officer at Orpen) for putting it back in position again!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:12 pm

We have disabled the Nossob webcam. We are conducting certain tests via the satellite link to Nossob and we had to take the webcam traffic off the link to ensure proper testing.

The webcam will not be active for the next 5 days or so. I'll keep you posted via the forum.

Our apologies for this! The Nossob webcam should be online again by Wed 14 Jan 2009!

The two other webcams (Satara and Orpen) are not affected by these tests!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:47 pm

As promised, the tests on the VSAT satellite link to Nossob have been completed and Nossob webcam is active again!

The webcam is set to transmit an image every 90 seconds to ensure low usage of bandwidth via the satellite link for the time being. It will be changed to an image every 30 seconds soon!

Enjoy!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:07 pm

Is there anything wrong on the lines into SANParks? I am simply giving up for now. When I click on any link it simply takes so long that it is not worthwhile. Was anything changed on the SANParks website and lines recently?

The following is when I ping www.sanparks.org:

Pinging www-live-sanp.sevenc.co.za [216.55.161.36] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 216.55.161.36: bytes=32 time=1749ms TTL=37
Reply from 216.55.161.36: bytes=32 time=1274ms TTL=37
Reply from 216.55.161.36: bytes=32 time=2512ms TTL=37
Reply from 216.55.161.36: bytes=32 time=3335ms TTL=37

Ping statistics for 216.55.161.36:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 1274ms, Maximum = 3335ms, Average = 2217ms


And here is the same for Tinypic, just after. Not brilliant, but castly better:

Pinging www.tinypic.com [209.17.68.33] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 209.17.68.33: bytes=32 time=603ms TTL=233
Reply from 209.17.68.33: bytes=32 time=605ms TTL=233
Reply from 209.17.68.33: bytes=32 time=606ms TTL=233
Reply from 209.17.68.33: bytes=32 time=608ms TTL=233

Ping statistics for 209.17.68.33:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 603ms, Maximum = 608ms, Average = 605ms
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:13 pm

What the....!!! :slap: I just did a traceroute as well - are the SANParks websites hosted in the US?? :huh: Seems like I'll have to have a word with my ISP as well. However, previously it was lightning fast. Something changed. Not sure where, but something did, and I'm holding the wrong end...

Tracing route to www-live-sanp.sevenc.co.za [216.55.161.36]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms home.gateway [10.0.0.2]
2 22 ms 20 ms 19 ms 196-209-13-1-tbnb-esr-2.dynamic.isadsl.co.za [19
6.209.13.1]
3 27 ms 29 ms 28 ms 196.38.73.150
4 29 ms 29 ms 31 ms cdsl1-rba-vl2360.ip.isnet.net [196.38.73.133]
5 34 ms 29 ms 29 ms curp1-rba-gi2.isdsl.net [196.38.72.238]
6 24 ms 28 ms 30 ms cdsl1-rba-vl43.ip.isnet.net [196.38.72.229]
7 31 ms 29 ms 28 ms core2b-rba-7600-gi1-0-10.ip.isnet.net [168.209.1
.182]
8 613 ms 610 ms 590 ms 168.209.161.134
9 662 ms 590 ms 604 ms 168.209.224.65
10 598 ms * * core2a-dock-gi1-0-0-21.ip.isnet.net [168.209.163
.3]
11 473 ms 509 ms * core2b-dock-gi0-0-2.ip.isnet.net [168.209.246.3]

12 391 ms 404 ms 393 ms ae0-1302-xcr1.lsw.cw.net [166.63.211.205]
13 647 ms * 595 ms 195.50.118.229
14 * 690 ms 720 ms ae-32-54.ebr2.London1.Level3.net [4.68.116.126]

15 647 ms 483 ms 465 ms ae-42-42.ebr1.NewYork1.Level3.net [4.69.137.70]

16 * 693 ms 682 ms ae-91-91.csw4.NewYork1.Level3.net [4.69.134.78]

17 682 ms 690 ms 688 ms ae-93-93.ebr3.NewYork1.Level3.net [4.69.134.109]

18 600 ms 593 ms 584 ms ae-6.ebr2.Dallas1.Level3.net [4.69.137.121]
19 535 ms 539 ms 538 ms ae-4-4.car2.SanDiego1.Level3.net [4.69.133.213]

20 * 732 ms 729 ms ABACUS-AMER.car2.SanDiego1.Level3.net [4.79.34.6
]
21 537 ms 539 ms 539 ms gi1-1.cr1.sandiego.abac.net [66.226.66.1]
22 720 ms 768 ms 742 ms gi1-2.dr1.sandiego.abac.net [66.226.66.14]
23 2555 ms 2294 ms 2248 ms 216-55-161-36.dedicated.abac.net [216.55.161.36]


Trace complete.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:44 pm

bishop3006 wrote:What the....!!! :slap: I just did a traceroute as well - are the SANParks websites hosted in the US?? :huh:

Yes it is in hosted in Los Angeles, USA - :redface: - not too proud to say that but to carry the traffic of around 1Tb data per month via our web site is currently not very cost effective to host in our country (sunny South Africa)! It has been in LA from the beginning!

But that does not make any difference to the peace and tranquility you are hopefully experiencing via our website, forums and webcams - our small windows on nature in our beautiful national parks! Everything you see on the webcams are still 'made in Africa; Sunny South Africa!' :D
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:19 pm

Thanks Danie. Ja, no matter where it's hosted, still proudly South African. And, maybe sounding like abroken record here, thanks for all the work you guys do for us. Despite the fact that we complain we really appreciate it.

I don't want to be complaining too much, but somehow the website's speed still isn't right - not compared to what it was say a week or two ago. Just now I posted an image on the Satara cam. Just getting to the page in the first place was still slow. Then, as soon as I could see where the "Reply" button is I stopped the page from loading further and clicked on that. Before that was loaded, ready to compose the entry, I had done the following:
[list=][*]Clicked on my shortcut to TinyPic
[*]Let the page open
[*]Signed on
[*]Uploaded the Satara image
[*]Waited for it to upload and copied the image code[/list]

All the while flipping back to the Satara page. Only once I flipped back after I had copied the code was the Satara page loaded and could I paste the details. I'm saying this to sort of show, hopefully, that it is not really my connection, but somehow the SANParks site.

And I know now it is difficult to look back and come up with how long did it take before? The answer is simply not that long. I would have the Tinypic page open, would click on "Reply" for a cam page, go to Tinypic, upload the image and come back, and the posting page would be ready. Now...

I'm not sure what's going on - is it only me that's still experiencing it slow? :huh: If it is I'll shut up, but... :cry:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:07 am

Please note that the Nossob webcam will be offline for the next couple of days.

The Section Ranger construction team at Nossob is busy with construction work around the existing waterhole and the webcam was taken offline on purpose.

We'll keep you informed when it will be online again. We do apologise for this!
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Aussie Ranger » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:38 pm

um question :shock:
what are they builing or fixing :hmz: :whistle:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:02 pm

I don't have the exact full details but it has to do with changes to the waterhole itself....bear in mind that the waterhole visible on the webcam has always been artificial and not natural...will try and get more info from the team at Nossob....
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Lionspoon » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:34 pm

Thanks Danie, for the info! :thumbs_up: BTW, who is Google[Bot]? I just saw him at the bottom of the forum. 8)
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:38 pm

Google[Bot] is as far as I know Google busy indexing the forums to enable searches from Google to be listing these forums as well.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby DuQues » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:40 pm

Yep!
The same as Ask Jeeves, Yahoo and most other bots. They index the site so that when you search for something at Google (etc) you'll find these pages.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Aussie Ranger » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:48 am

why is the cam facing the house :hmz:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread postby Danie » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:13 am

Aussie ranger wrote:why is the cam facing the house :hmz:

Now and then I just want to show the actual surroundings as well. In this case Satara Restaurant/Reception area where you can actually see our visitors on cam often.

On viewing the image, many of our valued guests opens a 'file' in their minds of....wish I can be there now (I feel that way this morning! :) .... as the image is familiar to lots of our guests who have been there in person before.....the smell of nature, the starlings doing their thing in that area, the sounds of nature, the whole package....I really I wish I could be there now!

Forgive me if I get carried away a bit! :)

It also shows the proximity of the webcam to Satara Rest camp
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