FogCam: World’s Longest-operating Webcam Is About to Be Switched Off


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Warning: FogCam is nowhere close to this dramatic. H Ji/EyeEm/Getty Pictures

When FogCam never ever really attained the level of fame enjoyed by the San Francisco cloud that it was set up to capture, it has nonetheless managed to turn out to be the longest continually operating webcam in the planet.

But 25 years following setting up the camera on the campus of the San Francisco State University, FogCam’s creators have decided to contact it a day.

Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong (aka Webdog and Danno) stated it was “time to let it go” following deciding it was becoming also tough to uncover new places to set up the camera.

“The university tolerates us, but they do not seriously endorse us and so we have to uncover safe places on our personal,” Schwartz told the SF Gate.

In a tweet announcing the news of FogCam’s imminent demise, the pair wrote that their webcam will be “shutting down forever” at the finish of August 2019, adding, “The online has changed a lot because 1994, but Fogcam will often have a particular spot in its history.”

FogCam began life as a student project in the Department of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, according to FogCam’s web-site. As with just about each webcam about the planet, quite tiny was taking place on FogCam when we took a appear just now. Pointed at a nondescript street, we saw a couple of vehicles passing by and some clouds in the sky … but no fog.

Schwartz stated that despite the fact that they’ll be pulling the plug on the webcam, the web-site will remain on-line “for the sake of posterity, a choice that will guarantee it retains its spot on Wikipedia’s comparatively brief list of “websites founded ahead of 1995” that nonetheless exist these days.

The oldest (for now), but not the initially

It may perhaps be the longest-operating webcam, but FogCam wasn’t the initially. That accolade goes to the Trojan Space Coffee Pot webcam at the U.K.’s University of Cambridge, which went on-line in 1991 ahead of shutting down 10 years later. The stream showed a close-up of a coffee pot, enabling students to verify if it was complete ahead of producing their way to the space for a drink.

When FogCam goes offline, The Remarkable Fishcam, set up by programmer Lou Montulli also in 1994, will quickly nab the time record from FogCam. Displaying fish swimming about, it is most likely that quite a few folks will uncover The Remarkable Fishcam a tiny a lot more stimulating than watching fog.


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