Monday, September 24, 2007

Thieving $#@!

Over the past 2 weeks I have had change stolen off my desk several times. The first time I thought that I had forgotten about using it or giving it to somebody. But then it happened again... and again. Either I am going senile, or someone is taking my property for a walk.

I can be tolerant of a lot of things, but I have problems with not being able to trust cubicle neighbours.

So, it is time to figure out who is pilfering my spare change. My desktop machine is a nice little linux desktop. So after a little searching I came up with a nice little solution that will utilize a 6-7 year old webcam I have laying around. It's a nice little package, called motion, that detects motion based on video changes using a standard web camera and then records it to images and video files.

Who knows, maybe I don't want to know who is stealing from me. On the other hand, I really don't appreciate working with/around someone who has so little respect for others.

Motion was very simple to set up. I came across another package, called ZoneMinder, that seems geared towards full CCTV setups that I am going to research but motion was simple to set up and does exactly what I need for this particular problem.