In the bad old days, before widespread adoption of computers and the Internet, getting a video feed from a remote location could be an expensive proposition. Thanks to inexpensive Web cameras and Internet access, that has changed. Almost anyone can put on their own show for the rest of the world to see, but how do you learn about and keep track of all these webcams?
Lurk is what can best be described as a webcam browser. Technically, it acts like a browser, but is designed to only show pictures. It does this very well, however, allowing you to view and update multiple webcam windows. To start using Lurk, just launch it, and you'll be presented with a Lurk Webcam Bookmarks window. This list contains all of the webcams you can access. They are divided into groups like Places, Personal Cams, Space and Weather. Clicking once on a camera will give you a short text description of the material, clicking twice will display it.
Pick one of the Many Webcams
Once you select a camera, you'll see a window where the camera's image is displayed. This window will also contain other information, like the time and date of the picture, and the number of seconds before the picture will be reloaded. This automatic reload is one of the great features of Lurk that make it better than a browser. Of course, you can have multiple windows open at the same time, all updating their contents on their own schedules.
But wait, there's more! If you control-click (or right-click if you have a multi-button mouse) on an image, you can do many additional things, like save the picture to disk, create an archive of all pictures taken by the camera, change the text that is displayed in the window, and even copy the camera to the Lurk Startup Folder, so the camera will be displayed as soon as you start Lurk.
So start checking out what's going on in the world, and start Lurking today!
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