Made by Zeno Sloim.
Based on Alfredo Morresi Webcam Holmes 1.0 released as freeware in 2007.
I already done a similar program called Zeno Webcams Romania 2009-12-20.
I decided to make a new updated version, where I separated Canada Ski webcams from Romania webcams.
I was born in Romania, many of my old comrades (computer engineers - both hardware and software developers) from Technical University of Iasi, emigrated to Canada finding a new life. I choosed to emigrate to Sweden.
Many times I wish I had choosen Canada instead, hence my sentimental affection to Canada: wonderful wild nature, Shania Twain music, among others.
That is why I decided to update and enrich the program called Zeno Sloim Canada Ski Webcams 2011 v2.0 build 2011-02-04.
It contains over 100 network cameras from Canada's most wonderful ski resorts with fantastic beautifully nature and mountains.
The idea is to offer in a mobile form, a direct visual experience of wonderful places like:
Banff Sunshine Village, Big White, Canmore, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Lake Louise, Mount Sutton, Mount Washington, Nakiska, Norquay, Red Mountain, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Whistler Blackcomb - Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb - Horstman Glacier, Whistler Blackcomb - Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb - Whistler Peak.
I want to express my gratitude to those canadian sites who host the included cameras.
I decided to make 2 versions, one in which all cameras have a refresh rate of 1 second and an other with refresh rate of 60 seconds, depending on the data-plan you have with your mobile provider, to minimise costs and reduce to minimum the data traffic. Of course you can adjust the refresh rate individually for each camera after your own needs.
And here I want to mention that all canadian webcams owners (sites) have adopted a fair policy by making easy to see and update, either on a pc with fast internet or on a mobile device/phone with data-plan. No annoying pop-ups, aggresive advertisements or malware to make you pay a lot for the data-traffic.
Complete different situation when it comes to Romania.
Most webcams are hosted on sites with enormous quantity of pop-ups, aggresive advertisements, malware embedded in webpages, lots of prompts to install obscure ActiveX Controlls to be able to view a camera.
It seems that most romanian sites have teamed in a shame league with mobile operators to maximize completely the data-traffic, to make unfair profits on those wishing to see webcams hosted in Romania, as well as promoting aggressive dubious advertisements and malware. In a word, it's a pain for a normal user to watch romanian webcams.
We can name here a romanian shame-league:
(it's almost impossible to watch here any camera without lowering your security and being flooded with pop-ups, spyware and advertisements, and installation of obscure ActiveX Controlls). Avoid this place.
Lots of pop-ups, advertisements, seem these sites have teamed up with romanian mobile operators to maximize their profit and rising your data-traffic to peaks - shame on them.
And list is long.
That is why I decided to make accessible to mobile users the webcams of Romania, without exposing to security risks by navigating on scum sites like www.rancaonline.ro or paying a fortune for your data-traffic on sites like www.mobotix.ro or www.jurnalul.ro. Neither by installing all kinds of obscure ActiveX Controlls who have exploits and were almost never updated by the producer of the camera.
Here comes my real work: it took few days in december 2009 (with Zeno Webcams Romania 2009-12-20) and 2 days now with latest version Zeno Sloim Romania Webcams 2011 v1.0 build 2011-01-29, to byepass all these scum sites, ActiveX Controlls of all flavours, to get REAL CLEAN DIRECT IP ADDRESS TO A CAMERA AND ITS GENERATED IMAGE FILE.
It was a quite detective nice work, to be able to decompile ActiveX Controlls, byepass all s-h-i-t to hide camera real ip address and access its generated clean image file (mostly in JPG).
With my program you have a CLEAN and SECURE DIRECT ACCESS to cameras image file, no pop-ups, no advertisement s-h-i-t and MINIMAL COST for data-traffic.
After publishing in 2009-12 my program, after some time, both www.mobotix.ro and www.jurnalul.ro got mad because I interfered with their unscrupulous and unfair practices to extorcate money from mobile users, and changed all their cameras ip-addresses and addressing mode, I "answered" back.
Hope now will be the same game.
It's not a matter of security, but dirty money, because www.mobotix.ro (the romanian distributor for Mobotix) makes available Mobotix CamViewer for... Iphone, but not for Windows Mobile.
I was asked why not developing for Apple and Iphone? I gave a clear answer: I do not agree with the gready aggressive commercialism of Apple, I do not agree with their restrictive politics for developers, which is not because of their effort for securing the consumer, but for maximising Apple's profit. I will never develop for Apple.
I remain devoted to Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 - 6.1 platform, which is the last one offering maximal security and privacy for the user/consumer. Neither Windows Phone 7, neither Android or IOS (Apple) offer enough resources for privacy, own security and freedom of choice to choose what to install without being "controlled" by Big-Brother.
No other concurrent platform to WM6-WM6.1 has such a widespread offer of real serious software and not junk as is on the so-called Android market or Apple Apps.
For those still aware of their personal integrity I recommend: stay to WM6/WM6.1.
Avoid Windows Phone 7, avoid Android and avoid any Apple product.
- Windows Mobile Professional 6 or 6.1 pda/phone with QVGA or VGA screen.
- .NET CF v2.0 SP2.
- Microsoft SQL Mobile 5 (SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition).
Download and run:
- Canada Ski Webcams 1s PC.exe/Canada Ski Webcams 60s PC.exe on your PC.
- Canada Ski Webcams 1s PPC.exe/Canada Ski Webcams 60s PPC.exe on your Windows Mobile Professional pda/phone.
Is this program legal?
Yes. All informations and sources are based on free available information and sources. No licences or copyrights were infringed. All is legal to use.
How much does it cost?
This program made by me, Zeno Sloim, is completeley free to use and test. I do not demand any payment or any other material form of recompense.
My program is done as Freeware and may be used by anyone.
However it may be not used or included by any person or company in a shareware product or which demands paying.
v2.0 build 2011-02-04:
- Second version, contains 211 cameras from 50 locations in Canada.
v1.0 build 2011-01-29:
- First version, contains 104 cameras from 20 locations in Canada.