October 25th, 2005

marcus 2013

More technogeekery

Got myself something I've wanted for a while - a 640x480 USB microscope camera. This is basically a USB webcam with low light capability and a lens etc. to work like a microscope eyepiece, and typically they cost 70 quid or so on eBay. This one somehow slipped through the net and went for 46 quid, which hopefully means that if I don't seem to be using it much I'll be able to flog it and make a profit. Would have preferred higher resolution but they don't seem to be on offer on eBay at all, or on sale anywhere I can find in the UK.

Anyway, the camera is made by jincheng and seems to be the predecessor of the 640x480 USB model on this page: http://www.jcst.cn/en/p4.asp

Arrived today and it's working fine with a PC. but I'll also want Mac OS-X compatibility and the manufacturer doesn't offer drivers - none of these things have Mac drivers, with the exception of the REALLY expensive high-res ones that start around 500 quid. I'm hoping it'll just work when I plug it into the iBook tonight - I've downloaded the Macam webcam driver thing from Sourceforge - but if it doesn't, does anyone have any suggestions on ways of getting it to work? Needless to say I've emailed the manufacturer, but I somehow doubt they have anything.
marcus 2013

Technogeekery updates

1: My iBook G4 really doesn't like writing DVD+R - it's fine with DVD-R. Maybe some of the newer ones had drives that can do both, this one doesn't.

2: iBook also doesn't know about the microscope camera, even with the macam program running. So it goes - I can use it with a PC for now, maybe bring my microscope in here and use it with the spare desktop machine.

3: Is there any reason other than "you don't need to worry about it" why you can't see what the USB ports etc. are up to?

4: Is there any particular reason why Apple don't give you any information at all about the progress of a job such as writing a DVD when you do it? Such as how long it's likely to take? First time of trying, not overwhelmingly impressed.

5: Re 2 - 4 above, am I missing something obvious in the way of an additional program / menu I ought to be looking at for this stuff?