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Matterhorn

Webcams are soooo last century. I remember how uttrly impressed we were when we back in 1995 discovered that a bunch of programmers at the University of Cambridge had placed a camera pointing at their coffee maker so they could keep an eye on the amount of coffee left while sitting in front of their computers one floor above.

Wow! We could actually see a live picture of the coffee machine at the University of Cambridge here in Norway. Big deal at that point. Not very interesting today. Like most webcams.

But, for some strange kind of reason it’s cool to have a screen saver on the media computer in the living room that gives a glimpse of the world. A screen saver that cycles trough a list of webcams that you can control yourself.

So, right now when I know that I am going to Zermatt for the weekend I have a nice live picture of the Matterhorn in addition to the mandatory pictures of Bergen and Paris. Not to forget the TullipCAM.

V-CamShow from Virdi software is free, flexible and works very well. It also has the very important feature that lets you name all cams and superimpose the name on the picture while cycling through the cams.

You need the direct link to the picture if you want to add a cam to your list in V-CamShow. Here are some cameras to start with:

(…and please add your favourite webcams to the comments here! Among others, I would really like a nice and frequently updated picture from a satellite… Anyone?)

Zermatt – Matterhorn
Webpage:

http://bergbahnen.zermatt.ch/d/web-cam/zermatt4.html

Direct link:

http://bergbahnen.zermatt.ch/d/live_fotos/matterhorn.jpeg

Paris, France – The Eiffel Tower
Webpage:

http://www.abcparislive.com/paris_webcam/eiffel_tower_webcams.htm

Direct link:

http://www.images1-abcparislive.com/eiffel2.jpg?1139513484641

Bergen, Norway – View from NHH
Webpage:

http://www.nhh.no/it/weather/

Direct link:

http://www.nhh.no/it/weather/bilde.jpeg

Voss, Norway – Hangursheisen
Webpage:

http://www.bt.no/kamera/

Direct link:

http://www2.bt.no/grafikk/kamera/voss22.jpg

Devon, England – Tulip Cam
Webpage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/webcams/tulip_webcam.shtml

Direct link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/webcams/live/devon_tulip.jpg