Switching off the Trojan Room Coffee Pot camera
At 10.54 on Wednesday 22nd August 2001, the
first webcam captured its final image.
The image is difficult to make out, but it
shows the fingers of Daniel Gordon, Martyn
Johnson and Quentin Stafford-Fraser pressing
the power-off switch on the Acorn
Archimedes which had captured the images for the preceding 7 years and 9 months.
Many thanks to Ian Pratt and the other members
of the Trojan Room who worked hard to keep it going long
enough to capture the images, as the whole
Computer Lab was packed up around them.
We expect this to start a new trend in
webcams: online cameras which take images of
themselves being finally turned off. Such sites
will be much sought-after due to their
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