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24 hour live webcam overlooking Jieh.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:33 pm
by Charbel
I know this maybe far fetched but just an idea.

Id like to see a webcam placed over the church spires that over looks the Jieh and broadcasts live images 24/7/365 (except in times when theres a blackout, which is basically all the time)

Even better would be to have it as an interactive webcam where users can control the camera for a period of time.

a bit like the Sydney one Click Here


PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:57 pm
by Nano
Hey Charbel,

I believe this matter was addressed the previous forum, the thought of having a webcam having a live stream from the Jieh is superb, but the technicality and cost is surreal.
For a stable live stream, they would require a broadband connection, which I don’t believe the area is equipped for, dialup might work, but we would have to have a person respectively dialing up on every blackout, and the price of internet connection in the jieh is non reasonable.

I remember I used to go down to the nabeh younes, so I can chat to my friends in oz, they have DIALUP at a net café that catered for 20 computers, imagine the lack of bandwidth and speed, it was horrible.

Well recently Lebanon and the Jieh have been advancing in technology, and hopefully in the not so distant future, our dream of Jieh live streaming with be applicable, at a reasonable Jieh man payable price (that’s very low) lol

And I can see there has been new photos uploaded on jieh online, I think it would be ideal, to take closer photos of the houses we all know, zoom into the 7ara(at the top), zoom into bait chahine, lets focus on the good stuff,
Don’t get me wrong I can see a few familiars.

Peace out


It's a possibility, take a read of this.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:39 am
by Prince Cadmus II
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Lebanon one step closer to DSL service

BEIRUT: Despite initial skepticism on the part of Internet service providers (ISP), high-speed Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Lines (commonly known as DSL) may be coming to Lebanon after all - though the precise date of the launch has yet to be declared. The Cabinet took the first step towards bringing DSL to Lebanon last week by lowering the tariff for data-providers to connect to the state-owned international cable.

According to a source at the Ministry of Telecommunication, the Cabinet lowered the tariff by 50 percent. The cut applies to the cost of regular dial-up Internet as well, although the change will not be effective immediately.

"Once all the legal hurdles are removed and decrees passed in a proper manner there will be the possibility to offer DSL, but it's not instantaneous," said Patrick Farajian, Sodetel General Manager, who estimated that his company would start offering DSL by September.

"We need data providers and to install equipment, and that will take time."

Farajian said Sodetel already has approximate prices for different DSL connection speeds: 120 kilobytes/second (kb) for $24; 256 kb for $33; 512kb for $46-50; and 1 Mb for $76.

These are lower than original estimates, which placed the average cost of DSL at $50 a month - significantly higher than the regional benchmark.

The Cabinet still has at least one more decree to sign before ISPs can begin the initial pilot program, during which DSL service will be offered on a limited scale to select customers in Beirut before being made available nationwide.

However, before DSL can be offered nationally, the ministry must follow through on its promise to drastically increase the capacity of the international telecom connection to meet the anticipated demand.

"We still have the same problem now as we had before: international bandwidth," said Kamel Shehadi, managing director of Connexus Consulting, a telecom regulation consulting agency.

Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade previously told The Daily Star there was a bottleneck at the international connection, but that the ministry was committed to fixing it.

"The ministry has been paralyzed for years while the main items discussed were conflicts with the mobile companies," he said. "Now that we are out of this mess we can address the issue of broadband."

Executive Director of Internet Data Management Maroun Chammass was optimistic the ministry would complete the necessary improvements in time to offer DSL throughout the country.

"We need to physically increase the capacity between Lebanon and the outside, and this takes some time and equipment," he said. "But it's not a long-term project; they should have it done by September."

In a separate decision last week, the ministry reduced the cost of international and local phone calls by 40 percent starting April 15.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:17 am
by haroun
This project has merit and technically simple, but in Lebanon even the simple things are impossible. Let’s assume DSL is made available in Jieh tomorrow, what do you think people will do with it if the electricity is on only couple hours a day? And at $30 a month subscription + a power generator fee I don’t think the benefits justify the cost.

Maybe in few years, for now we should look into a different ways like amateur radio or satellite services but then again even if we put something together to do this, I doubt the telecom regulations in Lebanon allow it.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:16 am
by Nano
Electricty, One of the worst aspects of lebanon,
however, the jieh has an exellent system going on with backup from the church generator, this is benefitial to the people, even if it is a specified amount if output before "bet to2 el se3a"

Ive looked into the electricty issue and asked why do we have constant blackouts, when the electric plant is so close, i was told that the plant in between the Jieh and sayda, does not provide to regions local to it.

Is this accurate? if so, can anything be done for a constant power flow? petitions? (yeah sure, like a democratic system will work)

I remember mid last year, Beirut had electrical difficulties due to lack of petrol, once again, lebanons financial and economical status echoes to the people.
and now with the worldwide petrochemical industry increasing in price, this isnt going to help anyone. especially our country.

360 Degree Photos

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:34 pm
by charbel Azzi
I think a 24/7 Webcam would be a waste as most of the time the pictures would be the same . As you could see from the recent photos been put on the Jiehonline of Jieh there no people in the photographs and houses do not change and so whats new to see.
I better and cheaper option would be 360 degrees or 180 degree angle photos that are are taken at several locations in Jieh taken at high resolution that lets the viewer pan and zoom. Most digital cameras today lets you take panaorama photos and there are several software that lets you put photos together for 360 degree photos.
Webcam could be useful for special occasions like the feast day of Our Lady celebrations in August or Jieh elections :lol: where short clips could be recorded as Real or Windows media files and downloaded by users.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:42 pm
by Charbel
Bump :lol:

Would have been good seeing Israelis bombing the crap out of the Power Station live on the Jieh Webcam.

It could be the start of a cultural phenomenon in lebanon.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:05 am
by Prince Cadmus II
Charbel your wish is one step closer to reality.. ADSL is finally in Lebanon and it could be a wish come true very soon..

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:37 pm
by Abou Jamra
the service will be available in Jieh in August.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:29 pm
by Charbel
Well, ive started researching on how to go about installing such a system.

Its early days yet but it looks complex. But id love to see it come to fruition one day.