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Python | Webcam Activity Notifier

GitHub | Windows Client

Recently I’ve been on Zoom meetings and Discord video calls when my wife walks in aware there’s a webcam pointing in the general direction of the door. I’ve always joked about making an “On-Air” sign to let her know when I’m streaming or in a video call.

Last night I got into writing the basic code for accepting Zoom webhooks and generic requests (from my keyboard or another device). It ended up being fairly simple, creating a FastAPI endpoint with a pydantic model and it was up and running

I’m making use of a Raspberry Pi Zero W, which gives me the flexibility of putting it in a shadowbox with a battery pack for a week or so. It also allows me to wirelessly update the Pi and have it serve the web endpoint itself.

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Bash on Windows! What a time to be alive!

Lately my day job has consisted of reverting back to Windows 7, repairing drivers after Windows 10 updated, or running a command that haunts my dreams “dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth”. Early adopters were plagued by faulty drivers and even worse updates so I was extremely hesitant to install it on my personal machines. After reading about the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows I not only updated to Windows 10, I also sold my soul made a Microsoft account and connected it to my OS. There are numerous reasons privacy wise why you wouldn’t exactly want to do that but hey what’s really private these days.

The only issue I encountered during the upgrade was a corrupt profile. You can tell if you have a corrupt profile because your desktop will be void of your normal icons. If you open C:\Users, you’ll also see a .TEMP folder. Here is the Microsoft page for fixing that, which also applies to Windows 7, 8, 8.1

I decided to sign up for the Windows Insider Program and got myself on the “Fast Ring” which simply delivers early releases of features for Windows 10 with the expectation that you’ll provide feedback to improve the OS. This program also gives you access to.. you guessed it the Linux Subsystem. I have done limited testing on it and a lot of features appear to be working out of the box. Python, PHP, Node.js all worked without fault from my testing. I know Apache and SSH have weird network access where only a local loopback is available for Apache and SSH to use. It’s a beta program, so we can only hope for improvement!

Below is a guide on how to enable developer mode, link your Microsoft account to Windows Insider, and ensure you will receive the latest release.