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How to keep from being bored online- Live TV, Webcams, Games, Websites, and more

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Beat the end boss at the end of the internet already (boy, wasn't he tough!) and need something to do? Want some ideas and fresh online activities to enjoy? Well, you've come to the right Instructable! Too many of us are locked away in cubicles, tethered behind desks... our computer screens are our only Windows and the view is often quite boring. I mean- Solitaire, again?!

My goal is to introduce you to at least a few good time wasters you didn't know about. This compilation in no way lists every great site or activity on the web. Not only would that be impossible, but everyone's tastes are different. So here's some fun online tips, tricks and interesting sites that should keep you entertained for hours while stuck at work surfing all day. Because isn't that what we're paid to do? ;)

Page 1. Google hacks to view and control webcams all over the world.

Page 2. The wonderful time-wasting world of online web comics.

Page 3. Online games... just don't get caught at work, mmmkay?

Page 4. Watching TV online! ...without getting scammed!

Page 5. More random timewasters, and other idea sites.

Page 6. Final tidbits...
 
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Step 1: Google hacking to view and control webcams all over the world

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This is a method of what is known as 'Google Hacking.' It's not exactly hacking in the strictest sense, but it shows you many otherwise hidden back doors... if you know the right keywords and formatting. The one we'll have fun playing with first today finds live Cannon Webcams all over the world. I like these cameras because they are motorized, and you can control them! You do have to have Java on your machine for the interface to work. Click here to see the full list, or see below for some interesting ones I've stumbled across.

White Mountain (New Hampshire USA, I believe) - Beautiful view, especially this morning. Also, if you aim the camera correctly (move it to far right and zoom in), there's an upstairs window where I watched a man prepare his breakfast and eat. I know, how voyeuristic! Well, people fascinate me. Especially since he has no idea he's being watched... it's like a little peak into the everyday life and routine of some random person somewhere I'll never meet.

BeyondBikes Store (San Diego, CA USA) - Take a peek inside this bicycle shop! When it's open, you can watch bikes being assembled, or spy on customers. At night you get to play security guard ;) See that guy walking by outside? Suspicious looking character... well, to be fair, it is California! I've been there recently and have seen the interesting folk there.

WBU FeederCam - Watch birds eating from the comfort of your cubicle. Now you, too, can have a window (of sorts)! Almost as fascinating as people, the birds have plenty of food but still fight over it. There's room for a poignant statement about the similarity in humanity here, but I'm going to let that pass by. We're trying to avoid boredom here...

A few things worth mentioning. Does everything look dark? Congratulations, you're likely peering into the other side of the world where it's still night (Such as this garden from Yamada Farm, Hiroshima). In contrast, if you bookmark those for later, before you go to bed you'll often see a nice sunrise wherever it is. If the view is moving, then some other net user is in control, looking around. When taking control of the Cannon cameras, it gives a countdown anywhere from three minutes to thirty seconds for you to play. This can be a real challenge when trying to figure out where (geographically) the camera is based! Some are conveniently named, but quite often they are unhelpfully termed "Camera 1" or nothing at all. Zooming in on billboards or business signs will usually give you something to Google. Here is a short-control-timed view of a foreign city; see if you can discover in a mere 30 seconds where it is!

There's several other Google camera-searching tricks, such as Sony cams, WebEye, Network cams, Sony (different method), this, and even this. Depending on your net connection speed, some are nearly live-motion, while others are one frame per 15 seconds. You really never know what you'll find... which I guess is half the fun of looking :)
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mcep5f200927 days ago

If you are bored I would also recommend trying https://www.youmatchup.com

It is a fun website where you can answer all types of random polls submitted by users. It also allows you to customize your questions more than a simple poll.

www.thethreeedds.com for Ed Edd n Eddy episodes. Every single one from the third seaason on. w00t
Oops! Google Chrome could not find www.thethreeedds.com
your dog3 years ago
One site that I like to use is stumbleupon.com. you enter in topics you are interested in and it finds website for you! I have even "stumbled upon" instructables before!
jj32x6 years ago
another good website for passing time is instructables
durbnow jj32x3 years ago
There is also alot of movies http://www.icefilmstube.com
Matt21497 jj32x5 years ago
Tell me more!!!!
jj32x Matt214975 years ago
just google around a bit and you'll find loads. this one should keep you entertained. ;-)
toogers jj32x4 years ago
i will kill you! i was using firefox, so i just closed my browser, AND IT RESTORED MY TABS!!!!!!! I WILL KILL YOU!!!!!!!
pyrofrog jj32x5 years ago
AAAAAAAAAAGGHGH EFFIN' RICKROLL
damnit. I just got rick roll'd and it took me 5 mins to finish clicking through the annoying dialogue when you try to exit the page. PEOPLe, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS GIVEN BY jj32x! you will regret it!
My antivirus was going crazy when I clicked on that link. I didnt bother trying to go through it. I used task manager to end it.
Don't google webcams. Puh-lease!
TOCO4 years ago
what is shown in the picture for online tv?
iKill6 years ago
or you could try to get hulu... the best one on the web but its invite only
firefliie iKill4 years ago
but why would you get an invite?
fosho4 iKill6 years ago
Yea... Hulu in my opinion at least has the best package. Its still in beta though so it takes a while to get a membership. You could also try JOOST. Its pretty good.
coldpsyco915 years ago
the links don't work for me, what could be wrong?
Dusque5 years ago
And what abt Least I could do!, LFG, and the awesome Sinfest!!!
toolgal296 years ago
im not sure if anyone has said this or not, but www.miniclips.com (i think that's it) is also a cool site, but more for younger people. im not sure adults would appreciate such simple games. :)
hey wa about ebaumsworld.com big gaming web site
ebaumsworld = pure utter shite...
its not you (redacted) so shut up
haha, that didn't even make sense... typical ebaums user... but seriously, they just steal things from everywhere else...
its www.miniclip.com
ok, thanks dude ;-)
You can watch the latest films for free at :

http://quicksilverscreen.com/
ya but you have to install that stupid zango thing that gives you pop-up ads.
Here's an idea... go and hang out with your friends/family...? If you're bored online and don't know what to do, then why stay on it...? Why don't you go and do something more sociable...?
You can watch the latest films for FREE : Go to

http://quicksilverscreen.com/
thepelton5 years ago
Here's a neat site for all you people with extra time on your hands. www.pointlesssites.com
! xD !5 years ago
http://219.99.222.222/sample/LvAppl/lvappl-j.htm

That ones a pretty cool seaside place, I cant figure out where though. Its a lil' slow, but its still kinda cool. Thanks for posting this, by the way. These camera things are really neat-o.

-xD
geeklord5 years ago
What exactly is java??
liammk geeklord5 years ago
geeklord liammk5 years ago
I knew what javascript was..... Are you sure it isnt anything else???
i thought it was a type of coffee too
mmmmmmm...cofee.
HA!!!!......
do you folks like cofee? real cofee, from the hills of columbia!
ah....duncan hills coffee is the blackest, most metal coffee of all
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