[aprssig] Crowdsourcing weather page

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Mon Jan 27 15:46:57 CST 2014


For whatever reason and a long time ago, down Oz we stopped using 
millibars and started using hectapascals (hpa). They are numerically 
identical. I suppose it saves one letter when abbreviated<grin>

Ray vk2tv

On 28/01/14 08:22, Robert Kirk wrote:
> Minor correction... Convention has it that millibars is abbreviated 
> mbar not the plural sounding mbars. Much like you write 15cm not 15cms.
> On 01/27/14, Steve Dimse<steve at dimse.com> wrote:
> I?m playing with doing a more modern-looking weather display for 
> findU, and thought it might be fun to try a little crowdsourcing.
>
> I want your idea for what a weather display should look like.
>
> I can draw any truetype font, and pretty much any graphic I want 
> within the cgi. For example here is a quick control panel that uses an 
> LED font to show a few of the latest weather values for a station
>
> http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/panel.cgi?call=k4hg-2
>
> This is not a finished product, it is an example, though I will end up 
> with something like this as one of the options: a simple text display 
> that can be read across the room suitable for surplus iPads, monitors, 
> raspberry pi, etc. Expect this URL to change (definitely will have 
> wind rose instead of cardinal text), have errors, or even disappear 
> before it is officially released.
>
> I?ve always tried to make findU be as readable as possible, I hate 
> some of the weather client programs that fill the screen with oodles 
> of complex looking widgets that obscure information. Here is an 
> example of what I don?t like that uses way too much of findU?s 
> resources. (There is no identifying info, so if this happens to be 
> someone on the list, sorry, but you are the only one that knows!)
>
> http://pinespantry.com/weather/Current_Vantage_Pro_Plus.htm
>
> I like clean and easily readable displays with as much info ?above the 
> fold? as possible. This one, for example, uses three findU graphics 
> down near the bottom of the page. It refreshes every 2.5 minutes, and 
> in January so far it has loaded 28113 images, few of which were likely 
> seen. I hate that!
>
> So, send me ideas, mockups, or pet peeves for me to consider in this 
> next display!
>
> Thanks, Steve K4HG
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