Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Wx/Net - Weather monitoring for penguins

Filed under
Software

In my periodical wanderings around the net, I sometimes stumble onto a number of rather unique and interesting applications. Some of these are mainstream, average user applications that make the news and get a fair amount of attention. And then there's the applications that don't. Wx/Net is one of them. This really isn't the fault of the application itself, but rather its uses and target market. Namely, those with personal weather stations. The majority of people out there might not think that an open source application designed to interface with weather monitoring stations is all that exciting. Well, to some I can see that being true. But a lot of it depends on your personal interests and what you like.

A lot of hard core weather fanatics out there, and even some less fanatical ones, have their own personal weather stations. In fact, there's enough of them that the national weather service and a number of TV and radio stations have tapped into them to help provide a much clearer view of the weather over a given area. This is helpful because weather can vary significantly over a one mile stretch of land. But funding thousands of individual weather stations per county is cost prohibitive. Hence why the ability to tap into these personal weather stations has become so important to NWS and so many others.

Which brings me back to Wx/Net.




More in Tux Machines

Canonical Publishes Impressive Roadmap for All of Their Ubuntu Products

Canonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out. Read more

Making the Case for Koha: Why Libraries Should Consider an Open Source ILS

When Engard educates people on what open source is, what it means to use open source software, what types of software are available, which companies use it, and who trusts it, they see that their fears are unfounded, she says. To back up her discussions with facts, she maintains bibliographies on open source and open source security. She also has a set of bookmarks on Delicious, and she wrote a book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries. “[W]hen people come to me and say open source is too risky … I have facts and figures, just what librarians want, to say no, all software has potential risk associated with it. You have to evaluate software side by side, and look at it, and really take the time to compare it. … I know you’re going to pick the open source solution over the proprietary because it is so quickly developed, so quickly fixed, so ahead of the curve as far as technology is concerned.” Read more

Review of Ubuntu Phone – A Work Still Under Progress

However, what one must remember is that the Ubuntu Phone is still a work in progress. The company is issuing updates every month and is relying on its current user base regarding the feedback and ideas. Right now, only three Ubuntu phones are present in the market ranging from $186 to $328 roughly. Ubuntu has been in hibernation mode for the development of this OS for a long time and it looked like they might be consumer ready now, however, after seeing the Ubuntu Phone it looks like they might be far from that scenario right now. Read more

Android M news: Release date delayed, to come out in September or October?

Google reveals that the newest Android operating system initially codenamed as "Android M" will be delaying the release of Android M Developer Preview 3 for selected Nexus devices. The information was shared by the company's employee and moderator Wojtek Kaliciński on the Developer community page in Google+. Read more