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WeatherCat Releases / Thanks Stu! (Re: WeatherCat Version 3.0.1)
« Last post by elagache on July 16, 2018, 11:52:06 PM »
Dear WeatherCat "addicts," . . . .

Last night I quickly checked the "essential weather data" before going to bed:



It sure hasn't taken me long to become completely dependent on Custom Text Windows.  How did I live without them for so long?

Thanks Stu!   [bounce]  As always, you rock!   [rock]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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Dear WeatherCat shutterbugs,

The weather in Northern California has changed dramatically as the high pressure center located roughly in the four corners region of the desert Southwest is now controlling our weather.  As this high pressure expands and contracts, monsoonal moisture rides around its edge getting as far North as the San Francisco Bay Area.  This morning, there were a few sprinkles in the area, although my rain gauge wasn't among the lucky ones.  Still, I did capture this photo of the monsoon clouds this morning.



Oddly enough, we appear to be on a weekly pattern with monsoonal flow expected to arrive once more late next week.  We shall see!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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Dear X-Air and WeatherCat tricoleur types,

What is Friday the 13th good for?!

 [wink] . . . . . Why obviously it is the day to prepare for "le 14 Juillet, La Fête Nationale de France!" . . . .

  . . . . . Doesn't everybody do that?  ??? . . . . . .  lol(1)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Computing/Macintosh / What is Friday the 13th good for?!
« Last post by xairbusdriver on July 13, 2018, 09:00:18 PM »
According to Adam Engst, it should be National Verify Your Backups Day! :)

I'm hopeful that we are all making backups of our Macs. But when was the last time you VERIFIED the backups?! Unless you've done that, you're simply wasting cpu cycles. :o

TimeMachine doesn't allow re-booting, but you can still VERIFY that at least some, and therefore, hopefully all the backed up files. Just pick a couple of files from a couple of different time periods and Restore them. Just remember to click the "Keep Both" option to avoid over-righting a newer file. That's probably a good habit to create, anyway. [rockon]

Your cloned backups are even easier to VERIFY, if somewhat more time consuming. Generally, a cloning app creates a bootable copy of your entire System. Therefore, just open System Prefs, select the "Startup Disk" tab/icon (you may be asked to enter your Admin/computer password) and select the drive that has your cloned backup. Now click the "Restart..." button and go get a cup of coffee/tea (hot or iced). This Restart will probably take longer than a normal one depending on how fast the connection to your external drive is. Congratulations! [cheer]
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the Weather Envoy is definitely a robust solution and it isn't that expensive if you purchase it from a discount outlet.

Or used. I have an Envoy I am not using any more.
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Dear dweeks and WeatherCat welcome wagon,

Since this is your first post on the WeatherCat forum let me be the first welcome you!

I am moving to a new location and want to keep the computer running WeatherCat in a network closet a good ways away. I have a Cat 5 Ethernet drop right by where the console will live. But I can't run a USB cable to the network closet, as the distance is too great for USB.

Has anyone run Virtualhere, which is a solution to getting USB via IP?

Unfortunately, I have seen such software but never had a need for it.  Are there any other WeatherCat users using this product or something similar?  Is your plan to have another Mac or similar device running the Virtualhere client software at the location of your console?  Exactly how far will your console be from your WeatherCat computer?

If not, I would welcome any suggestions about how best to connect a Davis console using USB to the Weathercat computer about 50 feet away.

Unfortunately, I can only offer one negative example.  For about a year, I attempted to run USB over Cat-5 using devices like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-Extender-Transmitter-B202-150/dp/B003WO40V6

Unfortunately, it didn't provide the sort of connection that was sufficient to keep WeatherCat connected to the console.  As a result, WeatherCat would be constantly losing the connection and costing me data.  Eventually I had to give up and solved the problem another way.  I purchased a Davis Weather Envoy:

https://www.davisinstruments.com/product/wireless-weather-envoy/

I located the Envoy next to my computer running WeatherCat and moved the data logger from my Console to my Envoy.  That way I could place the console where it was convenient for the family and still have data travel from the ISS to the Envoy where it would be connected to my Mac using the original Davis USB cable.  This has worked flawlessly ever since.

If you cannot find any other reliable way to move your console, the Weather Envoy is definitely a robust solution and it isn't that expensive if you purchase it from a discount outlet.

Let us know how your relocation project unfolds.

Cheers, Edouard
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Dear Randall and WeatherCat users getting a little weary of dust, . . . .

Texas has it's own dust from the western half I know I was raised there I seen the wind so strong and so much dust that it would find a way to get in the house with all the doors and windows close. yeah back then they weren't insulated like they are today but still.

I don't have any problem imagining your predicament.  The summers are definitely hotter and drier here in Northern California and that means more blowing dust.  Since you really cannot live with all the windows shut of course there is more dust in the house.  Definitely not the best thing for either cleaning or breathing.

Oh well, . . . . Edouard
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Virtualhere USB over IP
« Last post by dweeks on July 10, 2018, 07:37:46 PM »
I've been running my Davis Vantage Vue with a USB cable connecting the console to my Macbook that runs WeatherCat.

I am moving to a new location and want to keep the computer running WeatherCat in a network closet a good ways away. I have a Cat 5 Ethernet drop right by where the console will live. But I can't run a USB cable to the network closet, as the distance is too great for USB.

Has anyone run Virtualhere, which is a solution to getting USB via IP?

If not, I would welcome any suggestions about how best to connect a Davis console using USB to the Weathercat computer about 50 feet away.
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Elagache
 Texas has it's own dust from the western half I know I was raised there I seen the wind so strong and so much dust that it would find a way to get in the house with all the doors and windows close. yeah back then they weren't insulated like they are today but still.


cheers
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Dear WeatherCat observers of weather-related headlines,

There is an unusual report on Fox news about dust from the Sahara Desert reaching all the way to Texas:

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/09/how-african-dust-is-subduing-us-hurricanes.html

Oddly enough, the dust is so dry that is takes out sufficient moisture from parts of the atmosphere to interfere with hurricanes developing.  That doesn't completely prevent hurricanes from forming but it makes their formation that much less likely.  All this depends on the winds bringing the dust from Sahara which at the moment are unusually strong.

I suppose this could be added as another weather fact to your collection on WeatherCat!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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