December 4, 2003 1:37 PM   Subscribe

weather pulse ~ A powerful Weather Image Display Program for the Internet.
posted by crunchland (23 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: bad software! bad! you go in the corner and think about what you programmed!

FREEWARE - No Spyware! No Adware! Built for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP. Display popular Satellite images and video from around the globe, share images with your friends and family, stay updated on current and expected weather conditions, it's just plain fun!

Weather Pulse is Free for use, if you enjoy the program, just let us know by dropping by our website and using our many services and software. Please feel free to suggest anything you'd like to see in future releases, your suggestions will determine the future upgrades and software development.

posted by crunchland at 1:38 PM on December 4, 2003

finally scrapin' the bottom o' the old barrel, eh crunch?
posted by quonsar at 1:43 PM on December 4, 2003

Kickass idea, having nationwide satellite maps as your desktop. Does anyone know if there's a version for the mac? Seems like a simple applescript to grab the appropriate image from national services or the xml feed.
posted by mathowie at 1:43 PM on December 4, 2003

Sorry, q. They can't all be priceless gems. I'd been meaning to post this awhile ago, and only thought to do it when I re-installed it on my new PC. It's a pretty good program, though.
posted by crunchland at 1:47 PM on December 4, 2003

it may be, but given the nature of this outfit i think i'll pass. here's an example of one of their services: spamming referrer logs for profit.
posted by quonsar at 1:49 PM on December 4, 2003

eek, that is kind of troubling.

I found out you can get satellite images updating on your desktop in windows using winxp, without this software.

Go to your desktop properties, create a new desktop item (which requires the evil active desktop that used to crash my win98 box within minutes), then put a URL in for an image, like this one for northern CA, then schedule updates to it every few hours (which requires that you make multiple daily syncs, since they don't offer hourly updates in the OS). Then right click the object once on your desktop and tell it to fill the screen. Wa-la, no referral spam company software needed.
posted by mathowie at 2:09 PM on December 4, 2003

Good tip. I just found that if you then edit the schedule, there is an 'advanced' button where you can set much finer updates. For my work destkop: starting at 6AM, every fifteen minutes, for 12 hours, for the next year.
posted by cairnish at 2:41 PM on December 4, 2003

Any way to expand an active desktop image in win2k?
posted by mecran01 at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2003

And for you Linux users there's always XPlanet.
posted by PenDevil at 2:44 PM on December 4, 2003

The weather pulse software does have a couple of extra features worth mentioning ... current temp as an icon in the tray, and weather alerts, too. Though I'm sure there are other utilities from other sources that do the same.
posted by crunchland at 3:08 PM on December 4, 2003

anyone figured out how to get it to display in celcius?
anyone else figured out why people still use fahrenheit?
posted by krunk at 3:17 PM on December 4, 2003

Though I'm sure there are other utilities from other sources that do the same.

Mobydock is what I run instead of a taskbar (it's an OS X clone) and it comes with a cool applet that updates as an icon and temp every 15 min. Mobydock is freeware, but I'd pay for it in a sec, it's been great for me.
posted by mathowie at 3:43 PM on December 4, 2003

My first impression was that since it was being offered through WebAttack it was probably a "clean" product, but seeing what quonsar pointed out makes me hesitate (wonder if maybe WebAttack has lost their edge?).

That being said, there is also the Desktop
thingy. It's probably loaded with all kinds of adware and spyware, but it has a cool thunderclap sound to warn you of inclement weather.
posted by jaronson at 3:44 PM on December 4, 2003

Two words - distributed computing.

Does anyone else wonder where they are getting the horsepower for their neural marketing scheme?

We have developed a custom software solution that simulates a user browsing thousands of sites, from your site. We use an alternating list of over 1,000,000 websites of various targeted keywords. Your url is then used as a simulated web browser session to the list of websites over a period of 5 - 30 days, depending on which package you have ordered. The session is designed to appear as though a real user is browsing to the websites with a standard web browser. The final effect is simply as if you had links from your website to thousands of targeted sites with actual users clicking once or twice daily on thousands of links! Each site we visit is carefully selected and we also limit quota of 4 referrals a day per URL to continually provide top quality service to our clients.

Distributed computing is neither adware nor spyware, so their claim is intact. I'm curious as to what the network traffic on this little gem looks like to a packet sniffer...
posted by FormlessOne at 3:59 PM on December 4, 2003

Holding the cursor over the desktop image in Win2K pops up broders and buttons you can use to resize the image. And using this image, I was able to get the animated time lapse satellite picture as my desktop. Now if it doesn't give me motion sickness, that is a cool desktop. Thanks!
posted by JParker at 5:29 PM on December 4, 2003

I love the idea of the satellite image as desktop, now I just need to find somewhere I can get one for my area. I use Desktop Weather from for forecasts and it sits in the system tray displaying the current temp (in c or f).
posted by dg at 5:47 PM on December 4, 2003

FormlessOne .. wow. So, potentially, this weather application will fire off 4 or 5 web requests a day (possibly more), installed on millions of machines, it could make someone a lot of money through referral fees and no way to track it. Maybe this will put an end to the referral fee business model.
posted by stbalbach at 5:51 PM on December 4, 2003

Another cool weather site I found (by getting lucky on google with "heat index") is this. Not updated instantaneously, but still realy cool to look at. ;)
posted by notsnot at 6:03 PM on December 4, 2003

I still use the AWS Weatherbug.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:06 PM on December 4, 2003

Holy smokes!

It's -8 (F) out ... thanks crunchland, I almost had myself thinking it wasn't that bad out. Damn quarters are flying out the chimney and it's not even winter.
posted by cedar at 7:04 PM on December 4, 2003

now in easy-to-swallow MetaTalk form!
posted by LimePi at 8:06 PM on December 4, 2003

I still use the AWS Weatherbug.

I usually just look out the window, myself.
posted by jonmc at 8:08 PM on December 4, 2003

I usually just look out the window, myself.
But what if you are one of those weird Mac people?
posted by dg at 8:25 PM on December 4, 2003

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