Saturday, 25 June 2005

What is WeatherBug? As a piece of software, it puts the weather on your desktop. It’s live, updating every two seconds. NOAA doesn’t do this – they update every 15 minutes at best. As a company and a bunch of people, here is how they describe themselves:

“WeatherBug is the ultimate geek-ified company. We are about creating cool and fun technology, teaching children, and saving lives.”

RSS weather feeds accessible by ZIP code will be available in July – that will be cool. They will also be shipping WeatherBug for the Mac.

Controversy – because what would a good conference be without it? Lots of discussion here at Gnomedex about the presentation in which this company is being highlighted. About how WeatherBug used to have spy/adware, but that was a long time ago, and now it doesn’t – Seriously. It doesn’t. Also, the fact that I am writing about their product at all (actually I am mostly interested in the 2–second differentiator) is exactly what some people are complaining about here, because Steve Rubel (according to some of the crowd) used this presentation as a vehicle to do PR for one of his clients. So what. Decent example of PR, short time to fill, interesting info.

Whatever. Heh. I still like the every-two-second data update thing. That’s sweet.

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Saturday, 25 June 2005 14:05:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Wednesday, 29 June 2005 17:30:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I guess it's not spyware per-se, but every time I open the Weather Bug it creates a popup. If you just leave it in the tray to check the temp it doesn't do it, only when you click to open it.
It does this on 2 machines I have. On both it opens the popup in IE even though I use Firefox as my default browser and have the Googlebar installed in IE.
It's more annoying than anything, but it does get annoying when every other popup is blocked. If they would just incorporate the severe weather alerts into ForecastFox I could dump the Bug.
Monday, 18 July 2005 05:20:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
The version that we released in June of 2004 has NO pop ups whatsoever, my guess is you're running old versions on both PCs- update them to 6.05 by clicking the Free Download link at

or shoot me an email at
Jay Hoffman
customer support manager, WeatherBug
Wednesday, 01 March 2006 08:26:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
local weather..handy
David T Weddell
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