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  1. Folks, thank you for your cards and letters: So, you want to be "The WeatherGuy"? This isn't exactly like a BBQ smoker that someone "gives" you and you just take it home and light it up and start cooking steaks, it's a bit more expensive and whole lot more complicated and there's a serious time commitment included in the fine print. This is how it's been done for the last 10 years, could it be done differently? - absolutely, but this is what it took to provide ChapalaWeather to now. I've not talked to Spencer yet, but here is, in part, what I will tell him, and anyone interested in doing it the way I did it to produce the results you clicked on each time you want to check conditions. You start with some basic$, the Davis Vantage Pro 2 wireless weather station is $500 (min), add the solar sensor and mount, +$160. Add a dedicated laptop PC $500 running WIN 7 or 8.1 (I don't do WIN10 - ever). Next, some minor costs and serious considerations about where and how to mount the station. Add a webcam $200. As you see ChapalaWeather today it's a $1,300 equipment investment plus 3 pieces of software. The weather software is VWS, only $70. I use the CUTEFTP program, again, inexpensive. But, the program to create the templates you see when you click on Chapalaweather is a whole other world. The station is currently running on FrontPage 2000, yes, a 17 year old program that I've used for over 17 years, so I know it inside and out and the templates have evolved over 11 years. You've probably noticed they don't change much, there's a good reason, you change and you get a delivery from the great warehouse of unintended consequences, so again years of experience knowing how they work and most importantly - how to fix problems when they don't work, just as in VWS and CuteFTP. The intent was to convert to DreamWeaver, but it never happened. So, do you want to immerse yourself in a non-supported MS program? - that's a serious commitment. The VWS software is pretty stable, even on WIN8.1, but not perfect, so let's run through a day assuming everything is up and running: Each day for 10 years the absolute first thing I look at is the weather site, whether I'm in Chapala, Buchanan Dam, Denver, NE, CA, Matehula or any other hotel along the way. I first focus on "Days Since Rain" and if it's =0 then I know it's rained since midnight and I need to upload the rain background to the site for the day. Next I manually update the number of days it's rained this year (most of the data on the page is automatic, some is not). I open the Rainy Days Calendar and enter ^vxv121^" in that days square and change the color to blue. This entire template is mostly manual and created at the beginning of each year, then preserved in the archive. That "tag" only records rain for that 24 hours, so tomorrow I need to enter the actual amount deleting the tag ^vxv121^ and of course, upload the copper background. Next I look at the wind to see if it's either spiked off the graph, or if set at a high value from the day before needs to have the range reset. The graphs could be set to "auto range" but not with two values like speed and gust on the same graph. Oh, PS: don't try making changes during an update cycle happening 6 times an hour, so be aware of the time and how long you will be changing values or you'll jam the template and the FTP will show "no upload". Of course I glance and the "Last Updated" block at the top of the page to make sure VWS is running and the FTP is properly uploading, if not I begin trouble shooting. I also copy a new flower to upload each day when the webcam ends at dark. Now, if everything is working, I can have my coffee and start my real day. And, this checkin routine happens several times a day and the last thing at night before the lights go out 365 days a year. Currently there are 7,720 files making up the VWS folder. Probably at least 100 are graphics, so let's just say there are at least 6,000 files making up ChapalaWeather. Many are archives but many more are not, if a problem happens for whatever reason, then you start with the main db which is a huge spreadsheet over 55 columns wide and a new line added every 10 minutes, so at the moment, it's about 18MB and over 40,000 lines long - yes, depending on the problem at times you have to go in and do "surgery". There are also "Yearly, Monthly, Daily" .bin files which interact, sometimes it's necessary, if a problem happens (like a seed in the rain gauge causing bad readings) you have to go in and correct the db because among other things, it creates all the graphs you see. At the end of each month I manually update rain amounts, averages etc at the bottom of the page. At 11:50PM New Years Eve (yes, I do) I am at the PC and download the complete VWS directory to preserve the last files created for the year. In the new year you do house cleaning of db's and files to control growth. New templates for the New Year are created - and of course there are the graphics for holidays, flag backgrounds and any special events to be recognized are done manually. The HURRICANE SEASON block is manually updated requiring a check with the national weather bureau for threatening storms. Of course week days we check, sometimes many times a day, for CEA Lake Level changes to manually enter. Of course you'll need a domain, web host and site to upload data to on an ongoing basis (add that to the co$t column) These are many of the main things done on a daily basis etc. So, you want to the the "WeatherGuy"? - when I said it was a "labor of love" I wasn't being facetious you can't justify it as anything less.
  2. You don't have to know it all to have some clear thinking on NOT paying through an orifice for the inkjet scam. Set the printer out front, it will disappear in a few minutes, not the landfill, it's an education process, you're trying to tell people to do it the hard way, I'm giving an alternative that has long term benefit$. Why do I bother? - I hate to see people shell out the cash and put a ring in their nose buying an HP printer. About a month ago a friend asked if I wanted a brand new still in the box rather high end HP printer/scanner whatever. He bought it and decided not to use it, set it on the shelf a year ago and got tired of looking at the box - take a guess at what my answer was? - you got it, even free it's way too expensive for me.
  3. Let me explain my "position". I refuse to be held hostage by companies, here's an example: Years ago as a salesman one of my silver microfilm products was Agra-Gevaert from Germany, a great film, easily comparable to Kodak, the standard. WalMart Corporate used Bell & Howell cameras and I sold them my film. I got a call to answer a problem, I immediately went to Bentonville Arkansas, and if you've never been to Bentonville, you have to go there on purpose, it's not "on the way" to anywhere. I met with the customer and he explained that they were running out of film before 100' (supposedly) according to the cameras. Of course the B&H technician said it was the cheap foreign film, that we only put 95' in a roll. I knew AGFA put 110' in a roll to accommodate leader/trailer lengths. I smiled and reached into my case, pulled one out fresh box, opened it and took it out - being original silver film meant it was destroyed - the customer looked a bit surprised. I stepped outside his cubical which had a tile floor with 12"X12" squares, and cast the role down the isle rolling out 16MM film as it traveled - people were looking out of their cubes to see what was happening. I said "well, the tiles are 12", do you want to count them and see if there's 100, or more? He laughed and said no (problem solved) and I packed my case, shook hands and we walked to the front door leaving 100' of film laying on the floor. It simply exposed the B&H technicians were tinker with the film footage counters on the camera. I understand your position, you've become known as the "go to" guy, and that's good as long as you're solving problems, but, your convoluted solution only puts a bandaid on the problem, it doesn't cure the problem - mine does. The point being, don't allow the MFG to dictate your life, you're the customer, act like it, your money is the only "lever" you have, take it somewhere else.
  4. You could pitch the HP printer and for a couple of $$$$ HP carts you can buy a canon and never whine again about ink prices - it's therapeutic. I'm not anti-HP, I have 4 HP PC's and I love the HP monitor I'm sitting in from of, but the printer scam is just that and unless you want to solve the problem the easy way, don't whine. And - facile? - I think not, it doesn't ignore the complexity of the problem, it simplifies it and eliminates it.
  5. An easy solution is - don't buy HP, problem solved. Canon doesn't jerk you around.
  6. The Lake is now higher than last years high with more to come it looks like.
  7. The article is focused on Dallas/Ft Worth, but you can bet more than one will head SOB. Good info and website to check VIN's. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/autos/2017/09/15/will-flood-damaged-cars-end-dallas-fort-worth-already-nations-top-five
  8. I'm disappointed, I usually see them stop here at my lake in TX before heading for Chapala, but guess I missed them this year.
  9. Ok climatistas, you have a lot of time to wring your hands worrying about people like me, here's your homework assignment, read the following articles and report back to us what you think they say. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#6dfa2b6e3f9f http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425232/climate-change-no-its-not-97-percent-consensus-ian-tuttle And, you might want to glance at this http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/05/peak-climatista.php
  10. The "vast" majority? - I do hope you aren't referring to the 98% joke, tell me you're not.
  11. That's a fact and some serious research was undertaken to alleviate the problem. A balloon was attached to a harness that was fitted to cows hind quarters and when gas was passed, it was captured by the balloon with the plan to recover the trapped gas and claim carbon credits. Unfortunately the methane produced was lighter than air and in some cases, as the balloon filled, tended to lift the rear quarters of smaller cows off the ground making them edgy and cantankerous and interfering with their ability to calmly graze. The project was terminated with a final report on the entire project titled "Cows Do What Cows Do" - it was a very very short report.
  12. Poor Alex, poor poor Alex, you need to stop reading the junk on the net. Your precious 98% talking point has been a joke for years. You really need to learn some critical thinking and stop reading the junk. Now, I realize that isn't going to change you one iota, but thanks for providing comedy relief on an otherwise dreary day.
  13. I come at this from a bit different "angle" than most of you, I require empirical evidence before I'm committed to a specific position. I'm an engineer by nature and my degree is EE which took me into aerospace and metrology where at one point I was an instructor at the Air Force primary standards facility. At that time the AF had 160 facilities all over the world, from polar ice caps to desert and teams constantly traveled to each carrying standards to calibrate the instrumentation whether it be electronic or physical. This assured that all the instruments around the world were calibrated to a primary common standard. Now, compare the pseudo science of global warming or whatever you want to call it. How are the results the NYTimes headlines created? Well, they take data from instruments all over the world (or so they say) and then run it through computer algorithms and produce models of possible scenarios. From my education and experience I've never heard of any "standard" calibration entity traveling around the world checking the calibration of the instruments which provide the basis for all the data crunched. Probably every US State has teams that inspect and check gas pumps to make sure one gallon pumped is really one gallon, even in MX they check. So, who is the standardizing entity that assures that all temperature instruments are correct? Show me the data, and at the same time, show me the physical location of the instruments to make sure the surrounding environment isn't a significant factor in the readings recorded - then I'll be glad to consider your data, until then you have nothing more than a lot of random data. I can move the ChapalaWeather sensors 20' and change the readings significantly. Show me empirical evidence and you have my attention, other than that you are providing governments worldwide with a political tool to transfer wealth, nothing more.
  14. And so, if I'm reading it correctly, that means a big increase in volume? - or did I miss something?
  15. Here's what the home folks do when the going gets tough. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/inside-story-what-took-keep-texas-grocery-chain-running-chip-cutter
  16. Gosh, I've lived on or near lakes for the last 35 years and that never occurred to me, the two are related? - well, I'll have to study up on that one - but if you'll read my post again, I was referring to temps.
  17. Only in MX? But, Angus has the link, it translates roughly to: Quota A dimension is the numerical value of any level with respect to another level that has previously been assigned a fixed dimension. In all the world is used like fixed level the one of the sea, whose quota is 0.00m. In order to measure the level of the lake an arbitrary quota established by the Engineer Luis P. Ballesteros in 1910 is taken, taking a fixed point located in the old bridge of the Cuitzeo, on the River Santiago, to the entrance of the population of Ocotlán. At that point he was assigned the quota 100.00, which is equivalent to 1,526.80 meters above sea level (msnm). In 1981, the Secretariat of Hydraulic Resources (SARH) established a new equivalence to the boundary of Ballesteros adjusting it 80 centimeters to be at 1,526 msnm. As a result, the maximum capacity of the lake was established at elevation 97.80 (1,523.80 masl), with a maximum depth of 8 meters and a maximum storage of 7,897 Mm3. As to the Reporters numbers, I have no idea where they get them. 3 years ago I contacted them regarding the temps they publish for Ajijic and no one could give me an answer and sometimes they seem to be appropriated from thin air?
  18. Morons? - ok, opinions vary. However a couple of you obviously consider yourselves vastly intellectually superior to the rest of us riffraff and so I'd like to know exactly who gave you the authority to decide (for us riffraff) exactly what the perfect temperature for the world is? - and, is it documented by an authority I can recognize so I can verify the source of your authority. I'm sure you'll get back to me with the requested FOIA.
  19. The white pelicans that winter at Chapala fly down from Alberta and stop here at my lake for a few days, I always watch for them, so graceful flying in groups. Of course we get a lot of other ducks, geese etc., but the pelicans are my favorite.
  20. So you say, at least we agree on that. The infinite number of interactive variables can't be modeled even short term. An example: the super volcano under Yellowstone continues to produce swarm quakes, if that thing blows you can kiss off a chunk of northern US, southern CA and weather, ultimately climate, around the planet will be changed forever. Everything in our world today is politicized (unfortunately) and if you look deep into the politics of global warming or whatever the drum beaters are mislabeling it today, you'll find the real truth.
  21. Well, I have a question: All the global warming be it natural or man made, is predicted by computer models they tell us. And they can tell exactly what it's going to be like 50 - 100 years from now (conveniently after they and we are all dead you notice?). So, if these computer models are so precise that far in the future, why can't they tell us exactly where Hurricane Irma is going next week and I don't mean what country, or even what state, they should be able to tell us whose house is going to be directly in the eye - right?
  22. Seeing all the pics of cars up to their windshields in water must make insurance claim adjusters eyes water.
  23. TX appreciates the gesture, but if they really want to help, they can start by "helping" at the border - if you know what I mean?
  24. I know it's a good thing, but I'm already beginning to get the impression MX is "polishing its reputations" especially in light of the news that DACA is being cancelled. Might be a coincidence, but then I'm not much on coincidence.
  25. Gracious, the things you learn on this forum, I had no idea Mark Twain was a weather/climate expert?
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