trytip wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:47 pm
the weather applet on xfce is not much better. it collects data ahead of time into a database and uses that data even if internet is off. yesterday in northern california we had major winds 30-50 miles per hour and the speed it was showing was 9 miles per hour
I just hovered my mouse cursor over Weather Update (default Xfce weather application) and, yes, the data is cached - up to
a whopping five minutes old, lol (I waited three minutes and checked again to make sure).
If the sun vanishes, even our own senses would take approximately EIGHT minutes to inform us.
The caching is good, IMHO, because the forecast for the upcoming week probably won't change that much within a five-minute span. As for caching of current conditions, well... If you need more current information than that, open a window and look
But, seriously (okay, more
seriously), if up-to-the-second weather information is something that you consider to be a mission critical type thing, it's probably a good idea to install a second weather application for the times when your favored one is having issues. Or better yet, a second and a third one (for the times when two aren't showing exactly the same data). I like my default one, but would be the first to agree that it isn't the ultimate in its field. I doubt any one application is, because people want different things. But it has been stable for me, and only pooched when the .API issue came up (which has been rarely). Speaking of which, select applications that do not use the same .API.
Now that I think about it... For the past couple of years or so, I have mostly just glanced at my cell phone - I have 1weather installed on it. I think it's set to auto-update every 15 minutes, and it places information on the "lock" screen. If knowing the temperature within 15 minutes isn't good enough, I just tap on it and it loads/updates.
A couple of years ago, that API issue hit and, while impatiently waiting (lol), I did a web search for an alternate. I forget which one I decided to try, but it was available via PPA. It had some good features that weren't available in my default application (and vice versa) - but the odd/wonderful thing was, installing it caused my non-functional default Xfce weather application to begin working again
. I never did figure that one out - it was pretty surreal since the two applications had different developers.
Oh, and IF I remember correctly, that second weather application, the one I installed via PPA, offered me a choice of four APIs. I seem to remember having to register two of them to get them to function (I tried all four to see if there was any noticeable advantage of one over the others). While I didn't feel that there was any benefit to switching to any specific one of the four, it was nice to know that, if one stopped working for me, I had three more choices in the same application. I'd probably still be using the thing, but I was comfortable with the default option - and, since my adding the PPA and installing the new one had jump-started (so to speak) the old one, I ended up removing it.
Since you have been kind enough to read to this point, lol, here is an article that describes seven weather applications for linux:
https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-li ... for-linux/
Maybe one (or more) will suit you.