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Holy Shit! LOOK at the Magnetosphere!! -- Literally.

 
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I'm currently working on a gadget for the Windows Sidebar.

At this time, it's divided into two gadgets until I get all the functionality worked out. Once I get that done, I'm combining them into a single "Space Weather" gadget and "prettying it up".

Once I get it completed, I'd like to release it here first.

Mostly because I know there would be an active interest in the thing and I'd get a ton of beta testers.

I've already worked this out on both my rigs. One being XP Pro and the other Win7 Ultimate. So, I'm confident there won't be many issues ... but in any development, you never know.

Here are some screenshots of what I have so far:

[link to devnull-2.ath.cx]

This one monitors data from SOHO. The images are full motion and updated twice a day.

[link to devnull-2.ath.cx]

This one monitors NICT. The solar pressure on the magnetosphere in the main gadget and the dials update live every 10 minuntes. The quad pane in the flyout is the full motion video from NICT updated every 24 hours at midnight UTC and shows yesterday's activity.

Once I complete this I will release it here first (on this thread) for two reasons:

a) I love GLP and the people here (yes, even the "nutty ones. Maybe even *especially* the nutty ones :D )

b) I need a large group of beta testers before I put this on the Microsoft site.

For now, let me know if there's interest in this gadget.

Last Edited by Sir Phydeau on 05/23/2010 06:47 AM
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Thanks! This sounds interesting!
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yep I agree
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hf
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Wow AWESOME. :)
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This thread really deserves a bump, I can't believe that there is not more interest in this?? hmm.

Op, will these gadgets be instant or will there be delay in the information displayed in them. That would certainly discourage me.... I had one of thos Dow Jones gadgets but there was a 15 minutes delay. I want instant action lol.
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bump
before lunch time
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This thread really deserves a bump, I can't believe that there is not more interest in this?? hmm.

Op, will these gadgets be instant or will there be delay in the information displayed in them. That would certainly discourage me.... I had one of thos Dow Jones gadgets but there was a 15 minutes delay. I want instant action lol.
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What I have built in so far is as live as I can find.

I monitor my cache and dump it several times a day while working on this.

Like I said in the original post: On the SOHO gadget, they update about twice a day. (Sometimes only once) Since the animation is over the past month, that's about as updated as one could possibly expect. The Sun rotates pretty slowly compared to the Earth. So, I count that as "live".

As for the magnetoshpere. I could have the gadget's main pane update as quickly as every 2 minutes (That's how often NICT releases current images). However, I don't want to pound their server. With only me using it, it's not that big of a deal, but once this thing gets into circulation ... 100+ people hitting their server every 2 minutes would get us blocked. So, I've set it to update the main image every 10 minutes. That's pretty close to "live". As for the dials, NOAA only updates them every ten minutes. However, since it's an average of the last 15 minutes, I consider that "live" as well.

As for the video in the quad pane, NICT only updates that once a day at midnight UTC. I have it set to pull the avi based on file name (which luckily happens to be www.balh.balh.blah.{year} + {month} + {date}.avi

I've set the gadget to pull the avi file based on date, so, it's "yesterday's data" ... not exactly "live" ... but I personally love watching the full motion video and have included it for that very reason.

Thanks for your interest. :)

Edit: Oh, if you're "clever" ... you can figure out how to get your hands on what I have so far. ... That's all I'm gonna say.

Last Edited by Sir Phydeau on 05/23/2010 06:42 AM
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" — John M. Keynes
"The way to see by [blind] faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Benjamin Franklin
The Self Defining Hebrew System: [link to www.thechronicleproject.org]
Real men keep Torah.
Knighted into the Army of Yahuwah on 10-9-10.

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.
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Interesting, thanks.
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Got it! Now to figure out how to re-size it.
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Got it! Now to figure out how to re-size it.
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Assuming you're saying what I think you're saying.

You need to edit the prom.css file with notepad (Actually, *everything* can be edited in notpad. That's what I used to make all of this.) Open the gadget with winrar or zip. Once you open the .css file, change the style to be smaller.

However, once you do that then you've got to edit the flyout files of whatever gadget you have referenced.

That will require editing the size of the video and/or the gifs. In the event that you're editing the video file size ... you'll look for the <object> and the <embed> sections.

In all cases listed above, you're just looking at height and width. The gifs and avi are full sized, but "shrink to fit".

That's really about it. As you can see once you open them, gadgets are really nothing more than html, javascript, css, xml etc. Ie; mini webpages.

Neat, huh? :D

Careful ... this can become addictive.

PS: I haven't cleaned up the code yet. So, please don't judge me based on how sloppy it all is. All I'm working on is the functionality at this stage. I'll clean it all up (both the code and the looks) once I get all the bugs worked out. (I think I've got it, so, I'm working on the looks and combining them now.)

PSS: Anyone else that "gets it", please, let me know if you run into any issues and/or any suggestions you might have. I'm a bit new to this, so, I'm working totally on trial and error.

Last Edited by Sir Phydeau on 05/23/2010 08:38 AM
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" — John M. Keynes
"The way to see by [blind] faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Benjamin Franklin
The Self Defining Hebrew System: [link to www.thechronicleproject.org]
Real men keep Torah.
Knighted into the Army of Yahuwah on 10-9-10.

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.
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Got it! Now to figure out how to re-size it.
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Oh, also, I'll be resizing some things once I'm done with the functionality ... for my own edification, what are you needing resized? I'm guessing the flyout for the dials/video since that flyout is kinda big.

I'm planning on splitting that into two flyouts and dropping the video to about the same size as the sun flyouts. (256x256 ... it's recommended that flyouts are never more than 400x400).
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" — John M. Keynes
"The way to see by [blind] faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Benjamin Franklin
The Self Defining Hebrew System: [link to www.thechronicleproject.org]
Real men keep Torah.
Knighted into the Army of Yahuwah on 10-9-10.

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.
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Bumpage for the evening crew and desired feedback.
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Real men keep Torah.
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Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.
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Re: Holy Shit! LOOK at the Magnetosphere!! -- Literally.
I'm currently working on a gadget for the Windows Sidebar.

At this time, it's divided into two gadgets until I get all the functionality worked out. Once I get that done, I'm combining them into a single "Space Weather" gadget and "prettying it up".

Once I get it completed, I'd like to release it here first.

Mostly because I know there would be an active interest in the thing and I'd get a ton of beta testers.

I've already worked this out on both my rigs. One being XP Pro and the other Win7 Ultimate. So, I'm confident there won't be many issues ... but in any development, you never know.

Here are some screenshots of what I have so far:

[link to devnull-2.ath.cx]

This one monitors data from SOHO. The images are full motion and updated twice a day.

[link to devnull-2.ath.cx]

This one monitors NICT. The solar pressure on the magnetosphere in the main gadget and the dials update live every 10 minuntes. The quad pane in the flyout is the full motion video from NICT updated every 24 hours at midnight UTC and shows yesterday's activity.

Once I complete this I will release it here first (on this thread) for two reasons:

a) I love GLP and the people here (yes, even the "nutty ones. Maybe even *especially* the nutty ones :D )

b) I need a large group of beta testers before I put this on the Microsoft site.

For now, let me know if there's interest in this gadget.
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can I ask. Do you really believe that if tshtf that they will post it on this site that EVERYONE links to? Is there no alternative source? I actually believe that we are over due for the magnetosphere to whack out - unfortunately
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I will beta for you

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Thank you for your creative mind, we need more.
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cleverness

[link to devnull-2.ath.cx]
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[link to www2.nict.go.jp]
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while i enjoy looking at SOHO and the other videos and camera angles of the sun and magnetosphere, when you post these links could you please explain why they are bad and what the likely doom will be.....i see these things all the time and nothing bad really happens...

thanks.
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can I ask. Do you really believe that if tshtf that they will post it on this site that EVERYONE links to? Is there no alternative source? I actually believe that we are over due for the magnetosphere to whack out - unfortunately
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<humor based sarcasm>
Yeah, you're right. /me deletes a month worth of work because "The NWO won't let me see anything". :D
</ humor based sarcasm>

C'mon, dude. This has nothing to do with the shit hitting the fan. This is about making a neat tool to monitor "live" data from SEVERAL sources in one handy location.

Personally, when it comes to space weather, you're not going to find any better, more reputable sources than SOHO, NOAA, NASA and NICT.

I mean, who would *you* recommend I attain data from?

while i enjoy looking at SOHO and the other videos and camera angles of the sun and magnetosphere, when you post these links could you please explain why they are bad and what the likely doom will be.....i see these things all the time and nothing bad really happens...

thanks.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 879794


Um ... I never said anything bad was happening. Nor did I proclaim doom.

Wow, two posts concerned about "doom" in my thread about a tool that many here would be interested in. Are you sure you're posting to the correct thread?

Of course, you two could be referring to the thread title. If that's the case, I used an old LARGE and popular thread title to catch attention since this tool would be appreciated by most that post to/read that thread.

Last Edited by Sir Phydeau on 05/25/2010 04:46 PM
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" — John M. Keynes
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Real men keep Torah.
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Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.
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Very, very cool! 5 soups for you!
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Well, I finally finished working out all the functionality and combined the two gadgets into a single "Space Weather" gadget. I made a new thread for this and there is a download link there here: Thread: Space weather gadget I made and am releasing here first. v1.3 released.

If anyone has any conflicts, please post them on that thread so that I can work the bugs out. That's the whole point of beta testing. :)
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" — John M. Keynes
"The way to see by [blind] faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Benjamin Franklin
The Self Defining Hebrew System: [link to www.thechronicleproject.org]
Real men keep Torah.
Knighted into the Army of Yahuwah on 10-9-10.

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha. Tavo malkhutekha ye'aseh r'tzonekha ba'aretz ka'asher na'asah vashamayimTen-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu. u'selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka'asher solechim anachnu la'asher ashmu lanu. Ve'al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara. Ki lekha ha-mamlakha vehagevurah veha-tiferet l'olemei olamim. Amen.

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