Life, Technology, and Meteorology

Month: November 2005

Mac OSS Link

Open Source Mac is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Mac OS X. We aren’t trying to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source mac app, instead we want to showcase the best, most important, and easiest to use. This page should be a handy reference and a useful tool for getting more people to start using free and open-source software.”

Cool, they listed XRG in the Quick Links section on the bottom of page 2. There are some really good apps on the rest of the list, so check them out.

Complete Satellite Image

Version 1.2 of Seasonality will include a new web export feature, so users can export data from Seasonality to a web page via templates. One thing I want to give users the option of doing is generating a full earth satellite image. This takes about 30 seconds to generate on my G5, so I expect that not everyone will want to enable it, but it’s available. Here’s one such image that I just generated a few minutes ago…

2005-11-05 5:20 am GMT, click to view full size.

To give you an idea, the full size image linked is still just 1/20th of the resolution available along each axis at 100% in Seasonality (1/400 of the total res). Ever since getting into collecting this weather and terrain data, I’m just totally amazed by it. In fact, a few weeks ago I just downloaded the second set of terrain imagery put out by the Blue Marble project, all 24Gb of it. It’s a set of 12 (1 for each month of the year) images, each with a res of 86400×43200 pixels. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet, but look for some kind of application of this imagery in a future version of Seasonality.

Software Updates

A few software updates have been released today. First off, I posted Seasonality 1.1.1 this morning. This is a bug fix release with quite a few changes from version 1.1. Check out the changelog here and download it here. Next up is version 1.2 and development is already in progress.

The bigger update is actually some consulting work that I have been doing. As of a few months ago, DynDNS now supports an official Mac client (DynDNS Updater) for users of their DNS services. I have been maintaining the code and adding new features since this past May when we forked Julien Jalon’s DNSUpdate code. DynDNS Updater 1.2 was released today and includes a new Dashboard widget and a few bug fixes. I think the widget came out pretty nice, and I had a great time working on it with Jeremy and Chris over at DynDNS. Congrats on the release.

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