My NOAA Doppler Radar Mosaic Imagery App has retired

Posted Posted in News and Stuff, Software

My most successful Windows App, NOAA Doppler Radar Mosaic Imagery has had a great run over the 6 years it has been available in the Microsoft Windows Store.

NOAA has changed their source to a totally different model (they’ve been changing the target date frequently but it looks like it has finally happened). My app used the same sources as Doppler Radar National Mosaic – NOAA’s National Weather Service   (which is also no longer working because the NOAA source used the now dead and discontinued Adobe Flash to power the animations) – the individual sectors lead to pages like New Radar Landing Page (weather.gov)

NOAA’s new implementation is at NWS Radar (weather.gov) which is a totally different way of viewing this information and  it is interactive  and allows you to specify  your location as opposed to static stations. My advice is to use the new Chromium Edge, find your location and then use the install site as app menu and use it as a replacement. I hope you enjoyed using my app; I also hope that using Edge’s ability to install as app will work for you as a replacement.

To use Edge Chromium to set the NOAA site up as an App, navigate to the new NOAA site at https://radar.weather.gov/#/ and specify your location. Then select the three dots … on the upper right to open the menu, then Install this site as an app.

If you are a Google Chrome user, select the 3 dots …, then More tools, then Create shortcut.

And if you are a Firefox user, select the three dots … then Use This Site in App Mode

DIY Home Security Part 3 – DYNDNS, Port Forwarding

Posted Posted in Connected Home, Home Security, News and Stuff

As I mentioned in Part 1, setting up the D-Link IP cameras (and IP camera in general most likely) is easy if you have a simple network. This means you

 

1. Only have 1 camera

2. Don’t need to access the camera either directly or through any software from outside your own home network

3. Don’t already have a web server running on the default port 80 (if your provider does not block this port)

 

If you are serious about DIY Home Security/Surveillance, you will need to configure multiple cameras on multiple ports, set up dynamic DNS (if you don’t have his setup already) and forward ports on your router. On your router, you should set up DNS reservations for your cameras, and if using a desktop software controller, a reservation for that computer and port forwarding for the port you are using for the desktop controller software web server. You can get free dynamic DNS from the folks at dyndns.com and if you have a decent router, there should be a place to enter your dyndns host name and password and the router will do the work of ensuring that if your Internet DHCP IP changes, updates are made seamlessly. D-Link actually offers a private branded dynamic DNS set up service from inside their admin interface. It should be ok to use this (last time I checked they were using the services of dyndns.com).

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