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  1. Quick Complaint about Weather on the web.

    brian on 2004.11.26
    at 11:21 pm

    Why is weather.com so damn slow?

    I swear if Weather Underground weren't so ghastly ugly (and unblockable DHTML pop-on-top ads! There's a big F*U to your users!), if NOAA wasn't so blasé, I'd switch in a second.

    Of interest: NOAA's Experimental Graphical Forecasts. Still ugly, but innovative. Why do we still have monospaced 60's-era-computing-aesthetic fonts on the web? They belong in a museum.

    Lastly, creatively Boston.com autoloads NECN's video forecast into the weather.boston.com page. I can't imagine what it does to a dial-up user's experience, but at least they had the good sense to have the sound auto-off by default. Also, I object to WindowsMedia, but what am I expected to do? Would Flash video be lighter weight? And of course, I'd like to know when the stupid thing was recorded, and how often its updated. The current conditions (like most sites) cite when its information was culled, why not the video?

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