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Members Feedback Required for Project's Future!
« on: December 25, 2008, 05:28:23 AM »
Hey All and Merry Christmas!

First of all, before divulging into the core message of this topic, I would like to place some thanks out there. First I would like to thank Martin, my 'operations officer' for this project. Martin is a very enthusiastic member to this project who has actually kept me motivated in continuing to add new and neat features into an ever so classic product originally designed by an unknown visionary at The Weather Channel. Martin, who demonstrates great maturity at his age has helped oversee the day to day tasks of helping TWC fanatics with setting up and configuring the emulator. While undertaking that role, he has helped me stay focused on the programming aspect, which to my dismay to say is a very challenging task. I am glad to say that I have accomplished more of my goal in the last few months than I have done in possibly the entire life of the project, although each time period should be treated as equally challenging. He is not only a great asset to this project, but im sure to other TWC fanatic avenues as well.

Another person I would like to thank is Lee (LMolineux), whom (to my memory) I met on TWCC back in 2002, shortly later, I met him in person, and he shares my interest in TWC music, the technical aspect of weather, and my daily involvement in the business and sport of bowling. I have had good and bad times in my life, and thankfully hes been a consistent friend throughout the time. I also am more than greatful that he has elected me to be his best man in his wedding, to which im still somewhat speechless.

Other people who I would like to thank are my family and the people who I work with, who are my second family. Who (both) not only put up with my fixation with leaving the television on a single channel, but also share/understand my serious but somewhat sarcastic and comical personality.

Ultimately, I would like to thank YOU for reading and sharing your interest in this project! Without you, I would throw the shovel in and call it a day.

And yeah, Dave Schwartz, an original man that could never be replaced.

Anyway, onto the primary subject..
I created this topic to gain your feedback on the the overall feeling you have on the emulator, I would like you to score/elaborate on the following, using the most words you can:
-Initial Installation (How hard was it to get running?)
-Configuration (Is this easy/hard method to configure the emulator, using the cfg'n site?)
-Packages Available (Do they cater to your needs?)
-Technical Support (Do Martin and I help you in a timely manner, are we able to solve your problems?)
-Discouraging Factor (Does something about this program not want you to undertake setting it up or frustrate you?)
-Reusage Value (After your initial experience, how likely are you use the program again?)
-Personal Value (The most important, is this emulator worth or a waste of your time?)

After not seeing posts on the project's forums for quite some time, I am attempting to determine the future of this project. If there is anything I can do to revitalize the project, your feedback is most helpful! I need your feedback, sooner than later is most appreciated, although at your earliest convience is the best!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy/Safe New Year!!
Brian
« Last Edit: December 25, 2008, 05:29:57 AM by cc17926 »
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Re: Members Feedback Required for Project's Future!
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2008, 10:14:19 AM »
Let me start by saying Lee's recent registration here makes complete sense now. At first I was very surprised to see him here, seeing as he's a TWCC lifer. But it's clear now that I've read your post, Brian.

That said, I first want to say that the reason, in my opinion, that your seeing no activity on these boards right now is that we were told the program was on hiatus and that new ID's were not being given out at this time. If that's not the case, you should clear that up very quickly.

I thought that the installation and configuration were both extremely simple and straightforward. Perhaps even moreso than that of the 4000 emulator. You both have been extremely helpful and active in this project, which I know we all appreciate (just look at Bill's project, and you'll see why). The packages available suit my needs perfectly. I could not ask for more. There's nothing I can think of that discourages me about the program. This program is something I would use multiple times a day, and is definitely worth every second of my time.

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Re: Members Feedback Required for Project's Future!
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2008, 10:26:25 AM »
Overall I like the emulator!  :yes:

-Initial Installation- Could have been a bit easier.  I wish there was a faster way to get a key, and they wouldn't expire.

-Configuration- For the most part it's easy.

-Packages Available-I like them a lot.

-Technical Support-It takes too long for support. On average it takes 24 hours for one problem.

-Discouraging Factor- Slow Support, and keys

-Reusage Value- I like using the emulator.

-Personal Value - It is a fun thing to run. :)





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Re: Members Feedback Required for Project's Future!
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2008, 10:27:06 AM »
Wow, you and Lee met each other in person? That's pretty interesting. Then again, you guys don't live far from each other (I'm pretty closeby too, as you probably know).

I don't know what I would of done without this emulator project. When my Weatherscan XL was replaced with the IntelliStar in 2003, I became pretty upset about it. While I did like the original IntelliStar design and music, I really missed the XL too. I have a video from 2002 that I recorded to bring back memories, but that wasn't enough. I wanted a live Weatherscan XL. Then my dream came true when I came across this emulator. It really does take me back.

Regarding additional segments, Airport (segment that has local and national airport delays) and Travelling (various travel forecast maps) would make great additions to the emulator, but again this is entirely your call. B) I'd use these segments as I find these the most useful even on today's Weatherscan (along with the Health forecast).

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Re: Members Feedback Required for Project's Future!
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2009, 08:11:13 PM »
Excellent Program!!!
Wish I had a WeatherSTAR 4000. Brings back memories.