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10 years 7 months ago #76695 by darragh
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Frank,

I copied that weather page from the IHPA website and removed elements that are not useful to us.
I'll need to check if there is issues with using Met Eireann data, but I don't see any as we are only linking to the images but serving them.

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10 years 7 months ago - 10 years 7 months ago #76699 by PhilipLardner
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Barberskum wrote:

Have you ascertained what can be put into the weather page yet?
I've scoured around the net but this site keeps coming up trumps
in terms of providing everything an astronomer would need.
www.ihpa.ie/weather-all-in-one.htm


Glad you like it - that's my work! :laugh:

If you want to use it then go right ahead - though it could be tailored a bit better for astronomy (current sunspot map / aurora report / seeing prediction map / etc.) I have links for most of these things as well. Dave Grennan also has some very good links on his webtreats site.

Phil.

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10 years 7 months ago #76700 by PhilipLardner
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darragh wrote:

Frank,

I copied that weather page from the IHPA website and removed elements that are not useful to us.
I'll need to check if there is issues with using Met Eireann data, but I don't see any as we are only linking to the images but serving them.

Darragh


I checked with MetEireann about this when I was doing the IHPA weather page - they have no problem as long as you give the proper credits (a clear heading stating where the images come from and a link directly to their website.)

Phil

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10 years 7 months ago #76702 by Seanie_Morris
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I didn't think a weather page could be flooded with so many (useful) maps! I stand corrected from my earlier statement so!

Seanie.

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10 years 7 months ago #76721 by dave_lillis
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Lads,
What a super detailed weather page. welldone !!
Can I ask if the 2 following links could be put in there or their sequences used somehow, the hourly time sequence of the satellite images is invaluable for seeing whats coming and trying to judge cloud cover in the coming hours.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/satpics/latest_uk_vis.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/satpics/latest_uk_ir.html

If they're in there already, then sorry in advance for not seeing them.

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10 years 7 months ago #76725 by Frank Ryan
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PhilipLardner wrote:

Glad you like it - that's my work! :laugh:

Thats gas Phil!
It really is a small internet.
:laugh:

PhilipLardner wrote:

If you want to use it then go right ahead - though it could be tailored a bit better for astronomy (current sunspot map / aurora report / seeing prediction map / etc.) I have links for most of these things as well. Dave Grennan also has some very good links on his webtreats site.
Phil.


I like it!
You could have 2 parts,
the first half - Earth weather
(the 2 links Dave suggested are great, I use those all the time also.)
and then the bottom half - Space Weather.

It would save checking loads of sites.

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10 years 6 months ago #76862 by jeyjey
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Would it be possible to add the "you have an unread private message" doo-hickey to the Forum page somewhere? I often go directly there rather than going through the Home page....

(Or perhaps move it to between the User Menu and Moon Phase so it's visible in all sections?)

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10 years 6 months ago #76906 by PhilipLardner
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I don't know what PMS plugin is currently in use by the website, but uddeIM (link below) certainly does this. It puts a small message just under your login avatar on the front page telling you if you have unread mail. It can also be set to pop up a small dialogue box on the recipients screen (if they are on line when the message is sent) telling them that they have new mail - this is a rather cool feature, especially when used in conjunction with a chat-box. You can PM someone and invite them for a one-to-one chat or public on-line.

extensions.joomla.org/extensions/3206/details

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10 years 6 months ago #76952 by darragh
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Philip,

We are currently using Jim for PMs but it looks like it is not being actively developed anymore.
I use uddeIM on a few other sites and it is excellent, lots of features and we will have a look into installing it
Also, on Kunena, I am going to try it on a very small site I run first for awhile to work out any issues with it

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #76954 by PhilipLardner
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I'm currently setting up a new Joomla site with CB, Kunena and another component called GroupJive. GJ is still in development but seems reasonably stable so far - as does Kunena. GJ allows users to set up their own rublic or private groups on your website and create public or private forums within Kunena, so potentially every club could have its own group and forum on the IFAS site. I'm still only investigating this, but it does look pretty cool!

If you register on www.ihpa.ie/newsite I'll approve you and you can take the site for a spin. The site hasn't gone live to our members yet and I'll be deleting all the test users, messages and content before it does, so son't worry about posting rubbish! Click on 'Community' then 'Groups' to play with GroupJive on IHPA.

I've also added what looks like a very good Buy & Sell component. Like IFAS, the IHPA currently relies on its mailing list/forum for this function, and it's not great. Being able to categorise items and also put an expiry date on adverts is very useful.

Phil.

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10 years 6 months ago #76956 by darragh
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Philip,

I have used Groupjive in the past for private forum sections but I have found it to be quite messy.
I use custom groups in Joomla ( docs.joomla.org/Custom_user_groups ) to do the same thing on this site at the moment.
Hopefully, Groupjive and custom groups will be obsoleted with Joomla 1.6 which will have proper group access control. Kunena are relying on group access control in Joomla 1.6 for private forums.

Darragh

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10 years 6 months ago #77189 by darragh
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Private Messages doo-hickey is now added, it will display below the main menu once you are logged in.

Also, we are using uddeIM, but it was an older version, it has been upgraded to 1.6 this morning

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10 years 6 months ago #77190 by jeyjey
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darragh wrote:

Private Messages doo-hickey is now added, it will display below the main menu once you are logged in.

Indeed it does. Thanks much, Darragh!

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #77194 by michaeloconnell
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I like the changes to the IFAS News page. I had tried to change the content myself last night but noticed that the page was dfferent from the others in it's design and so I couldn't edit it. Good to see it updated now. Thanks.

I've added a new section in the links area called "Space News" and stuck a few links in there.

Michael.

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10 years 5 months ago #77398 by jeyjey
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Hey, did someone fix the thing where it always tried to add a size to images? I just posted with some off-site images and I didn't have to go back and edit it to remove the size attribute like I used to.

Excellent!

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