I like to watch the weather. Not that it has much of an impact in my life, except maybe to tell me whether to wear a raincoat, or if it’s safe to go outside in a t-shirt. I live in Baker City, Oregon. The weather changes quickly here. There is a local saying: “If you don’t like the weather in Baker, wait 10 minutes. It’ll change.”
You COULD wait for the paper to come out and read what the weather WAS that day, or you can go to weather.com and have a look, OR you can use YoWindow, a handy piece of desktop software that displays a landscape which reflects the actual weather conditions and the sunlight in your area.
Currently just the one ‘Village’ graphic ships with the program, but you can easily add your own of your property or home town pictures if you want. I installed it on a XP system, and a Win7 system with no problems. The free version will only allow you to add 2 locations. The Unlimited version lets you add as many as you want for a one time fee of only $9.99. It can also be installed and used as a screensaver.
The Bottom Line
YoWindow is the coolest desktop weather display I’ve seen, and I’ve tried just about all of them. The free version will suit most, and the unlimited version is very reasonably priced. A must have for weather buffs.
UPDATE: Apparently the developers don’t feel it’s necessary to tell us that there is a limit to the number of automatic updates the free version will give you. After running it for a few days, it told me I would need to buy the unlimited edition to continue getting weather updates. Without the updates, it is useless. It is just crippled shareware. Nowhere on their site do they state this, including the comparison chart between the 2 editions. You are led to believe the only limitations are the number of locations and the number of days in the forecast. I can’t condone this kind of deception and can’t give it a thumbs up because of it. If you want to spend the ten bucks for the unlimited edition, it is a cool program. Just a shame they feel they have to deceive you to get the sale. They won’t get my 10 bucks because of it.
Reported in earnest by Bob. Bob is a unfamous freelance reporter who combs the world looking for things you and I wouldn’t look for. And then reports them. Get more Bob at bobfartall.com