The Easy Cliff

cliffI’m coining a new term (and yes, you must pay me a royalty to use it), The Easy Cliff.

At the beginning of a new “thing” that thing is usually pretty difficult.  When I started my first weather information provider I had to connect the phone line to the modem in the old 386 computer, dial the number, listen to the tone (you’ll remember if you are old enough), and wait for the difax charts to download, one by one… 9600 baud.  Not many people did that at that time.  Too hard.

Back in the day, if you wanted a blog you had to find a host, upload the software, understand domain registrars and keep up with the security updates.  Too hard.  Today, we have WordPress, or Tumblr, and anyone can have a blog.

A lot of “things” develop like this.  A process is created by some visionary who uses string and bubblegum and tinfoil.  He/she and a small group of early adopters have some fun testing the bounds of the new “thing” and the rest of the world looks at them and laughs.

After a period of time, and further development, the “thing” evolves into something that everyone can easily use. The “thing” gets pushed over The Easy Cliff.

I’m watching the Google Hangout space and it is pretty interesting, and moving fast.  If you are not on Google+, get there (hint: for clues follow +Sarah Hill) and watch for more on Google Glass.  We’re going over The Cliff.

About Kevin Selle

Chief Meteorologist, KFDX-TV. Co-host, WeatherBrains.
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4 Responses to The Easy Cliff

  1. Jim Marusak says:

    Join the club. I have been on the net since Mosaic and Netscape 1.0 . I also remember the how to adjust forecasts off the NGM, why to divide the QPF by 2 off the LFM, how to code early web pages with HTML, and I still do hand-analyses of surface plots for the bigger storms with colored pencils (actually these days I have to admit the crayola twistables are more convenient than prismacolor), And I even remember when RealAudio was actually a cool streaming audio program before they loused it all up. And I used 386’s at times, but the first computer I put together was an AMD K5-PR75 with 48mb Ram and win 3.11 converted up to windows 95, and an ATI videocard as well as a soundblaster soundcard. But that was after i went thru college and having to know fortran for programming onto a vax terminal-mainframe.

    But those were the old days. And how much technology and the models have improved since then is amazing, I agree.

  2. Kevin, I don’t know if this was the direction you we’re going with this post but consider this. All the big weather vendors want us to spend tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade to their latest and greatest toys. However now with less than $2000 dollars worth of hardware and software, you can generate your own green screen studio at home with weather graphics. It may not be quite broadcast quality or as easy to put together but it’s something.

    I’ve been keeping my eye on the independent space, and there are a lot of “new sources” for weather information creeping into the picture. It may not have the polish of broadcast, and they might not have the experience yet… but they will and already are chipping away at our audience.

    • Kevin Selle says:

      Excellent points, Shane! I think you are the man to write up a post detailing some of the options. We’ll post it here and have you on WeatherBrains. You in?

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