Recently, we have started using a new system for displaying our weather graphics on the air. On paper, this system is amazing. It allows a great deal more flexibility, and looks great doing it.
Of course, reality hardly ever matches what you’re actually sold.
There are a bunch of unfinished elements within this system which are set as traps. It works the same way you’d snare an animal, by hiding a trap in plain sight.
Buttons that turn off guides (useful for creating graphics – ugly on the air) sometimes work. Sometimes they don’t.
As you change things, like the elements of a forecast page, memory is taken from the computer but never returned. Run through a sequence of maps and charts, see it works, change one little thing and watch it crash on-the-air.
Thought you made a change? Not so fast. Look on TV – it’s back!
With this computer, we also bought a system to run our own computer forecast model. And, it’s pretty neat… though it too crashes for reasons that are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals.
Because of the way it’s set up, it doesn’t crash while you’re watching. That would be too easy. The glitches happen after a little time, or like today, after hours and hours of crunching numbers. This afternoon I waited 4 ½ hours for data that an off air machine could read, but an on air machine couldn’t.
By 11:00 tonight, I was ready to ditch it all and go back to magnetic clouds and dry markers. It’s a love/hate relationship. I’ll calm down over the weekend and try and make up with my PC’s Monday.