Invalid zip code when running weather widgets

By on July 7, 2009 11:57:21 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

jag4710

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My computer was shutdown incorrectly when the breaker in my apartment went off. Now, when I run a weather widget, I get an invalid zip code error. I uninstalled and reinstalled DesktopX, but it didn't help. I cleared the widget cache, but I still get the same error. Does anyone have any suggestions? I never had any problems running anything in DesktopX before this.
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July 7, 2009 6:51:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ok guys, Im speaking with weather.com's customer service to try and see if I can get a valid license key that we all can use without violating their terms of service there. please bear with me and until then, if you're having troubles,

disconnect your internet,

right click on the weather object, and deselect script enabled

Alternatively you can delete the object altogether

 

you can reconnect your internet once its gone or disabled and hang tight until someone finds a solution here

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July 7, 2009 7:04:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You know, as I read the license agreement for the xml on Weather.com, I get the impression we're the type of people they're trying to shake off.  Looks like they're just wanting it to be used as an advertising tool.  Did anybody read the license agreement part 3 (Fees and Advertising) section (A)?

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July 7, 2009 7:10:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting homer1324,
look for this in the script

        Randomize
        str_RANDOM_URL = "&rnd=" & rnd()
        msgbox str_RANDOM_URL

 

and where it says = ""&rnd=" & rnd()" replace with

&link=xoap&prod=xoap&par=XXXXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

where XXXX's are the numbers you receive from them

Mine looks like this

     Randomize
     str_RANDOM_URL="&link=xoap&prod=xoap&par=XXXXXXXXXX&key=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
     http.Open "GET", "http://xoap.weather.com/search/search?where=" & x, False
     http.send ""
     ' Store data in a string
     weatherdata = http.responseText

Is this right, cuz it's not working

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July 7, 2009 7:13:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks like they're just wanting it to be used as an advertising tool.
Which makes good sense for them, yes?

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July 7, 2009 7:20:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Zubaz,

Looks like they're just wanting it to be used as an advertising tool.Which makes good sense for them, yes?

Absolutely.  I wasn't slamming them, I was thinking that creating an account and pointing my little widgets to it might be precisely the wrong thing to do.

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July 7, 2009 7:24:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Just went to the Rainmeter Forum website, and found this posting, they've been in discussion with weather.com ... http://www.rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=588

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July 7, 2009 8:17:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Bump. Don't let this die til we have a solution.

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July 7, 2009 8:23:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Admin from rainmeter started a post here at WC ...http://forums.wincustomize.com/358640

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July 7, 2009 8:24:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedBuzzard,
Bump. Don't let this die til we have a solution.
Solutions have already been presented . . no real need to bump.  Solutions take time sometimes. 

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July 7, 2009 8:31:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Do not panick over the T.O.S. from weather.com yet.

 

Read the small print:

"If you cannot meet these requirements but would still like to use our weather data, please contact our business development department at"

 

Keep the faith folks.

 

Also there is an AccuWeather solution available, and they were absolutely great with us at the Rainmeter community.

Albeit it took a week or 2 to get the program approved and running.

Just a suggestion

Contact Info for AccuWeather

New Developer Information and Assistance
Michael Sylvie

Business Development Manager

email:
developer-at-accuweather.com
Phone:
814.235.8638

http://www.accuweather.com/promo-ad.asp?partner=forecastbar&traveler=0&dir=aw&page=forecastfox

 

I have been in communication for hours with weather.com since this morning.

I am not holding out any  hope of getting the old feed back up and running.

Apparently the XML(s) will all go down, world wide, for sure at midnight EST

 

Good luck to us all

 

Regards

SGT. E. V. McKay

Rainmeter Dev Team Member

Rainmeter Forum Admin

 

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July 7, 2009 8:39:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It's also affecting objectbar as well.

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July 7, 2009 8:48:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedBuzzard,
It's also affecting objectbar as well.
I am aware and will try to get that addressed in the morning.

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July 7, 2009 8:51:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

And of course WinStep, at least the themes I've looked at.  Clearly Weather.com was carrying a lot of us around for free for a long time, we really have no right to gripe.

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July 7, 2009 8:57:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Agreed.

I have no complaints. The service, although limited country wise, has been greatly appreciated.

 

Now for the solutions

 

I am begining to find the extent of this and I am finding over a half dozen communities lighting up now, and more tonight and tomorrow I figure.

 

If we at the Rainmeter community can be of any assistance, do not hesitate to contact us!

 

I am available to assist as I can

 

Regards

SGT. E. V. McKay

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July 7, 2009 9:12:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ahh Al Gore the Father of the Internet can blame it on global warming

That or ManBearPig!

 

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July 7, 2009 9:14:16 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

This whole thing sounds like a Stardock process interrogates a Weather.com web page whose format has changed.  If so, the fix is to update the code in the Stardock process that reads the Weather.com page and supports the weather widgets.

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July 7, 2009 9:23:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting jkbeard,
This whole thing sounds like a Stardock process interrogates a Weather.com web page whose format has changed.  If so, the fix is to update the code in the Stardock process that reads the Weather.com page and supports the weather widgets.
The Stardock produced weather gadgets use accuweather (with the possible exception of ObjectBar [which needs to]).  The issue at hand has to do with user created items that use weather.com feeds.

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July 7, 2009 9:38:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting jkbeard,
This whole thing sounds like a Stardock process interrogates a Weather.com web page whose format has changed.  If so, the fix is to update the code in the Stardock process that reads the Weather.com page and supports the weather widgets.

 

You are very close, with the exception that they will change the code and embed static links.

Therefore the parse will change and the indexing will need to be adjusted.

This wil not be just a matter of inputting a new URL.

I suspect that the XML Layout will have changed

 

Also there is a change to a new ID system that was instituted last week to the URL for XML use tracking purposes

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July 7, 2009 9:57:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How do you go about even getting to script? Have to finally close object in task manager..

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July 7, 2009 10:04:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You can get to the script by disconnecting your internet connection so it doesn't look at the zip code when your editing.

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July 7, 2009 10:07:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Disable your internet connection.  Most weather gadgets use system.internetconnected and that will error out and you can edit then.

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July 7, 2009 10:19:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm also having the same problems with the weather widgets and even with weather gadgets. So I guess I'll wait for someone to find the solution.

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July 7, 2009 10:34:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Doubird,
I'm also having the same problems with the weather widgets and even with weather gadgets. So I guess I'll wait for someone to find the solution.
If the gadget uses the same standard code that _martin_ wrote, yes.

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July 8, 2009 12:11:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

was working on the 6th.. but today.. no work

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July 8, 2009 12:58:20 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If the gadget uses the same standard code that _martin_ wrote, yes.

 

Martin write good code, but seems like weather.com need more money..

from rainmeter forum:

The current URL that we use looks something like the following:
http://xoap.weather.com/weather/local/8 ... =f&dayf=10

The new standard will look like the following:
http://xoap.weather.com/weather/local/3 ... =xoap&par=[PartnerID]&key=[LicenseKey]

where [PartnerID] is your unique Partner ID and [LicenseKey] is your unique License Key.

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