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Status Boards

This meetup is all about status boards. What are status boards? Computer screens that show graphs, counters and other data on a variety of topics. An airport has a status baord showing arrival and deptarture status. Wal*Mart greets you at the door with a TV hanging above showing the date and time with a 3 day weather forecast. Software companies use them to show graphs of membership growth, or alerts of server/services outages. Wall Street is a big fan of status boards.

Status boards allow you to, at a glance, take in a wealth of information. No clicking, no paging through. Just a heads-up-display of vital information to help keep you current. Information that will help you get things done™.

One of our favorite software companies, Panic has done a good job of bringing Status boards to the masses: http://panic.com/statusboard/. You can also build your own. It could be as simple as a full-screen web page showing some dynamic content. Or an old black and green CTR screen showing terminal output.

My status board at home shows things like calendar events, grocery lists, safe-to-spend bank balance, forecast, temp, etc...

What kind of status board would help you?

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  • Joe N.

    A nice new status board site I came across on Hacker News: http://telemetryapp.com

    2 · March 6, 2014

    • Ben K.

      How is your homebrew doing? Don't get discouraged--look at their pricing! Makes me think think there is an OSS oppourtunity here. Good find.

      March 6, 2014

    • Joe N.

      The status board has been stagnant as I build everything else in the world. I plan to get back to it, I'm not discouraged :)

      March 6, 2014

  • Tim G.

    Needed a status board! Maybe we could put one on the wall of 2894. It could keep track weather conditions on the farm and in the greenhouses, give updates on local news, and maybe the club could use it occasionally for meetings.

    2 · February 14, 2014

  • Ben K.

    February 14, 2014

  • Jody P.

    Turns out I have another event the same night that I must attend. Too bad, this sounded interesting.

    February 5, 2014

  • Jody P.

    Turns out I have another event the same night that I must attend. Too bad, this sounded interesting.

    February 5, 2014

  • Steven O.

    Due to circumstances beyond my control I have a conflict and I am not a clone. I realized this when I turned the page to February. Sorry see you next time.

    February 3, 2014

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