It’s New Year’s Day 2019! As we start most days around the Cataldo house, we head to the refrigerator, take out some breakfast foods and beverages, and check the day’s weather on our Bushnell FX5 electronic weather center.
We got this wonderful device about seven years ago during a $50 rebate deal, and it quickly became something that the entire family looks at daily.
Today, on New Year’s Day, our Bushnell weather center presented us with this ominous message:
“B NELL OFFLINE 12 31 19”
Oh no! We immediately began searching for more info on what happened or why these devices may no longer be supported. These weather centers receive data from Ambient and Accuweather, both of which are still in business. So what’s going on?
I’ll update this post when/if I find out, but this may be a situation of planned obsolescence too — not unlike what happened with our Sony flat-screen television a few years ago. We bought the TV specifically for its fantastic over-the-air channel guide grid, because we use a rooftop TV antenna. 18 months later, Sony discontinued the support for the on-screen guide in their televisions — even though the technology to transmit OTA channel info still exists. (Three years later, Sony discontinued YouTube support to the same TV too!)
I suppose we should be happy that the weather center’s data reception lasted longer than our television’s did..!