A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2020 Jan 11, 16:50 -0800
Ed Popko, you wrote:
"I realize the default date in the template is ten years ago."
As Brad notes, I could have added easy code to set that to today's date years ago. Instead I occasionally manually edited it. So the date you see there, January of 2010, tells you something, yes, but not the age of the app! My app for clearing lunars was launched way back in June of 2004. It is, in fact, almost old enough to get a driver's license. June 2004 was a year before youtube, or three years before the first iPhone, or nearly five years before Android phones.
On a NavList scale, June of 2004 was about six months after I joined "NavList" or two years before I took over the management of the community. Or how about this one: in September of 2006, I opened the archive at fer3.com/arc (which had no posting functions at that time and was strictly a message archive), which was the same month that Facebook was opened to the general public. And both of those events were two and a quarter years after my lunars web app went live.
Thank you for the mention, of course, and I appreciate that the purpose of your post was to let occasional newcomers know that the tools exist. And for anyone wishing to clear lunars quickly and efficiently, to answer that simple question "How am I doing?", there is no more thoroughly field-tested tool for clearing lunars quickly online than my web app. It was designed from day one to be highly accurate, versatile, and easy to use for modern lunars as well as historical cases. Find it here: http://www.reednavigation.com/lunars/.
PS: Some of you may have noticed another "manual edit" on a date in NavList code that changed just recently. The default end-date for searches on the NavList message boards had been set to 201912 for a long time (that's yyyymm so December 2019). I actually got an angry email rant from one NavList user several years ago who complained about the high date because he said he had to change the end-date every time he used the service... "why couldn't it just default to the current date for the end-date?!" Um... no, that wasn't an actual problem. If you search for things that cannot possibly exist, no harm is done.
I think I need that on a bumper sticker.