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Dashboard Clock — New and Improved

Dashboard Clock — New and Improved

Hi guys,

Dashboard Clock, the first dashboard application for the Model S, has been updated with new functionality and improved compatibility with the 4.1 Tesla Software release. With this release, you now have:

o Analog Clock
This handsome clock was the genesis for the whole project. Like the site, the clock is designed to compliment the aesthetics of the model S interior.

o Stock Quotes
Track up to dozens of individual equities or indexes for at-a-glance updates.

o US Weather
A quick check of the weather in any US location is a tap away.

o @TeslaMotors News
Keep you finger on the Tesla community by monitoring the TeslaMotors twitter traffic.

o Be our Guest
Each module is configurable and settings can be preserved without the need to create an account or log into the site. Simply use the favorites feature of your browser and your settings will survive even when you computer restarts.

o New Site
Reflecting the expanded role of the application, the site has a new address: dash.time4tesla.com. Come visit and let us know when you think here or on Twitter at @time4tesla.

Cheers,

Rumbles

HaroldS | 6 January, 2013

Very, very nice! Especially great for U.S. owners. I'm in Canada for much of the year, so I can't really use the weather module, but the new modules are all super additions.

Well done!

Rumbles | 6 January, 2013

@HaroldS - thanks for the feedback. Enjoy the rest for now. rumbles

Discoducky | 6 January, 2013

@Rumbles, did you write this? Is the SDK available?

Rumbles | 6 January, 2013

@discoducky - I did, but no SDK yet (that I am aware of). It is vanilla HTML /JS. It is the duct tape and mirrors that make it feel native :)

nickjhowe | 6 January, 2013

Getting 'null' on the weather screen when I use my zip code 33432

Rumbles | 6 January, 2013

@nickjhowe - Sorry for the troubles. It appears to be conflating you zipcode with an address in europe. Until we get a fix, try "33432 us".

Cheers, Rumbles

Jgdixon | 6 January, 2013

How about allowing weather for us in Canada?

Rumbles | 6 January, 2013

@nickjhowe - The issue should now be fixed. Server now prefers US addresses when geocoding.

@jgdixon - Current the weather source is NOAA. They don't do much work in CA :) We are currently evaluating more robust sources.

Cheers, Rumbles

Btermanini | 6 January, 2013

Good work, I love it. How about graphs for stocks?

Brian H | 6 January, 2013

Environment Canada. Or Intellicast. Weather-forecast.com. Accuweather. Lots of Cdn. coverage.

Alex K | 7 January, 2013

@Rumbles | JANUARY 6, 2013: @nickjhowe - Sorry for the troubles. It appears to be conflating you zipcode with an address in europe. Until we get a fix, try "33432 us".

null with 85750 zip code also. "85750 us" works.

Alex K | 7 January, 2013

@Rumbles | JANUARY 6, 2013: Current the weather source is NOAA. They don't do much work in CA :) We are currently evaluating more robust sources.

Check out http://www.wunderground.com/weather/api/ . They have many citizen weather stations up and provide more accurate current regional weather conditions and also have some remote places.

nickjhowe | 7 January, 2013

Thanks @Rumbles. Works great. Thanks for all your efforts.

+1 @Alex K - re Wunderground.

David32 | 7 January, 2013

I've had my car for awhile, but haven't bothered checking this forum till now. What is a dashboard app and how do I get them? I obviously missed something.

bbmertz | 7 January, 2013

Wow, this app looks great and is working well for me. I look forward to future enhancements, including perhaps Top US News stories (customizable for other countries as well) on the News tab. Thanks for developing this fantastic app!

tbopry | 7 January, 2013

HaroldS:
Weather in Canada...isn't that just Cold, Colder and Oh my gawd!

Just kidding, I love BC - Manitoba...not so much.

Brian H | 7 January, 2013

Clock still frozen when first booted up, moves only when all the settings are re-entered, and not always then (on Windows XP, which may not be a fair test).

All the rest works.

mkh1437 | 7 January, 2013

@David32, just bring up the browser on the screen in the car, and go to the address: http://dash.time4tesla.com. Configure it as you like, and then save to your Favorites (press the little +heart icon).

nickjhowe | 7 January, 2013

@Rumbles, when I look at the page in Chrome on my mac and chose a timezone/weather location it appends those to the end of the URL. When I do the same thing on the car browser it just appends a #; adding that URL to favorites doesn't save the settings...

Rumbles | 8 January, 2013

@nickjhowe - yet another limitation of the older browser in the dash. Our plan was to preserve your setting in the URL so that they survived a restart (in which all cookies are lost). Unfortunately, as you observed, the url re-writing doesn't work in-dash. We're working on a addressing the issue. Sorry for the misstep. Rumbles

nickjhowe | 8 January, 2013

Thanks for all the work on this, and please don't take any comments as criticism. No-one has any right to criticize a free product! Keep up the great work.

CnJsSigP | 11 January, 2013

Haven't logged onto this to post yet, but just wanted to thank Rumbles for the 'app'! Had your original one and it was a cool clock, but I had other favs to check tesla stock and weather. The new improved version just saved me from switching back and forth to those other sites. Its all in one! The clock really does add some classic style to the dash! Can't drive without it!

TheAustin | 11 January, 2013

I LOVE the clock, and the additional features are, or, will be great when you get the settings sorted out to remember user-defined preferences. But it's great :) I have two quick comments:

1. Why did you ditch the TelsaTime URL? I really liked that one, it's sounds (and looks) a lot better than Time4Tesla. Just my $0.02.

2. Under stocks, the symbol for Nasdaq (which is the exchange that Tesla and Solar City trade on) is .IXIC (and yes, you need that period).

Thanks again, great App :)

TheAustin | 11 January, 2013

Oh, and 3. The clock is always a minute or two behind the clock in the car...Not a huge deal, just wondering if there is a way to sync that up?

Flex | 11 January, 2013

Maybe I am missing something, but hopefully someone can help me. Once I put a site in my favorites, I cannot figure out how to delete it?

nickjhowe | 11 January, 2013

@Flex, I'm not sat in the car right now so can't check, but on similar lists there's a little (x) towards the right side of the item.

Michael Emrich | 12 January, 2013

@ stocks:
I know now that the extension .IXIC is needed for Nasdaq quotes. But what are the extensions for the other stock markets, please?
Also, I'm interested in EURUSD currency. Any idea how I can get this?

Thank you.

kent | 12 January, 2013

Upgrades to Tesla Time are outstanding. Keep up the nice work. Really enjoy the weather, stock price and news.

Thank you!

TheAustin | 12 January, 2013

Michael Emrich. I just Googled "What is the ticker symbol for Nasdaq." It yielded various results, so I kept trying the options listed until one worked. For this App, I believe the prefix is always going to be a period "." rather than some of the other icons used, such as "^" It's just trial and error. Although, this won't be totally useful until the App is set to remember our set preferences.

NetworkGuy | 12 January, 2013

Nice clock, thank you Rumbles. Can't wait for tesla apps that can be loaded and placed on the dash and/or screen console.

Rumbles | 13 January, 2013

All - Yours setting are now truly saved. You'll need to make a new bookmark (aka favorite) because we now provide and unique id for you when you go to dashtime4tesla.com. No logging is required, just favorite the address with the s=xxxxx ending.

@nickjhowe - You are most welcome

@TheAustin - 1) We moved to new site because the twitter handle was taken with the old. 2) You are right. perhaps I should add it as a default as well. 3) I haven't seen the off-by a minute or two issue... others?

@Michael Emrich - Type in the index you interested in into google... you'll see symbol in the resulting page. They typically start with a period.

@kent@spasalon.com - Thank you

@NetworkGuy - agreed... although I'd settle for persistent cookies and location support :)

mariab8 | 16 July, 2013

Hi Rumbles,
I am wondering, what unique id are you using that recognizes the individual browser so that you don't have to sign in again?
Thanks and great job!

kjin7117 | 17 July, 2013

Your website froze my tesla web browser. Any suggestions?

Rumbles | 17 July, 2013

@mariab8 - we just assign you a random number that provides a persistent session

@kjin7117 - sorry about your troubles. It is unlikely that a website could hang up you browser. That said, you can restart the whole media screen by holding down the lower steering whelk buttons for about 5 sec...

Cheers,

Rumbles

redders | 17 July, 2013

Thanks for doing this. It is a good idea, but.......

This for sure froze my browser. Couple of weeks of bug free operation on this and other sites but yesterday, after update it froze twice when I tried to change the weather settings. I don't need to know that it is 83 and sunny in Stanford. That's pretty much obvious for the next two months. I want to change the settings to my local zip code and it freezes.

moorelin | 17 July, 2013

Same for me - was getting started but browser froze when I tried to enter location for weather. Browser OK after reboot but didn't try clock again.

hpatelmd | 17 July, 2013

Browser also freezes when trying to edit the stocks (which also seems limited to maybe 6 symbols). As the OP says, a screen reboot unfreezes the browser.

Marcus.c.turner | 17 July, 2013

The new software is good, but there is a glitch now working with iPhone on AT&T ... the car no longer recognizes that the call is complete.

Is there a way to roll back?

dr.jacks.tesla | 17 July, 2013

This happened to me also I assume there is now a glitch in the app

enarkay | 5 September, 2013

Just installed this clock, looks great but guess what IT DOES NOT WORK. The clock has been frozen since I installed it 4 hrs ago, cannot reset it or reinstall it
Thanks a lot Tesla

earlyretirement | 5 September, 2013

Yep. I posted about this the other day. I had to delete this after it kept freezing my entire browser every time I used it. There is obviously a bug in the system. I had to reset the car to get my browser working again.

HGP16 | 6 September, 2013

@enarkay -- I'm not sure any of these issues are Tesla's fault. This app was developed by a fan unconnected with the company who probably underestimated the difficulty of keeping it all up-to-date and functioning.

Rumbles | 6 September, 2013

Hi all.

First my apologies for the troubles with Tesla Time. The problem arose when Tesla updated their browser to eliminate support for input dialogs. Worse, they appear to show the dialog off-screen which then prevents the browser from working properly. I am working on a fix and should have it out in the next few days.

Cheers,

Rumbles

Rumbles | 6 September, 2013

Hi folks. I apologize for the troubles with www.time4tesla.com. The issues has now be fixed.

Thanks for the kinds words and your continued support.

Cheers,

Rumbles

Brian H | 7 September, 2013

That address shows "no server".

VA Tesla | 7 September, 2013

The following link will take you there: http://dash.time4tesla.com

AnnK | 7 September, 2013

My browser is now frozen after installing the app. How do I get the web to work again?

Rumbles | 8 September, 2013

@AnnK - I am sorry to here of your troubles. As posted above, a recent upgrade to the Tesla software caused the clock website to 'break' the browser. If this happened to you, you'll want to restart the media console by holding down the two spin-wheels on the steering wheel for about 10 seconds.

The website has been fixed to avoid the problem in the future.

Cheers,

Rumbles

J.T. | 8 September, 2013

@rumbles I'm still having problems getting the weather menu to display anyplace other than Stanford, CA.

I've tried rebooting.

Is it me?

RomanandKathy | 8 September, 2013

I loaded the web page, and my clock does not update unless I re-load the web page. I'm sure I just don't have a setting set up correctly, because otherwise, a stagnant time, which updates only when you refresh the page, is certainly not very useful. Can anyone point out what I need to change in order to get the clock to update? The second hand does not move when I am in the car, but it moves when I bring up the page on my home computer.

I wonder if this implies that it is sending 3G data packets continuously when using the app correctly. This also seems to be a waste of data bandwidth when not in earshot of a WIFI network. Again, I'm sure I just don't get it. Please clue me in.

Thanks,

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