Down inside a yacht anchored off an island in the Caribbean, skipper Jason White shows off a state-of-the-art computerized control center. He points out a marine single sideband (SSB) radio, somewhat of a sailing-instrument anachronism amid modern technology like satellite phones and weather faxes. And then he tells me about Herb. Somewhere out there, on the frequency 12359 kilohertz, is a man named Herb who will give any boat a personalized weather forecast upon request. Heâ€™s more accurate than any weather service, say the mariners who rely upon his expertise. But very few sailors even know he exists. â€œHe only says it once, and he talks so fast, you have to record it and listen to it later,â€ says White, holding up a small digital recorder. â€œI use him all the time. But if you bug him too much, heâ€™ll just ignore you.â€ Full text of article here.