[Loadstone] Several comments from a new user.

Shawn Kirkpatrick shawn at odyssey.cm.nu
Sun Jul 8 10:46:41 BST 2007

Hello. Thanks for your suggestions.
I think the royaltek is already mentioned on the site, it might be the 
rbt-2001 but it's the same hardware as the rbt-2010.
I hadn't thought of the date line problem but that would be the case. 
Exploration mode will act more like a square than a globe. It's simple to go 
around in theory but quite a bit harder in implementation. Maybe something 
could be done about this thoe.
There was some talk a while ago about making the navigation mode use compass 
directions when the speed dropped but it was decided that having reporting 
functions randomly changing there behaviour would cause a lot of confusion.
Having every point announced as you approach just isn't going to happen any 
time soon. The main problem is the database engine in the phone, it's slow. 
There's just not enough computing power to be running all the selects you'd 
need for automatic point announcements and still be able to do anything 
In the next version of Loadstone the find point system has been completely 
rewritten. The new version allows you to override the search radius and 
takes place in the background. This should solve the lock up problem. The 
program doesn't really lock up, it just appears dead since it's taking all 
resources to do the search.
If you go in to exploration mode and you have no signal or the gps isn't 
connected you will start at your last gps coordinates. These will save 
accross program runs.

On Sun, 8 Jul 2007, Dave Mielke wrote:

> I just began to use Loadstone-GPS a few days ago. It's clear that plenty of
> very good work has been done, and I, for one, very much appreciate it. Here are
> several comments:
> I'm using a RoyalTek RBT-2010 and it works fine so you may wish to add it to
> your list of tested hardware.
> Exploration Mode doesn't move cross the International Date Line. If I'm at a
> point just to the east of it then I can't move west to a point just to the west
> of it, and vice versa.
> It'd be nice if there were a way (perhaps via a setting) for Navigation Mode to
> switch to using the expore direction when the current speed is below the static
> threshold.
> It'd be nice if there were a way for the Find Point function to look beyond the
> Maximum Search Radius if no matching points can be found. Perhaps the "no
> points found" condition could be accompanied by an "override maximum search
> radius" prompt. This'd be particularly useful either when switching to a map
> that's far away from the current location or when using a map of major world
> cities as neither Find Point nor Exploration Mode seem willing to move to the
> nearest point if it's too far away and temporarily modifying the radius just
> for this occasional condition is a lot of work.
> I may be misunderstanding how checkpoints work. The only difference they seem
> to make is that, when set, I'm periodically informed regarding where they are
> and I'm also told when I'm approaching them. What I'd like is a mode where all
> the points on the map (not just the checkpoints) are treated like checkpoints
> insofar as the "approaching" announcement is concerned. This'd keep me posted
> as to my progress on a continual basis.
> In Exploration Mode, it'd be nice (when the receiver isn't connected or there's
> no signal) to have a way to go directly to the last reported GPS postiion, as
> well as to find out where the current point is relative to the last reported
> GPS position. Perhaps the simplest way to do this would be for switching to
> Navigation Mode to go back to the last reported GPS position just like it goes
> to the current GPS position now if the receiver is connected and there is a
> signal.
> The Find Point function either hangs or crashes Loadstone-GPS if the point
> being sought can't be found and the map is huge. Is this function perhaps
> recursive and the stack is being overrun?
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