[Loadstone] Feature wishes, re-issue

Ari Moisio arimo at iki.fi
Mon Jun 30 14:04:54 BST 2008

Hi  Shawn

On Mon, 30 Jun 2008, Shawn Kirkpatrick wrote:

> I'm not sure how you'd list the points in reverse order, how long would this
> list be? The limitations of the database engine also would make this process
> very time consuming on a large database.

  As i mentioned earlier  points can be sorted by  their ID field.  Speed 
is not an issue here, if one gets lost waiting few seconds would not be an 
issue, its better to have few deep breatsh anyway.

  I really wonder your negative attitude towards the GPS emulator feature. 
It is after all an application sending data via the bt serial channel. On 
my emulator there were only GSA,  GGA and  RMC sentences sent roughly once 
per second. Probably even RMC would be adequate for most navigators but 
just in case they need  some extra data about the satellite coverage.

  This will bring at least three benefits to the LS users:

- It is the easiest way to transfer locations between LS and other 
phone-based navigators including Loadstone.

- Same connection could be used to relay the actual GPS stream to enable 
multiple phones to use the same receiver.

- It is extremely cool feature in the world of phone navigators where only 
way to compete is to count how many million POIs each navigator has on 
their maps.

  Of course this emulator could be run also in the PC but after carrying a 
typical desktop computer for a few kilometers (and a power extension 
cable too)  one migth easily think other alternatives too.

> Loadstone emulating a gps receiver just isn't going to happen. I don't see
> any practical use for this feature. Not to mention the technical problems of
> doing this, what exactly would the program send? And how often would this
> ever be used? Whatever the usage case for this would be it's probably better
> off being done using a pc.
> On Mon, 30 Jun 2008, arimo at iki.fi wrote:
>> Hi
>>  Here are two old feature wishes but a new implementations:
>>  I usuallly save points when sitting in the car to both possible find the
>> way back if needed or just getting more points.  Because there is usually
>> no information about street names i just store a dummy placemarker and
>> fill the details later. To make these tasks easier two new features would
>> be useful:
>> - A listing of points sorted in reverse chronological order. The ID field
>> is  a *NIX-type timestamp so this should not be an issue. Even better if
>> the relevant date and time is displayed too.
>> - The ability to use LS as a GPS receiver emulator. This will make
>> recognizing unnamed points with another navigation application much easier
>> and faster. Currently i have to manually enter each and every point
>> manually to the emulator. I don't like to submit a point database with
>> half of the points named only as slashes '/', a current placeholder of
>> unknown crossing.
>> --
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