GPSWeb Extension for Mozilla Firebird Opens Possibilities for Location-Specific Web Services

Wednesday December 24th, 2003

Davide wrote in to tell us about GPSWeb 0.1.2, an add-on for Mozilla Firebird that adds a User-Location header to every HTTP request containing the user's current position as determined by the Global Positioning System. Sites can then use this data to provide location-specific services, such as supplying directions to the nearest restaurant. The extension requires the user to have some GPS hardware connected to their computer (Davide tested GPSWeb with the Garmin E-Trex) and the GPSd Java daemon, which parses the data supplied by the GPS unit, to be running.

#1 What?

by bugs4hj <>

Wednesday December 24th, 2003 7:55 PM

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There are databases with all IP ranges and their GEO location, so I'm not sure I understand the purpose of this project, please fill me in.

Don't you feel stupid for asking the nearest restaurant in your own hometown? Also, the places I use a handheld GPS don't have restaurants but again, maybe I missed something ;)