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.

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by Down8 <>

Saturday December 27th, 2003 10:55 AM

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That still isn't accurate all the time.

The easiest example is AOL - they are based in VA, so on occasion, a customer in say, ND, could be given an IP that would look like it's come from VA. When I was using dialup a few years ago, my IP was mapped to the closest major part of SBC, which showed me as being in San Jose, when in fact I was 3hrs from there.

So I reitterate the above point: "IP->GEO isn't very precise."