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.

#4 Re: What?

by mattdm <>

Thursday December 25th, 2003 9:01 AM

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IP->GEO isn't very precise. Not only are the databases incomplete, it's fundamentally difficult for them to get much better. Sure, you can guess that I'm in Massachusetts, maybe even figure out that I'm in Boston (even though my ISP's main POP here is located across the river in Somerville), but can you tell I'm in Brighton just west of Allston? (Not unless I've gone out of my way to tell you so.)