Monday, April 14, 2008

GPSMonitor responses

I've received a request to increase the range of COM ports that GPSMonitor scans, so the next update will include scanning up to COM15. Yeah, someone has their GPS at a double digit com port. While I'm at it, I may also allow it to be set to something besides the default 4800 baud. If you have a request, drop me an email.

Based on my web logs, a bunch of you are testing out the application with no GPS attached. When you do that, you will get no graphs, but the map will work. The map shows you a default location a couple miles from my house, in the middle of a busy intersection. Of course when you show the map with a GPS attached, it's likely to never request the same exact map, so I'll get a huge pile of virtual single page hits, so I will have a hard time summing up the traffic. Any ideas on how to do that with Google Analytics, to ignore form-based parameters sent to a web page when counting page hits? I may have to just rely on the hit and visitor summaries.


Freman said...

Hehe, going up to com 15 won't help me, by the time you account for the 3g modem and bluetooth my coms start at 16. It should be relatively easy to check the max com ports installed and even rule out ones like bluetooth

John O said...

It boggles the mind. I'll see if I can easily determine the maximum.

John O said...

Okay, this is just silly. I looked closer at the Dot Net serial port API, and sure enough, there's a way to get a complete list of active ports in exactly the format I need. That should make it connect a lot faster no matter the COM port mapping, especially for anyone running their GPS at COM34.