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GPS-Enabled War-strolling

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You heard right partner – the new version of WiFiFoFum is out (v0.3), and it now supports GPS! I whacked it onto my iPAQ and went outside with the GPS unit attached, played around with the settings and it was off and running!

Using the Leadtek CF card, I had to set WFFF to look on COM4 for the GPS, and then it picked it up. The GPS takes a while to warm up and get a fix once you put the sleeve on and stick it in, but once it does, it updates every couple seconds by the looks of things. I haven’t tried it moving any faster than walking pace, so don’t know if it adjusts automatically based on velocity or not.

I went for a walk around my block and picked up all the usual suspects that are always on (pookie.net, mustwebcast.com, home (network) and 2 x NETGEAR), but now should have coordinates against them as well. The other cool new change to WFFF is that the stronger signals now go to the middle of the radar, so you can see better when you are getting closer to them, although it’s still kinda hard to tell, because they jump around a bit. Depending on how good the Destinator maps/software are, I might have to get MS Streets and Trips, because it comes with Pocket Streets, which looks pretty cool. I mainly want to be able to plot known points on a map, and be able to output that map somehow preferably (on my PC), so I don’t know if the Pocket PC Destinator software includes anything for desktop or not – we’ll see, since apparently it’s going to be in-store ready for pickup within a couple days.

Written by Beau Lebens

May 4th, 2004 at 4:00 pm


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HP iPAQ H5550 (click to view specs on hp.com

Went for a walk down my street today with my new iPAQ H5550, sporting a copy of WiFiFoFum (it works, MiniStumbler doesn’t, WFFF looks excellent anyway!), and what did I find?

  1. My WAP is visible from the street, walking immediately past my driveway – d’oh!
  2. I found 3 other WAPs on my street, 2 show up at the same place
  3. One of the WAPs that I found identified itself as apparently beloging to this website; MustWebCast.com

I was surprised at the apparent power of the internal card/antenna on the H5550. I might have to do some comparitive tests on it and my Netgear laptop card, would be interesting to see how they compare on basic signal strength.

It will be very cool when WFFF gets GPS support, and my new CF GPS card gets here, then I’ll be able to get geographic information about the WAPs that I scan as well.

Written by Beau Lebens

April 22nd, 2004 at 4:00 pm

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ROM Update… Problems

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I figured it’d be a good idea to update the firmware and ROM on my iPAQ, so I checked out the HP downloads site, and sure enough, there were updates available. I downloaded the following updates;

  • HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5500 Series Firmware Update
  • HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5500 Series ROM Update

intending to update the BIOS and all on-board stuff to get me up to date. I didn’t bother with the Bluetooth manager update, or the WLAN update, because it appears that those things are included in the BIOS updates. So anyway, I install both the firmware and the ROM updates, which results in clearing everything off my iPAQ and having to reinstall everything from scratch.

No problem I figured, I’ve done this on my Palm before, and everything (applications etc) just got transferred back the next time I synched… apparently not.

So I synch again, and it wants me to create a new profile on my desktop, because I haven’t named my device back to the same name as I had it before (“jane”, named after the computer-based lifeform in Ender’s Game!). That’s no good – I want it to synch back the same stuff, same data, same details etc. After playing around a little, I decide that I’ll go whole hog, so I close down ActiveSynch, get into the registry and start hacking around to move all the new settings which I’ve just created as ‘jane2’ and change them over to point to the other directories etc (‘jane’). Then I change my device’s name back to jane again, and see what happens.

At this point, everything appears to be fine – it actually works, and it’s synched all the old data back, and looks like it’s accepted me as an imposter jane… sort of, or something. Wonder if this is an exploitable way of stealing someone’s data? All I really did was created a new profile, then hacked the registry and pointed it to all the same directories as the old profile…

On top of that problem though, now I have a bigger one – WiFiFoFum doesn’t appear to work!

I don’t know if it’s anything to do with the hackery that’s gone on, I can’t see why it would be, because that was more to do with synching and my desktop machine, I didn’t do anything dodgy on my handheld. I can only assume that this means that there’s some sort of problem with the new ROMs and the way that WFFF is coded. According to the program, when it tries to start up, there’s this problem;



Hopefully the guy who writes WFFF can figure out what’s going on there and can fix it, because in the meantime I have no warstrolling toys again :(. Once I get my GPS unit, then I’ll really wanna be able to get out there again, so until then it’s not too bad, but then there’s no GPS support in WFFF yet either, so that’s not really an issue is it?…

Written by Beau Lebens

April 4th, 2004 at 4:00 pm