Debian Weekly News - email
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 21:18:57 -0600 (MDT) From: Jason Gunthorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Debian Developers <email@example.com> cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com I have put up a new way to enter your location information, it is a PGP signed mail gateway at firstname.lastname@example.org. It can actually change quite a few things, but for the moment I am only announcing the ability to set location and contact information :> The server is line oriented much like email@example.com and regex's each line to determine what to do, here is a sample session: c: CA l: Edmonton, Alberta Lat: 55n33 Long: 113w28 ---> Daemon sends back this: > c: ca Changed entry c to ca > l: Edmonton, Alberta Changed entry l to Edmonton, Alberta > Lat: 55n33 Long: 113w28 Position set to +5533/-11328 (+55.55/-113.47 decimal degrees) ---> [aside, the 'fast' way to enter the data is like: echo "Lat: 55n33 Long: 113w28" | gpg --clearsign | mail firstname.lastname@example.org or pgp -fast. The gateway should work with most popular mailers too and PGP/MIME] Which will set your country code, city value and location. The parser that handles the lat/long for -this- service is more sophisticated that the web page or command line version and can handle alot of the common formats found on the net. It converts them to the 'standard' form of DGMS, DGM or Decimal degrees, which ever is most natural for the input. A quick rundown on the supported types is: D = Degrees, M = Minutes, S = Seconds, x = n, s, e, or w +-DDD.DDDDD, +- DDDMM.MMMM, +-DDDMMSS.SSSS [standard forms] DDxMM.MMMM, DD:MM.MMMM x, DD:MM:SS.SSS X I haven't seen a format outside of that yet, but let me know if you find one. The end result is that people who had troubles entering their positions before should be able to cut and paste straight from the original source and get correct results. Also people who don't have SSL/Web access can now use the mail gateway. Here is my list of links to find out some decent coords for yourself: http://www.astro.com/atlas/ http://www.mapblast.com http://www.geocode.com/eagle.html-ssi http://www.environment.gov.au/database/MAN200R.html http://GeoNames.NRCan.gc.ca/ Jason
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