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  • Re: Feature request, what would you like to add....
    Board » General Discussion
    The last race I entered (Tasmania-NZ)I cobbled together a web application to 'scrape' info from the miniclient web page (http://www.sailonline.org/m/) and, on one of the variable going more than or less than a value it posted a cc or twa instruction. It is possible to navigate out of a harbour using lat or lon or tack or gybe on shifts.

    However it is still quite hard to set it up and my first few instructions 'expired' before being executed and I started the race 6 hours behind!

    It's php and MySQL run every five minute with cron. Obviously it would be far simpler running on python 'from the inside' as there would be no parsing of info from the web page! But, after I get back from holiday in two weeks, I will look at making the service available for anyone else to use if there is any interest.

    Patrick
  • Re: Wrong TWA calculation
    Board » Technical Support
    Don't know if this is related but I have been sailing along at quite an excess over my 100% BS according to the polar:
  • Re: web form and mobile interface
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Great work on this interface! It seems to do everything as expected with IE7 but the +/- map buttons cause the map to disappear (eventually) in Firefox and on a Nokia phone it seems to go back to log on screen. If I shut down and restart Firefox map reappears but not if I just log off sailonline.org. I can get back into my boat control without entering password if I select from the history of miniclient urls with a userid number.

    However, as I said above, quite usable as it is for emergencies!

    --- Last Edited by patrick gaunt at 2008-06-17 19:22:35 ---
  • Re: web form and mobile interface
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Jakob,
    I don't know any details of your database but I would imagine you will need a new alerts table or add some fields to the stored steering instructions table. I would have thought it was sufficient to store (as well as boat_id, race_id etc):

    degrees
    minutes
    action to sms if
    1. N of this lat
    2. S of this lat
    3. W of this long
    4. E of this long
    5. TWD < this bearing
    6 TWD > this bearing

    The TWD options would be triggered by the TWD falling into the bearing +/- 180 degrees.

    You would probably want the entries to lapse from the table after 24 hours.

    If you use an email to text service like textmagic then you will have to pay and I'm not sure how you would administer this but you would probably need a counter on the user table (as well as mobile number).

    I think the stripped down form needs:
    speed
    TWS
    TWA
    TWD
    course
    then steeing input fields:
    compass course
    true wind angle
    delay command
    (you don't need the radio buttons just test whether the fields have been set)
    then the set alerts fields mentioned above
    then a list of stored instructions and alerts with checkboxes to allow deletion

    Finally, your webpage was ok with phones that can cope with html but not for wml type phones. I don't know if you want to bother with this at this stage.

    Patrick
  • Re: web form and mobile interface
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    Also think it's a very wise commercial decision to have this as a members only feature.
  • Re: web form and mobile interface
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    jakob, I'm impressed if you put up that page in response to my post. I'm also impressed if you were already doing it. So much so that it galvanized me to join an pay my 25E support contribution. I will watch this space with great interest!

    Patrick

    PS You realize that once this is up and running people will start asking for msm alerts on passing latitude X or wind backing more than Y!!!

    --- Last Edited by patrick gaunt at 2008-06-15 13:49:26 ---
  • web form and mobile interface
    Board » Sailonline Yacht Club
    I struggled yesterday a couple of times as I was cycling to a theme-park with kids and later out to dinner. (I was only saved by the kind intervention of clash2)

    It occurs to me that it would be good to have a very simple html form with basic location, speed and wind direction info and ability to enter instructions as on the client application. Possibly with a second form to view and delete stored instructions. Not too hard to do I think.

    I would be happy to do this, or help.

    --- Last Edited by patrick gaunt at 2008-06-15 09:08:18 ---
  • Re: Map problems in Vista
    Board » Technical Support
    Good question. That was the last thing I did and it worked afterwards. I had changed one thing at a time on the 3D setting and restarted the client application each time and I unset them afterwards (as far as I could remember). However in the past I have been through a similar process installing drivers etc and having failed to solve the problem put everything back as it was, restarted the computer and it worked!

    In this case if I switch 32 to 16 bits and back the map appears and disappears.
  • Re: Feature request, what would you like to add....
    Board » General Discussion
    Very good game.

    1. As mentioned elsewhere select radio button whenever focus goes to CC or TWA field. Also check box whenever focus goes to delay field.
    2. You probably got the message about delayed instruction being triggered by reaching a certain lat or long (or waypoint).
    3. Save positions and sizes of windows for next start.
    4. Distortion on maximise (mentioned to Neil)
    5. Having messed around to get the client running on a vista laptop it might be an idea to write a java version of the client. This would get the power of Sun and a larger on line community fixing bugs with the virtual machine on different platforms. (You would only need one version of the application to run on windows, mac, linux etc and it could be launched from a web page). I'm not promising but I might be willing to help with some code conversion when you sort out the commercial side (and if you decide it might be a good idea to do this)
  • Re: Map problems in Vista
    Board » Technical Support
    Searching on the internet for OpenGL and Vista this looks like it will be an increasingly frequent problem!

    On my laptop I did:control panel|classic view|Intel GMA driver for mobile (will be different on other computers)|display settings|color quality=16 bit

    I tried fiddling with the 3D settings as per the other post but I don't think they did the trick.

    PS it would be handy to have a search of the forum, or even the site as it took quite a while to find the post you referred to. Google doesn't reindex often or deeply enough for [xyz site:www.sailonline.org] to find things

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