just had a quick look at this nice app... could it be possible to move the geofence options to the car like a setting that says: if car moved more than XX meters then trigger sms via skype and start uploading photo's at XX sec interval
in this way you are not that much depending on beening at home
and instead of using a homeserver why not be able to use a hosting company? most of them provide sql server and plenty of space for the photo's
Firstly I use sqllite because its free. The whole app is complicated enough without setting up sqlserver. Also all the data is sent in real time if you have a broadband connection.
A picture option has been half coded but not finished yet. You'll be allowed to add a picture along with every gps coord.
The geofence fpr current location is also possible. The client will send a geofence flag to the server which will set up an automatic circle geofence around the car.
If any geofence is broken then the server can be set to send an sms message to any number of phones but only by using skype.
Your last comment about why dont I use other peoples servers etc is because I dont want to. The whole point of this app was to stop me having to allow other people access to my location etc. Bit of a privacy nut I'm afraid. Also its free and totally under my control. I also learnt alot making it which is half the fun for me. If you want an easier to setup app like that then I suggest webmasters one but not sure if its still working.
it was not meant to be rude when i asked what it would take to add the extra options
but i think i'm not the only one who would like the option to use an "out in town" server... just to store the data
then the app at home could pull data from there... or like i said yeaterday make some pages in php that pulls the data you want
i have an idea in my head about how it should work in real life but i will save that until you ask what i have mind
The only reason I see for having an "out in town" server is if you dont have the skills to setup port forwarding on your home pc. I agree that this is an issue for some uses but my app was design specifically for running on your own home server. Webmasters does what you want (but I see it doesn't look like his app is still current).
If you have more reasons then I might be persuaded but at the moment I have no plans to do this.
power and dont have to constant do maintence and upgrades.. and the benefit is that i dont have an pc with spreads noise all over my appartment.. i simyply just turn of my pc when i dont use it
EDIT: if it would help i could pay for someone to develop the php files for the webspace part, i had an idea in mind to offer something like webmaster did... for free of course.. only on a more automatic basis so that i did not have to activate accounts etc.
i can have 10 domains on the host i have now.. and i only use 2 of them right now.. so plenty of space
As for hiding it I had that set when there was an alert set (needs some other program to set the registry setting correctly) so it was minimised and hidden. The trouble was that when I tested it you couldn't see it to switch it off.