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more of a thought... [Jun. 29th, 2002|03:34 am]
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[firelabs]
just had a thought while I was smoking a cig...
seeing as text messaging (sms) is so popular these days, wouldn't it be a good idea if someone came away with a client that would support simple posting features via sms, of course a few problems in this would be that it would have to be proxied (possible password problems etc) but I think it could probably be done quite easily (i.e. mobile phone linked to pc, recives a message then posts onto the users journal).
I would tackle this problem myself, but the only way I have of linking a phone is via irda, and of course, my phone doesn't support this, hence I'm posting here to see if anyone else would possibly be interested in the idea - I know I'd find it handy if I was away on holiday without net access or something similer. anyways thats my two cents, lemme know what you guys think.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2002-06-28 03:56 pm (UTC)
Aart from the security issues that you've already mentioned, I think the biggest restriction would be message size. For full compatibility, SMSs are limited to 160 characters. Once you've entered your username, password and any other information required to post, you won't have much left for your message! :-)

Your suggestion of linking the phone to the PC would require specific client software on the PC to intercept the incoming message from the phone... however, if you're going to be linking your phone to your PC in order to post, you might as well post from your PC! LOL

There are a couple of WAP clients kicking around somewhere, and if you have a PDA, I have developed a client that you can use to post via a PocketPC or a Palm device, either wirelessly (connected), or offline (not connected).

I like your idea though, and in an ideal world it would be fantastic... but this ain't no ideal world! :-)
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From: firelabs
2002-06-28 05:15 pm (UTC)
I agree about the phone, but if I had too, I know the space restrictions would be a bit of an issue, but I'm sure some people wouldn't mind being able to post to say "Hi, I'm alive!"
but on the other hand, more and more phones are supporting wap these days (although at a cost! :() so its probably twice as easy to go with that, just one of those ideas I had to get out of my head and get input on before I started to think about it too much ;)
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[User Picture]From: yumseta
2002-07-01 10:17 am (UTC)
There are a couple of WAP clients kicking around somewhere

Yup, that there is, one of which is written by yours truely :)
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[User Picture]From: sameer
2002-06-28 04:47 pm (UTC)
i think this would be feature overbloat. if you want to use text messaging, stick with that. a journal is a distinctly separate idea from chat or messaging...
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[User Picture]From: optic
2002-06-28 09:46 pm (UTC)
i think a better way to support this would be with an email-to-lj gateway. i think most phones that can send SMS text messages can send email, right? and this would just require a script that receives mail and contacts LJ. i don't know if it's hard to set something up to receive SMS or how that would even work
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[User Picture]From: phil99
2002-06-28 10:27 pm (UTC)
Not that I think it'd be a waste of time, but......

I don't know whether it'd be worth the effort. As mentioned above, message length could be a problem, and in this technological time, lots of phones have WAP access and even if they don't, even more have access to mobile email.

I guess it could have a time and purpose. But even if you did get one working, you'd have to organise an SMS->PC gateway, is that something you'd be able to do (or know someone who could?).
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From: firelabs
2002-07-04 08:05 am (UTC)
I don't know how useful it would be, but I certainly have most of the resources (although ideally I'd need a phone capable of irda... they aint that expensive) bear in mind, that at least in the uk, you can run a mobile phone without line rental (Air Time Credit? try calling my phone, it hasn't had any in six months, still takes incoming;) and most isps are free, so in terms of resources, this is not a great drain... however, e-mail to LJ would be interesting, although again its a question of security. I think for either idea to be trusted properly, they would have to be hosted by livejournal themselfs, which realistically, I can't see happening - its another one of those nice thoughts, but no-go I guess, suppose I should just save my pennies and get a new phone with wap on it =]
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