Handy application ideas

kkr kkr22.mpt56 at bluewin.ch
Fri Feb 2 23:50:34 CET 2007

Le jeudi 01 février 2007 à 17:31 -0700, Knight Walker a écrit : 
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2007 at 12:57:22AM +0100, Richard Bennett wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > There's 2 apps I think would be really usefull:
> > SMS Remote Control.
> > Allow the NEO user to record a 'macro', like 'Call number xxxx in 
> > speaker-phone mode' , 'Beep loudly' or 'SMS my GPS coordinates to number xxx' 
> > etc (basically a shell script that could be created by selecting actions from 
> > a list in a GUI).
> > Then allow them to assign this macro to a key-word, and password.
> > If an SMS or email is received with that keyword and password in it, the phone 
> > should execute the associated macro .
> > This would allow you to sms your phone to beep loudly if you can't find it, 
> > even if it is in the 'silent' profile and you wouldn't hear it ring if you 
> > called it.
> > You could also sms it to send you its GPS coords, if you think it has been 
> > stolen.
> > You could initiate it to make voice calls in speaker-phone mode, controlled 
> > from your PC, or some other device.
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Very good idea :-)

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> I had a similar idea.  Basically, add the ability to the Messaging
> framework for messages with certain content (keywords? paterns?) to be
> intercepted before the Messaging software notifies the owner of them and then
> execute a pre-defined routine (shell script, other program, etc).
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Very good idea too :-)

> My thought was for mail notification (a.la Push and random access voicemail
> aka "Visual Voicemail") but it could be extended into something like the above.
> > These SMS commands could be set to suppress any audio signal normally played 
> > when a message is received, and auto-discard themselves after execution.
> If they are processed before the audio signal is played, all the better.  With
> my original idea, if an SMS comes in regarding an important message, rather
> than getting just the normal SMS beep, the phone could play a different beep.
> Or if the message is detailing a voice mail message, the phone could kick off
> a routine to download the message without otherwise bothering you, or play
> a different alert tone for voicemail (This has been hashed over several times
> on this list already).
> > The second app would be a simple 'phone home ping' That would SMS the phone's 
> > current phone number, and GPS coords to a secure SMS gateway each time the 
> > SIM card is changed.
> > This way if the phone was stolen, and the sim card was changed you would know 
> > the current phone number so you could send SMS commands to track the phone, 
> > etc.
> That gives me another idea: use an identifying number read from the SIM as
> a key to access some of the data on the phone, so if the SIM is swapped, the
> phone locks user data until another pass code is input to unlock it...

Very good idea too! 

But why not predefine all the SIM's number(s) you own, and if the SIM
card is swapped, check the SIM's number, and if it's unknown,
automatically send a SMS with the position of the phone AND the new
SIM's number?

And send a SMS for each call (with position, SIM's number AND the called
number with the hour of the beginning and of the end of the call)... 
...Or send all the contacts stored in the new SIM card.

...Because, I presume that the thief will do very quickly a hard reset.


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