GPS-enabled powerbooks

I recently read someone make the bet that there will be GPS-enabled powerbooks before G5-powerbooks. I would agree. Moreover, here are some example uses for spotlight that include how such functionality would be really useful for archiving/searching for files. In their example, he poses your powerbook would know both when, and where you wrote/received documents. You could search for "presentations written in Omaha", or even locations "photos taken at home".

Of course, this functionality is available immediately. One could have a cumbersome plug-in GPS received, or even better, a bluetooth GPS receiver that is constantly tracking your laptop (well the receiver's) position. When a line-of-sight to the sky isn't available, the meta-information could contain the wireless access point name the laptop was connected to when the file was written, or even use geolocation-by-IP-address. :)

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.