Ten Codes Over IP




Bill Kearney thinks about oldskool CB radios and the 10 codes that were used:

This isn’t quite syndication related. Once upon a time there was CB radio and it’s ten codes. You know, 10-4, 10-20, etc. I’m wondering how these codes might be relevant to notification/update systems. Especially with regard to query/response sessions with wireless and/or low-bandwidth devices. Being able to query for a location started this train of thought. Being able to ask/reply to a ’10-20′, for example, would be rather handy if one were doing any geo-positioned sort of stuff.

Bill has put together an RDF schema as a thought, but I can see something like this utilized at a much lower level.  Howabout a cel phone running a minimal TCP/IP stack, a stripped down web server (with XML-RPC or SOAP built on top perhaps).  Now imagine that cel phone sending a simple HTTP request to a HTTP 10-20 query:

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 13:46:23 GMT
Server: GNokiaSrv/0.2.1
Content-type: text/plain
10-20: Lat: 45 35 30 Lon: -90 45 10

Now imagine all of the wicked things that even a small horsepower processor could do with that information relative to its current location.

Now, lets take a step back, take a look at some common 10 codes and think about the wicked things that could be done with them.

Today’s big picture moment brought to you by the number 10 and the letter Z.