I hacked together a script that keeps a close eye on the gpsd status and restarts it as soon as any sign is shown of the gps losing usb connectivity. Sofar, this script watching the whole deal seems to help, it hasn't had to act yet. One minor detour and one major detour today: 973 networks total, 158 new to WiGLE, all of those with gps! Since I'm not going out wardriving this evening, this closes my WiGLE stats for October at 4594 new networks with GPS found. My all-time WiGLE rank is now at 101, so next is the top 100... during the month I got pushed up to 16th rank for networks this month. The image is an animated gif of the development in networks found this October (not only by me!) according to wardrivemap.nl.
Mixed wardriving results, I keep getting problems with the communications with the gps stopping. I got so desperate I even tested it using Windows.. where the same failure happens. It is something related to usb (either the cable doing 'hickup' or some other part of the chain). So I ordered the old-fashioned RS232 cable online. Networks seen in that week, according to WiGLE: 3418 total, 444 new in all, 255 new with gps (the difference between the last 2 is what annoys me).
Wardriving Wednesday was normal home/work trip and to the same spot in Amsterdam as two weeks ago. Still, 136 new networks with GPS (1069 total). Thursday I visited a friend by bike, giving me 428 new networks with GPS and 1255 total.
First time the wardriving setup kept working in the city center! 121 new networks with GPS found today.
Wardrive results: Some detours on Friday, 485 networks total, 54 new networks. Saturday/Sunday, driving over highways to relatives in the southern part of the Netherlands and back, 510 networks total, 228 new networks. Weird failure in the locations again: all networks on the last leg of the drive were logged in the same spot. Monday morning some experiments in software versions resulting in no results at all, Monday afternoon I had to be in the city after work and this time the stuff kept running for a bit longer than on previous attempts, 302 networks total, 41 new. Right after checking my laptop in the city center somehow the software failed.
I was to the city center yesterday evening, and again the communication between kismet and gpsd failed, just like a week ago. WiGLE results: new networks with GPS: 113, new networks in total: 310, total networks seen: 950. I'm trying a newer version of gpsd, which sofar does ok in testing.
Wednesday saw some interesting wardriving results: 270 new networks with some major detours to/from work. And 47 new networks (30 one way and 17 the other) driving a bit of road that we also drove three weeks ago. The wireless networks keep popping up like mushrooms!
It seems to be customary to post a picture of your wardriving vehicle, so a picture of mine was in order (also trying a new camera). Tuesday: 327 networks seen, 123 new with gps (WiGLE stats).
Wardriving Monday: minor detours from the normal commute, trying white spots on the map. Quite effective: 464 networks seen, 106 new with gps, 107 new total (according to WiGLE).
Wardriving stats for Friday (just the commute)/Saturday (purpose wardrive through an uncharted bit of the city)/Sunday(60 kilometers of biking): 2256 networks seen, 935 new with gps (951 new total) at WiGLE.
I was in Amsterdam yesterday evening (club meet of the Dutch lockpicking club Toool) and took the laptop and gps for a wardrive. New networks: 134. Most new networks were in the little streets I crossed looking for a parking spot! Biking back today via a detour through the city did not give very good results as the gps unit somehow failed in the middle of the city (in all the small streets gps signals can have a problem) but didn't start to work again. New networks: 275 with gps, 483 total.
Did some wardriving by train/bus (or rather, had to go some places with train and bus and took the laptop and gps with me). It made me feel a bit awkward, sitting there with a big bag on my shoulder with some wires sticking out (the cable to the GPS unit). After reading about someone who got arrested in London for having technical stuff in his backpack and acting like a techie, I am sure I won't do this in London! Total 104 new networks, I guess those paths get scanned regularly.
Zondag naar het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht geweest. Drie uur tijd was eigenlijk weinig om alles te bekijken (zeker voor een treinengek ;)).
Started a wardrive by bike Saturday evening, and at the last part it started to rain hard so I got soaking wet. I did find 667 new networks. It is funny to see that I biked through areas were one or two networks were logged before (say, about a year ago) and I log dozens of them in the same area.