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  1. I'm one of those who likes topo better. For one thing, the maps don't require 'unlock keys'. My understanding is that the City Navigator software is locked to the GPS unit on which it is installed. In the past, Garmin has provided two unlock keys with the software, but there seems to be some question about whether that will continue after June 1. I just upgraded my GPS unit after having the old one a month--I would have been pretty upset if my maps had been locked to the old unit. If you get topo maps, do be aware that they don't show streets in the same level of detail as Garmin's street maps. Their primary purpose is to show topography--elevations, streams, and so on, but not trails or paths, or even all streets. To get an idea of what Garmin's topo maps show, you can go to their website and view online samples. It's the best way to avoid disappointment and frustration when the topo map doesn't show the trail that you are on.
  2. The PC software that came with the Vista will do it. If you bought Garmin topo maps, then the Garmin MapSource program will do it. Or, download EasyGPS (free, download at http://www.easygps.com). Basically, you download the waypoint file from Geocaching.com to your PC. Then, open the file in one of the programs mentioned above. Then, use the 'Send to Device' or similar menu function to download the waypoint to your Vista. Much easier than keying them into the unit!
  3. You can get a Gmail account directly--they require a mobile number
  4. And to think I just changed my user name and didn't come up with 'Ringo'. Oh well, it avoids a lawsuit from Mr. Starkey, I suppose.
  5. Check out the Garmin 60 Csx. Whatever unit you get, make sure it has the SIRF III chipset. You will get much better reception under forest canopy and in canyons (like downtown Chicago ).
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