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  1. Walt - "All the other hardware" consists of exactly ONE gadget that fits in a shirt pokcet - and can serve as a backup battey if you're not using it as a wireless hub. You're already carrying a tablet, a GPS, a USB cable, maybe some spare batteries and a charger, right? Although... It's possible Geodarts has one of them new fangled Garmins with Bluetooth that can transfer files to/from iOS devices and has figgered out how to get Basecamp Mobile to work for that. I haven't gotten that far myself yet. Maybe THAT's a subject for a thread of its own, imstead of derailing BikingBill's netbook discussion.
  2. ECAmderson - what kind of phone do you have now, and in which countries would it be helpful to you to have it working?
  3. It's probably not you, just the contacts being a bit marginal in the GPS. Only time anything similar happened to me was once when i dropped my GPS. Picked it up, checked for damage - didn't see any - but my maps and geocaches wouldn't show up even after turning the it off and back on, Removed and re-inserted the card and it worked, so I guess it just got knocked loose.
  4. IP67. Putting to rest, perhaps, ONE of the more common concerns about using a cellphone for geocaching. Now, how's that battery life? And sure you don't drop that 5-inch slab of glass on a rock!
  5. Delete it. Then rerun the same GSAK macro and see if it comes back.
  6. What kind of hub? Did you follow the explanation a here: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=311111 regarding what type of devices will work?
  7. t's not that "Apple likes to make things difficult" - fact is, they're largely successful because they make a lot of things very easy. They just left some things out (like USB hosting) that seem to take on huge importance if you happen to be one of the folks who wants that feature. By analogy, the best car I ever owned had no way to attach a trailer hitch. Was the best car for *me* at the time - but if you needed to tow a trailer it just wouldn't be the right car for you. Anyhow, I posted a link earlier that pretty much details how to work around an iThing's lack of USB hosting. I'm happy to answer any specific auestions about it. Might be better to post the questions over in that thread, bump it to the top again, as the question seems to come up almost monthly.
  8. Does the Magellan GC connect to a computer as a mass storage device? That is, does it appear on a Windows computer like a disc drive when you connect it? If so, then this should do it... http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=311111
  9. Have owned both - I bought the 10 first, and decided to get a 20 instead. Originally bought the 10 for bicycling. Limitations on track and route points was not a problem, and a plain black track line marked with turns made a fine cue sheet. But it really disappointed for geocaching. Although it can In theory hold a couple thousand caches, in practice it would get low memory errors with just a few hundred. That and the lack of decent maps made the upgrade to the 20 worthwhile.
  10. I would seriously consider checking Google Earth's available data for the region being surveyed. Walk some or all of the paths and record a track, then compare the elevation profile of those tracks ase recorded with what Google Earth has. It's not ideal and there are holes in Google's coverage -- but overall it's a terrific resource that might fit the OP's needs.
  11. Short answer: You can if you want to. Longer and more considered answer: I consider myself qualified to respond to the OP. I currently have an iPad mini with Retina display (WiFi+Cullular model). Previously have used full sized iPad and various iPhones (and handheld GPSRs) for geocaching though I haven't been geocaching much lately but have used the GPS and offline mapes extensively for other purposes. iPads (full size or mini) come in two distinct flavors - WiFi Only, and Wifi+Cellular. Only the latter has a built in GPS. The built-in GPS is accurate and sensitive enough for geocaching. And as Red90 pointed out, even if you had the WiFi-only model, you could add in a bluetooth GPS. Regardless of model, there are off-line maps availble for iOS devices so you don't need a data connection to view maps in the field. In spite of being usable for caching, the iPad is larger and more cumbersome to carry than a smartphone or dedicated handhled GPS. It is also fragile compared to a handheld GPS. Not waterproof. Big piece of glass you have to be careful not to drop, bang into things, etc. Operable only in temps from 32F to 95F -- and even exposing it for any length of time to temperatures above 113F is not recommended. SO, you COULD use an iPad mini for geocaching. Whether or not it's suitable for you depends on the kind of caching you do. Urban, fair weather caching -- no problem. More rugged or extreme conditions -- maybe not.
  12. Actually, in some configurations Windows WILL put a recycle bin folder on an external volume, and you can run into the exact same issue if you don't empty it once in a while. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/change-recycle-bin-settings#1TC=windows-7 It has also come up in these forums (more than once!) that an eTrex has run out of space because the WinSXS folder somehow got copied to it. I really don't know of it's possible for a misconfiguration of Windows to cause that, or just some user error. http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/24/the-winsxs-folder-explained/ Bottom line, relevant to this discussion: It's not just a Mac (or Windows) thing. Both operating systems keep some "hidden" items on external volumes. Users with an etrex 10 - a tiny storage volume, not removable - are more likely to run into problems than larger capacity models.
  13. And a follow up from 12/29/2013 NY Times: Full article at www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/world/europe/new-law-all-but-bars-russian-gps-sites-in-us.html
  14. Don't worry about the barometer either.
  15. This Sunday's NY Times Magazine. Very long but great reading. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/magazine/googles-plan-for-global-domination-dont-ask-why-ask-where.html Fascinating story about how Google Maps came to be, and where it's going. But to me, this excerpt is the most important bit:
  16. Old news. Study: GPS Units Cause Memory &d Spatial Problems
  17. NYTimes.com is not exclusively a pay site, though they do limit the number of stories non-paying visitors can read in a given time frame. I don't subscribe and I didn't have to pay to read that article. But if you can't get there, here's one of dozens of other links to the same story ... http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-11-17/news/44162122_1_obama-administration-moscow-russians
  18. Source/link: www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/world/europe/a-russian-gps-using-us-soil-stirs-spy-fears.html ... No, it doesn't really say that, not exactly. Go read the rest of the article...
  19. Robert, iCaching has been using GPSBabel for years; I never knew they were doing so improperly. There's a note on the web page that says TRADEMARKS - iCaching is powered by Geocaching Live - The Groundspeak icons are a registered trademark of Groundspeak Inc. Used with permission - The exportmodule is powered by GPSBabel Why don't you contact them to tell them what's necessary to be considered fair play?
  20. I've used iCaching and recommend it. http://icaching.eu
  21. Well, not easily at least. You could carry around multiple data cards and swap in the field. Or if traveling with a computer, your one card could have a second file directory holding additional gpx files - when you wanted to change sets, you'd have to connec to the computer and move files around, then restart the and move things around and restart the GPS. More trouble than it's worth for most people. Both Magellan and DeLorme had file managers in some models that would let you load/unload sets of waypoints and geocaches. Not sure why Garmin hasn't offered this.
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