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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. And a follow up from 12/29/2013 NY Times:

    New Law All but Bars Russian GPS Sites in U.S.


    WASHINGTON — Tucked into the mammoth defense budget bill that President Obama signed into law on Thursday is a measure that virtually bars Russia from building about a half-dozen monitor stations on American soil that critics fear Moscow could use to spy on the United States or worse. ... Under the new law, unless the secretary of defense and the director of national intelligence certify to Congress that the monitor stations would not be used to spy on the United States or improve the effectiveness of Russian weaponry — or unless they waive that requirement altogether on national security grounds — the plan is dead. ...


    Full article at www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/world/europe/new-law-all-but-bars-russian-gps-sites-in-us.html

  7. This Sunday's NY Times Magazine. Very long but great reading.




    Fascinating story about how Google Maps came to be, and where it's going. But to me, this excerpt is the most important bit:


    Today, Google’s map includes the streets of every nation on earth, and Street View has so far collected imagery in a quarter of those countries. ..At this point Google Maps is essentially what Tim O’Reilly predicted the map would become: part of the information infrastructure, a resource more complete and in many respects more accurate than what governments have. It’s better than MapQuest’s map, better than Microsoft’s, better than Apple’s.


    “You don’t see anybody competing with Google on the level or quantity of their mapping today,” says Coast, who now works as a geographic-information professional. But, he adds, “that’s because it’s not entirely rational to build a map like Google has.” Google does not say how much it spends on its satellite imagery, its planes, its camera-equipped cars, but clearly it’s an enormous sum. O.S.M., by contrast, runs on less than $100,000 a year. Google’s spending is “unsustainable,” Coast argues, “because in the long run, this stuff is all going to be free.”

  8. 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

  9. Source/link:



    ... In recent months, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have been quietly waging a campaign to stop the State Department from allowing Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to build about half a dozen of these structures, known as monitor stations, on United States soil, several American officials said.


    They fear that these structures could help Russia spy on the United States and improve the precision of Russian weaponry, the officials said. These monitor stations, the Russians contend, would significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System, the American satellite network that steers guided missiles to their targets, and gps users to the nearest geocache ...

    ... No, it doesn't really say that, not exactly. Go read the rest of the article...

  10. 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



    - 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?

  11. 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.

  12. And then there's this:



    Battery power and a wifi connection for your GPS to net book, tablet, or smartphone. I usually tout this as a good thing for iOS users, but it's applicable here also.


    Edit to add.... Well, shucks. Not available on amazon at this time. Guess I'd check newegg for similar... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1HD0HM8076

  13. ... the OP links to data obtained at coordinates ... may provide a decent view of the source of the OP's bicycle.

    :lol: Not quite, but thanks for pointing out the goof. You can enter your own location on that page, but I meant to post the more generic link:




    ANYHOW... Put in your own coordinates, leave the GLONASS box unchecked, and see how many sats you have in view and what the PDOP number is. Then repeat with the GLONASS box checked. More satellites, lower PDOP numbers. It ain't rocket science.


    Oh wait, yes it is!

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