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  1. Did you have a problem getting the com ports working with VirtualBox? Mine don't seem to want to show up. I am running Hardy Beta on 64 bit with the standard VirtualBox OSE from the repositories.
  2. I had no luck with WINE, but I was finally able to get GSAK and EasyGPS working within VirtualBox. I am also running Ubuntu by the way. Now that I know the COM Ports are available, I will need to aquire a copy of MapSend to test it out. I know I had to edit the ~/.wine/system.reg file and add a section related to COM ports. I will look that up when I get home tonight, if it helps. This was an accidental fix that should have only fixed WINE, but somehow fixed the VirtualBox issue instead.
  3. The Asus Eee PC can be loaded with Windows XP...so if you have an extra copy of XP it would be much easier for geocaching. I've used an Eee PC with XP...works fine I am trying to avoid Windows completely. I have an old XP machine available, but I would hate to have to keep a machine for the sole purpose of uploading topo maps to a GPS. There HAS to be a simple solution out there somewhere. Like marcjboudreau said, there are some programs out there. I tried running GSAK in WINE and can't get it to talk to my Magellan through the COM port. I even tried it through VirtualBox and ran into the same problem. Without COM port support, a virtual machine solution is not really a solution either. Glen - My mistake. All of the references I saw mentioned GSM so I assumed it was a smartphone setup.
  4. Thanks for the tip. Maybe when I am looking to replace my phone, but right now this isn't available for Sprint. To correct my previous post, I meant to say that the setup needs to be compatible with linux, not neccesarily run on it. I am looking for a Mapsend/Mapsource type product and it's corresponding receiver that can be used with a linux desktop.
  5. I have seen a bunch of posts looking for compatible software for use with linux and magellan receivers. GSAK will transfer points, but not topo maps (and does not run well under wine or VirtualBox). Mapsend is expensive and not something I want to buy to experiment with. I am looking for a Linux user that can recommend a setup with both the GPS and the software that runs on linux and can support topo maps and waypoint transfers. Does anything like this exist? I really wish Magellan would port their Mapsend to linux.
  6. Actually, the Jefferson town paper (AIM) had a story last week about a significant increase in mountain lion sightings throughout the northwestern corner of the state. Fish and Wildlife officials don't doubt the possibility, but they do not have definitive evidence yet. Eye witness stories included a woman in Vernon who saw a cat estimated at over 100 pounds. It was attacking the stray cats she kept on her property. I would tend to believe someone like that when it comes to house cat vs. mountain lion descriptions.
  7. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2006 Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994 Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795 DEP Announces $1.7 Million in Federal Funds for New Jersey Trails (06/68) TRENTON - More than $1.7 million in federal grant money has been designated to maintain and improve trails in the state, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson announced today. "These funds will improve access to ever-expanding networks of trails throughout New Jersey, including nature trails, trails in urban parks, handicapped-accessible trails and canoe trails, '' Commissioner Jackson said. "The direct beneficiaries of this money are our many residents and visitors who enjoy the outdoors.'' More than $730,000 from the federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program has already been approved for 40 trail projects. In the coming year, the DEP will administer approximately $1 million in competitive grants for groups that operate and maintain trails. Recipients are required to provide 20 percent matching money for each project. Some projects that have already been approved for funding include a $21,400 grant to the Morris County Park Commission to develop a link in the countywide Patriots' Path trail system. In Burlington County, Rancocas State Park will use $25,000 to provide canoe and kayak access to the South Branch of Rancocas Creek. Sayreville Borough has partnered with various agencies to receive $25,000 to develop and improve trails in and around the Julian Capik Nature Preserve. Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Atlantic County was awarded $14,505 to make two trails accessible to handicapped persons. The non-profit Groundwork Elizabeth Inc. is also being provided $25,000 for trail improvements including educational signage as part of their Elizabeth River Trail Project. The DEP will reserve money from the federal grant program for the development of future motorized trail projects. The 40 trail projects were recommended for funding by the New Jersey Trails Council and approved by the Federal Highway Administration under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The DEP's Office of Natural Lands Management administers the program. The Trails Council is made up of representatives from hiking, mountain biking, motorized trail use, canoeing/kayaking and horseback riding interest groups, as well as several general trail advocates and representatives from state government. Government agencies and non-profit organizations have until Dec. 15, to apply for the 2007 funding. Those interested may contact the DEP Trails Program at (609) 984-1339 or go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/natural/njtrails.html. 2006 Recreational Trails Program Projects Approved Applicant Project Amount Allaire State Park - Capital to the Coast Trail $8,000 Monmouth County Allamuchy Mountain Allamuchy Pond Loop Trail $8,000 State Park - Warren County Bergen County - Hackensack River Pathway $25,000 Bergen County Byram Township - Sussex Branch Trail Repair $25,000 Sussex County Cedar Grove Environmental Cedar Grove Community Trail $16,908 Commission - Essex County Cheesequake State Park - Kayak Trail Tours $8,924 Middlesex County Children's Resource Center - Canoe Trail $10,141 Burlington County Closter Borough - Closter Nature Trails $25,000 Bergen County Delaware and Raritan Princeton Nursery Trail System$5,600 Canal State Park - Middlesex County Delaware River Greenway Trail Guides for Delaware $15,997 Partnership - Multiple Counties River Region East Coast Greenway Alliance Trail User Map Brochure $20,454 River Region Edwin B. Forsythe National Accessible Trails $14,505 Wildlife Refuge -Atlantic County Essex County Department Interpretive Signage $20,000 of Parks - Essex County Forest Resource Education Trail Opportunities $12,370 Center - Ocean County Franklin Township - Ten Mile Run Pedestrian $25,000 Somerset County Bridge Gibbsboro Borough - Honey Run Scenic Trail $25,000 Camden County Groundwork Elizabeth, Elizabeth River Trail Project $25,000 Inc. - Union County High Point State Park Trailhead Interpretive Signs $8,000 - Sussex County Hope Township - Swayze Mill Park Trail $25,000 Warren County Improvements Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Princeton Pike to Brearly $25,000 Inc. - Mercer County House Segment Manchester Township - Lake Road Bike Path - $20,000 Ocean County Phase II Mendham Township India Brook Bridge $25,000 Environmental Commission - Morris County Mercer County Park Mercer County Park $15,500 Commission - Mercer County Northwest Middlesex County - Middlesex Greenway $25,000 Middlesex County Morris County Park Patriots' Path River Walk $21,400 Commission - Morris County Musconetcong Watershed River Resource Center $12,045 Association - Warren County New York-New Jersey Trail Inventory and $25,000 Trail Conference - Morris County Assessment Northfield City - Birch Grove Park $25,000 Atlantic County Enhancement Overpeck Preserve, Inc. Trail and Marine Access $25,000 - Bergen County Improvements Passaic County - Garret Mountain Trail $25,000 Passaic County Improvements Protect Our Wetlands- Jonathon's Woods $15,000 Water-Woods - Morris County Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Liberty-Water Gap Trail $25,000 - Morris County Rancocas State Park - South Branch Canoe/ $25,000 Burlington County Kayak Access Round Valley Recreation Trails Maintenance $11,200 Area - Hunterdon County Sayreville Borough - Nature Trails $25,000 Middlesex County State Park Service - Trail Maps $17,500 Shore Region - Multiple Counties Voorhees State Park - Tanglewood Trail $1,000 Hunterdon County Maintenance Washington Township - Washington Lake Park $23,289 Gloucester County Trail Restoration West Milford Township - Westbrook Park Trail $15,000 Passaic County Extension West Orange Township - Lenape Trail $6,859 Essex County Total Approved Amount $732,692
  8. I agree with BrianSnat, it does look more like a Bobcat. I remember seeing one in the Wildlife center in Wyckoff, NJ when I was younger. They are much smaller and more stocky looking than a mountain lion/puma/cougar.
  9. No, this is red fox Cue the rim shot.
  10. NJDEP Press Release Highlights: During 2005, Fish and Wildlife logged 1,104 bear-related complaints. Of that total, 832 or 75 percent were nuisance, garbage and bird feeder incidents. The remaining 272 were from a single unidentified Geocacher in Sparta. Remember, black bear attacks are extremely rare; should an attack occur, however, residents are advised to fight back. Do not play dead. Black bears are easily intimidated, and fighting back might discourage the animal's aggressive behavior and cause it to break off the attack. If that fails, just click your heels together three times and say "There's no place like home... there's no place like home... there's no place like home". That should almost definitely work.
  11. DEP Preserves More Miles of Rail Trails (06/11) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced the purchase of nine more miles of the former Lehigh & Hudson River Railway Company's right of way for use as a public recreation trail. The $283,590 purchase was made possible with voter-approved, constitutionally dedicated funding through the DEP's Green Acres Program. "New Jersey residents can now enjoy nearly 65 miles of former railroad rights of way for a variety of recreational opportunities including biking, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing," Commissioner Jackson said. "What's more, this acquisition advances our goal of creating a network of open spaces throughout the Garden State." The acquisition includes parcels in Warren County's Allamuchy Township, White Township and Washington Township and Sussex County's Andover Township, Green Township and Andover Borough. The newly acquired right of way will be managed as part of the Kittatinny Valley State Park in Andover and will link the Sussex Branch Rail Trail to the 26-mile Paulinskill Trail and portions of the railroad right of way owned by Green Township, Allamuchy Township and The Nature Conservancy. The new parkland also is an integral part of future connections to Allamuchy State Park and the Pequest Wildlife Management Area. The Lehigh & Hudson River Railway was an important bridge line between New England and several of the larger railroad systems of the East. The railway was formed in 1882 through a consolidation of the Warwick Valley Railroad Company and the Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad Company, creating a 61-mile line from Belvidere, N.J., to Greycourt, N.Y. Built to handle farm products, the original railroad pioneered the transport of milk to New York City and was the first to have specially designed refrigerated milk cars. Once the line had been extended west to Pennsylvania, anthracite and bituminous coal became an important source of revenue. After 1938, the railway carried a variety of other goods including perishables, grain products, iron, steel, cement, lumber and petroleum. The Green Acres Program was created in 1961 to meet New Jersey's growing recreation and conservation needs. To date, Green Acres has protected more than 595,000 acres of open space and developed hundreds of public parks, bringing the statewide system of preserved open space and farmland to more than 1.3 million acres.
  12. Congratulations! I am sorry I missed the event.
  13. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. Helmut was a good man. We only got to meet him at a few events, but he will definitly be missed.
  14. Jefferson, Morris County, NJ here.
  15. Ahem... I only report on done deals. OK, but you missed this one. Anyone want to guess who will be first to hide something here? DEP and Bergen County Partner to Acquire Property To Expand Historic New Bridge Landing State Park (05/136) RIVER EDGE - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced the acquisition of the BAPCO Holding Co., Inc. property located in the Borough of River Edge, which will become part of the newly designated Historic New Bridge Landing State Park. "Historic New Bridge Landing State Park is an integral part of American history that adds to the richness of our State's heritage," said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. "This acquisition restores and preserves a key Revolutionary War site, where the public can walk in the steps of our founding fathers." The BAPCO Holding Co, Inc. property is being restored as part of the historical state park, which now covers nearly 30 acres. The park spans the Hackensack River at the border of River Edge, New Milford, Teaneck and Hackensack. The State, Bergen County, Bergen County Historical Society, and Teaneck Township each own portions of the park. "We are transforming the BAPCO property from a contaminated site to a place that honors New Jersey's history," said Commissioner Campbell. "I commend the efforts of Senator Weinberg and County Executive McNerney in their steadfast commitment to this site as part of the Historic New Bridge Landing State Park, a place of national historic significance in our state." Operating for many years as Bergenfield Auto Parts, the property was used as an auto parts recycling and storage business since before1940. In April 2004, DEP conducted a remedial investigation on site, which included soil and sediment sampling, ground water monitoring, an ecological evaluation and wetland mapping. Using these results DEP developed a cleanup plan to remove contamination and restore the site with funds collected from the responsible party-the previous owner. "This journey has been sometimes a little arduous; sometimes a little slow, but always rewarding and enlightening for me," said Senator Loretta Weinberg. "We are now finally seeing our collective work coming to fruition at Historic New Bridge Landing. It is my hope that we can now move ahead toward the building of a Visitors Center honoring D. Bennett Mazur, whose vision and perseverance laid the groundwork for the preservation of this historic area that we are dedicating today. Such a Visitor's Center would beautify and complete this project as it welcomes thousands of visitors to this important historic Bergen County landmark." "The acquisition of the BAPCO property will allow us to showcase this important historical site that helped shape our nation," said Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney. "Being here today is a testament to everyone who understood the significance of this location and who worked tirelessly to secure this property." This acquisition is the first parcel for which DEP will seek reimbursement up to $600,000 of federally allocated funds for the expansion of Historic New Bridge Landing State Park. DEP purchased 1.3 acres of the BAPCO property to expand the park for a total cost of $821, 873. Bergen County purchased the remaining portion of the property (.353 acres) to expand a county road that will not be part of the park. Historic New Bridge Landing State Park began with the building of a "New Bridge" across the Hackensack River in 1744, creating a crossroads for travel between New Jersey and New York. The "New Bridge" was a battleground for the American and British armies that repeatedly fought for control of the strategic hamlet. In 1995 efforts to preserve the historic site were unified with the establishment of the Historic New Bridge Landing Park Commission. The Commission created a partnership between the Division of Parks and Forestry, the County of Bergen, the Bergen County Historical Society, the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, the Borough of River Edge, the Borough of New Milford, and the Township of Teaneck The DEP Green Acres Program together with public and private partners has acquired and protected more than 590,267 acres of open space. New Jersey has preserved almost 400,000 acres as State Parks, Natural Areas, and Historical Sites. Statewide there are nearly 1.3 million acres of protected open space. Division of Parks and Forestry http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/ NJDEP Green Acres http://www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres Edit: Fixed quotes Edit Edit: Didn't Quite Fix Em
  16. Count me in for both. My new job is right around the corner. I love Thai food. I will need the name of the place though.
  17. DEP PRESERVES MORE THAN 2,000 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE IN ATLANTIC COUNTY (05/129) Trenton -- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell announced the preservation of a 2,200 acre parcel in Estell Manor City in Atlantic County. DEP's Fish & Wildlife will manage the land as part of the Peaslee Wildlife Management Area. The land will be open to the public for hiking, bird watching and other types of outdoor recreation. "This acquisition is just one example of how we're protecting environmentally sensitive areas and open space throughout the state," said Acting Governor Richard J. Codey. "By preserving these 2,200 acres of land, we are providing New Jersey residents with more opportunities for bird watching and hiking in Atlantic County." The newly preserved property is located at the intersection of Route 557 and Route 50 in Southwest Atlantic County. The undeveloped parcel contains pine-oak forest interspersed with wooded wetlands. Atlantic white cedar swamps, pitch-pine lowlands and red maple swamps add to the diversity of the site and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species including yellow-throated warblers, mink, beaver, white-tailed deer and butterflies. "With this acquisition, DEP is preserving nearly 100,000 acres of contiguous properties in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties," said Commissioner Campbell. "The preservation of this parcel will protect critical habitat for forest species and expand our network of wildlife management areas." The DEP Green Acres Program purchased the unimproved land for $2,435,000 from Crown Financial Corporation. "Estell Manor was pleased to work with the state Green Acres Program to save this land from the development of 300 new homes which would have tremendous impacts on our rural life," said Estell Manor City Council President Creed Pogue. The DEP Green Acres Program purchases land to protect environmentally sensitive open space, water resources and other significant natural and historical open space. Land acquired becomes part of the statewide system of parks and forests, wildlife management areas and natural areas. During 2005, the DEP Green Acres Program has preserved more than 30,640 acres of open space. The program has protected a total of over 588,695 acres of open space, in addition to providing funding for the development of hundreds of parks throughout New Jersey. To date the statewide system of preserved open space and farmland totals over 1.3 million acres. To learn more about the Green Acres Program, visit DEP's Web site at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres/
  18. UGH!!!! I moved closer to spend more time with TRL, but the wife requires that I visit her family in Massachusetts on that weekend. Unless TRL will marry me instead, I guess I have to go to her family Christmas party instead. I am pretty bummed.
  19. Team Bam Bam was down since July. (Shattered ankle with reconstructinve surgery) He almost made a triumphant return today, but instead came back in style striking out on a virtual. Apparently he has made a full recovery. But seriously, try the puzzles.
  20. Sorry I can't be here enough to check this constantly. If you check the site Briansnat posted, the response tothe Records articles are pretty interesting. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I found the response to the mob waste disposal connection pretty funny and obvious. Sorry, I am not here often enough to participate on a regular basis right now. My two computers had melt downs after I moved into my new house. That and the nice leaky roof they failed to disclose have made my life super pleasant. My office also lists this site as evil because it is a "chat room".
  21. Congratulations to both of you! I am sorry we missed you on Sunday at the event. We were stuck pouring concrete all day.
  22. These are the current backyard caches (literally) for me: The Bluff Spotting Snake Island Brady Road Bushwhack They all appear to be placed by Woodlit. I don't remember meeting him, but I look forward to his caches. The one I did was great. Team Bam Bam did well with the unpacking and appears to be almost capable to head out to the woods. This is great progress considering his situation from the fourth of July which someone described as "foot on backwards". Currently, my computer access is crippled due to sluggish cable installers. I hope to be up and running by the weekend. I reached pretty much the same conclusion as DHenninger pointed out and decided not to run with the travel bug idea. It was a nice thought though.
  23. Sorry, I have plans on saturday, but if anyone else is looking for bear free fun, There will be a moving van going from Mahwah to Jefferson Saturday morning. I am going to make all of my stuff into travel bugs and let the cachers move them on down for me. There are three caches within walking distance and no roads to cross. I can't wait to get out there. PS- I am bringing Team Bam Bam off the disabled list to lift my entertainment center and sleeper sofa.
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