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  1. I was trying to find caches near a Lat/Lon and get an overflow error for the first page of data. Pages 2 on seem to be fine. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.asp...ong_mmss=38.334 You cannot see the overflow error until clicking on page 2, then back on page 1. But it looks like the same error is occuring initially and when clicking back on page 1. The error logging and display code just executes a little differently.
  2. I guess I'm a week too early too. But I do love my 60C.
  3. I started reading about selective availability going away, back in 2000. Came across geocaching in early Jan 2001. I found 4 caches and logged one, before getting wrapped up in other things. Back then, I had to drive 40 minutes to find a cache. Now that I have tons of caches and a girlfriend who has fun doing it, I'm back at it. Probably still the lowest caches found number for a user ID as low as mine.
  4. I would suspect that an OR, AND, or XOR operation on the two binary numbers might give some interesting results. Or possibly convert the binary to ASCII.
  5. I've seen a picture of a max GPS speed from a Concorde flight. It suprised me that they would calculate correctly up past 1000.
  6. Yeah, I was around whith discussion of selective availability getting turned off. Back then, I had to drive 40-50 miles to find a cache. I think I found four within an hour's drive and then found this site. Wonder how many of the sub-2000 users are still around.
  7. I figured out why I will be going paperless for some time to come, from yesterday's geocaching.
  8. I found my first cache back in early 2001, a little while after this all began. I forgot to log some finds and fell out of geocaching for a while. After telling my girlfriend about it (when my eMap was just returned from a co-worker who had some fun with geocaching), she was interested. So, I started up again. No longer do we have to drive 40 miles to find a cache. The software and GPS units are just worlds better. I was trying to figure out how to write up something that expressed my excitement. I just got a new GPSMAP 60C, great GPS. I use a Kyocera Palm/Phone, that is always with me. Recently, I purchased Cachemate and loaded the nearest 500 caches into my GPSMAP 60C and Cachemate. After leaving a downer of a meeting yesterday, I decided to fire up the GPS and see what caches were local. I learned that a cache was 0.5 miles from my car as I was driving away. It was in a little city park I had been to before. I might have tried to find it without having the cache description, but I doubt it. Now with Cachemate, I lookup the cache from the GPS via GCxxxx number. Looks doable, so I'm off. Once I find this cache, after a nice little walk, the GPSMAP 60C offers me a little obsessive compulsive option. "Find Next?" it casually asks. "Come on, it is only 0.12 miles away." I think about needing to get home and do some things, but I press "Find Next." Now I need the description of this second cache, but with Cachemate it is no problem. The third cache seems to be gone and I get DNF. But it didn't matter. I'm walking 0.3 miles back to my car, talking with a cachers from one state over that I met in the park, and my mood is 180 degrees from when I started. I JUST GET IT NOW. Paperless caching. It isn't just about saving the environment one tree at a time. It is about being able to cache, with very little notice. Obviously, you still need to be prepared when doing caches with some hiking involved, where you might need more supplies. But some times, just a few well placed micros in a city park can lift your spirits and make a bad day so much better. How is it that finding little 35mm film cans in a city park can make you feel so much better? I don't get that yet.
  9. If you build this in C#, make sure to create proper objects in .cs files. There is almost no difference between Java and C# for basic objects. Cache object, that is inherited for all the types of caches, etc. If this is seperate from the Windows Forms code, then it could easily be ported to Mac with a new Java front end for display. Also, I would suggest using some of the other programs, just to get an idea of what they do. This is generally my first step when trying to work out requirements for a program or project: Looks at what other solutions incorporate.
  10. It can also be easier. I remember one cache that required a hike around a lake. Well, after being 10-15 degrees for weeks, I tested the surface, and then hiked across the lake. Much quicker.
  11. And on long trips, the base map will work fine for the in-between interstate travel. You only need to load in the detail maps for the destination. I have used an 8 Mb card in my eMap for 4 years. It loads over half of the state of Indiana from the Roads and Recreation CD. I would assume that newer maps are slightly more data intensive.
  12. sacherjj

    I Ordered It!

    That is my understanding. Better to have 6 year old roads than no roads. I may be mistaken about this though. I think it will be compatible, as I loaded the Points of Intrest restore for the GSPMAP 60C onto my eMap and that worked fine. I will post if I am successful, once it arrives. I just can't justify the extra money for the City Select maps or Auto Kit right now.
  13. Can you configure this as a pocket query? Updated in the last 7 days and Is Not Active should do it, I think. Although you would have to be a Premium Member. By $3 per month is worth not hiking in the woods for naught.
  14. Also, if you aren't opposed to getting something used, look for an eMap or something similar. My eMap has done well for nearly 4 years now. (I think only my Girlfriend will be using it once my GPSMAP 60C arrives, though. )
  15. sacherjj

    I Ordered It!

    Yep. That is where I have been watching. I'm not in too big of a hurry, so I can wait for a deal.
  16. sacherjj

    I Ordered It!

    I just ordered my 60C from Amazon as well. I couldn't justify the extra for the CS, as I carry a compass when I need one and the GPS altimeter is good enough for me. Now I just have to find a cheap Auto Kit somewhere. Until then, I'll have to load on the old Maps and Recreation I have for my eMap.
  17. Is there a good place to look for historical records of where marks existed? For example, the first mark that I went to look for is obviously gone, as the new bridge was created in 2002 (KA0131). This seems like one that would require a previous photo to establish a Destroyed status.
  18. Well, I started back when it all began. I ended after finding my first cache on geocaching.com. Don't remember why, but it might have been because the only cache I could find was over an hour drive. I was talking about it for some reason a little while ago, with my girlfriend. She said that it sounded cool. So we went and did a 1/1 cache that was 2 miles for her place that night. So I guess 4 years since I was geocaching. We went out for a 4 cache hike weekend before last and will be continuing it for a while. I think I'm going to let her use my old eMap and get a GPSMAP 60C.
  19. While it could be non-linear, it is probably also calibrated to Alkaline cells, which are pretty much dead at 1.1-1.2. You can probably get quite a bit of use out of the GPS after it is indicating as dead. This was the same case with early Palm Pilots and rechargables. Palm eventually released a method of changing the battery profile to NiMH, NiCd or Alkaline.
  20. I've been looking at getting a Garmin GPSMAP 60C and Amazon.com actually beats the price of anywhere else I have found. This might apply to other models as well.
  21. Most of the GPS units I have used have also given me the option of specifying an approximate position (either via Lat/Long entry or a map pointer). This will get it closer to reality and usually speeds up aquisition by quite a bit over a cold read after a long distance move.
  22. It also seems like if you couldn't enter a waypoint like this on a lesser GPS, you could mark the current waypoint and walk such that the current spot is 1399 ft at 214 degrees. 214 is 180 degrees + 34, the "opposite" direction looking back. (I know my eMap has a display option for at least yards, which would be better than miles.)
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