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AJK

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  1. My cache: Assabet #1 needs adopting. We are moving back to the UK in December (via a 3 month vacation...). People have seemed to have liked this cache, so please adopt. Thanks.
  2. Cache in need of Adoption: Babe Ruth's Piano This is a classic cache, enjoyed by many who have found it. I asked for it to be switched to me when the prior owner did not respond to emails for maintenance. Unfortunately I haven't been much better - new additions to the family have slowed my ability to take the care needed. The tag with the coordinates of the final often go missing - I don't know if squirrels take it or what. Please would someone in the Sudbury/Maynard/Stowe area please adopt this great cache. Thanks, AJK.
  3. The add-in has been upgraded to version 0.5. A few nice GUI features.
  4. Okay, here's something I think is really cool - interactive google maps, right on the cache page - as per: You can scroll, zoom, change one of the panes to satellite view. Once installed it automatically strips the lat long info out and places a pushpin on the map at the top of the page. How do you get this wonderous feature?? 1. Use firefox as a browser 2. Install the (greasemonkey software that "lets you to add bits of DHTML ("user scripts") to any web page to change its behavior" 3. Install the greasemap addin Voila, automatic maps on the cache page. I (and probably others) asked the author to add the ability to parse the geocaching pages. He was good enough to oblige.
  5. Well, it looks like I'm the only one with the email issue. ho hum. Even with a new PQ, the function picks it up, the progress bar flashes to 100% (too fast). There are no files in the target directory, and no files get loaded in. I will try it on a different machine next... Thanks, AJK
  6. Should not be an authority issue (windowsXP and administrator). I'm ashamed to to say the laptop is so old that it cannot cope with a virus checker/firewall as well as XP... I will try some new pocket queries..
  7. Nope, still no files, considering the size of the attachments (600k+), the scroll bar seems to go very quickly, even on my connection. I tried changing file location - no change either. The emails have the files in zip format - I don't suppose that makes any difference? Thanks, AJK
  8. If the coordinates on the page match the first container, and you don't need anymore information to get to the others (apart from possibly being able to cut short your walk if you're clued in), then I would say it's a multi. If you can't solve the next coordinates without working out a code, or needing extra information, it's a puzzle.
  9. Okay, can't get the email thing to work. It connects to the pop server (gmail), scans headers, some of them go red, there is a status bar that runs up to 100% a couple of times, but there are no GPX/ZIP files in my designated folders, and no new info in the database. The emails do have zip attachments of 500K plus. Anyone else?? Nice feature, btw!
  10. For a challange in a park NE of SA - try "slip 'n slide." There are also some nice micros in the parks in town - (search for "water, water, everywhere")
  11. There are plenty (10+?) in Red Rocks (about 20 minutes west of LV) - Use this cache as a base point.
  12. I would say: If the coordinates for the next waypoint can be found at the current waypoint (even if you have to do simple math, watch a movie, etc.) then it's a multi. If you have to do research or math that is not possible at the current waypoint, it's a puzzle. See this cache. There are questions to answer, but they can all be found at the first waypoint - it's correctly labeled as a multi. Compare to this where the first coordinates are the parking lot, and there is no information here that can help you find the second waypoint. The cache is improperly labeled as a traditional - it should be a puzzle.
  13. I would second "stick to the trail", plus "no gas cache", nearby.
  14. DNF, followed quickly by an SBA
  15. Using foot power only: 10 caches, 10 miles, South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ
  16. "My account" Click on the stats image "View my profile" Click on the "gallery tab" Send $10 to AJK
  17. Maybe this is another collection of caches that someone should add to a shared bookmark list
  18. I am forming a geosense that will steer me away from lampposts, Walmarts, caches near homeless camps, etc. I will search for micros, if well hidden, either in a nice urban setting (usually downtown), or in the desert (good signals, plus few non-obvious hiding places for ammo boxes make micros fun) I rarely search for virtuals, but will log them if they are on my closest list, or in an extra special place (Grand Canyon) I have only one locationless (mostly to get the icon on my finds page...) I have found enough caches now that it is begining to frustrate me that there are so many caches in (what I consider to be) horrible places.
  19. It's been discussed before, but I'd like to have a PQ that only contains caches with new logs, notes, etc., but none where nothing has changed from the prior PQ. This cannot be done yet. Presumably it would require a time stamp to be updated each time a log, or anything else occurs on the cache page. Then compare this date with the prior PQ date.
  20. This system seems to be the best (IMHO), and is the one that Groundspeak seems to have given an indication that they will adopt. This system avoids the problem of (perceived) insulting of people if a cache is rated low. It just will not get a gold star.
  21. Here are some things that may be useful: There is almost always a clue to the cipher, either in the title or in the description. Often it can be one word that reveals the encryption method. Google is your friend. Many ciphers that are not new. You can sometimes find the codebook. Even if the cipher does not have an explicit codebook, the cipher is often well known. For example, lookup on google: substituition cipher, caesars box, vignere. There are others of course. Websites will give you clues on how to crack these. Look at the cipher - does it look strange (punctuation, number of letters in each block). Also, do the letter frequencies 'look' normal. Consider this text: The frequency of each letter seems to match approximately that in the english language, there is not a plethora of z's and q's. By chance there are even some 'words' in the encypted text This is a hint that the letters represent themselves (an e is an e) and that the cipher just needs a rearrangement of the letters. Compare this to: where there are too many q's. This is a hint that an e is not an e. Finally, some ciphers are ingenious, and need special tools to crack them (tb's with a codeword on them, software from the web, and some just thought and time That's a starter. The ciphers are from puzzle caches in my area, so please do not provide the clear text in the forum, should you be inclined to solve them.
  22. Not mine, but one of my favorites. Hidden in the desert, where it's difficult to hide an ammo box without it being obvious (excellent signal, plus lack of natural places to hide). Micros are excellent here. The log is in the hollowed out end of the stick. You have to use the pin in the stopper to get the log out.
  23. The cache should be reclassified as a puzzle, not a traditional - admin for the area?
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