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  1. Essentially, yes. However, importing your GPX files into GSAK keeps a secondary database that is easy to maintain, filter and modify (for puzzle caches). A full size keyboard with a full size screen makes it a little easier. You can use the on-board GPS in Geosphere to create a PQ for your immediate area if you find yourself in caching area that you weren't expecting. Although, I have heard the gc.com app is easier in this respect it can be done with Geosphere. Hope that helps.
  2. I downloaded geobeagle but how do you use it??? Help?? Unfortunately, I don't know anything about that application as I have an iPhone. Perhaps a check here (a search in the GPS & Technology section) will be of some assistance to you.
  3. Groundspeak is working on an official geocaching application for the Android OS but it will be some time before it is available for use. There are other applications available now though...Geobeagle is one of them. I'm sure there are others but I'm not familiar with the options.
  4. As far as I have read on the forums and the Groundspeak site, Groundspeak is not developing apps for other platforms other than the iPhone. Regardless of "market share," the iPhone is wildly popular at this time and, apparently, Groundspeak doesn't want to put a lot of effort into other platforms that might come and go too quickly. Don't blame the messenger.
  5. Since the iPhone is so popular, Groundspeak decided that they were going to put their efforts into developing an app for the iPhone and not worrying about other platforms. Looks like you are going to have to deal with Cachemate. Your opinion might be that your phone is "better than the iPhone" but that's just your opinion. I might think otherwise.
  6. DNF is, well, DNF. I say the individual letters. I can't say that I've ever heard someone say it any other way.
  7. While GSAK can make the process easier (even a whole lot easier), it will not automatically mark caches as archived as this information is not included in the .gpx files. If you set-up PQ's to update the whole DB you can check/delete those that don't update as those are probably archived (note: to update 12K caches would take 24 PQ's - about 5 days worth). And no PQ will include info on disabled caches if you have the "Is Active" box checked. When I do a PQ, I do not put any filter in place for when I want to upload those .gpx files to GSAK. I can perform all of my filters in GSAK and upload those caches that I want to find or are for the area I am going to as needed. GSAK WILL mark those caches as disabled (changes the background color of the GC Code column) or archived (change of color AND a line throuh the GC Code) and you can then filter those particular caches out as needed. I usually don't run my PQ until the night before or the morning of the day I am going caching for the expressed reason that I want the most updated information to upload to my GPSr and PDA from GSAK. Since the OP has a netbook with wi-fi and an iPhone, thre's no reason why he can't grab a PQ for the area he is headed to on that day, assuring that he has the most recent information possible and uploading the caches that are needed from GSAK. Seems simple enough as long as you aren't filtering your PQs.
  8. I didn't read anything about GSAK in your post. Importing into Mapsource, from what I read, will not archive or disable your cache list when you get a new PQ from Groundspeak. Gask, on the other hand, will mark the caches as disabled or archived (depending on which has happened) and then you can upload a select few to your GPSr as needed. I understand using Mapsource as it is shipped with most Garmin units, I just don't use it myself. GSAK with Microsoft Streets & Trips and/or Google Earth seems to work better for me, whereas others might be used to Mapsource with something else. Either way, most people seem to use GSAK as the way to upload waypoints from their computer to their GPSr as the program will mark those unavailable as such. PQ's are limited and don't seem to be changing anytime soon. Deleting archived caches isn't something that any program I know does. Unfortunately, you seem to be stuck. Good luck though. Try GSAK though. You get 30 days free and then nagged until you buy. Worth a shot I guess.
  9. That's exactly what I do except I use the hiking staff I bought for my geocaching adventures. My wife uses her hiking staff to beat the ground and scare away the snakes. Hiking staffs - not just for helping you up and down the hills anymore!
  10. Hey, I like that! Can you tell me the name of the gadget and the who created it so I can find it? Thanks!
  11. I generally tuck mine under my arm while I'm signing the log. Interestingly enough, it loses its GPS lock while under my arm.
  12. I could too...I was just using it as an example of why not to become a vigilante concerning this particular issue with caching.
  13. So, you are condoning a crime because the cops just won't get involved? Hardly seems to be in the same spirit of geocaching, IMO. Edited to add: Also, it seems to go against the basic tenet of Christianity of "Do unto others as you would have done unto you" or, as is my choice, the Law of Three in Pagan religion - "What you put forth, comes back to thee times three."
  14. Use a third party application like GSAK.
  15. I'm a member of a different site that offers 6 month, 12 month and a lifetime option at $15, $30 and $150 respectively. Unless Groundspeak offers something comparible to those numbers, I doubt I'd go for it. I'm one fo the people that geezfools mentioned: anything over that amount and it's a little much. I'll stick to the $30 a year option. Thank you for your interest though.
  16. A separate PDA or an updated GPS that has paperless capability is probably going to be the best solution for your requirement. Unless, of course, you have a smartphone that someone has developed a caching application for use as a paperless caching device. Otherwise, you are going to be writing things down for a long time to come. Good luck.
  17. I have to agree with the majority of posts that have been put up here. Unfortunately, against the wishes of the OP, I think that it's dang funny and laughed when I first read the post. You may not think it's funny, but really, it is.
  18. A Lock-N-Lock container available on amazon.com sounds like it would fit the bill. Airtight, watertight and can be submerged if you so desire.
  19. It may be "outdated," but it's still a viable option for those that want to geocache. And not a bad price at $220 with shipping. I'd recommend it over the "M" word GPS any day.
  20. After doing the comparison between the cache location on gc.com's Google map and the map link you provided here, the location of the cache is debateable on whether or not is was on wilderness land, IMO. As for the USFS Ranger removing the cache, IF it was on wilderness land, the ranger had the right to remove it. Otherwise, I'd write to the ranger, get my cache and replace it after explaining to the ranger that the location is not under the ranger's pervue.
  21. According to the map that I was looking at, I don't see that this area is protected by local, city, state or federal mandate. Any particular reason they took the cache other than the fact that they can?
  22. Interesting concept for sure, but you'd end up losing a netbook and all the accouterments that you've put out to catch some muggling a, at most, $10 container when they took the ammo can and then saw the webcam and followed the wiring. Proof yes, but the loss of $500-600 worth of equipment isn't worth it, IMO.
  23. That may be true, but your prediction based on your bias against the iPhone doesn't make this a definitive statement, "end of story." Since you seem to know the future, can you provide me with the winning numbers of the next 250 million dollar Powerball? Those may be the features that currently encompass the iPhone but I personally am not looking to replace my Garmin 60CSx with it's replaceable batteries, quick update rate and maps that I can load from a secondary program onto the MicroSD card that remains in my GPSr. However, the iPhone with this TomTom apps seems to work as a vehicular GPS quite well from the demonstration and the fact that TomTom has taken a stand alone unit and made it available into the iPhone is just awesome. Previously, you had to rely on Google Maps and an arrow that displayed where you were...and no driving directions. Yes, yes, I know there were some other GPS apps with turn-by-turn directions available, but TomTom seems to be a more trusted name. I'm not all that thrilled about the price of the app and the car kit together - I saw that an online store in the UK was offering presales for the car kit for almost $200 but included the app - but I can tell you that when I upgrade to the iPhone next month, the TomTom app and the car kit will be one of the first purchases I make for my iPhone. And you shouldn't "draw the line" at sealed rechargeable batteries. It may very well be that the GPS's of the future will only have those 5 years from now. I don't see it happening, but the possibility exists.
  24. I don't see anyting where the OP is touting the iPhone as the beat all, end all of GPS receivers. It seems that the OP was pointing out that TomTom was putting out this new app with a GPS enhancement through a car kit and thought that maybe something might come through in the future to make this "pocketable" eventually. Seems reasonable to me. As for caching using jut an iPhone, I personally know of one person that uses it exclusively as their GPS and have heard of many others. Seems they are getting it done with something that is inferior to a PN-20.
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