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Sue and Bernie

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  1. I am definately getting old! I only want a phone to make calls to people - preferably as cheaply as possible! Don't get me wrong, the Sue & I have 3 mobiles between us and find them invaluable. The main one is Orange Everyday 50 - this plan gives you 50 mins off peak every day for 50p per day. It has replaced the landline for regular calls and therefore pays for itself. It is obviously too good, you cannot get it any more. The other mobiles are plain Orange PAYG and are used to receive calls from the main mobile and emergencies. Ever since mobile phones arrived, the telecos have been pulling the old 3 cup trick, making the punters concentrate on which complicated plan to choose rather than focussing on the cost. Rather: "Don't worry about the size of the pie, just look at how many ways there are to slice it". My children are both willing "victims" of these marketing strategies - the youngsters each regularly have monthly bills that dwarf the combined quarterly teleco bills for the Sue & Bernie homestead. Goodness knows where their bills will spiral to when they start to incorporate these additional "must-have" services. Sue & Bernie [This message was edited by Sue & Bernie on May 04, 2003 at 12:10 AM.]
  2. Thinking about it, introducing the locals to geocaching would be cruel - where would they go to find other caches? Almost as ironic as developing a love for skiing in the Sahara!!! Probably best to keep it in the family... Sue & Bernie
  3. ...if you decide the eTrex GPS units are the choice for you, I suggest you fork out the extra and go straight for a Vista. It has 2 main advantages, a hi-res display for displaying street maps and 24 MB of memory to fill with the maps. I started with the basic yellow, wanted to be able to load in hi-res maps from Garmin software, got a Legend (8 MB) and ended up changing a 3rd time to the Vista. There's a chap regularly selling brand new Vista on eBay for £210 (+ £6 P&P). Sue & Bernie
  4. ...but you look like twin brothers Pete! Sue & Bernie
  5. The wife & I tend to do caches the hard way. Usually we cycle to a cache, up to 25 miles each way is the longest trip so far. When you look at East Anglia (excluding Thetford & Norwich), you see that doing one at a time is logical. For more distant caches, we take the car part of the way and leave it in a carpark. Yep! we are dead slow in our caching and even slower when the weather is poor - but we probably burn the most calories per cache! Sue & Bernie
  6. Dan, you may wish to have a look on eBay if you decide on a Vista. There is a chap selling them for £210 (+£6 P&P). I did put a thread up last month about this. I bought one then sold my Legend. The best thing about the Vista is that it has 24 meg on board to fill with hi-res road maps from the Garmin Metroguide or Roads & Recreation CDs. The detail goes down to street level (inc road names). Very impressive, similar to MS AutoRoute detail. From MG UK, I have installed hi-res maps of the UK south of an E-W line through Lincoln. This includes all of London too. These CDs have taken Sue & I down some wacky little back roads in Norfolk on our bikes - but it always gets us there! You do need a copy of this software to get the most out of the Vista (or Legend). Sue & Bernie
  7. The link is: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3007929709&category= ...and the only reason for continuing with this thread is to share the information with fellow geocache seekers. Again...no connection to the vendor, I too am a happy customer albeit getting glared at a lot by Sue. Sue & Bernie
  8. ...I ordered my Vista on Sat morning (before Sue got up) and it was in my hand Tue morning. I actually had the thing in my hand before the vendor got his money - Internet eBay deals are faster that internet money transfers. Really pleased, almost as cheap as getting one from the USA but with a European basemap. Sue & Bernie
  9. If you are looking for a cheap European standard Vista, there are 3 left for immediate sale on: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3006898163 There were 4 - I have just bought one, otherwise I have no other connection with the seller. If the link does not work, search for the item number. Now to tell Sue... Sue & Bernie
  10. ...for both parts of your log! Compulsory Shopping Assistant and Commentator and the picture. I wonder what the "Exclusive for Hostessess" were?... Sue & Bernie
  11. I have compared the two programmes again, I see little difference in the detail. With both installed, you can flick between the outputs of both at a given location and do a direct comparison. I noted, when looking around my son's place in Hendon, zoomed in close, that the postion of Hendon Underground station moves significantly south to where it actually is on the later programme. One major difference I noted was the size of the maps for downloading. In MG Europe, the tiles are much larger in size thus you have to upload large, possibly unwanted segments. R&R, covering only the UK, has smaller segments. This is probably not too important for Vista owners with their whopping 24 megs, but humble Legend owners (moi, with my conservative 8 megs) will find R&R more flexible in the selection of map sets. For example, by not selecting the four segments for the south part of London, I can add most of the whole of Kent. Sue & Bernie
  12. ...followed "A Car is Born", building a kit car, is followed by "A Plane is Born" and "A Helicopter is Born". Same bloke, same format, same deadly fascination is generated. Glad to see the Brits have sold you guys some entertaining stuff from the box. Now if only I can get the kids off "Clarissa" and get back to the Discovery channel myself... Sue & Bernie
  13. ...is very detailed as to the depth of its road mapping. In fact, it appears to have the same level of detail as MS AutoRoute 2002 when I look around my locality. I use MG E to generate cycle routes using small Norfork roads. It has taken us down roads in the car that were designed for horses! For example, once we came to a fork which indicated two roads of equal size in the software. The tarmac went left, the right option was a dirt road! Okay for bikes but we wouldn't have driven a car down it. The next "cross-road" was just another flint-laden farmer's road traversing our track. One thing to watch is that the autoroutes generated eat up the 50 waypoints very quickly. The first time I used an automatically generated route, we found ourselve "Approaching Destination" only half-way on our journey. I now use the autoroute function to generate the shortest routes (for biking) then I place my own WPs along it. I then join the dots to create the actual route, turn off the autoroute and the program shows the usual straight-line-between-WP route. You can then check that appropriate turn indications will be produced and add addition mid-WPs as required. It is quicker to do than explain. JeremyP, re handling MS AR routes, have you tried: www.gpsu.co.uk for a shareware program that will load in MS saved routes, allow you to muck 'em about then save the results to your GPS unit. Sue & Bernie
  14. I took exactly the path JeremyP suggests... after much thought, I bought a Garmin Legend, an ordinary compass and the difference in cost paid for the Metroguide Europe software (ouch!)- which is essential to exploit the kit to the full. The Legend has 8 meg for maps. This is enough for high detail road maps of Norfolk (home), Suffolk, Essex, most of Kent and parts of the neighbouring counties (excluding London). As we use the GPS for cycling to cache sites, this is quite adequate. Modifying the maps stored in the unit is easy. You also get the PC/GPS data lead in the box saving the extra £20 Garmin charges for it. Bernie Kennedy
  15. Heh! I am an Engineer! I know all about pressing buttons... perhaps you can copy the family photo on my profile and slap that into your album instead to make up the numbers (that will save us going back and taking a dozen more to make sure). Impressed that you manage your cache from such a distance. Bernie Kennedy
  16. Sue & I logged a visit after Baflo Bill (from Baflo, Holland) and took a photo. Did it not come out? - or was it too bad to show to the great British Public? Bernie Kennedy
  17. ...you refer to is MicroMap and you can buy them from www.7dayshop.com - I have checked and they still sell 'em. The basic maps are v. low scale though and show only the major roads. There are several add-on packs available for cities, cycle rides etc. For our mapping needs, I use a Garmin Legend along with Metroguide software (Version 4.1, Europe with autorouting). Usually, I pre-plan our route to a cache for the wife & I to cycle to. The GPS is nailed to the handlebars of my bike and, providing I've done a good job planting waypoints at each change of direction, it steers us effortlessly to our destination. We take the MicroMap as a back up We also use the Legend in the car when the weather is poor! For more distant locations (greater than 20 miles) we usually cart the bikes on the back of the car, park somewhere (supermarket car park..) and cycle off into the distance. [This message was edited by berniekennedy on October 06, 2002 at 05:19 AM.] [This message was edited by BernieKennedy on October 06, 2002 at 09:42 AM.] [This message was edited by BernieKennedy on October 06, 2002 at 09:44 AM.]
  18. ...you refer to is MicroMap and you can buy them from www.7dayshop.com - I have checked and they still sell 'em. The basic maps are v. low scale though and show only the major roads. There are several add-on packs available for cities, cycle rides etc. For our mapping needs, I use a Garmin Legend along with Metroguide software (Version 4.1, Europe with autorouting). Usually, I pre-plan our route to a cache for the wife & I to cycle to. The GPS is nailed to the handlebars of my bike and, providing I've done a good job planting waypoints at each change of direction, it steers us effortlessly to our destination. We take the MicroMap as a back up We also use the Legend in the car when the weather is poor! For more distant locations (greater than 20 miles) we usually cart the bikes on the back of the car, park somewhere (supermarket car park..) and cycle off into the distance. [This message was edited by berniekennedy on October 06, 2002 at 05:19 AM.] [This message was edited by BernieKennedy on October 06, 2002 at 09:42 AM.] [This message was edited by BernieKennedy on October 06, 2002 at 09:44 AM.]
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