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  1. Thanks Deer, I fumbled with the hard buttons and found the menu. I didn't see any links in the prior 9 pages or I'd have watched it Baloo, instead I got to watch a lot of people mentioning a lot of things that had Zero to do with what I asked to begin this string. Thanks everyone for the sometimes helpful hints and other times arrogant rants.
  2. LOL Sounds as bad as me. I get it logged in and looking for caches but it doesn't have anywhere, that I've found yet, that allows me to sign into GC.com so I don't get cachings that are either mine or that I've already found... That is kinda where I wanted this string to go when I asked about it all but it looks liek a bash to everything GC. Although, it is pretty disconcerning that an App would be released with absolutley no instructions and/or help to operate. This App IS NOT user friendly enough to just release it and be able to run it without somethig to help the user get it set up right; all this from someone liek me that has been using btoh Garmin and Magellan systems for nearly 6 years now...
  3. Go to settings and put in your user/pass info and when it searches you'll see only the ones that you haven't found. The app is quite less than expected (by me at least). No help. No FAQ. No screenshots. Nothing. Pointers go to the forum that doesn't really permit open discussion (it's more of a ranking system request site). Pretty disappointed in my initial use vs. at least one free (C:GEO) alternative, which seems to have usability much more figured out. I wish it was only that easy. I must have a serious lack of eye sight; when the app loads up it gives me 4 things (Find Nearby Geocaches, Search by Location, Search by Code, and Trackables) Absolutely no settings. Are you meaning setting somewhere outside the app? Help... So where is this settings area? I looked in the phone's setting but there isn't anything there for logging into GC.com This whole thing is becoming quite lame. The app doesn't have any settings tabs unless they're hidden, it doesn't have a simple instruction set or anything else. I thought GPS's were meant to keep you from egtting lost; GC has efficiently erased that advantage down to nothingness...
  4. Looking it up on geocaching.com would provide law enforcement with the information, in this case, that it is most probably just a geocache. But, that doesn't change the fact that they will, and should, render what may be a bomb harmless by the safest means avalible to them. Bottom line - Never place a geocache on or near a school! With a school in the middle of this mess I agree; I would stay away from doing that as well. But the guidelines/rules say any place considered to be a terrorist target, this means anywhere the police don't know what is already there; hence the attempt to try and educate them as to our "law abiding" hobby/game. We've all seen how the local, state, and federal law enforcement departments would rather just blow something up than bother to pay attention to what is happening around them; it is the easiest thing to do (not much work to speak of, especially when using the new techy robots they love to play with). If someone called in a suspicious object in a tree at the local park they'll blow it up, it’s happened time and again. My point being the fact that this was near a school (it wasn't on school grounds) is a technicality we (Geocachers in general) are worried about not the police; they will blow up ANY and ALL suspicious items no matter where they are found. If the caching community wants to scream bloody murder then simply lobby to have GC re-educate the moderators, after all they are the "Stop Gap" that is in place to avoid these things. Am I wrong on that point? The inexperienced cachers, and quite frankly the whole community, depends on them to do their duties in a manner that will prevent this outcome.
  5. Good morning everyone, I agree we should be more careful but with those guidelines being interoperated like that we might as well pack up the game and end it now. Just like in the article they said it looked like a pipe bomb but the container wasn't, it was deemed that due to the safety requirements by the USAF. If it looks like an explosive don't bother risking life/limb; destroy it and determine the contents afterwards... Those are "battle field" requirements and someone quoted someone else out of text. As far as the location, it wasn't on school grounds. If you were to classify on or near and used the Cal Gov definition used for sexual offenders you could Never place a cache in a city/town; 5000 ft is considered near... What needs to be done is local organizations should take a proactive approach. They should contact all the local police organizations, governmental and private, and educate them on how to do a simple search on the internet access to find out the possibility of such devices being caches "before" they jump the gun. Just this simple search of geocaching.com could give them much needed intelligence on each and every possible "pipe bomb". We ran in to this same thing in Wheatland right before our Woodstock. RCGDS and myself spoke with the police chief and bettered every situation after that. The police of Wheatland now have unfettered access to locations of all caches available to them at the touch of a keyboard. This is what we need to do; not jump to place blame and run ourselves into the ground. Claiming someone is responsible for this to that will eventually force everyone into guidelines that are so severe we have to register caches like hand guns... Chaz
  6. Go to settings and put in your user/pass info and when it searches you'll see only the ones that you haven't found. The app is quite less than expected (by me at least). No help. No FAQ. No screenshots. Nothing. Pointers go to the forum that doesn't really permit open discussion (it's more of a ranking system request site). Pretty disappointed in my initial use vs. at least one free (C:GEO) alternative, which seems to have usability much more figured out. I wish it was only that easy. I must have a serious lack of eye sight; when the app loads up it gives me 4 things (Find Nearby Geocaches, Search by Location, Search by Code, and Trackables) Absolutely no settings. Are you meaning setting somewhere outside the app? Help...
  7. Can anyone tell me if there is an instruction manual for the new GC Android app? Sure I can see the caches online but I have not been able to find anything allowing me to login so I don't see what I've already found or better yet what I've already placed. Why would GC hide the !@#$ instructions?
  8. Thanks Redwoods Mtn Biker. That is some decent reading and info. I went ahead and downloaded GC's app lastnight though. It works, I guess. Without some sort of an owners manual or instructions with the app I guess I'm going to be "lost in the woods" with a GPS Phone combo...
  9. Garminfone is not Nuvi... The Garminfone is new and recently released on T-Mobile G3 system; as per the T-Mobile rep said it is right up there with the other android system they sell. Additionally they said it has a GPS receiver that combines with the Phone to provide more accuracy. The original post was far from the attempts at bashing though. Do I need to download an Android App or does Garmin actually put some of their own tech into it. I’ve searched the phone for a GPX folder but no luck; hence my question about another app or perhaps a new add on to GSAK for uploading queries. Does anyoen know about this question minus the bashing?
  10. UtChaz & Family

    Garminfone

    We just got the new Garminfone this weekend and the manual has exactly one word on Geocaching. I know it "should" be able to do what we want, download queries and other similar caching tools, but haven't got a clue as how to go about it. You'd think with it being a "Garmin" product they'd have figures some of us nuts would want to use it to cache vs. find our way around in the big city. With that in mind it shouldn't have to have an app; again this is how I think and not how someone else might... Anyone else out there know already?
  11. Why bother...? GC, and all the moderators here, has already made the decision. Being a user since 2005 I've been pleased with the cross over with GE and I also am one of the 200. The moderator who put that up should be relieved of their duties! They already failed to support GC's decision accurately further degrading the issues at hand. My vote is to bring back the GE crossover; if that is not possible then state why (simple like so us ignorants can understand). Then perhaps GC could make it a paying item and let us all choose if we want it and if we do then let us pay for it; capitalism at its best ya know! Also with that in mind GC might think to have different levels a person might be able to purchase for PQ's. 5 tends to be fine for someone hanging around close to home but going on a trip or planning time out and about competing in challenges and so forth makes 5 a limit I'd be happy to purchase and increase for... If It Were Available That Is!!! GC, aka Jeremy isn’t such a bad guy but he has a SERIOUS track record of doing things “His Own Way, and to Hell with the rest of Us”… Case in point would be the changes with Virtuals and WebCam Caches. The outcry was for them to be allowed but he changed the rules and didn’t mind an ounce. It is despicable that there is SO LITTLE user/customer input in to GC; this is almost as bad as the BAD MOUTHING moderators who have posted up in this string… Why bother...? Nothing will change for it has already changed and 200 of us have been left in the dust…
  12. Is there a limit to times we can have caches though? I haven't seen anything that says so...
  13. Recently (just last night Feb29, 08) we had a different event cache. Winco's First GC19D8B NOMEX writes I attended this event and see no gather for the sole purpose of drawing together cachers for an organized hunt of another cache or caches. Such group hunts are best organized using the forums or an email distribution list. The purpose of the vent was to see how many people are truly interested in caching enough to attend a 15 minute (not even really a flash mob as they usually last only 5 minutes or less) event at the stroke of midnight on leap year Feb 29, 08. One thing that did strike me as odd about the whole thing was the person who put it all together. Who is he/she??? They left an envelope and inside of it a pen and log. After speaking with the reviewer I'm starting to think this isn't too good of an idea. If you want to organize an event of this type, or any type, then why be afraid to show your face? It did strike me as different and kind of fit the theme but it isn't easy for the reviewers I don't think. Although only 13-15 people showed up I was left with the impression it was a success. A few mentioned they'd like to do something more along these lines. The event was scheduled, available to all cachers, at a set date and time, and finally only about caching nothing else. Wrong, I don't know. Tell us what you think... Chaz
  14. I just got a reply to a question I sent Magellan about using the Magellan/Vista combination; not good new unfortunately... They said none of their software/hardware is configured for Vista. Now I've got Topo installed and I've got a few others as well but haven't had time to go and check to make sure they work; I wonder if they do (I'll do that this afternoon after work). Does anyone have Vista and know a work around? I haven't a clue... Help, Chaz
  15. I don't have a problem with my T2 and quick install... On the other had I am having troubles with downloading on to my ex600 Anyone know or heard about this yet?
  16. I've been having the same exact problem. I've changed out three (3) different cables; two I've been using and another I just purchased online, and it still isn't working. Top this all off with sending it back in to Magellan and just getting it today only to find nothing changed!@#!! I'm about ready to switch to Garmin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone else have any more ideas on how this can be fixed?
  17. Sent our request over. Thanks a bunch, Chaz
  18. So when can we expect some sort of ordering post for the event coin? We'd like to get in on a couple ourselves.
  19. We are trying to figure out a way to drive down for this. maybe work some Disney Land in on the way home. It's a 3 day weekend so it should not be too hard. Too bad I didn't pay attention to the boards until recently; I had to put the $'s towards a good Christmas instead of my geoCoin fix... Chaz
  20. Would like to get two or three myself
  21. Seems like the typical response once again... hh1 and deirarobert I feel your pain. No one wants suggestions around here. It might seem they are content with trying to keep what they have running instead of improving it to make it easier. Suprisingly though, some users agree but when it comes to those who "run" GC thay don't care, nor do they intend on changing their minds. Good luck
  22. The screw I have doesn't have a washer... I am going to go try to find a mount somewhere around here but think I'll still keep my eye out for a fastener shop.
  23. I have been using my Explorist 600 for a little more than a year now and low and behold I can't get the cable to screw in to the unit any more. Originally I thought it might just be the cable so I purchased a new one and still had the same problem. Then I looked a little closer... The screw that comes with the cable allows it to be screwed in to the unit a little less than two full turns... That’s steel in to brass and what appears to be standard threads The brass in the unit gave out and now I can't get it to work... Does anyone know a work around? I'm getting tired of duct tape! I took the old cable and took some of the plastic off of it and that works but I really want a new screw but can't find any place near me (North of Sacramento CA) that carries anything like it... Help... Chaz
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