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  1. Then use the ReloadEvery extension for FX, and set it to refresh the page every second.


    @budd-rdc: It's not "leaking" virtual memory, just using it. If you were to open up all those pictures in Photoshop you'd get the same thing. Once your computer runs out of RAM, it starts moving data to the hard drive, which Windows calls "virtual memory." Since the hard drive is much slower than RAM, your computer slows down.

  2. One of the caches in our area is in a forest preserve that is pretty obviously a paintballer's hangout. The trees are all covered with colors, and broken picnic tables have been used to make forts. Near the cache itself there are ramps and steps and fallen trees set up for several hideouts.


    It makes me want to join them. :lol:

  3. It might take 5 minutes of programming but I'm sure one more query to the DB wouldn't be great for the server load. :lol:


    If you really must know, get the Greasemonkey script.




    I am a new user to Firefox and I would love to use this option, BUT I can't seem to figure out how to install it. blink.gif Can you help?
    First you have to install Greasemonkey. (Click the install link in the middle of the page and select [OK]. After installing GM, you can load any user scripts you want. Right click on the link to the script and select Install User Script.
  4. I don't bother with the maps, at high zoom they haven't been very reliable for me.


    "OK, turn here there's a bridge over the river!" Nope, no bridge.


    The last few caches I hunted all showed up as underwater on my map. I thought there was a problem with the coordinates, until I saw the arrow indicating my position also in the middle of a lake.

  5. <google earth image with all the caches in it>


    (1)See that cache in the middle, stacked on top of all the others? That's mine. :lol: *


    (2)I hear nudecacher has a GSAK database of all the caches in the world. You can't let him beat you.


    (3)What is that, 4GB of RAM or something?


    (4)Add a little tiny Signal somewhere and make it into a wallpaper. "Where's Signal? April 2006 Desktop Wallpaper"




    *Obviously not. But people have a hard time detecting my humor.

  6. No. It's a behavioral issue. We don't want people just using the basic coordinate data to seek caches. They should be looking at the cache details to understand the information provided to them by the cache owner.

    OK, fair enough. (although annoying). But why do it for travel bugs? When I load a travel bug file into GE, it shows extra "steps" due to the added error. This causes the steps to be numbered wrong and makes the file bigger and more complicated. See attached image for what I am talking about. The geocache icon is GSAK export, so that's where the cache actually is. The other two are the same place, but listed twice: once for the TB entering the cache, and a different one for exiting because the coordiates "jumped"




    EDIT: I just noticed this same occurance has been posted by someone else, with a similar picture too. Sorry for replicating it.

  7. Place the cache before you submit it as required in the guidlines, most new caches will have a number of people searching for them within a few minutes of being posted.

    You can submit it as temporarily unavailable and activate it when you place it. Useful if you want to see how the cache page looks, or something.
  8. Some cachers add a Rate This Cache image or something similar from an outside source, which keeps track of any votes or visits.


    There is no "official" geocaching.com rating system, however.

  9. January 6 by cacher (x found)

    I found the spot and searched it, but the cashe has been removed by muggles.


    The cache was reported as missing the week before, and archived the next day. At least it's a newbie.



    Gosh, I'm wasting way too much time actually trying to find the container - I just need a picture of me in the general area! dry.gif
    Pfft, who wants to actually hike out there? A satellite image is enough for me!
  10. I enjoy taking "stuff" along, but only when I'm wearing my jeans with just the right pockets.

    GPS attaches to hammer loop, so it dangles just above the ground when it falls

    1L Nalgene bottle attached via a carabiner to a belt loop

    small flashlight attached to another belt loop with mini-carabiner

    camera in a special pocket on my thigh

    cache information sheets in back pocket

    TB's and pen in front pockets


    When the conditions are different I add a strong flashlight, knife, rain poncho, gloves, etc. I've never reached a cache unprepared. It may sound like a lot, but it doesn't really add up to much, especially without a backpack. Sometimes I cache with nothing but GPS (or even without it, if I can remember the map)

  11. I've done a couple caches at night, but only because night fell as I was looking for them. Unfortunately, most of the forest preserves and parks around close at sunset, and we've already gotten one parking ticket. This annoys me, but there's nothing you can do about it.


    I've found that using a mini flashlight tucked inside a hat is a perfect combination. You see your surroundings much better without a powerful flashlight, but the small amount of light does a great job at lighting up branches just before they hit you in the face.

  12. A few days ago I ran across a cache (ammo box) that was frozen in its hiding place. The lid was also frozen shut. I could not remove it from the hiding place, but after several minutes of pulling managed to get the lid off.


    Luckily I had already found the cache, but I'm not sure what I would have done if it was my first time.

  13. [...]We useta, until late last year, employ military surplus nuclear warheads obtained from the local surplus store, with the firing/trigger mechanism jury-rigged to fire on detection of impact/shock (such as from a bullet hitting the can), but we found that the radioactive crater and the kill zone were just too large to be practical -- the method ended up alienating land managers, who appreciated the removal of the idiots but who disapproved on the massive destruction of the landscape. Many of them also objected to the 10,000+ year half-life of many of the radionulcides (i.e., radioisotopes of cesium, strontium, etc.) left in and near the blast zone, feeling it was "overkill". So we had to return to the use of aged dynamite. That was too bad in a way, because the mushroom cloud formed by the little nuke devices sure was pretty. Our kids always said that the explosion was way better than Fourth of July fireworks.[...]

    Great idea. You can then use the center of the radioactive crater of wreckage as another cache location.
  14. I came across a cache that was labeled as 'urban camo'. I couldn't believe that I was searching around this for an hour, leaning on this without giving it a thought. The cache owner placed a fake electrical plug on a 4x4 timber ouside this building. My wife, who watched me for almost an hour, just walked up to the plug and pulled the cache container out of it! Well, I was humbled and she was hooked on geocaching! I asked her how she even thought of looking there. She said that a plug mounted to a 4x4 instead of the building looked out of place. I stood in awe!

    Great idea, just don't go opening all the electrical plugs you see. Good hiders should make something out of place like that, otherwise someone will get hurt looking for one.
  15. no hint necessary.


    He was right, as it was a very easy hide, but still...


    EDIT: I read a hint once (on the cache page) that said something to this effect:

    "This cache is huge, spraypainted orange, and bolted to my front porch. You can see it from 100 feet away. If you can't find it, you are blind and need to find a seeing-eye dog to find caches for you."

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