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Viajero Perdido

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  1. Well since it was mentioned... I'm on my second Blackview phone, and I'm very happy with it. Was happy with the first too, which why I bought another eventually. They're built like a tank (shockproof, waterproof), with a huge battery good enough for two full caching days. AliExpress is the place to buy them. (Or just search AliExpress for "rugged android".) My current model* gets 25+ satellites on a good day, from 4 different GNSS systems. * BV9900 Pro, but the lineup keeps changing. I seem to remember an asterisk about Verizon in particular; be very careful that the phone you buy works with that network. (All these phones from China are unlocked, BTW, work on virtually all modern cell frequency bands, and many are dual-SIM.) Locus Map is a great app for caching; comes in free/silver/gold versions. Works very well offline, bringing your data bill down to nothing. It loads PQs directly, also loads GPX files that GSAK spits out, should you need GSAK (which of course doesn't run on Android). I've stopped needing GSAK.
  2. It's been months since I've tried. It worked then. If this is a problem with the website, it'll affect many people and the forum will fill up with reports like yours. If it's a local-to-you problem, likely not. Which is why I thought of NoScript.
  3. Are you running NoScript or a similar script blocker in your browser? I had a similar problem a few years back. I had to allow "ckeditor.com" (this from memory), but simpler advice would be to just disable the blocker completely while you're preparing the listing.
  4. Thankfully, they never decommissioned the (very) old code, which still works, and even packs more info onto the screen. Many of us, I think, would be upset if the old links suddenly stopped working. Use this format, substituting the geo-name as appropriate: https://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?ul=Viajero+Perdido
  5. It makes the game easier. If it "clicks" for you and your son - and you should know pretty soon - then yes, it's definitely worth it. Caution: some addictive properties. PS, welcome.
  6. I misspoke. It's been years since I tested it out, and I remembered the other meaning of "frequency". So it really goes BEEP ... BEEP ... BEEP ... BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEPBEEPBEEP EEPEEPEPEEPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE It really sounds like an emergency, like the phone is about to explode. On "repeated alert" with text-to-speech, it says, "Point right, 7 metres at 10 o'clock". I'm not sure about the "point right" part, especially if it's actually to the left, and regardless of the point's name, it always says that. (Bad translation?) And how useful is the "10 o'clock" if you keep changing the direction you're facing? I remember I tried that option in the field once, and gave it up almost as quickly as the panic beeping. Oh, there's also a vibration option, scroll to see it.
  7. I use Locus, as suggested above. (It's a map+caching app.) But the increasing-frequency option, boop boop baap bap bap bip bip bip beep beep beep BEEP BEEP, is comically like a geiger counter (or dork detector), and the epitome of poor stealth; it turns heads. I used it exactly once. Luckily there are many other options; 3 beeps at 50m works for me.
  8. Android 12+ has made folder access a royal pain for app developers. I know it was a challenge for Locus Map, which is a distant cousin (originally same author). I'd check for an update from the current app authors.
  9. Depends on your platform and caching app. You haven't specified. On mine (Android, Locus Map, Google Translate installed), I can translate both listings and logs via a Translate menu item. PS, for places mapped bilingually in OSM (Hong Kong is a great example), Locus also rocks for showing maps in your choice of language (showing "Kowloon" rather than "九龍"). I don't think Groundspeak's offerings have any translation option built-in...
  10. A phone loaded up for offline caching - with a suitable app - will continue working properly in the woods. As to GPS accuracy, both phone and Garmin seem roughly equivalent; that's been my experience.
  11. An imperfect Browse Map is better than no Browse Map. Thank you for keeping it around.
  12. I noticed something similar recently. I don't remember if it was with the geocaching site or another site, but I know that resetting my VPN (a different provider), or rather changing the endpoint to one of several I cycle through, fixed the problem. A VPN typically provides your DNS lookups, and I suspect that some external code Groundspeak uses changed its location, and DNS records were slow to update. Just a guess. I would just shrug and write it down to experience.
  13. On that note, VMWare offers a utility, that runs in Windows, that converts that installed instance of Windows into a virtual machine. (Crazy idea, but somehow it works.)
  14. GSAK + Wine? I'm not sure of the current state of Wine, but if you search those terms together, you might get an idea if it's worth pursuing. GSAK + VMWare + Windows? (Or similar other VM software.) If you have a Windows license, this combination should be solid. I've used an old GSAK + VMWare + Windows XP (yes...) on rare occasions with total lack of drama. I'm not aware of any Linux-native software for caching, and (given I've switched to phone caching with a good Android app) no longer need to involve the desktop at all. Good luck.
  15. https://www.thunderforest.com/ have several topo maps that can be app-embedded, and are free up to a certain usage level.
  16. OS = Ordnance Survey, a UK thing, has a cost OSM = OpenStreetMap, worldwide, free
  17. Resize them first. The popup-viewer on the cache page shows nothing wider than 640 pixels wide, so anything larger is wasted. I resize landscape to 640x480, portrait to 480x640 or 600x800, JPEG quality=82. That makes a tidy file size, with no noticeable loss of quality.
  18. Since it's sometimes useful to look up an event while you're attending it, lackeys, please program this to be for future+current events.
  19. That functionality is part of the core app, no? The add-on is for live updates, but I'll admit it's useful for downloading extra logs etc once you're in the field, GPX already loaded. No matter. If you run Locus with a net connection, you'll want the add-on.
  20. If you mean, download a GPX from your list, and show only those caches from the GPX on the map, without interference from "live map" functionality trying to distract you with all caches, almost any full-featured caching app should do that. Locus Map does, I know that. It can also filter so you see only part of the GPX contents, as above. (I'm not affiliated with the product; I'm just a huge fan.)
  21. My mental model of what's going on at Groundspeak (black box with interesting sounds coming out) is that they've lost access to the source code for the Browse Map. Contractually, operationally, dunno, I'm speculating. So they built a new one. Probably, a change to some shared code (the title bar module, say, or low-level support code) accidentally broke the Browse Map without anybody even touching the latter (bit decay). Reverting a bad change is easy, but I'm assuming they didn't want to lose the benefits of that faraway change, whatever they are. I hope the internal usage stats show the Browse Map is still wildly popular, which'd improve the odds they won't just kill it. I use it too; it's the best feature of the site and worth $10 of my annual fee.
  22. This should be embarrassing. Text like "forecast...better" (to borrow an example from real life) can't possibly be a valid URL, even in the foreseeable future.
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