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Plasma Boy

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  1. Turn that into: As I don't know the particulars of what is on site at ground zero in this case, the details may need to be adjusted to fit what is available, but something like this keeps the flavor of the waypoint projection in your cache, and assures that the cachers are getting the information you want to be sure they are getting. As others have noted, your Earthcaches are exempt from the new guideline, so no change needs to be made there. I think archiving these caches would be a shame, since one of the aspects I really like of caching is the fact that it brings me to interesting places. So, again, what is the difference in the result of the way you propose and the way I did it. Both methods require the seeker to go to the historic data and find the answer. If I make the changes those who complain about ALRs still need to do an ALR to complete the cache. You are just calling it some else. What is the difference? Both methods require you to do something that unless you do it, you can not log a find. In fact my way is less frustrating, because I give the final coords. Your method can lead to errors if you count incorrectly. My method is simpler.
  2. My caches were designed and approved under the existing rules of the day. I do not force anyone to answer the questions. If they do not want to answer my questions, they do not need to do the cache. Move on to the next park and grab. Much like I am not forced to solve a Sudoku to get a cache. But, if I want to get that cache I MUST solve the Sudoku. Where is the difference? Isn't that really just another ALR? In order for me to log a find, I MUST solve the Sudoku. 99.9 % of the time the puzzle has nothing to do with the cache, the area or the theme of the cache.
  3. My two Earth caches are very special to me. I have not decided what I will do with them. One was created to honour a very good friend of mine. The other is a place where we teach our students. The problem is the signs and monuments only contain the cliff notes of the history of my caches. The additional material that I supply contains the whole story. I would like some assurance that the logger has appreciated the effort i put into the cache. The way I can be assured that this happens is for the seeker to email me some answers. I have had a number of people who have not appreciated my effort by supplying me with wrong answers that show that they have not bothered to look at the links. I understand there are people who complain about ALRs and this new rule is GC's way of dealing with that complaint. This is my way of showing my displeasure with both the complainers and GC's new rule. I do not feel that my ALRs are too much to ask. GC disagrees with me and sides with number hunters. I have decided to disagree with GC and the only way to do that is to remove my caches from play.
  4. Actually, not. If you were walking in teh woods and stumbled across an ammo can, you could come to the saite and log the find without ever having met a premium member. I have been caching for a number of years now and I have been walking in the woods all my life. I have never stumbled across a cache. How many times have you stumbled across a cache you were not looking for. The only way to find an undocumented cache is if you are with someone who has the coords. In this case that person would need to have paid for a premium Membership
  5. I stand corrected. But still, someone has to pay the ALR for a non member to log. So, it is still an ALR.
  6. Well, to bring it back on topic. After searching "backdoor" I got a thread that says that the backdoor has been closed. I can not test this as I am a premium member and do not want to waste space by creating a bogus account to test it. If this is the case "Members Only" caches do require an ALR. A Premium Membership.
  7. Not true. You need to be a PM to see the cache details. There is a well known "back door" for logging PMO cachers that anyone can use. So PMO's are more like a puzzle cache - you need to do something before finding it. Care to share the "back door" with me, because it is not so well known with me. If I see a sign that says no trespassing or members only, I assume it is just so. And if you are able to go around the members only rule, then why not get rid of it. One of the reasons I subscribed to premium is to do members only caches, now i find out that anyone can for free.
  8. Then why do we have "members only" caches? are they not just the ubber ALR? In order to log a "Members only" cache, don't you first need to complete the "additional Logging requirement" of paying for a premium membership? Sounds against the new rule change to me.
  9. What you're describing is the perfect set up for an offset multicache, rather than an ALR cache. Doing it the off-set way accomplishes exactly what you want, ie, gets the cacher to the monuments/signs and gets them to read them. Coords take cacher to signs, cache page uses the signs and some questions about them to generate a second set of coords for cache. Regardless, both caches have ALRs that I consider essential to the cache. The point of my caches is to learn a little about where you are. I do not see these simple questions and answers as being optional. The history is the reason for the cache.
  10. Because of this rule change, I have decided to disable all of my caches, until I can decide whether to archive them or change them. I have 8 caches (no big deal). 2 are Earthcaches and 6 are puzzle caches. Five of the puzzle caches are of a historic theme. In order to log them you are required to go to the site, log the book, look around for some answer for the questions supplied. These are not silly requirements like put a=on a funny hat. These answers are the reason I set up the caches. To learn a little about the history of the city I live in. If the cacher no longer needs to answer the questions the reason for the cache is no longer valid. I was informed by a GC representative that I will no longer be allowed to remove the names of loggers who do not answer the questions and I had to make the questions optional. I was also advised that two of these caches should be made multis because the container is some metres away from the cache. The reason they are offset is that there is no good hiding location at the monuments or signage where the coords take you. Rather than changing my caches to suit the new rules, I think I will most likely just get out of the cache owning business and become a just a collector.
  11. I have a travel bug, The Canadian Blood Services-Blood Line Travel Bug, It was placed at a location in Sherbrooke, Quebec in March. It was discovered twice in March. The status of the TB now is "Unknown". It was not retrieved from the cache. How does it become unknown. If it has not been logged as retrieved, should it not still be listed as being in the cache? If this designation was set by the cache owner, why have I not been notified by anyone?
  12. Yes, you can trace a path and then save the path as a .kml or .kmz file that can be converted to a .gpx that MapSourse will open. You can convert the Google Earth file with sorfware such as GPS Babel and even send it directly to your GPS if wanted. Here is a TOPO layer for Google Earth for Canada that might come in handy: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/mapdata/kml/wms-ctis.kml GpsBabel did not work for me, but from your lead, I googled "kml to GPX" and found this app. KMLToGPX Converter 2.0 It worked for me. Thanks for the lead and the topo overlay is very cool. It might come in handy.
  13. I have located some trails that I want to track or set waypoints on and then transfer them to Mapsource and then to my Garmin. Is there any way to do this?
  14. I have a friend who is sailing down the east coast from Nova Scotia and wants to use her Garmin hand held for navigation, along with other electronics. The bluecharts from Garmin are very expensive. I am told the the raster and vector data for these charts are freely available from NOAA. Has anyone out there converted any of this free data into the Garmin format and DL'd to their hand held Garmin?
  15. When you pick up or drop a travel bug at a cache location, is it proper etiquette to note in the online cache log that you "Picked up XYZ Travel Bug" or "Dropped XYZ Travel Bug" or "Discovered XYZ Travel Bug"?
  16. Thanks, Did a search, but it returned hundreds of hits that had nothing to do with what I searched for.
  17. Can HTML be used in logs? If not, why not?
  18. I have been using Mapsource and Google Earth Plus happily for a couple of years. I would load a gpx into mapsource and then ask it to display the points in Google earth. Now, when I try to send a set of points to Google Earth, I get the message below: I have the latest Google Earth and Mapsource. Any ideas?
  19. Yes, there's a solution in the FAQ at the top of the forum. Thanks, I will look it over.
  20. So, I am able to only load 2025 maps from my Canada Topo50 series onto my 60CSx. I sent this message to Garmin: I have put a formatted 2 gig card into my 60CSx. Using Mapsource, I have been able to transfer 2025 maps from the Canada Topo50 series of disks. This is only 800 meg. The card says that it is 35% full. Why can't I transfer 2 gigs worth of maps to the 60CSx? Is there a problem with the mapsource software? and this is their reply: There is a maximum number of maps that the 60csx can read and the happens to be 2025 map. It cannot read anything over that. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Thank you for contacting Garmin International. Anyone else bumped into this 2025 ceiling? Anyone figure a way around it?
  21. I use XP media centre and have no issues with hot syncing to my treo. I would recommend removing the palm software, shutdown computer, turn back on and reinstall the palm software again.
  22. Before anyone else wastes time trying to help me, I did say at the beginning that I was stupid. My problem was TOO MUCH INFORMATION X 2. When I first put the 2 gig card in, I got greedy and tried to send too many maps. Mapsource said I had under 2 gig of data to send, but I forgot the formatter's golden rule. I forgot about the system space on the disk. After that I assumed a big problem so went around asking for help, my local association, Groundspeak forums and at Garmin. I was deluged with fixes. If I had a problem other than stupidity, these fixes would have come in handy. They still are good information to know. Just not this time around. None of the fixes did anything. While reading a friend's post, I noticed that he said that the original card had data on it. I had assumed that the maps were on the internal memory and the original card was not working. It was working as I found out when I fired it up with out any card. 3smurfs also emailed me with some information that was ground breaking. Ignore the facts and go with your gut. I paraphrased that. I put the 2 gig in and tried to load more than the old card would take, but less than the 2 gigs. Loaded everything. Much adieu about nothing. The sky is not falling after all. Thanks every one for helping me out. This is why I never RTFM.
  23. The drivers are loaded. I have been able to load waypoints and POI's without problem. I can load my maps via mapsource (Canada Topo50). The device is recognized when I plug it into my computer. The interface is set to USB Mass Storage. Mapsource works fine. The only problem is the recognizing the SD card. I tried installing the drivers on a different computer, with the same result.
  24. I have never been able to access the 32 meg SD card in my 60CSx. I went out and purchased a 2 gig SD card and can not access it. I went to the Garmin site and found this: First, you the device must be in "Mass Storage Mode". To do this, turn the device on, connect it to the computer via the USB cable, then press 'Menu' twice > click 'Enter' on "Setup" > click 'Enter' on "Interface", and choose "USB Mass Storage". Next, on the PC, go to "My Computer", and look under "Devices with Removable Storage". There should be a listing for “Removable Disk.” Make sure that the "Removable Disk" is the GPS and not another card reader or external hard drive. Then right click on the drive and choose to "Format". If the drive is not listed under "My Computer" then go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Administrative Tools" > "Computer Management" > "Disk Management" and there should be a listing for a Drive in the bottom. Right click on this option and then select "Properties". In the header you should see the gps listed (ex. Map76CSx). Close this window and right click on the listing, and choose "Assign Letter or Path". Choose "Add", and then choose a letter that is not being used by the computer. Click "Ok". Go back into "My Computer", and the device should be listed under Devices with Removable Storage. I followed the procedure and I do not see the device in "My Computer", so i follow the extended instructions, but do not see the drive that is mentioned. I know I am stupid, but where am I going wrong?
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