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  1. I just received my new maps (City Navigator NT and Topo US) and decided to load them with the nw MAC software. Previously I had to use Windows virtual software to load to my VistaC. The idea of using Mac native software was compelling. But I can't seem to distinguish between the main memory on the GPSr and the SD (2GB) installed card. What I had hoped ... was that I could install a set of maps that would cover my usual area and be able to select and install other places to the SD card as needed. I was able to select my "home" areas (generally unchanging) and load them to internal memory but I can't figure out how to load a different set to the SD card. Is this possible with the Mac software? If not, Why Not???? Cm'on, Garmin??!!! Bill W
  2. Works fine on my Mac. I'm still trying to figure out the apps (nice job with the instructions, Garmin! NOT!!!) but it does seem to transfer maps OK. I have both City Navigator and Topo US and I loaded my preferred areas onto my 300 fine on the main memory. I'm not sure how to select the SD card for loading maps but I just started using it on the Mac. I do have XP available using Fusion which is what I used for previous versions. I may revert to that but I would rather stay Mac native if possible.
  3. I had a DNF last summer at that cache ... I was in the right spot but just couldn't find the container. I must have spent 20 minutes searching (yeah, I know, pretty poor performance!) but had to go. I wonder if Dragon Lady was away the day I was there. I think an SBA is overkill. But it's good to have the notes in the log, the next few cachers should come prepared to 'splain what they are doing. FWIW, Bill W
  4. I lost a cell phone once ... used it as an excuse to get a newer, better cell phone ... "Oops, honey! I lost my GPS!" Anon
  5. Very nice. Works great with my VistaC and MS S&T. Now to put it on the laptop and convince my wife that she wants the laptop on her lap as we travel ... not likely! Might well be handy in the "wherethefugarewe?!" situations, though! Bill W
  6. I've only had my VistaC (City Select V7) request a U-turn once. It did actually crash once, however, when I made a wrong turn into a cul-de-sac. But I spend a lot of time watching the "Calculating . . ." bar when it wants me to go someplace that I have a better idea of. I have finally decided that long-range navigation is better done with a MAP and that when you get close turn on the GPS.
  7. Although it is only my personal opinion, I think we can expect Garmin to "do the right thing" ... In my own, personal, experience, they are very forgiving. Back around Christmas (it all seems so long ago) I bought City Nav v7 for my VistaC. This was based on the tables that they had on their web site. Well, in January, I discovered that some of the Navigator maps wouldn't fit in my VistaC. After a couple of emails back and forth, the "Product Manager" for Navigator said to send in my DVD for Navigator and he would send me Select, no charge. Well, the day I mailed the Navigator DVD he sent me the Select DVD. It was shortly after that that the web site made it much clearer that Select was the product for the VistaC. Of course they came out with the SD card systems shortly after that ... sigh! So, I expect that Garmin will do the upgrade thing as is should be done. Happy customers spend more money than unhappy ones ... and they seem to understand that. FWIW, Bill
  8. I did the same going out to CA and back from New York last month. We passed right over my brother's house in Steamboat Springs, CO. I downloaded the track and even though I turned it on and off a few times the track was pretty accurate as far as I could tell. In another thread, though, I understand that some airlines forbid them. Even though they are not transmitters, there are rumors that they will somehow interfere with the regular avaiation instruments. I have some small amount of training in radio interference and I find that highly unlikely ... but be prepared to put it away immediately if requested by a crew member, their word is law, no matter how illogical. And if you set the altimeter to use the GPS altitude (notoriously inaccurate) you should get closer to your actual altitude. The cabin pressurization messes up the barometric altimeter completely. It expects to be in the unpressurized Great Outdoors! FWIW, Bill
  9. Apparently someone ripped off both a TB (not mine) and one of my coins from Skyline Cache and never even logged it. And this is not a cache that is likely to get muggled so I strongly suspect it was a cacher. Plus the last logger didn't say it had been trashed, just that the TB and coin were missing. Arrrghhh! Anon
  10. Back from vacation (did some caching, of course!) and I find 2 - Walpurgis Night 2 - NAVSTAR 2 - April 2006 Signal I've gotta get a bigger bag for all these!
  11. Apparently this is being discussed here ...
  12. As reported in this thread ... the codes that are generated for the Original Stash coins (at least mine, anyway) aren't working correctly. My coin was given the code TB10KT9 which looks unusual because it's seven digits. When I try to look that number up on the Track A Travel Bug page I get an error: Travel Bug Details ElementNotFound Exception: Couldn't find base element in array: K Total Records: 0 - Page: 1 of 0 Prev. << <[]> >> Next Total Records: 0 - Page: 1 of 0 Prev. << <[]> >> Next View All Clicking View All gets even more interesting: Server Error in '/' Application. Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Source Error: An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below. Stack Trace: [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.] Geocaching.UI.track_details.ShowLogs() +400 Geocaching.UI.track_details.Page_UserLoggedIn(Object sender, EventArgs e) +98 Geocaching.UI.WebformBase.IsLoggedIn() +1086 Geocaching.UI.track_details.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) +265 System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67 System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35 System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +750 Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2300; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2300 Bill W
  13. Yes, but the TB number throws an error. See my example above. Bill W
  14. It's not just you. I tried entering my TB number into the Track A Travel Bug page and got this: Travel Bug Details ElementNotFound Exception: Couldn't find base element in array: K Total Records: 0 - Page: 1 of 0 Prev. << <[]> >> Next Total Records: 0 - Page: 1 of 0 Prev. << <[]> >> Next My bug also has a seven digit number: TB10KT9 Hmmm .... Bill W
  15. Agreed! Coin binders are cool to show off but, so far, I have also very much enjoyed the TB's journeys that I have let loose. My favorite is one (a soapstone dolphin) that I released with the goal to visit Key West and it went quickly from Connecticut to Florida .. but then some friendly soul moved it from Florida to Michigan! But the journey is the thing so it will be interesting to see if it gets back down to Florida any time soon. But I get the impression that coins don't travel so well. I might guess that it's easy to drop them into a pocket and forget about them.
  16. Thanks for the welcome! I'll visit your web site for sure! Bill
  17. Not sure I'll get out your way ... I'm in Carmel/Monterey Wednesday through Sunday then up to Berkeley Monday and Tuesday. My Mom and Dad are in Carmel and my daughter and her husband are in Berkeley. My Dad and I are planning a trip to the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton on Wednesday. I have a friend up there who will show us around. I do notice a few caches on the Mount Hamilton road and have them locked and loaded into my GPSr! But, keeping On Topic, I am more positive toward dropping some coins simply because it's a long way from home. I've got a TB or two also that I might drop. That IS why we have them, isn't it? But maybe it's like sending your kids off to school, bittersweet at best. Bill W
  18. Hear, hear! I don't mind my TB's sitting in a cache, I don't care for it when they sit on someone else's shelf for that long. For the same reason, I don't pick up travelers unless I figure to release them in two or three weeks. Bill W
  19. I've only been collecting coins for six months or so, about as long as I have been caching. I was (and am) buying two of each coin (at least) and I expected to activate and place one of the pair and keep the other for trading or showing off or whatever. But, as I started to receive coins and read the forums here, that there may be a lot of coins that go missing. Now, if I felt that my coin would travel and be enjoyed by lots of people as it traveled then I would not be so hesitant to drop it but, so far, I have not dropped many and those have been "generic" and of no trade value at all. I'll probably get over that and start dropping my traveling coins, I still have the other, non-activated, ones to enjoy in the privacy of my own home. I do, however, carry all my travelling candidates with me when I cache. I suppose that if I found an exceptionally "worthy" cache (TBD on the definition of "worthy" ) I would drop one. I'm headed to the central California coast next week and plan on hitting several caches out there, perhaps some of my coins will end up there? And, actually, I think I am more tempted to drop a TB or a coin far away from my local area. Kind of like putting my stamp on the trip? Bill W
  20. I'm not sure what invisihield is but the shields at shieldzone.com do cover a lot of existing probelms.
  21. Nice! Ordered 2 each of the RE and LE coins. Serious question ... your pan, which we know as an Aevleskiver pan (Danish and I'm unsure of the spelling!) has fewer holes than the Dutch pan. It would be much easier on the cook to have the pan with more holes! Do you know where we could find the Dutch version in the US? Or, maybe, online? But shipping for a cast-iron item might be prohibitive! Bill W
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