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  1. I am currently using a Moto e6 and this has GPS and GLONASS. In addition. SBAS satellites owned by Europe (EGNOS) and India (GAGAN) are received (I live in the north of England). I had to set the developer option "Force full GNSS measurements" which states it will "Track all GNSS constellations with no duty cycling" before the SBAS satellites were picked up. The GPS lock is acquired very quickly. For the cache I found today, which was in the open air with no tree cover, the reading seemed to be accurate to about a metre. My previous phone was a Motorola G5 which could take a minute or so to acquire a lock and had about a 3 m accuracy, the same as my elderly Garmin Nuvis. As for other constellations, as well as Galileo there is also the Chinese "BeiDou" group of satellites and I am wondering how many phones will receive these with their current software, when that network becomes world-wide, as a lot of the chips are made in China.
  2. I have the latest version of Lubuntu (Ubuntu with a slimmed-down desktop) and run a Windows 8.1 virtual machine using VirtualBox. This is so I can run Garmin POI Loader. All my other software runs natively in Linux. GSAK would probably also run in a virtual machine. My laptop only has Linux - it is not dual-boot - so using Wine is not an option. Microsoft publishes free virtual machines for Windows 10 and earlier versions, but these have time-limited licences. Which can be got round by taking a snapshot of the virtual machine, and going back to that snapshot. Windows 10 VM's refuse to run after a certain date, as Windows 10 is actively being developed and Microsoft quite reasonably expect people to use the most recent VM, so I use the Windows 8.1 VM instead.
  3. It is in a very similar style to the Phaistos Disc but the symbols are different. Some of the symbols are reminiscent of the StarGate franchise for example as found on the "dial home devices", especially the two outer rings, and the series had the premise that ancient human cultures had varying amounts of extraterrestrial contact/influence. If so, that would make it less than 30 years old. I would still get it checked out in case it is older. Either way it is a very nice piece of swag
  4. In Jan 2014 I found some computer memory in GC4PZY8. The memory wasn't in a protective bag, which in any case would not have been waterproof. At the time I had an old PC made up of bits of 1990s ones, that I used as a video player, but decided to leave the RAM for another braver (or more foolhardy) cacher.
  5. Browser here is Firefox 71.0, Ubuntu Linux build, with the Ublock Origin and Decentreyes addons. WebGL is disabled and it is set to delete cookies on exit. I had no problem with the privacy prompt and it has not reappeared. After accepting the prompt, I have used the latest version of Waterfox on Windows 7 and managed to view and submit logs. I suspect any problems with the privacy panel are due to the non-availability, or incorrect performance, of a javascript function which is meant to intercept clicks on the accept button. If that is happening on a "vanilla" instance of a currently supported browser (installed "out of the box" with no subsequent configuration) then I venture to suggest that that is a problem GS needs to address with some despatch. If people with addons are noticing it I would suggest trying the browser with addons disabled.
  6. A few years ago I used a Garmin Nuvi on a flight from Liverpool (England) to Vilnius (Lithuania), flying over Denmark and Poland. It recorded a top speed of exactly 900 km/h and a height of something like 9000 m, certainly a round number. The US regulations on GPS receivers require civilian-grade ones to stop working above a certain height and speed, in case a hostile state decides to use one as a missile guidance system, and presumably other countries have similar rules, out of similar concerns. I am wondering if that kicked in on this instance. Other than that it worked fine and displayed the map of the terrain below. Once in Vilnius the receiver still took about 20 minutes to acquire a local fix. but after that it found the location within seconds, in both Lithuania and Latvia. The Nuvi had OSM maps, and geocaches for Lithuania and a 50 km radius of Riga. On the flight home the GPS did not obtain a signal despite the fact I was sat by a window.
  7. I had a cache (GC4P0AZ) in a layby used by trucks for parking up. It was in a gap behind a boulder about a metre in diameter. One day people started reporting DNF. I found that a truck or possibly a 4x4 had reversed into the boulder and moved it, burying the cache in the process. Another cache (GC4P0AR) was under a metal box on a post. The Royal Mail has these for dropping off post for postmen to deliver on foot or on a bicycle. One day the box was removed and with it, the cache.
  8. Keystone is spot on and one of the reasons the "browse map" is retained is to support users with old OS's. Make sure you have the most recent version of FF that works on XP. The other advice about trying Linux is worth considering. I have a EEEpc 901 with Linux as a spare PC and it is still usable. However it is only 32 bit, and many Linux distros designed for old computers are becoming 64-bit only, something worth bearing in mind going forwards.
  9. It looks like this is also putting people onto the 'new' map page which requires a webgl-capable browser (where webgl hasn't been disabled), and a computer with a compatible graphics card. If you remove the "/play" from the URL then you can still see the cache on the original 'browse' map. There is the added bonus of more layers than the three on the new map.
  10. As I observed in the pre-release thread, if someone has disabled webgl for security reasons, they get a blank page for the search map, and when that happens the toggle to switch to the browse map is unavailable. I only use the browse map so am not going to re-enable a little-known feature of Firefox with questionable security, for one page that I won't be using anyway. Fortunately I made a bookmark of the browse map the other day. It is not acceptable that I should have to rely on a bookmark for that, when displaying caches on a map is one of the core functions of the website. Please could the Play drop-down menu have two map options, one for the search map, and one for the browse map.
  11. Hi, I have Firefox 66.0.3 on Ubuntu Linux (64 bit) with strong privacy and security settings and got a blank screen when I clicked the play/map link. Through a process of elimination I found this is due to webgl being disabled on my browser. As there appears to be no way of enabling webgl on a site-by-site basis (but NoScript claims to be able to do that) I am reluctant to re-enable the setting in config, given that I always only use the browse map anyway. Is there any reason the new map needs webgl when the browse map doesn't? It is the only page I've come across on the net that has failed due to requiring webgl.
  12. I have a nuvi 200W which is even older and also a nuvi 1310, and both are still working as of today. They both have recent maps from OpenStreetMap data but once a month they complain about the preinstalled closed-source Garmin map being more than a year out of date Also I have a TomTom XL, of a similar vintage to the 200W, and this also managed to get a GPS lock with the correct date, time and coordinates, just now, after the usual 3 minutes or so. I was recently experimenting with Navit and OSM maps on the satnav (TomTom's native map format is still a closely guarded trade secret). I hadn't used the XL for a few years but about three weeks ago I fired it up to try using Navit. On that occasion TomTom Home offered an update to speed up acquiring a GPS position but also informed me that the satnav is out of support, and TomTom's website was also very vague on whether updates were needed. It seems that no update was, in fact, needed. So it's good to know the XL isn't yet just a paperweight...
  13. I am also a Firefox user and enabled Do Not Track a few weeks ago. When the DNT header was introduced I was sceptical because many companies would just ignore it (and are doing). It seems that Hotjar are using DNT in the exact spirit it was intended, and they should be credited for that. I had not heard of this firm until reading this thread and I don't like what I have learnt - but at least they are anticipating privacy concerns and giving people an easy way to opt out of their monitoring. My view is that by enabling DNT you have nothing to lose and perhaps something to gain. There is still the option to use NoScript, ad-blockers etc and I will continue to use an ad-blocker.
  14. Sounds like you are thinking of Talkytoaster - he has posted on here and also has a website.
  15. I believe it was only with the micro-USB plug, that the principle of the plug failing before the device's socket, was introduced. The micro plugs in that case have the 'prongs', and i have a cable where the plug no longer has a good grip (it's OK for charging my phone and tablet at work). Anyway I have a Nuvi 1310 which is getting on for 10 years old, it has the six-sided mini usb socket and I've noticed it is getting looser. I have used it for caching, with the caches loaded as POIs, and have regularly unclipped and unplugged it when doing drive-bys. I inherited an even older 200W - one of the earliest Nuvis - which is still in excellent condition. It is quite satisfying to use these satnavs with days-old maps from OpenStreetMap.
  16. You can disable the notifications entirely, as follows: 1. Enter about:config into the address bar, and if a warning appears, read it carefully before accepting 2. Search for the setting dom.webnotifications.enabled 3. Double click it and it will change to false. As with any user modified setting it will change to bold. Reenabling notifications is a matter of changing it back to true but I won't be doing that.
  17. Glad you said 'most', as a finder of 32 of your caches
  18. Mine is "In the hands of the owner" to prevent that That doesn't "prevent" someone from grabbing it from you. - Only making it collectible does that. I just clicked on your trackable and the options were : Grab it from current Owner: and 1969 Write Note Dicovered it "In the hands of the Owner" simply means you have it now. If it is "collectible" is it still available for logging as having visited caches?
  19. Mine is "In the hands of the owner" to prevent that
  20. I have a car TB (TB4KPRH) and to my knowledge it has only been discovered once. However many cachers have seen it at events and probably recorded its number. I log it as having visited roadside caches or ones close to the road and it has logged nearly 6500 km.
  21. Further to the other advice my suggestion is to make sure your phone's GPS has been working and receiving a clear signal for at least 10 minutes after getting a 'lock', before taking a reading - that way it will be likely to be receiving the maximum number of satellites, thereby maximising the accuracy. If your cache is in woodland or on or near a large metal structure you will find it more difficult to get a good reading whatever GPS receiver you have, so the more accuracy you can get, the better.
  22. Do you have an example cache page?
  23. Agree with showing DNF's as in my own experience there can be some time from logging DNF to returning to look for the cache again. I would like a way to be able to view my own finds that have been archived, given that I have found new caches placed near to archived ones or in some cases in the same spot as an earlier find and it is interesting to see why the older cache was archived. Due partly to this reason (distracting from active caches) I can't see archived caches being displayed to just anyone, and in any event they are not searchable from the search facility. As for caches with the NM attribute, it might be helpful if they were displayed to their owners with a different icon to the gold star. Even though as CO's we do get emailed about NM logs.
  24. <dons sable gloves> Welcome to the fun! I'm not familiar with that device, but if it allows for manually entering waypoints and can be set to navigate off-road to those waypoints, you should be able to use it like a basic handheld unit. When I started, I would print the cache pages and manually enter the coordinates into my GPS for the hunt. Agree with the need for manual coords entry and off-road mode. Another nice to have is the ability to have user-defined POIs which for TomTom is OV2 format and there is software that will generate these. Check if your unit allows third party POIs because TomTom went through a phase of disabling the facility in a software update. I have a very old TomTom OneXL which I tried using for caching, without success. Main problem was it did not give the distance to the destination. I had a glance at the Start 25 manual and it suggested it does show the distance, but in the example it is tenths of miles. It needs to be able to display feet, yards or metres otherwise you will struggle. I still use a Garmin nuvi 1310 as my main GPSr, which has all the above characteristics. If you do use a satnav I suggest getting an A4 document wallet to put it in, as they are sensitive to moisture and also the display is easily scratched.
  25. The more pocket queries a user has, the more slowly the "Your Pocket Queries" page displays. A recent poster suggested that the maximum number of PQs a user can have is 1000. Even when a user only has 10% or fewer of that limit, there is still an time impact both when generating the PQ's initially and then when clicking day check boxes for the PQs. In addition to the time impact, in both situations the page redisplays at the top, and the user is required to scroll down to the next PQ. Given that many users (myself included) generate PQ's on date ranges to cover an entire region, and presumably come up with a consistent naming convention for these sets of queries, please could GS consider having a filter field on this page. Any text entered into the filter field will only display PQ's which include the text entered in that field. If implemented it would result in the page displaying more quickly, and only displaying the queries of immediate interest, which will minimise scrolling. I suggest that for best results the filter would persist during postbacks until removed by the user - or when the user logs out, in which case it will not be reinstated when the user next logs in.
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