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  1. Garmin Nuvis can display caches and be used to search for them and I have found about 1000 by this means, but I am not sure if they are selectable by pointing at them. A search for POIs will definitely show the nearest ones. The trick is getting the caches onto the device in the first place, there are probably posts on how to do this. My day job involves writing software to handle XML and CSV files so I wrote something over a fortnight's lunch hours to generate a CSV file then used Garmin POI loader to convert this to a GPI file. My work experience (based on supporting some quite specialised industrial equipment) has led me to to the conclusion that files are best generated by the manufacturer's own software when possible. If you use a Nuvi I would suggest configuring cycle mode to "off road" then you can change from motor vehicle mode to cycle mode and it will count down the number of metres to the cache. Different models vary, I have a Nuvi 1310 which is great but have not got a very early Nuvi to work in this way. I find looking at the distance to the cache easier than using the 'compass' on mobile phone apps I have tried. TomTom (at least the ancient ones) will also display caches, again it is a case of generating a CSV and related icons that can be turned into a OV2 file.
  2. and1969

    QR code

    I don't think ability to decipher a barcode should ever become mandatory, at least not for standard caches. As to the format of barcodes, QR codes are not the only ones out there. Others include Aztec or Data Matrix codes. The Data Matrix code is designed to be readable at very small sizes and might even be better for caching use, as it might remain readable longer than a QR code would, at the same resolution.
  3. I support this request. I have got used to the fact that the columns on the Pocket Query page are in an unusual order but cannot get used to Monday not being the first day of the week on pop-up calendars. My employer has just introduced a new room booking system which shows Sunday as the first day of the week. but paradoxically the application lets me set a Y-M-D date format.
  4. I have never been asked for a captcha from geocaching.com and would be greatly vexed if I was, as I have a premium subscription. The site does use cookiebot.com to effect compliance with EU rules on cookies (the UK has left the EU but I still get asked all the time, perhaps because I voted 'remain' ) . That site might be the cause of the captcha request.
  5. Yes, I have seen earlier threads where people have mentioned replacement 3-D printed buttons. I have repaired other devices myself by scavenging keys from keypads off old remote controls or giveaway pocket calculators. If possible choose a button the same size that has plenty of surrounding flat rubber. My current devices are an android phone, or a Garmin Nuvi 1310 satnav. (Found a cache today with the 1310 but it had dozens of woodlice on it so I will return in a few weeks time when hopefully they should have gone wherever they go for the winter.) As for the 1310 on off button I have been gentle with this for a while as it seems fragile and unlike a handheld GPS it is not expected to be used regularly in normal car navigation use.
  6. If one of them was my cache I would check it out and if it was missing would replace it, and either way log an OM with a dead-pan message along the lines of "owner visit - cache OK". Perhaps a day or two later, but before a weekend or any bank holidays. Best not to give the troll any satisfaction. Anyway hope you have a bonza event.
  7. I am a union rep and have discovered two other reps in my company are also active cachers. The first when we met at an event and the other when we had been in a union meeting in another city and I said I was going to look for a cache and he offered to assist. It turned out I had found a lot of his caches. I've met a few cachers "in the field" but the most memorable was a cache owner out for a walk with his kids and dog who was most amused to find someone looking for his own cache. He posted a note on the cache before I got to log the find.
  8. The finds furthest north, west, east or south is the one I find most interesting. Also in the case of UK cachers it is can indicate where people have gone on holiday . Mine is no exception. As for my own profile I could mention the distance to find figures - mine are almost head to head between 1 to 10 km, and 100 to 250 km. I tend to cache away from home and usually in the warmer part of the year. Despite which I do hope to complete the day grid eventually. I live almost on the 3 degrees west great circle and my first find east of the Greenwich meridian was a meridian marker post in Cambridgeshire, which is actually a few minutes' east of the GPS meridian, as per your observations. That is because the OSGB datum is east of the WGS84 datum, at least parts of in England, not sure about elsewhere. I was at a geocaching event in Peterborough but made the journey especially to find some easterly caches.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. Sounds like you are thinking of Talkytoaster - he has posted on here and also has a website.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Glad you said 'most', as a finder of 32 of your caches
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