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  1. It's not the Brits, it's the European Union which I hope you've heard of. The first prototype is in orbit and being tested now. :lol:


    I've heard of the European Union, and I said Brits as of the original 4 countries working on it were Germany, France, Italy and The United Kingdom. Of those 4, the UK probably has the best economy and therefore the most money to spend on such devices. And to be completely technical, it's not just the EU involved at this point, People's Republic of China, Israel, Ukraine, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and most recently South Korea signed up too.


    And to top it all off Brits is easier to type that European Union :lol:

  2. While reading popular science, I came an article about a new GPS-like navigation system called Galileo. The article can be found at http://www.esa.int/esaNA/GGGMX650NDC_index_0.html Has anyone else heard about this? In my opinion, the only improvement over NAVSTAR is the allowed civilian use of the dual-bands.


    The Brits are throwing their own GPS system up because they don't like the fact that the US can shut off the existing one whenever they want

  3. Does anyone know if night-vision goggles have come down to "hobbyist" price levels yet? This is probably the only gadget that would get ME out night caching. :)


    I was pricing them a few months ago and for a true set of goggles it was around $800

  4. Besides even if it's at work on your lunchbreak you shouldn't use company computers to look at geocaching. :unsure:


    All I've done all day is surf the 'net. Here, fark.com, boingboing.net, pennyarcade.com... I'm running out of sites to check out to keep me from going crazy from boredom.

  5. I too am in the "sucks to be me" pile with the Moto e815. Has anyone tried tethering it to a BT enabled palm and using it to surf on the palm? I have a palm but it's not BT enabled so I can't try this out.

    Do you have Verizon? If so they have severely crippled their phones. I have the E815 and a Palm T|X (Wi-Fi and BT) but can not get the two to work together. There might be a way to have them work together through a seem edit but I have not gotten that far with the phone yet. The only thing that I can do is have my Palm dial my phone for me via BT. I think that if you had a cable from your Palm to your phone you might be able to *dial up* with a whopping speed of 14.4 unless you subscribe to a faster data plan.


    I'm on Bell, but if you want to learn how to uncripple your Verizon e815, check out http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=674803 for all sorts of seem editing fun.


    The thing that puzzles me is the shifting position. Makes me long for an option to turn off the trip computer. After an hour of sitting perfectly still on a table, it claimed to have gone a tight circular jaunt of over 500'.



    My 60Cx took a several kilometre run at almost 300kph across town the other day while sitting on my desk, now *THAT* was strange.



  7. If the only concern is that they cannot resell the unit as new because you downloaded maps then I believe there is a way out for you. It's possible to erase the maps and return it to it's original state by downloading a POI database that was in map memory originally and was lost when you loaded maps for the first time.


    From Garmin's website at this link is the following instruction:


    Good luck, Olar


    Olar, you rock. That link wiped out the installed maps, and I talked to Tim @ Radioworld yesterday and he agreed to extend the exchage period. Today at lunch I went up there and swapped it out, now I'm a happy camper again :D


    BC of Team Hard K

  8. I can tell you with certainty that the CSx/Cx units get a *much* better lock than the C/CS.


    Perhaps the 'you've loaded maps' thing is because the maps require unlocking on the unit? Then if you try to return it you can't retrieve your unlock codes....


    I know from first hand experience now that the x models get a much better lock, maybe this is why they don't have a display model of the 60C at Radioworld. As for the maps I loaded Metroguide Canada onto it, which doesn't require an unlock code, and I told the guy that it was Metroguide Canada, and he said that since I've loaded a map, I'm SOL.

  9. :lol:


    Last weekend I went to Radioworld's store in Toronto looking to pick up a Garmin 60Cx, and the sales guy asks me a bunch of questions as to what I plan to do with it. So I tell him that I want to use if for mountain biking (and I made it clear that there would be heavy tree cover), some hiking and some geocaching. He then asked me how far I was going to do this stuff and how many maps I'd need loaded, we went through Mapsource and selected the area's I'd need and it would easily fit into the 56 Megs of the 60C. He then proceeds to recommend the 60C over the Cx, as I wouldn't need the expandable memory. When I asked him about the difference between the receiver chips in them and what I had read about the Sirf III, he assured me that "I won't notice a difference" and that I they had a 10 day exchange policy, if I wasn't happy I could swap it out for the Cx. Fast forward to a couple days ago. A guy at work picks up the 60CSx. It blows my 60C out of the water, while standing in my buddy's office with a good view of the constellation I'd get a solid lock on 1 sat, and a partial on 1 other. The CSx? Solid locks on 6 or 7 sats. So I call Radioworld to ask about the "barely noticeable" difference of 1 vs. 6 sats. Then the sales guy informs me that the 10 day satisfaction guaranty is N/A in my case because I loaded a map. I'd say that's a crucial tidbit to leave out when you're telling the customer about your exchange policy. I'm in customer service too, and I know that if a customer comes in asking for something specific and then I give them false info and sell them something that doesn't work for them, not to be surprised when they call back to complain. Radioworld is never getting another dime of my money.


    /rant mode


    BC of Team Hard K

  10. I'm trying to plan a bike trip from Toronto to my buddy's cottage near Midland, and I've told Mapsource that I'm on a bicycle and it keeps plotting my route on Highway 400. I've told it to prefer the minor roads and yet it still puts me on my bike on one of the deadliest stretches of road in Ontario. I'm using Mapsource 6.10 with Trip and Waypoint Manager v2 and Canada Metroguide v4.01

  11. I just got a 60CSx yesterday and it truely is amazing. under 3 floors I can get 30 foot accuracy indoors!

    That's pathetic! Do you really need to find your way around the house with a GPS?!


    I know *I* do, my place is HUGE!!! I've got food caches in almost every room incase I can't find the kitchen

  12. I too am in the "sucks to be me" pile with the Moto e815. Has anyone tried tethering it to a BT enabled palm and using it to surf on the palm? I have a palm but it's not BT enabled so I can't try this out.

  13. I hope that there isn't any protocol regarding how long the travel bug can be held in inventory. We've had ours for a couple of weeks. We want to keep it until later this month when we're going out of town. That way, the bug can move farther away rather than just bouncing around the local parks.


    I'm completely new at this so I could be completely wrong, so take this with a grain of salt. From what I've been reading, if you're going to hold onto a bug for more than 2 weeks you should pop off an email to the owner saying that you have it and not to worry it's in good hands and that you're going to take it onto a grand journey soon.

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