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  1. All touchscreen smartphones have a maximum battery life of 1 hour or so when heavily using the GPS and data. It's the dirty little secret that ALL manufacturers hide when advertising the functionality of their devices.


    As other people have suggested, a battery extender would be a wise choice. The best battery extenders have the same form factor as a case. This helps tremendously with usability. In fact, you will just think you have a case an nothing else. :)


    Monoprice.com has great prices on these battery extenders.



  2. I guess Geocaching skills will play a bigger part in obtaining our goal!


    Researchers say the Sun is awakening after a period of low activity, which does not bode well for a world ever more dependent on satellite navigation.


    The last time the Sun reached a peak in activity, satellite navigation was barely a consumer product.


    "We can look at the measurements from the last solar maximum," Professor Mitchell said.


    "If we project those forward, it varies quite a lot across the Earth; looking at the UK it will be about 10-metre errors in the positioning."


    "You might find for a number of hours or even a day or two you couldn't go out surveying or be able to dock your oil tanker at the deep-ocean oil well," he told BBC News.


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  3. A few weeks ago, I went to REI to gets some hands on experience with the Oregon. I subsequently fell in love with it. The touch screen, navigation, and even typing was a breeze to use. Well, I saw one flaw. The 3D driving mode map was so slow that it would be almost useless while driving.


    The salesman told me that the Garmin representative was in the store a few days prior. He stated to REI that the Colorado will probably just going to be discontinued due to all of the problems. I'll admit that I never bought one because of all of the flaws, albeit software & hardware, that have been posted in these forums.


    Of course, I didn't play with the Oregon enough to see any real flaws. So, I think the Colorado will end up being the black eye in Garmin's reputation.


    P.S. Too bad a unit that has seen so many flaws and problems had to be named Colorado. When I hear "Colorado" I generally think of outdoor ruggedness. When I hear Oregon, I think of a small frilly device that won't last. I think Garmin should have switched the names on the devices. Well, we'll have to see if the Oregon turns out to be any good.

  4. I have City Select 7 and an update DVD to City Navigator 8. Both were installed on my computer. I have also unlocked both. I still have the original coupon code that came with City Select 7. After reformatting my computer, I installed the City Navigator 8 Update DVD just fine. I have to manually go into the CD and click the install/setup exe.


    If you have this version, it should install fine for you. Hopefully, the update DVD that you bought has an coupon/unused unlock code.


    Is there one that you are wanting to sell that would be of use to me??? The guy I bought the update disc from sent no code and I noticed that they are still selling them on ebay. BEWARE!!! pcplus is the name

    I see what the problem is now. I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, my maps have already been unlocked to my unit which I still use. If I come across someone selling theirs, I will pass them on to you.

  5. I have City Select 7 and an update DVD to City Navigator 8. Both were installed on my computer. I have also unlocked both. I still have the original coupon code that came with City Select 7. After reformatting my computer, I installed the City Navigator 8 Update DVD just fine. I have to manually go into the CD and click the install/setup exe.


    If you have this version, it should install fine for you. Hopefully, the update DVD that you bought has an coupon/unused unlock code.

  6. By default, the old topo was never really installed onto the computer. All of the maps were kept on the CD which required the user to insert a CD everytime they wanted to use it. During the "installation", it put about 2mb of files into the Mapsource directory on the hard drive. In the end, I wouldn't worry about removing it. 2 megabytes is not a lot of information at all. In contrast, when I do look in my Add/Remove Programs, I do see 'Mapsource - US Topo v3.02' as a selection.

  7. Yes, you are correct. However, since the documentation for City Navigator V8 and previous versions state that two unlock codes can be obtained for two devices, they might be legally bound to give a second unlock code for people owning those older maps. For sure, City Navigator 2008 (v9) will have this new policy. One person stated that they bought several GPSrs for their family. It would have almost double their cost of maps if they could only unlock one device. I am sure others are in the same boat.


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  8. Most things you would want to know about batteries can be found at Battery University. Here are a couple of quotes:


    The recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 15°C (59°F). While lead-acid batteries must always be kept at full charge, nickel and lithium-based chemistries should be stored at 40% state-of-charge (SoC). This level minimizes age-related capacity loss, yet keeps the battery in operating condition even with some self-discharge. While the open terminal voltage of nickel-based batteries cannot be used to determine the SoC accurately, voltage fuel gauging works well for lithium-ion cells. However, differences in the electrochemistry of the electrodes and electrolyte between manufacturers vary the voltage profile slightly. A SoC of 50% reads about 3.8V; 40% is 3.75V. Store lithium-ion at an open terminal voltage of 3.75-3.80V. Allow the battery to rest 90 minutes after charge before taking the voltage reading.


    Nickel-metal-hydride can be stored for about three years. The capacity drop that occurs during storage is permanent and cannot be reversed. Cool temperatures and a partial charge slows aging. Nickel-cadmium stores reasonably well. Field test reveled that NiCd batteries stored for five years still performed well after priming cycles. Alkaline and lithium batteries (primary) can be stored for up to 10 years. The capacity loss is minimal.


    While capacity loss during a battery's life cannot be eliminated, simple guidelines minimize the effect:


    Keep batteries in a cool and dry storage area. Refrigeration is recommended but freezers should be avoided. When refrigerated, the battery should be placed in a plastic bag to protect against condensation


    Do not fully charge lithium and nickel-based batteries before storage. Keep them partially charged and apply a full charge before use. Store lithium-ion at about 40% state-of-charge (3.75-3.80V/cell open terminal). Lead-acid batteries must be stored fully charged.


    Do not store lithium-ion fully depleted. If empty, charge for about 30 minutes before storage. Self-discharge on a depleted battery may cause the protection circuit to trip, preventing a recharge.


    Do not stockpile lithium-ion batteries; avoid buying dated stock, even if offered at a reduced price. Observe the manufacturing date, if available.


    Never leave a nickel-based battery sitting on a charger for more than a few days. Prolonged trickle charge causes crystalline formation (memory).


    Always store a lead acid battery in full-charge condition. Observe the open terminal voltage and recharge the battery every 6 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.


    Here is a summary of the advantages and limitations of nickel-metal hydride batteries.




    30-40% higher capacity than standard nickel-cadmium. Nickel-metal-hydride has potential for yet higher energy densities.


    Less prone to memory than nickel-cadmium - fewer exercise cycles are required.


    Simple storage and transportation - transport is not subject to regulatory control.


    Environmentally friendly - contains only mild toxins; profitable for recycling.




    Limited service life - the performance starts to deteriorate after 200-300 cycles if repeatedly deeply cycled.


    Relatively short storage of three years. Cool temperature and a partial charge slows aging.


    Limited discharge current - although nickel-metal-hydride is capable of delivering high discharge currents, heavy load reduces the battery's cycle life.


    More complex charge algorithm needed - nickel-metal-hydride generates more heat during charge and requires slightly longer charge times than nickel-cadmium. Trickle charge settings are critical because the battery cannot absorb overcharge.


    High self-discharge - typically 50% higher than nickel-cadmium.


    Performance degrades if stored at elevated temperatures - nickel-metal-hydride should be stored in a cool place at 40% state-of-charge.


    High maintenance - nickel-metal hydride requires regular full discharge to prevent crystalline formation. nickel-cadmium should be exercised once a month, nickel-metal-hydride once in every 3 months.

  9. Is there a way to get an excel spreadsheet into MS Streets and Trips?


    Someone sent me an excel sheet with a bunch of cache names and locations on it, and I would like to be able to plot them out in S&T... Is there a way to do this?

    I tired using the 'import wizard' and it will go threw the motions like its going to work, but comes back and says '0 points mapped' :lol::)

    Yes, it works. At least I have done it numerous times with S&T 2005 and 2006. You can import an excel sheet without converting it to tab delimited, csv, etc. However, there are a few catches. One, the format of the cells all have to be the same. If the cell's format has never been changed, then they must all be the same. No worries. Next, column headings. The columns must have a heading in order for S&T to know which column contains Street Address, City, zipcode, etc.


    Once you make sure all of this is correctly formatted and organized, then it will work. BTW, would you know if MapSource can import from Excel?

  10. I like the new maps. Gives a general area picture & the detail similar to the old maps & loads up quickly. Thank you!


    Also like the new "send to GPS link" on my search caches listings. Haven't tried it out yet, but it looks like it's a nice feature.


    Humm... the new maps may become somewhat usable, but as they are now most caches worth their salt will be the only thing shown on the map. A red star on a green background doesn't tell anyone much. Unless these are simply for the urban cacher, the scale should be increased so that some roads show up so they are useful is seeing approximately where the cache is in relation to something else. Include perhaps double or maybe even triple the area. Almost all my caches are the only detail on the map. If we need more information we can look for it, but these maps should be scaled so they can be good for sorting out what to do and what to skip.


    nice idea with the maps but next to useless for most regional areas in Australia ie the detail for Yahoo maps is very poor so it gives you no idea which road its near etc...

    I think the mapping needs to be configurable as on vendor doesn't fit all in this case


    With a dial-up connection and Yahoo maps, might as well count players in remote areas like ours out. There's no detail in Yahoo maps. And the slow server is now the mega-slow server, so planning a day of caching takes longer than most people have for play, even when they're retired.


    Even though the old maps had some flaws, at least it was easy to figure out where one might look on a hard-copy map to pin-point the route that would be logical. With yahoo maps, we can't even tell what city or county to look in.


    You also count out all dial-up players who once were able to see the Gallery now and then. It was slow, but do-able.


    Some day broadband will be available in our area. Right now it's not! Boy do I hate that word "upgrade"!!!!!!



    If anything, it should have sped things up for you.


    The maps would not have started to download until the page was loaded and the other cache information displayed to you.


    I am sensitive to those that use dial up AND those that have to deal with very slow "wi-fi" connections at hotels, etc. I saw that this weekend while down in Seaside OR. I had to resort to using my cell phone as my modem instead of using the unreliable hotel system.




    .. faster ... slower who cares if the data is worthless. If the Yahoo maps were accurate and covered an area of maybe 4 square miles instead of one square K then I might see your point but Bahb has it right. These maps make trip planning impossible while on geocaching.com. We will have to go off site to get area maps, print them, then back here to do our planning. Cumbersome compared to the good system that existed a few hours ago.


    Here is the map data that shows up on most of my cache pages.




    Now someone please tell me how this is an improvement over the old system. Has anyone thought this through just a little?


    Well, the new cache page maps aren't looking very useful for me. Perhaps this is a regional thing and in some areas they show more detail and are useful. I checked several caches and all I see is a red star unless I click and bring up the detailed map. Might as well just be an icon to click on.


    Yes, the new maps are quite useless. Hopefully everything will pan out nicely.

  11. CLICK HERE to see my Navteq reporting experiment. It can take 18 months (or maybe more) to get new streets into the maps AFTER they are reported. It took over three years for my brother's neighborhood to get on the maps after he moved in. Bottom line is that if the map making companies don't know about the streets, they can't put them in. Once they do learn about them, it takes a while longer.


    The next version of CN should hit the shelves mid to late summer.

    I was just about to post somethng very similiar. It does seem to take about 2 years or so for streets to get into a NavTeq map for GPS. Thomas Guide (bought by Rand McNally around '99) adds street with the next printing. I guess more work has to be done for it to be in a GPS map. My Aunts street is not completed in City Navigator, but in her new Hummer and Cadillac, it's in there.

  12. Different rechargeable batteries are not only different physical sizes, but they are also different volts. I use Duracell NiMH 2400mAh batteries (1.2V) in my 76CSx. They fit fine. However, when I first got the unit, it was very hard to charnge the batteries. Now, they are considerably easier to change. BTW, I have 3 clips and one spring too.

  13. .... I HotSync from the Administrator account, instead of the Limited account I generally use, I get the horrible, full-screen, "Blue Screen of Death...

    The Limited User Account in XP is so severly restricted, that it has never fully worked. Mix it with apps that are not written with multi/restrictive users in mind, and you get a horrible experience.

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