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  1. I solved this problem with a bookmark list ... just bookmark your "home" locations, go to the cache page, then click on the "Find Nearby Caches" link on the page. Costs a few more clicks than running a PQ, but is a bit fewer clicks to set up a new location. I will be glad to have the multiple home locations feature from Waymarking.com. Hopefully we'll see more of the cool WM.com features migrate over this way in the future.
  2. Is there any time frame for when that change will be deployed to the production servers?
  3. I didn't see this specific issue addressed in this thread, but it seems like it's related to the other things that have been discussed. I have a puzzle cache that uses "title" attributes in <img> tags to hide the information necessary to solve the puzzle. Or, I should say, I used to have a puzzle cache like that. Now all of my <img> tags have had all of their attributes stripped except for the "src" attribute, breaking the puzzle. I can't, for the life of me, understand how a "title" attribute can be a security problem, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. If there's no issues, can we have the "title" attributes back, plz? -eP
  4. I can see a lot of applications for a laptop with a GPS receiver tethered via USB (such as my Earthmate LT-20) or RS232 (such as my Garmin eTrex) - yes, I have gone marching around in the woods with my laptop and LT-20. I could also see a Wherigo cart based upon the player being driven around (as opposed to just carried around). I didn't see a thread for this configuration, so I thought I'd start one. Would anyone else be interested in that kind of hardware support?
  5. Hoo-yeah! Thanks for the shout-out, IK :-) Of course, Wikipedia has a good article about steganographic techniques. Certainly not an exhaustive report, but a good place to get started looking for more ideas.
  6. Here's another vote for bringing back some method of querying archived caches. I don't really care if they're displayed on a map or not (although maps would be nice). It is extremely convenient to search for other caches that were once in an area to see what any issues might be with a future placement. I do not think the issue mentioned of people potentially going out to look for archived caches is anywhere near as great as the benefit of being able to do research into the cache history of an area. Please bring back some method of searching for archived caches! Even a PQ option would be fine ... at least I could then import them into GSAK and display them any way I wanted. A PQ option would also limit the frequency of archived cache queries.
  7. [double post deleted ... I wish you could delete your own posts from this forum :-( ]
  8. West Marine (or any other marine store) is definitely a good place to look for them. http://www.westmarine.com I bought my eTrex Legend from the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Fort Lauderdale, just off of I-95 near the airport. If you're going to be in north Miami-Dade or you don't mind the drive, it's definitely worth it - their selection is big, and the unit I wanted just happened to be on clearance at the time. Outdoor World
  9. When I hide a puzzle cache, I rate the difficulty and terrain as though it were a traditional cache, then add a few stars or half-stars based upon the difficulty of the puzzle. Of course, the amount of puzzle difficulty per half-star is completely subjective. It's really tough to say how "difficult" a puzzle is (or a traditional cache, for that matter) because "difficult" is a relative to the solver who attempts it. I generally think of it from the opposite perspective: "What type of person is likely to be able to solve this quickly?" So, the number of stars I add to the difficulty rating roughly corresponds to someone who ... 0.5 = ... is capable of reading the cache description 1.0 = ... has basic critical thinking and reasoning skills 1.5 = ... likes solving puzzles 2.0 = ... attempts to solve the local newspaper crossword puzzle every day 2.5 = ... solves the NYT crossword every day without looking up any words 3.0 = ... has cracked Kryptos, Beale (1 & 3), and Voynich That's about right, I'd guess ... -eP
  10. While scouting out a location for a new cache, I found the skeleton of a dog. Every bone was still in place ... even the collar and leash were still around the neck.
  11. 7 and 8 is a quick-n-dirty urban virtual, but don't let that stop you. You would NEVER believe that they're the real things ... but they are. Wish I could say more, but that would spoil it and then y'all would go log it ;-)
  12. Do you really believe that someone who's willing to just go chase a descriptionless waypoint is going to be someone who's likely to filter their caches? I would think you would encourage folks to go after waypoints without reading the cache page. If enough of them fell off of cliffs while going for those caches, then the situation you describe would cease to be a problem ;-)
  13. But that's off the topic of this thread. In the case of dangerous caches, the cacher has "opted in" to geocaching. The cacher knows there's a cache there and is interested in finding it. The risks have been described, and the cacher has elected to take those risks in order to score the find. The issue is the cacher's neighbors who are not aware of the cache and may not know about geocaching and who probably would be uncomfortable to have someone accidentally snooping around in their bushes at odd hours of the day. I'm sure Vinny & Sue cleared their cache placement with the family of four that live on the pylon next door and the nice folks in the adjacent abandoned nuclear reactor containment vessel. -eP
  14. Here's what I think the difference is: If you fall off the top of a giant pylon in the middle of a river, then all you've hurt is yourself (and the guy in the kayak beneath you). If you poke around suspiciously in the bushes in a residential neighborhood, you may make other neighbors that didn't "opt-in" to geocaching nervous and uncomfortable. If we're gonna ban anything, I think there's a stronger case to ban the latter than the former. But I don't agree that anything needs banning or that rules need to change. -eP
  15. I've got 363 finds and 93 DNFs. Of those 93 DNFs, 5 were second attempts at resolving prior DNFs, so that's 88 individual caches I wasn't able to find. Of those 88, I went back and found all but 19 of them. Of those 19, about half were missing or strongly suspected of being missing at the time I searched. I'm in an urban area, so most of the caches I have found are micros. I don't really have a problem with them ... once you get used to them, they're not so bad. Here's some of the major categories of reasons for my DNFs: - Coordinates were wrong (off by more than 30'), - Cache description page was wrong (page says 35mm, but it's actually a nano tube), - Multicache stage was missing, - Cache hidden in areca palms (I hate those!) or other scrub hunt, - I was searching on waypoint alone and didn't have the hint, - Cache was very well camo'ed, or - I was just a blind idiot. Oh, and in one case, I had to abandon my search when the sprinklers came on and soaked my pants -eP
  16. I found a cache that was never listed (I'll be FTF if/when it does get published!) while I was scouting out a location for a hide of my own. I later found out that there had been multiple caches at that very spot, all of which had been archived for similar reasons, but that cache wasn't one of them (I'm guessing it was archived for those same reasons before it was ever listed).
  17. Don't get offended about having a thread in an internet forum locked. There are plenty of far more worthwhile causes in the world that are worthy of your offense ;-) As a forum reader, I'd rather have an old thread bumped than have to slog through a gazillion new threads of the same material. -eP
  18. Hmm ... can't let this one go without a response. No, the owner didn't find the cache. She didn't realize that what she had in her hand was the container. There's even a word for that: camouflage (look it up). So, by your logic, someone who uses a camouflaged container is a major arrogant moron? Wow. She also didn't sign the log sheet I left - she left a replacement container with her own log sheet that she signed. So, also by your logic, she should be entitled to log a find because she found the container that she left because she couldn't find the one I left? So, the cache owner that requests that someone delete their find log because they didn't open the container and sign the log sheet is a major arrogant moron? Double-wow. I'm geocaching. What game are you playing? Sounds more like Waymarking to me. EDIT: Looks like 75% of your finds so far are virtuals, webcams, and benchmarks. I guess you are playing a different game than I am. I made extra sure that the pen cache was exactly at the posted coordinates. And there is nothing in the description that is in any way intentionally or unintentionally untrue about the pen cache. Anyone who uses a camouflaged container is deliberately trying to mislead searchers, by definition. The purpose of the pen cache is to challenge the individual cacher's preconceived notions of what a cache container is or should be. For that, it works brilliantly. Personally, I find such cleverly-crafted containers to be one of the biggest rewards of geocaching, especially in an urban environment in which spectacular locations are short on supply. I'm guessing that you should probably stay away from the Cool Containers Thread over in the Geocaching Topics forum. It'll only put you in a bad mood. -eP BTW: The cacher that scored the true FTF found it immediately after arriving on site and loved the container. [/tangent]
  19. From the Earthcache Submittal Guidelines: Every piece of land is owned and managed by someone or some entity. You've got to get the explicit okay from that authority, or the GSA won't approve the report. I reported an Earthcache at a rest area off of an interstate highway, which I thought wouldn't need any permission at all. But I figured that I'd just make sure and try to get permission anyway before reporting it. I'm really glad that I did, because both the DOT and fish and wildlife folks needed to okay it and had strong concerns about it being reported as an earthcache. They were mostly concerned about whether or not there would be any physical items (such as containers, stickers, signs, etc.) that would need to be installed at the site. Assuring them that there would be no additional physical evidence was the only way to get their approval. -eP
  20. I've got a cache (GC115PN) that's been sitting unfound for over a month. It requires at least one visit to the posted coords. I've heard from many people that have been there and found what they needed to find, but nobody's figured out what to do with it. I've got another one (GC10AAN) that's solveable without a visit. Only one person has found it so far. The person who did find that one has hidden a number of really fun puzzles, all of which are solvable without site visits.They're simple, elegant, tricky, and rewarding. Gladeslvr and LJ&Co hid one of my favorite puzzle caches, Let the Games Begin. It requires travelling all over South Florida in search of 12 roaming TBs, then piecing together the clues attached to those TBs to solve the puzzle. It's been out for over a year, but it's only been found 8 times. Other good Florida puzzles have been hidden by footTRAX and Grey Wolf. -eP
  21. Heh heh heh ... the pen is the container ;-) -eP PS: The cacher did retract her FTF log when presented with the evidence.
  22. I've seen at least a dozen of those used as micro containers here. They're really evil when covered with camo tape.
  23. I was toying with the idea in the past of setting up a series of 10 caches (puzzle pieces in 9, collect 'em all and find the 10th). By total coincidence, I got 9 consecutive cache IDs, GCYXZ1 through GCYXZ9. I couldn't have planned it any better. Of course, I didn't place that series. I've got a plan for a new series that will take advantage of that happy coincidence.
  24. I do what Vinny and Sue Team do - make caches so hard to find that the risk of the log filling up really isn't an issue ;-)
  25. Certainly, sir! Are there any other caches you'd like me to find for you? -eP
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