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  1. The .NET Windows component is not that big (23Mb download, 76Mb when installed) and doesn't add to processor utilization. On a modern computer with typical 30-60GB disk it is not something to consider. The .NET Framework comes from Microsoft windows update site - here is more info: http://www.earthquakemap.com/getnet http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  2. When preparing for the trip, you can use Pocket Queries in GPX format and load the file in QuakeMap (note the yellow pop-up - appears when you hover mouse over a cache): http://www.quakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg And there is plenty of software for PDA - check out this forum : http://ubbx.Groundspeak.com/6/ubb.x?a=frm&s=5726007311&f=7116058331 http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  3. When you are done looking, follow the link below: http://www.quakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg Welcome to the hobby, and happy trails! http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  4. Probably GpsBabel http://gpsbabel.sourceforge.net/ is a good tool for it. If you want detailed info on protocols etc. - look at http://www.gpsinformation.net/ And if you just want to do Geocaching - without getting hurt - folllow the link below :-) http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  5. Use QuakeMap to look at aerial/topos, to print the map (photo gloss) and load geocaches to the unit; that's enough to find the caches. And later for analyzing your tracks, making annotated photo collection etc. Link below. Happy trails, http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  6. To load and analyze track logs try QuakeMap software for PC - easy enough to use, lots of geocacher-oriented features. You will like "color by elevation" feature for your bike trails (color by speed is also there) Happy trails, http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  7. Garmin eTrex Vista served me well so far. And don't forget to tool yourself with real Geocaching software (you got it - QuakeMap!) Happy trails http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  8. Drag&drop .loc file on QuakeMap icon on the desktop (or on the open QuakeMap window) and use GPS->GPS Manager to load waypoints to your GPS http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  9. Can't say for OtherGPS software, but if you are interested in having aerial/topo maps and geocaches on PocketPC or Palm - check out this thread: http://ubbx.Groundspeak.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=5726007311&f=7116058331&m=69060818 It is in beta testing, but if you jump on early and help the developer - rewards are there :-) Happy trails! http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  10. Pocket Queries in GPX format contain lots of cache-related data and enhance (compared to .loc files) display of Geocaches in QuakeMap. Just drag and drop your Pocket Query file (unzipped) on QuakeMap window and hover the mouse over caches. See http://www.earthquakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg - this is how much information is available on PC from a PocketQuery http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  11. To upgrade firmware you have to use the serial connection, right? If you run your 4.02 upgrader again, it should connect and detect the device (and probably refuse to upgrade). If it does, the cable/port/etc. are functional. If not, the 4.06 or whatever won't connect either... http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  12. You might have better luck loading waypoints (and Pocket Queries in GPX format) in QuakeMap. http://www.earthquakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg Happy trails, http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  13. Let me introduce QuakeMap - http://www.earthquakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg Happy Trails, http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  14. Pocket Queries in GPX format contain lots of cache-related data and enhance (compared to .loc files) display of Geocaches in QuakeMap. Just drag and drop your Pocket Query file (unzipped) on QuakeMap window and hover the mouse over caches. See http://www.earthquakemap.com/pages/screenshots/GeocachesDetail.jpg - this is how much information is available on PC from a PocketQuery http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  15. The water, once it got into the closed case, may leave subtle corrosion that will develop in time and shut the electronics down - now forever. There are two ways to deal with it - disassemble the unit, wash the circuits with alcohol and REALLY dry it, or replace the thing if under warranty. Washing the circuits requires some skill and luck, so don't do it unless you have both. Sometimes placing the unit on a sunny spot for a day (open, batteries out, screen down) may dry it well enough - if done within a day or two of wetting it. Just wanted to add that it is really naive to expect water-proof from GPS. Just look at it with your engineering eye open, and you will see. The seals , even if tight initially, will wear out within days, etc. The manufacturer's intent was not to make it waterproof for you, but to pass the test. So, use the plastic bag if you want results :-) http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  16. Get a Garmin. At least when your wife will want to check your track logs, she will be happy to find you in all the right places. That's if you stick to aerial photo software of course (you are not in doubt about getting QuakeMap, are you? :-) P.S. Garmin tracking seems to be more smooth on the map because the unit samples position at a higher rate. My Garmin eTrex Vista beats Magellan SporTrak Pro hands down in this respect, but coordinates reported when static are pretty much the same on both units. http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  17. I think the industry just overlooked USB - and now the Bluetooth is coming and there is no much sense to catch up with the older USB technology. Having USB-only connection would cut out many potential customers, having both USB and Serial - drive the price up. Existing software relies on RS232 heavily. As for speeds and protocols: -- Magellan works fine up to 115000 baud with it's NMEA-like protocol, but with handshaking it is still slow, and without - unreliable. -- Garmin has it's own network-like protocol, working at 9600 baud, very old and reliable enough in its own convoluded ways. Both companies are heavily invested in their protocols and won't change anything any time soon. http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  18. My Hotmail box is also getting noticeably less spam now. My guess is that many sysadmins were awaken by Sobig and Love worms and tightened their systems up. http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  19. For mapping applications you want color screen at least 320x320 pixels, lots of memory and a memory card. Here is a list of what meets the requirements: http://www.earthquakemap.com/pda.html http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  20. Try this link: http://www.keenpeople.com/index.php?option=articles&task=viewarticle&artid=4&Itemid=3 Overall, keenpeople.com has some amazing GPS-related stuff, big kudos to them! http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  21. Here is another lookup facility, with free database used: http://vitalbytes.com/ziptocoord.aspx http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  22. If in doubt, load your track log into a real mapping program (like QuakeMap :-) - the aerial photos are very well aligned with coordinates, and you will see that you actually have traveled the road, not the nearby bushes http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  23. I guess the big question is will MapAdvisor support older/cheaper PDAs. The problem for now is that maps (tiles) take some room in memory and aerial/topo doesn't fit well on screens smaller than 320x320 pixels. So I understand MapAdvisor's intent to target the new PDAs first. Half a year from now this won't be an issue due to natural rotation of PDA population (we all will get our Christmas presents this year, right? :-). http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  24. Some mapping programs allow you to switch between the coordinates presentation. In QuakeMap use Map-->Options menu to select first presentation, make a waypoint by entering coordinates and then select different presentation if you need to see coordinates converted. http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
  25. Check out this thread http://ubbx.Groundspeak.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=5726007311&f=7116058331&m=69060818 and, naturally, http://www.quakemap.com/pda.html Happy trails! http://www.quakemap.com - redefining Easy...
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