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  1. I have recently just gotten back into Geocaching after not doing it for quite some time. Anyway, in the process, I have been trying to manage my Garmin GPS with my Linux laptop (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, for those interested) and while this IS possible using a few different open source software tools, it is an excruciating process. It is not, by any means, convenient or good. In the midst of searching for better solutions, I found this nice petition to port Garmin software to Linux. I do not know just how effective it will be, but I signed it in the hope that it will make a change with Garmin. This petition, if successful, will make it so much easier for a decent amount of people when it comes to managing Garmin GPS under Linux. You can view and sign the petition HERE <--Link. This would be a great step forward for Linux using Geocachers. Please consider signing this. Sincerely, Joe Arndt
  2. I'll take the 200 off your hands for $50 :-P
  3. Pictures? You say beat up... does that apply to the screens? as long everything is functional, and the screens have minimal or no scratches, this is a steal!
  4. If you are interested in using something other then just the website for stat tracking, it would probably benefit you to become a premium member. When you become a premium member you can download a zipped GPX file of all your stats. At this point, there would be a number of options.Probably the most common, which is internet based so it wouldn't matter what OS you are running, would be www.itsnotaboutthenumbers.com. They do an outstanding job on stats. Any and every type of stat there is they have calculated on there. The cool thing is, you can check out other peoples stats too. P.S. A Window$ based app for stats would be "cachestats". But as stated above, you need to be a premium member to use it... P.P.S. Something for Mac users to check out might be www.maccaching.com. Not sure whats there since I don't have a Mac I haven't really looked into it.
  5. I recently purchased a Dell Mini 9 and I absolutely love this thing. Everything I used on Windows either runs on Ubuntu or has a great (sometimes better) alternative. All except Geocaching software that is. Or should I say was? I was having a ton of trouble getting any Geo-software to run on my mini 9, even the stuff that supposedly worked on Ubuntu. And I was really missing being able to use EasyGPS as it was my favorite software on Windows. Then I found it. THIS (<-- link) post. It will instruct you on getting EasyGPS running on Linux. Now, it was done on Ubuntu, but since it's running through Wine, any flavor that can run Wine should work. The only downside I can find with this whole experience, is that you cannot run the latest version of EasyGPS. You must settle with version 1.3.7. But that's ok in my book. At least now I can actually use my GPS with my laptop, and get one step closer to completely never touching Windows again. That to me, is big enough of an up side to more then make up for that one small downside ;-)
  6. Just out of curiosity, could you link that cache along the Mississippi?
  7. Go to any non-PMOC cache page. Click the link, "log your visit" in the upper right corner.The url will look like this http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?ID=232624 then change the "ID=" to "WP=" and replace the number with the GC code of the PMOC in question so you get: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?WP=GCNJVY go to that link and log the cache. Oh I am sorry. I guess I was referring to "finding" them part, not the logging part. I should have clarified. So let me rephrase this. Could someone point me to the documentation of how non-PM's can find PMOCs? Traditionals can be found by manipulating the Nearest Cache List. Change the coordinates in the URL until the distance to cache say "here" and you're within 20'. Or you can be with someone who is a PM. Huh, that's pretty cool. Anything else I should know about?
  8. Go to any non-PMOC cache page. Click the link, "log your visit" in the upper right corner. The url will look like this http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?ID=232624 then change the "ID=" to "WP=" and replace the number with the GC code of the PMOC in question so you get: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?WP=GCNJVY go to that link and log the cache. Oh I am sorry. I guess I was referring to "finding" them part, not the logging part. I should have clarified. So let me rephrase this. Could someone point me to the documentation of how non-PM's can find PMOCs?
  9. I'm fully aware of the ways to find and log PMOC caches. I'm sure you can think of other reasons why the logs for a cache might need investigating. My point was is that it's been the experience of a few that switched a cache that was continually being stolen to a PMOC and the pirating stopped. There are rational reasons for a PMOC outside of the elitist connotation. I am not aware of these... Not that it matters because I am a PM, but someone point to these documents?
  10. Okay, so it looks as though you may have gotten your answer already... but what will it hurt to add some more info? This is a little "guide" as you may call it on, well, everything this thread is about. Here goes! Paperless caching info Intro: Have you heard of CacheMate? It is an $8 program for palm PDA's and handheld PC's. It comes with a little program that converts a pocket query into a palm .PDB file. All that means is that it will be compatible with your Palm PDA. I personally think this is the best way to go. It sounds a little complicated, but in reality, once you get started it only takes 7 mins to load 500 caches to my PDA and GPS. Here I will go into detail on how to get started will CacheMate using a Palm PDA. First thing you do when you get your PDA is to setup the software that came with it. This is fairly self explanatory. After you have done this, go to www.smittyware.com then go the CacheMate link. Go through the process of purchasing it. then you should be able to download a .zip file (I can't remember if it comes in the email, or if you get it from the website). "unzip" this file then load the necessary files to your PDA. It will tell you which files to load inside the .zip file, so don't worry about knowing which ones to load. Okay, now that you have the program on your PDA, you can download a PQ to put into it. Go to the GC.com site and go through the PQ process, then make sure at the bottom of the PQ page that you have selected it to send you the .GPX version NOT the .LOC file. wait a few minutes and you should get an email with the results. The PQ comes in a .zip file as well, so you need to unzip it. inside you will find to .GPX files, one with a string of numbers and one that has a string of numbers with a "wpts". For your first time, don't bother with the one that has the "wpts". Just delete it (you may find that you want to use it in the future, but that's just another thing to add to this, so don't mess with it). Now that you have that figured out, open your GPS managing program (either EasyGPS or GSAK) and load the .GPX file. Then send it to your GPS. Now don't delete that .GPX file yet. Open the program that came with CacheMate, it should be titled "CMConvert" and click (in the upperleft) "file", "load" then select the .GPX file. then highlight all of the below loaded caches and click "file", "export PDB". Name it what ever you like. Now hotsync that PDB file your PDA. Next time you turn oe your PDA and go into the program CacheMate, it will ask you to put that file into a category. And now you're done! Tools: I would suggest using EasyGPS to load Cache to your GPS and GSAK for specific filtering of caches. EasyGPS does not have a map at all, just caches, this may be a little wird but you don't really need one anyway, you only really need a map on GPS. Here is some Q and A: Q-How does the info open up on the palm, like a word doc? or pdf? Does it look just like the web page? are the hints unscrambled? What about the map? A-The way that you view the cache sin CacheMate is simply a list of the caches. You can sort them by cache name or by the GCXXXX code. Once you have decided which to sort by you can find the cache you want to view in the list then jut click on it. A new screen will pop up with the name, GCXXXX, difficulty, terrain, type. Then a line break and the owner, size. Then another line break and the description. Another line break and the hint. Another line break and the first log and how ever many you choose when exporting the .PDB file earlier(I think that you can only go up to 5). You can choose for the hint to be scrambled or unscrambled, which ever you choose. Sadly, there are no maps that come with CacheMate, but you can get another Palm program called EarthComber (that one will need its own little thread) it is completely free and has very good detail. Q-What is the max size of SD card supported? I searched on it and got 1 gig. Does that sound about right? I dont figure that the PQ will fit the on board memory. A-You actually don't need to get one to do CacheMate. The exported .PDB file takes VERY little space. The max SD memory will very depending on which unit you get. My Tungsten T3 will take a gig, but the Tungsten TX will take 4. The older ones might not have any SD slot in the first place. Any Palm PDA can hold (on its internal memory) at least 5 PQ's. Chances are that they will hold more, that's 5000 cache records! More than anyone would ever need! Q-Is there a way to change all my waypoint names to the actual names on my GPS instead of the code? It would be nice to see the cache name on the GPS instead of the code name. A-For EasyGPS, simply open it then click "edit" and at the bottom select "preferences". A new little box will open up with a few different tabs one of which says "my GPS receivers", click on that one. Now you should see more buttons in this order "remove", "geocaching...", "settings", "add GPS". Click on "Geocaching..." and a new window will open. At the top you should see "waypoint:" with a drop down window next to it. Change the drop down from "geocache ID" to "geocache name". And now you are done. For GSAK, I have no clue . You will have to ask someone else Q-Can I store (separate) pocket query's on my palm and just load them (within in the palm) one at a time? Right now when ever I load different pocket query's they just keep getting added in together. I did install a one gig SD card just to have it in there thinking that I could just load separate queries from there, but I can’t get it to work from there either. A-Yes. You have to make a new waypoint database in the Palm before you import the data into the palm, open that database and it will create a separate file for those waypoints. (Depending on how you have your palm set up, it may also merge the waypoints into the default database, too).
  11. I guess I can see your point... sorta. But if you feel so strongly on the issue then do one of two things. 1) stop your PM payments or 2) Keep supporting the game with your PM, but simply don't hunt PMOCs. One thing that does not make any sense to me is that you said you saw these *after* you became a PM. As far as I am aware, these caches are always visible on a list, you just can't reads the description. This seems a bit odd.
  12. Someone already said it in this thread. If it's not fun, then it kinda defeats the purpose. For me, I have fun, but I most definitely keep my online records. That's part of the "hobby" to me. On the other hand, a lot of people take joy in staying anonymous that's fine too.
  13. For those of us that are using FireFox as our browser, there is a GreaseMonkey script rating system.
  14. ****This is not a personal attack**** I think it's odd that you "haven't been playing the game that long" and yet you have over 250 forum posts.... Just intrigued me. Wow, I have participated in too many cointests in the geocoin forums ! I didn't realize I have racked up that many "posts".... Editing to say that now I see off to the left where it shows my posts. I assure you most have been cointests and I have only been geocaching since March, which to me means I haven't been playing the game that long. Oh, I see. You're one of those weirdos... That makes since though.
  15. ****This is not a personal attack**** I think it's odd that you "haven't been playing the game that long" and yet you have over 250 forum posts.... Just intrigued me.
  16. Click on the "Numbers" link and watch the video. I heard the cords given in the call between two of the characters, but being listed as a puzzle I would think there's something hidden in the video that are the real cords. That or maybe I'm just over thinking it and thinking the cache owner is trying to be tricky. Regardless, really neat way to hand out the cords. Really something different. Very neat idea. Often cache owners will be tricky by hiding messages in the source code... there is a message in the source code of the page with the video. Just a little FYI.
  17. The proper pronunciation is like the cash, as in money.
  18. Wouldn't the Geocaching capital be the closest city to the first cache ever placed? That is where I would say the "capital" is.
  19. I like to cache like this as well. In fact, almost every one of my finds has been similar to this. I say similar because I do load a little more info, I like to know the size and the type and sometimes the difficulty. I decided to do it like this after I encountered what Briansnat did, came across a virtual.
  20. Yup, that's the best you can do. Like I said before running a PQ using these attributes is sure way to get at least a decent portion of the nightcaches.
  21. So, am I correct in my understanding that the only thing keeping the trap from snapping is a piece of plastic under the trigger plate? You know people are going to pick the trap up... especially kids. If it's in the air the plastic thing isn't going to stop it from snapping. It would appear that the "arm" or "latch" that pops up when the trap is set of has been welded or glued to the rest of the trap. Of course I have sure information on this, but this is what it looks like to me. I would think it highly unlikely that anyone with an ounce of common sense would set the cache on a live functioning trap. That is if the trap could cause harm. Just my 2 cents worth.
  22. This program does not work for any of Nuvi series I take it.... I just tried and it will not find my Nuvi 200W.
  23. You already can, sort of. If you become a premium member (which I would Highly recommend) then you can run something called a Pocket Query. These will sort out caches in the ways that you choose, including by attribute. Just punch in the right stuff and you get a list of all the night caches from anywhere that you choose.
  24. Actually I'm referring to this program.... http://vip.hyperusa.com/~dougs/geocachingdb/geocachingdb.htm I don't know anything about this program, but from seeing some of the screen shots and the price I would get CacheMate instead. It's only $8 and the layout appears to be more user friendly. Plus, it has good customer service. All of these things play a factor that would lead me to say: Get CacheMate instead.
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