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  1. I'll have to post the photo of the the fancy remote control that comes with the ones I saw in Japan. Using said remote, I discovered that when you are not sitting on them, the fountain effect can be pretty impressive. The opportunities for juvenile entertainment are tremendous... If you go to Malaysia they just give you a hole in the ground and a garden hose. There is no toilet paper or any paper. I wish they had told me that before I shook everybody's hand to say hello. Anyhow, whenever I had a yogi poking at the hole, I would sneak off and use the special VIP "western-style" toidey in the front office of the factory!
  2. Too Funny! Hey wait...are you picking on me? If those guys are Dilton and Archie then the gal must be Betty... Here is Betty with her caching bag. Well ... uhm, actually ... that's Jughead's body. Tell me Jodi dear, when did I ever pick on you? You put my head on JUGHEAD's body? Oh..so I look like a guy now huh???????????? War has ben declared! I'm off the hook because I said that you look like Betty. Jodi, How y' doin' gal-pal? Hope everything is fine with you today. I was just thinking about you and ... uhm ... what a lovely person you are. Yeah, that's it ... what a lovely and forgiving person you are. Nice work Pat, ... what a kiss-up. Poor ol' Harmon Kiss-up! Why I oughta!
  3. Too Funny! Hey wait...are you picking on me? If those guys are Dilton and Archie then the gal must be Betty... Here is Betty with her caching bag. Well ... uhm, actually ... that's Jughead's body. Tell me Jodi dear, when did I ever pick on you? You put my head on JUGHEAD's body? Oh..so I look like a guy now huh???????????? War has ben declared! I'm off the hook because I said that you look like Betty.
  4. Too Funny! Hey wait...are you picking on me? If those guys are Dilton and Archie then the gal must be Betty... Here is Betty with her caching bag. Well ... uhm, actually ... that's Jughead's body. Tell me Jodi dear, when did I ever pick on you? Sorry about that Harmon. The missing hat and glasses threw me off...
  5. Too Funny! Hey wait...are you picking on me? If those guys are Dilton and Archie then the gal must be Betty... Here is Betty with her caching bag.
  6. Harmon, do you think Jodi is still waiting for the results from her speed test? It's been a few hours now....
  7. Hey, thanks for sharing. Also received results from FisnJack by way of email. Here's my improved result. Gives me a chance to do a wrapup on my situation which, as you can see above, is much improved. At one point during my bout with Cox over the cable modems I took my laptop and the first modem out onto my driveway and connected directly to the streetside cable so's to definitely counter any argument about splitters, household cable, Ethernet wiring, and router. That confirmed the same 0.84 download and 0.29 upload speed. Once the second cable modem arrived and was installed, same poor result. Called Cox once again and went through the same elimination process with the surprising result that my Linksys router was faulty. My bad not rechecking that possibility once I had the second cable modem installed. As you can see from my post above I'm back in business as expected. There are three levels offered by Cox ... Essential at 1.5 Mb/s download, Preferred at 15 Mb/s, and Premier at 30 Mb/s. With cable modem and router problems behind me speed tests range between 14 and 19 Mb/s as expected. Back to being a happy-camper for Internet access ... for all those high resolution photos and videos in my life of Photoshop usage and tutoring. Nothing like beariing down on a problem that took over two months to resolve. What really spoiled me was working at Sandy Creek Ranch where we had a T-1 line and a 30-mile line-of-sight wireless access point. The heart of the cable-modem swapout is that if your cable modem is only good for DOCSIS 1.0 then it will have to be swapped out as Cox embraces DOCSIS 3.0. This problem first came up with the increased type and number of DTCMMBLB images I've had to handle. ... putting some strain on my broad band service if y' know what I mean. Harmon, my neighbor is an engineer at Motorola and he just gave me a Motorola SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0, Wireless-N WPS Modem/Router to try out. Sweet! Here are my updated speed test results: Best Buy sells the SBG6580 for about $150. Wireless-N is nice because that gives me 300M on my local network for DLNA streaming. Now that I have Wireless-N, I might get one of these. Pat, Don't return it! No, wait, tell him you lost it and then ask him to loan you another one so's I can have one too. Guess I'll have to Photoshop my SpeedTest report to get ahead of you. What router are you using? Sure feels better now that those problems are behind me. As it was watching six seconds of streaming video followed by ten seconds of a spinner, over and over again, wasn't a lot of fun. Made it too miserable to watch the Adobe tutorials when Photoshop CS5 was released. During off-hours I'm seeing up to low twenties and then down between 14 Mb/s and 19 Mb/s during peak hours. I can live with that but now I'm encouraged to consider buying an SBG6580. Amazon offers it at $99.95 with free shipping. Thanks pal, Harmon My speed varies too. The SBG6580 is a cable modem and a wireless (G&N) 4-port router all in one. It's been working great so far, but if I ever have troubles I have engineering support for it right across the street.
  8. Hey, thanks for sharing. Also received results from FisnJack by way of email. Here's my improved result. Gives me a chance to do a wrapup on my situation which, as you can see above, is much improved. At one point during my bout with Cox over the cable modems I took my laptop and the first modem out onto my driveway and connected directly to the streetside cable so's to definitely counter any argument about splitters, household cable, Ethernet wiring, and router. That confirmed the same 0.84 download and 0.29 upload speed. Once the second cable modem arrived and was installed, same poor result. Called Cox once again and went through the same elimination process with the surprising result that my Linksys router was faulty. My bad not rechecking that possibility once I had the second cable modem installed. As you can see from my post above I'm back in business as expected. There are three levels offered by Cox ... Essential at 1.5 Mb/s download, Preferred at 15 Mb/s, and Premier at 30 Mb/s. With cable modem and router problems behind me speed tests range between 14 and 19 Mb/s as expected. Back to being a happy-camper for Internet access ... for all those high resolution photos and videos in my life of Photoshop usage and tutoring. Nothing like beariing down on a problem that took over two months to resolve. What really spoiled me was working at Sandy Creek Ranch where we had a T-1 line and a 30-mile line-of-sight wireless access point. The heart of the cable-modem swapout is that if your cable modem is only good for DOCSIS 1.0 then it will have to be swapped out as Cox embraces DOCSIS 3.0. This problem first came up with the increased type and number of DTCMMBLB images I've had to handle. ... putting some strain on my broad band service if y' know what I mean. Harmon, my neighbor is an engineer at Motorola and he just gave me a Motorola SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0, Wireless-N WPS Modem/Router to try out. Sweet! Here are my updated speed test results: Best Buy sells the SBG6580 for about $150. Wireless-N is nice because that gives me 300M on my local network for DLNA streaming. Now that I have Wireless-N, I might get one of these.
  9. Crap! That's going to kill streaming movies from Netflix. My speed is still OK for the time being... No lie ... streaming videos would run only six seconds before reloading for ten seconds, on and on.. Story goes like this ... one day a UPS carton showed up at my front door. Inside was a Motorola SB5101 cable modem and a letter. Said ""Your existing modem will be incompatible with our service on August 31st ." Provided was a replacement modem, no charge. Installed it and lost 72% of my download and upload speed, totally unworkable. Turned out that the modem sent to me was second-hand and already had an assigned MAC address. Down where I come from we've got a name for goods like that. Time passed, ... time passed, ... second carton arrived at my front door today. Result as follows. Now I'm steamed because Trailgators one-upped my download speed. Thanks a lot fella, I was going to feel better. Maybe you pay extra for more speed? Underlying issue is that Cox is heading toward DOCSIS 3.0 so all old DOCSIS 1.0 modems have to go bye-bye. If any of you encounter this then make sure to call the Cox technical guys at 1-888-556-1193 so that they can verify and validate the HFC MAC address that's on the nameplate under the modem. Make sure you don't use the email support address, nothing but a summer-intern call-center with a generic troubleshooting list; as in, "Is the power cable plugged into the wall outlet?" or "Do you have to go to the bathroom?" Nope, I don't pay extra. If I did the premium service would supposedly give me 30M down, but that's peak and they guarantee nada. There are some nights that the speed drastically drops for no apparent reason and I have to call them. I agree about the poor support but they must be an equal opportunity employer because they obviously hire the people that put the round peg in the square hole. O so now I get it, they follow an I-5 versus Highway 67 philosophy. Goes like this "If y'all are east-county then y'all surely don't need no download speed. B'sides, Harmon honey, y'all is just a bunch o' behin' th' times senior citizens waitin' on th' call t' come home, it's supper time." Why I oughta .... Hmm, would be fun if other county Geocachers would run a network speedtest and post results and mention their general area of the county. Maybe not, it'll just make me feel worse won't it? http://www.speedtest.net/ While I had the 0.806 Mb/s thang goin' on I decided to download a trial version of Adobe Photoshop ELements 8.0 so's I could properly answer a question from FisnJack; guess what, over four-hour download. It was dialup dejà vu all over again. Back when I was a boy bits hadn't been invented yet. It was a better life without bits, you know, more or less. Note to Self: Pat puts up his peak against my average ... rascal. Harmon, I live off the 15. You know what they say "Some like it hot!" If I were you I would complain or least least tell Cox you should pay the fee for what you are actually getting. The basic Cox plan is 1.5M down, the normal one is 15M down and the premium one is 30M down. Yeah well, I asked three times now for them to reimburse me for the two months of bad service while trying to get them to resolve the modem issue. No response from them whatsoever. Maybe English is just their second or third language. Of all my carefully composed problem statments sent to them, not once did I receive a reply that gave me the slightest assurance that somebody read my messages; much less understood them. I'm bundling a package of my unanswered emails and sending the bundle to the Cox mojo-man. Maybe his staff will let a few of my remarks leak-through to their boss ... should give him a few laughs during cocktails. Sounds like Cox. Funny how the company name makes me think of something else when they give me the same runaround...
  10. Crap! That's going to kill streaming movies from Netflix. My speed is still OK for the time being... No lie ... streaming videos would run only six seconds before reloading for ten seconds, on and on.. Story goes like this ... one day a UPS carton showed up at my front door. Inside was a Motorola SB5101 cable modem and a letter. Said ""Your existing modem will be incompatible with our service on August 31st ." Provided was a replacement modem, no charge. Installed it and lost 72% of my download and upload speed, totally unworkable. Turned out that the modem sent to me was second-hand and already had an assigned MAC address. Down where I come from we've got a name for goods like that. Time passed, ... time passed, ... second carton arrived at my front door today. Result as follows. Now I'm steamed because Trailgators one-upped my download speed. Thanks a lot fella, I was going to feel better. Maybe you pay extra for more speed? Underlying issue is that Cox is heading toward DOCSIS 3.0 so all old DOCSIS 1.0 modems have to go bye-bye. If any of you encounter this then make sure to call the Cox technical guys at 1-888-556-1193 so that they can verify and validate the HFC MAC address that's on the nameplate under the modem. Make sure you don't use the email support address, nothing but a summer-intern call-center with a generic troubleshooting list; as in, "Is the power cable plugged into the wall outlet?" or "Do you have to go to the bathroom?" Nope, I don't pay extra. If I did the premium service would supposedly give me 30M down, but that's peak and they guarantee nada. There are some nights that the speed drastically drops for no apparent reason and I have to call them. I agree about the poor support but they must be an equal opportunity employer because they obviously hire the people that put the round peg in the square hole. O so now I get it, they follow an I-5 versus Highway 67 philosophy. Goes like this "If y'all are east-county then y'all surely don't need no download speed. B'sides, Harmon honey, y'all is just a bunch o' behin' th' times senior citizens waitin' on th' call t' come home, it's supper time." Why I oughta .... Hmm, would be fun if other county Geocachers would run a network speedtest and post results and mention their general area of the county. Maybe not, it'll just make me feel worse won't it? http://www.speedtest.net/ While I had the 0.806 Mb/s thang goin' on I decided to download a trial version of Adobe Photoshop ELements 8.0 so's I could properly answer a question from FisnJack; guess what, over four-hour download. It was dialup dejà vu all over again. Back when I was a boy bits hadn't been invented yet. It was a better life without bits, you know, more or less. Note to Self: Pat puts up his peak against my average ... rascal. Harmon, I live off the 15. You know what they say "Some like it hot!" If I were you I would complain or least least tell Cox you should pay the fee for what you are actually getting. The basic Cox plan is 1.5M down, the normal one is 15M down and the premium one is 30M down.
  11. Crap! That's going to kill streaming movies from Netflix. My speed is still OK for the time being... No lie ... streaming videos would run only six seconds before reloading for ten seconds, on and on.. Story goes like this ... one day a UPS carton showed up at my front door. Inside was a Motorola SB5101 cable modem and a letter. Said ""Your existing modem will be incompatible with our service on August 31st ." Provided was a replacement modem, no charge. Installed it and lost 72% of my download and upload speed, totally unworkable. Turned out that the modem sent to me was second-hand and already had an assigned MAC address. Down where I come from we've got a name for goods like that. Time passed, ... time passed, ... second carton arrived at my front door today. Result as follows. Now I'm steamed because Trailgators one-upped my download speed. Thanks a lot fella, I was going to feel better. Maybe you pay extra for more speed? Underlying issue is that Cox is heading toward DOCSIS 3.0 so all old DOCSIS 1.0 modems have to go bye-bye. If any of you encounter this then make sure to call the Cox technical guys at 1-888-556-1193 so that they can verify and validate the HFC MAC address that's on the nameplate under the modem. Make sure you don't use the email support address, nothing but a summer-intern call-center with a generic troubleshooting list; as in, "Is the power cable plugged into the wall outlet?" or "Do you have to go to the bathroom?" Nope, I don't pay extra. If I did the premium service would supposedly give me 30M down, but that's peak and they guarantee nada. There are some nights that the speed drastically drops for no apparent reason and I have to call them. I agree about the poor support but they must be an equal opportunity employer because they obviously hire the people that put the round peg in the square hole.
  12. Crap! That's going to kill streaming movies from Netflix. My speed is still OK for the time being...
  13. On the downside, you'll be deprived of the use of your Nuvi for a couple of weeks. I've got one of the affected units. I've printed out the RMA shipping label, but haven't sent it back yet. So if you see a flaming Prius, it might be me... Flaming Prius? James, not you of all the manly-man Geocachers in our county. Say it isn't so. Glad to hear that my 205W is OK...
  14. Thanks Moose Mob... Besides the Gem of Big Sur, we are also going to do The Prettiest Place in the World and Score Some Points in Point Lobos. There is also a cool looking one called San Simeon Seal and Sunset Spot just north of San Simeon where you get to see the Elephant seals!
  15. We are! I think I can make this one because we aren't going to Wisconsin this year... Not sure what trails I'm doing but I cant wait for the mountains again! I think I want to hit some long trails and I think the peak is open again abut I have to confirm. I have never been up there and it is suppose to be amazing! There are lots of good ones up there! The last time I was in Big Bear, Miragee and I bushwhacked to the top of Gold Mountain while caching near Barb's house. When we got to the top we saw a Jeep with humongous tires. These tires had to be at least 40". Anyhow, we logged a geocache and the terracache that we were after. It wasn't that hard going up but we didn't want to go back down the way we came up. So we took the main trail down. It was steep in spots and we were walking very fast. Too fast as it turns out. About half way down, my right foot stepped on a slick rock with sand on it and immediately slid off. I went down so fast I barely had time to get my hand out to stop my face was smashing into the ground. I smashed my Palm Pilot which was in my left front pocket. I later developed a bruise on my thigh the exact rectangular shape of the Palm Pilot. During the fall I twisted and hurt my knee. Miragee asked me if I was OK. I was really embarrassed for falling and said I was. I was sore but was able to make it down to the bottom. We called Barb to come pick us up because there was no way I could walk 4 more miles back to her house. I thought it did, but the story didn't end there. Two weeks later I was fine and playing volleyball at a work picnic. I ran for a ball and planted my right foot to stop and my right knee snapped. It sounded like a tree branch breaking. It actually bent completely outwards the wrong way. I found out later that my ACL was completely gone. There was nothing left of it. So I needed a new one. I really didn't think that I did anything out of the ordinary to snap it. However, later on it dawned on me that I must have partially torn it on Gold Mountain. The rest of the story is that I was out of commission for a long time. I lost contact with a lot of people while I was away. I haven't seen Miragee since. Anyhow, I'm as good as new and I'm looking forward to seeing Big Bear again! I also remember wanting to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain sometime when I was there. I can't remember who but someone said it wasn't that hard a hike. Of course, if there's room in somebody's 4x4 that might be better for me. My wife would kill me if I messed up my other knee! I was almost ready to say that we would be glad to go hiking with you until I read the part about your wife killing ya...and now we're scared to drag you anywhere! Our FJ will be "John-proofed" ( new suspension, lifted a little, skid plates, body repairs) by then but we will be in Vermont on Aug 20th. So anxious to go on a ride with the JEEP folks...but there will be lots of other trips. Don't be scared, Jodi. I'm not going to let a little stop me...
  16. We are! I think I can make this one because we aren't going to Wisconsin this year... Not sure what trails I'm doing but I cant wait for the mountains again! I think I want to hit some long trails and I think the peak is open again abut I have to confirm. I have never been up there and it is suppose to be amazing! There are lots of good ones up there! The last time I was in Big Bear, Miragee and I bushwhacked to the top of Gold Mountain while caching near Barb's house. When we got to the top we saw a Jeep with humongous tires. These tires had to be at least 40". Anyhow, we logged a geocache and the terracache that we were after. It wasn't that hard going up but we didn't want to go back down the way we came up. So we took the main trail down. It was steep in spots and we were walking very fast. Too fast as it turns out. About half way down, my right foot stepped on a slick rock with sand on it and immediately slid off. I went down so fast I barely had time to get my hand out to stop my face was smashing into the ground. I smashed my Palm Pilot which was in my left front pocket. I later developed a bruise on my thigh the exact rectangular shape of the Palm Pilot. During the fall I twisted and hurt my knee. Miragee asked me if I was OK. I was really embarrassed for falling and said I was. I was sore but was able to make it down to the bottom. We called Barb to come pick us up because there was no way I could walk 4 more miles back to her house. I thought it did, but the story didn't end there. Two weeks later I was fine and playing volleyball at a work picnic. I ran for a ball and planted my right foot to stop and my right knee snapped. It sounded like a tree branch breaking. It actually bent completely outwards the wrong way. I found out later that my ACL was completely gone. There was nothing left of it. So I needed a new one. I really didn't think that I did anything out of the ordinary to snap it. However, later on it dawned on me that I must have partially torn it on Gold Mountain. The rest of the story is that I was out of commission for a long time. I lost contact with a lot of people while I was away. I haven't seen Miragee since. Anyhow, I'm as good as new and I'm looking forward to seeing Big Bear again! I also remember wanting to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain sometime when I was there. I can't remember who but someone said it wasn't that hard a hike. Of course, if there's room in somebody's 4x4 that might be better for me. My wife would kill me if I messed up my other knee!
  17. The 4 was not made like this, but remember doing this on the TI-30?: 0.1134 and 710.77345?
  18. We are! I think I can make this one because we aren't going to Wisconsin this year...
  19. I've noticed that "unknowns" tend to be nanos. I've also noticed that Altoids containers have been slowly transitioning into the "small" category. So smalls these days are what used to be micros...
  20. I'm the same way. I walk by caches all the time when they don't look interesting to me. I don't care about numbers. It's not why I do it. I have cached with groups and the purpose of that was more social and it was fun. So it didn't bother me to stop at every cache while chatting. However, when I got home I only logged the ones that I enjoyed and ignored the rest.
  21. Why go as far as 600? Go for every 528 feet. Make it a road like Route 80 and hide a film canister on every .1 mile marker from NY to San Francisco. Think of the numbers people can rack up! Why stay on the main highway. Stick the the surface streets and you could probably triple the number of caches. A few months ago a new "worlds record" was announced from caches founded along the power trail near Denver. A couple months later the trail of the gods came out and the number of caches found in 24 hours record was smashed using that PT which had over 600 caches. Most recently the ET power trail with 1000 caches was published and although the gloating has been pretty reserved there have been claims of find counts which exceeded the TotG records. There are also several accounts of finders taking 2-3 days to do the trail. When will see see a 2000 cache trail. How about 5000 or 10,000 identical caches placed as close as possible tp provide numbers hounds with high find counts? Where does it end? They can't be "finding" caches anymore to get numbers like that. As long as charity finds like that are part of the game maybe GS could make a real charity cache. They could give a find credit for every dollar or can of food that someone gives to a central "cache" for the poor. We could all applaud someone getting 1,000 of those charity finds!
  22. Ain't that the truth... P.S. Like your quote: "Don't pet the sweaty things."
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