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  1. It would be nearly impossible to guess what could be causing it; when you introduce a filter there are many options in there that can be inadvertently checked that would result in 0 results. I'd start with a new filter, and check your results each step of the way.
  2. I call mine Jeepus (pronounced "gee - pus")... just pronouncing GPS as it should be pronounced I'm always talking to it in the car while we're driving somewhere ("Jeepus won't mislead us!").
  3. It's working for me in Firefox, for what it's worth. The only thing that's not "working" is that the caches are uploaded with a generic symbol (instead of a Geocache symbol), like when this feature was first introduced.
  4. Just to present a differing opinion... I use the Geocaching mode all the time on my 60csx. I would argue that the calendar is not "totally useless" for caching purposes. I wouldn't use the calendar for much of anything else, but if I've done a number of caches in a day, when I get home and start logging them, it is EXTREMELY convenient to have a list of all my day's finds in the calendar. When you click "Found" on the compass screen, it automatically saves the cache ID into the calendar... so I have a very nice list of the codes for logging purposes. I don't *always* use the "next nearest cache" feature, but I quite often do. It's a pretty handy feature for my purposes. If I'm not going to search for the next one, all I have to do is click "Stop," and that's that. No biggie. You can indeed load the hints into the "Note" field, if you have a little savvy with GSAK. It restricts you to 30 characters, I believe, but more often than not, it's enough of the hint that you can figure out what it's saying. Anyway... I find this mode quite useful, personally.
  5. It would probably be helpful to have a real address from you to be able to test it out... My parents' address changed a few years ago for the same reason here in Pennsylvania. Their address used to be "RD2 Box 115" in their community, but is now a standard street address. Their new address does work correctly in CN 2008, for what it's worth.
  6. I also came to the boards specifically in hopes of learning more about this unusual change... and I'm also very glad to hear that it'll be changed back. I liked it the way it was... with the GCXXXX code first. That was very helpful to me to have it that way.
  7. Ooooh... it would be nice if they added a bookmark list like that! It is pretty easy to separate the caches by keyword in GSAK, as an alternate method.
  8. The two biggest differences (and the two reasons I upgraded from a 60CS to a 60csx) are the expandable memory, and the high-sensitivity chip. The difference in the chip is night and day, I must say. The 60CS served me very well, but I am very glad to have upgraded.
  9. I don't know whether there are maps available or not... but I have definitely enjoyed having the GPS along for cruises! Just having the basemap will be good enough to be able to get a good idea how far you are from land and so forth. And you can normally find coordinates for various ports of call that you can enter ahead of time... it's fun to be able to see where you are in relation to the next port. And naturally, I'd do a bunch of pocket queries to load up all the caches at each port!
  10. Dumb question, but are you converting the coordinates to ones that Microsoft S&T uses? The typical format we use at the Geocaching site is not one of the coordinate formats they use. If you're trying to wiggle the numbers directly from GC.com into S&T, you'd have to convert them to the format that S&T supports first.
  11. I'm guessing that you're only using the basemap, and you haven't uploaded detailed maps to the unit? The map that comes built-in on the 60CSx isn't nearly as accurate as what you'll get with the optional maps, like City Navigator, etc. The basemap is meant to be very basic, includes main highways and major lakes, etc., but isn't very reliable and is not very detailed. As a result, you could indeed appear to be standing in a lake on the map while you're on shore.
  12. I have a Palm TX, and I've been very happy with Cachemate and GSAK, too. It's great to have all of those details along without messing with paper all the time. Plus with the WiFI capabilities, it's nice to be able to stop at a hotspot and look up more current information if need be, also!
  13. I believe this is where I downloaded it directly (the link in the pop-up window wasn't helping me): http://www8.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp?id=3607 Can you tell us the adress?
  14. You read my mind with that comment! It's an awesome feature, and setting it so that this icon automatically appeared would be wonderful.
  15. It would be very nice if the Custom POI feature would simply work just like additional waypoints. I'd definitely use it much more if that was the case. I'd be great if you could just specify that the unit writes any waypoints to the microSD card instead of its own memory, and just treat those as waypoints. The bummer about the Custom POIs is the fact that you can't use the caching features, as you mentioned... and that they won't show up on the screen unless you are zoomed in really close, bringing up every other POI in the area. It's not so much the 1000 waypoint limit that is annoying it is the fact that if I am going to use this feature with GSAK and the Garmin POI loader it will put the caches in 2 different locations. This is something Garmin needs to straigten out. As it stands right now the geocaching features on the units are useless if you use GSAK and the POI Loader as it puts them in as custom POI's and does not offer the geocaching features of the unit to custom POI's. In my opinion a massive oversight especially as I have to use GSAK and POI loader due to the fact that I travel to so many different areas I need to store well over 1000 caches in my unit. Thanks for the info.
  16. It took me some Googling to find the right plug-in page, but once I downloaded it, I'm having good luck with it in Firefox. I've always wished for a little gizmo like that -- very convenient!
  17. To give you an idea of the difference the SIRF chip makes... I sat in the middle of our high school auditorium (no windows to be found... in the middle of the school), and I was getting a signal of +-20 feet. The difference is simply remarkable. I bought this unit because I was tired of losing a signal under tree cover. So far, the only time I've seen "Lost GPS Signal" has been in a tunnel.
  18. I picked up a cheap Zire 21 (if I remember correctly) on eBay last year, and it really works just fine for caching. With Cachemate, you can upload a good 3,000-ish caches (including descriptions, hints, recent logs, etc.). Like most things in life, this made me hungry for a newer Palm, so I got a Palm TX. It has wireless Internet capabilities, so that's cool... plus expandable memory, so I can really load tons and tons of cache information into it. The paperless caching thing has really been nice -- it certainly beats printing stuff out all the time!
  19. I love my 60CSx, too. I can't imagine using anything other than NiMH batteries, personally. If I'm doing any serious numbers of caches, I just charge 'em up ahead of time (or while I'm en route with a cigarette lighter charger), and I'm good for the day. Some folks don't realize that there's a setting on the unit to specify that you're using NiMH batteries -- you get a better indication of the amount of charge remaining if you choose that option.
  20. Using GSAK's output feature works like a charm, as someone had previously mentioned. I S&T '07 all the time for planning caching outings. When you output to S&T with GSAK, you can ALT-CLICK on the caches and it'll automatically bring up the cache page, too!
  21. I know for certain it was reading 200+ feet off the mark... that's not the issue. My home waypoint is set to a specific point in my driveway, and standing at that point (with +-10 accuracy) it was telling me I was 225 feet away. It has always shown my home properly on the map every other time, so it's not as if the map data is off. Plus I have two other GPS units, so I was able to compare numbers.
  22. Many thanks for looking that up! Yep, my problem sounds very much like a couple of the ones described there. Very weird. Hopefully it'll just be a once in a blue moon kind of thing. Glad to hear it's not unprecedented.
  23. I was having the problem initially at 2:30 (ET) today. We went out to see a movie and had dinner, and I was still having the problem when we got home after 6:00. I dunno... very odd. I wasn't a happy camper there for a while. If anyone happens to find the previous thread about it, I'd definitely like to read more about it.
  24. I had a weird problem with my 60CSx today... just curious to see if anyone else has experienced something similar. I did a cache this afternoon, and on the way home, suddenly it was showing me consistently 200+ feet off the road. My tracks paralleled the tracks from my earlier ride on the same road. At home, after turning it off, turning it on several times, changing batteries and so forth, same deal... it would show me more than 200 feet off, even while showing a very strong signal. I was using my "home" waypoint as a benchmark since I know right where it normally zeroes out. I eventually took the MicroSD card out, and turned it on, and the coordinates were back to reading normally. And thankfully, they continued reading normally once I put the card back in. Very weird... and it certainly had me a bit concerned for a bit. I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen this happen before, and whether this is a symptom of worse things to come... Thanks in advance! -- Alan
  25. I'm not sure which program you were using, but CN8 takes 1633.8MB for all of North America (including the route calculation data). Without the route calculation data, it's still 1165.4MB. Some of the older maps are likely smaller, I'd imagine.
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