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The Advisability Of Cds In Caches


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I'm am quite new to this hobby. I haven't tried to do my own cache yet. I'm debating with myself on wheter I should put a cd in it. Does anybody know of attempts of this gone wrong or something?

 

Possible content includes links to cool sights, a note, music and sounds I made, and maybe a game (not pirated or anything: keep'n it legal :D ) and anything else I can think of.

 

Thanks everyone!

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While I am not questioning your integrity, I would be very leary of putting any CD of unknown origin into my PC with all the viruses, worms, trojans and such floating around out there.

Same here.

If it looked interesting I'd slap that puppy in. That's why they invented virus scanners!

No virus scanner will detect a homebrew trojan ... that's why you don't put it into a native Windoze box, especially not one that still has the silly autorun misfeature enabled.

 

Jan

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...No virus scanner will detect a homebrew trojan ... that's why you don't put it into a native Windoze box, especially not one that still has the silly autorun misfeature enabled.

 

Jan

Ok you got me, that would be true enough. That's a lot of work to snag one random geocacher. It would still have to get through the heuristics filter that most anti virus software has. I'm not sure how good those are.

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Commercially-produced CDs and DVDs, yes

 

Bootleg or homemade disks...um...I wouldn't take them, myself.

I would.

 

But I don't recommend that to the average user as he/she lacks the environment to do so safely.

 

I do that sort of fun in an isolated virtual machine group. Two of them running Windows, one running FreeBSD. They are connected via an isolated virtual network that eventually is even connected to the internet. It can be quite interesting to open an email attachment on one of those Windows VM's and watch the network traffic with tcpdump from FreeBSD. However, wether I spot any abnormal behaviour or not, I always restore a backup of all 3 virtual machines involved after my fun is over.

 

Jan

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I can see the fun of using a CD toward a multi goal or a puzzle cache. However, as mentioned above, many people are wary of putting something like that into their computer. Can't blame 'em.

 

However in terms of music or movies...there are some caches devoted to exchanging movies or music. One of my favorite cache titles is one we have not far from here called "The Crappy Music Cache."

 

One of our caches features music CD's in it with samples of the songs on which the cache is based. People have been enjoying that.

 

I'd worry about tape cassette's getting damp, or videos similar problems....that would ultimately damage the equipment into which they are played. But CD's make a great medium that can be cleaned and dried.

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But CD's make a great medium that can be cleaned and dried.

that is very true...my girlfriend spilt milk all over my coputer desk and didn't bother cleaning up all the milk and it got all over my cd's I'm still finding cds with milk on it...I just take a damp microfiber cloth and viola! its clean.

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I started putting CDs of photos of the local area in my caches. I have taken them over the last couple of years. If they are visiting from out of the area and it is a foggy day, or they forgot their camera, they can see what it looks like with 50 mile visibility, out over the ocean to the islands. I use those small CDs.

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