Forum: Just Getting Started In Geocaching
Topic: Where has everyone gone?
started by: Firemedic
Posted by Firemedic on April 26 2002,6:26 amand everyone is out in the woods with their GPS. I like this board better than the other one. Not sure why, just the feeling I get here.
This place goes days without posts and it didn't a couple of months ago. In the begining I had lots of FNG questions, but now I don't ask the newbie questions and don't know enough to ask intelligent questions.
Come back, come back, wherever you are!
Posted by Quinn on April 26 2002,8:27 amI always see people on here by looking at the bottom of the forum, I think it's just that people are looking for something they think they can comment on, but at least there is now and should always be tons of interest in the site forums to see people here consistantly. Nice to see you again!
Posted by Scout on April 26 2002,9:13 amI quit posting when I saw my number of stars drop from five to three and my ranking change from "Caching Madman" to "Navicache Level 3" whatever that is. ;-)
Posted by Harrkev on April 26 2002,9:38 amWhat exactly does that mean? Under my name, it says "Navicache Level" and two yellow stars. Where are the green horseshoes and purple diamonds?
I post a little but, but since I live in Florida, there are almost no Navicaches for be to grab here (well, one that I may get the next time that I am in Orlando).
Posted by Hinge Thunder on April 26 2002,9:47 am
In the winter, I think people spend more time online. When the weather, get nicer, they spend less time online, and more time outside.
Maybe we should start a controversial topic that people can't help but comment on....maybe something like "Should people who steal cache boxes be killed...or just maimed?" or "Deadfall traps near cache sites to raise difficulty level, pro or con?"
Posted by YardBoy on April 26 2002,10:46 amYeah, ever since *iAdmin* showed up, many levels are pooched
Posted by dgridley on April 26 2002,10:49 amI've been curious about the same thing (no posts).. but I guess the warmer weather is keeping people outside and away from the computer.
I'd certainly like to see more activity in the chat as well. I always assumed that would be the hub of activity here.
Posted by DxChallenged on April 26 2002,4:55 pmHey........I figured that when the weather was good (and for a cacher that can mean pouring rain, 40s and with earth worms...you should check out the log on our Akron bike path... ) all good little cachers are outdoors......
We are packing up tonight for a trip to Ottawa. Cliffy and 300mag are going to meet up with us there, show us around and assist me with moving the blocks for my next geoquilt project; The Canadain Geoquilt...we have volunteers in all but 3 provinces!!
It's going to be great!! The worst part of it is that we are driving 5-6 hours and have to leave the next day......Oh well better than just mailing them off.........And I plan on hitting our 80th family cache out there.
Posted by Rob on April 26 2002,7:12 pmI’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t have anything to say, shut up. I’ve gotten into more trouble trying to fill awkward silences.
And here I go again. I visit a few other outdoor type forums. backpacker.com etc., and I’ve noticed the traffic is pretty light all over. Starting to think that maybe outdoor people don’t use computers much.
Posted by mikechim on April 27 2002,2:42 amI think the weather does make a big difference (even though it's cold in Drerie right now) but during the winter I'm online alot (especially with a cable modem) come spring and summer, I just can't justify being inside. Unfortunately my posts will be dropping even more severly.
Posted by Gimpy on April 27 2002,3:31 amI've been spending countless hours playing the "upgrade to Windoze XP Professional" game. What a compatability nightmare. Threw in some new hardware & have been painfully trying to get mountains of software to function. Figured I'd take advantage of the lull in the action between games 1 & 2 of minutewar to upgrade, but now I wish I'd left well enough alone. Getting there though, & I'll be back in full swing any day now. At least I've got all the Garmin & DeLorme mapping stuff squared away. Loaded up the new DeLorme Topo USA 4.0 & not sure if it's enough of an upgrade over Topo 3.0 to justify. Thinking about sending it back & going with National Geographic whole state topo series or Maptech Terrain Navigator series. Already have all the Mapsource for loading into the Garmins, but would like the most up to date & best quality software for printing out real good topo maps. Any thoughts from anybody?
Posted by Alan2 on April 27 2002,5:08 amAfter spending a week trying to square away XP with my old programs, I finally gave up and returned the computer to Dell for a full refund. (We're still in disagreement about the shipping charges, but that's another story). They were nice enough about it otherwise and spent cnsiderable time with me in trying to help. But in the end they didn't have the resources to "fix" my problems. Too bad because I really apreciated the speed and other features of the new unit. It's just that without some of my programs, it wasn't worth it.
Regardng maps, I use Mapsource Topo and Streets & Recreation in my Vista. I also have National Geographic Topo which is excellent. IT's pricey because its CD's have the USGS 7.5 quad data. For example, I bought the Northeast for $90. There are 10 CD's covering Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Conn, Mass, NY, NJ and RI. You can display and print with shaded relief, UTM or magnetic grid lines, different zoom ranges, create routes, display elevation charts for routes and tract, create waypoints, etc. You can transfer data both ways to the GPS (except the maps of course-only Garmin's will do that) but unfortunately I haven't figured out how to transfer waypoints, tracks and routes from Mapsource directly to NG Topo or vs. versa without going through the Vista. Not a big deal but it adds an extra step or two.
It would have been nice to copy all the NG CD's onto my hard drive so I don't have to keep switching CD's, but alas, my current computer has no room left. (See paragraph one above!)
Posted by Hinge Thunder on April 27 2002,5:59 am
I am still on Win 98, though I did recently upgrade to SE. I am very hesitant to try to upgrade to XP for many reasons. One- my hardware is older, so probably some of it would not be compatible. Two- I didn't like they way the threw Win ME out there, and it is pretty much unsupported. I came close to buying ME, and thank god I didn't. You just can't get drivers for alot of stuff. Also, Win 2000, another technology bump, Microsoft never wrote USB drivers for it. They have led people on for a couple years saying they are working on it, but now that they are trying to sell XP, it is pretty unlikely that drivers will appear. (if you are trying to get USB to work on win 2000, and go to MS's website, they will say the problems is anything but them, but the truth is they never wrote drivers for it.) Thank god I didn't buy that either. So I may not be going to XP for a while.
Posted by Gimpy on April 27 2002,9:16 amThat was one of my worries. I'm running 5 usb devices & was concerned about drivers. Got them all squared away without a whole lot of problems, thanks to the device manufacturers. The Garmin data card programmer was the most difficult of the 5. Running dual printers on XP was a bit of a problem, but thats ok now too. Biggest pain has been the software. Took a while to get all of Mapsource Metroguide, Topo, R&R & City Select loaded to the drive so I don't have to use the disks. Loaded on disk without to much trouble, but XP doesn't like to have its' registry tinkered with. The DeLorme stuff has been a real pain. I bought Windoze ME as soon as it came out, & trashed it shortly thereafter. XP is much better than that garbage OS was. From what I understand, if you purchased a system built around ME, it worked ok. Anyway, back to topic. It's great to see the new names here on the boards & I'm really looking forward to the get-together to meet up with everyone. My caches have been getting hit a lot & & I've got to go out & put new cameras in some of them again. Mendon Ponds #1 is ready for camera #4. Got new caches to get out there too. Going to be a busy cache season. Hope to see some of you on the trails.
Posted by welch on May 01 2002,6:49 am
test, please ignore
Posted by Scout on May 01 2002,7:45 am
Oh sure, first I lose my Caching Madman status, now other players are recommending that I be ignored. What's next? Banned altogether? Been there, done that. ;-)
Posted by mikechim on May 01 2002,2:20 pm