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Recent Reading,11/23/08

  • A spirited debate has been proceeding on Groundspeak forums over the question of whether too many cache owners are using micros as a way to get around having to make really clever hides. Maybe you’ll want to contribute your opinion!

  • Letterboxing is a low-tech predecessor to geocaching that is still practiced by many enthusiasts. The Buffalo News provides an excellent introduction to the game,which has players exchanging clues and elaborate rubber stamp designs to mark their finds.

  • Another intro to geocaching in the popular press,this one focuses in particular on how Travel Bugs work.

  • The best-written introduction to geocaching we’ve read yet in the popular press.

  • Andreas Gohr writes about using TangoGPS on the EeePC for paperless geocaching. He uses the tangoGPS open mapping application to download Openstretmap maps for offline use. Because TangoGPS doesn’t support GPX files,you can work around that limitation with some hacks that he explains here. You have to be a bit technical to follow this advice.

  • The Maryland Municipal League has enlisted 76 municipalities to put caches on public property in their towns as a means of promoting visitors and tourism. When the program officially kicks off in January,Geocachers will be able to obtain passports from designated visitors centers. Each participating municipality will have a rubber stamp and a code word in its cache,as well as coupons for town restaurants and other local items. The first 500 Geocachers to find two caches in each of the 11 regional districts will receive a collectable “GeoCoin,”a trackable item coveted by Geocachers. “The (Maryland) Geocaching Society has received a lot of phone calls and people just can’t wait for this to come online,”said Linda Burrell,the manager of member relations and education for the MML

  • Steven Sande reviews the new GPS-enabled iPhone with the Groundspeak geocaching app. His conclusion:nice features,but the iPhone has got a ways to go as a caching tool:“Should a hard-core geocacher give up his or her dedicated GPS receiver and move to an iPhone? No. I don’t think the accuracy of the GPS location is as good as some of the WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) enabled GPS receivers that you can buy from Garmin,Magellan,and TomTom.”“I feel that [the iPhone] a good solution,and it can only get better as the app is updated with new features and the iPhone gets even better location accuracy in the future.”

  • There’s a cute thread on Groundspeak Forums about how to propose marriage via geocache. It turns out that several members have recognized special events like wedding anniversaries and birthdays with cache outings. There are some great ideas here!

  • LetsGoMobile reviews the new Garmin Colorado and rates it 8.5 out of 10. The reviewer loves the new Whereigo feature but isn’t crazy about the battery compartment. He also thinks the screen is no better than that in the Garmin GPS60CSX,although he likes the improved functionality.

  • A new blog from an experienced geocacher introduces useful concepts and tactics. In this entry,the author explains and illustrates the increasingly popular “nano”cache. Some of these containers are barely larger than a pencil eraser!

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