March 27th, 2013 | in General
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Well, after over 2 years of inactivity, I’ve rejoined the game*. I got so excited about finding 3 caches in one day that I went out and bought a new GPS receiver – a Magellan eXplorist 110. It was on special at Dick Smiths for $98, so I couldn’t resist.
It’s a great little piece of equipment and I’m having fun learning to use it. Once I know how to use it properly, I will post a short review here.
But for now, it’s back to the fun of finding!
* Some may argue that this is not a game or even a hobby but a sport. I won’t get drawn into that discussion.
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March 3rd, 2011 | in General
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Sadly, I have lost a little interest in my geocaching hobby. Not sure if it is lack of time or just the fact that my other interests have taken precedence. I haven’t stopped caching altogether, just a lot less frequent. Since last year’s Mega Event in Wagga Wagga, I have only managed to find 15 geocaches. And now winter approaches – the time that I usually take a hiatus!!
Anwyay, the reason for this post is not to bemoan my loss of enthusiasm with the hobby, but to highlight a geocaching blog that I have discovered via Twitter. The reason for the highlight, besides the interesting posts and comments, photos and news, is the fact that it carries the same name as my blog. And we are virtually neighbours too!
The blog is written by 2 Kiwi geocachers and contains some useful links and some great photos. So go on, check it out: It’s Not About The Numbers
Tags: blog, geocachers, link, New Zealand, NZ
September 18th, 2010 | in General
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Wow, can’t believe that it’s been over 3 months since I last wrote on my caching blog. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I’ve only found 2 caches in the past three months!
But, don’t despair! I’m off to Sydney. GPSr loaded. PQs set up. And I’m looking forward to it…
I had the day off today and as the weather was great, I decided to go geocaching with the kids. We packed a picnic lunch and a couple of litres of water and hopped into the car for the short drive to Clifford Park, an activity centre belonging to the Scouts.
We arrived at the park around midday and I set off with my 2 year old and 4 year old to do the two nearby caches – Bend of Isles (GA2111) and the Bend of Isles II (GC28EG2) cache.
We set off down the firetrail, climbing hills and bashing through some bush. After about 1 hours, we reached Bend of Isles II. I unpacked the picnic and while the kids ate, I hunted out and found the container. I signed the log and the kids picked out a toy. I also took a TB and dropped in three geocoins. We then set off back up the hill towards Bend of Isles II.
The GCA cache was also an easy find. I logged it before strolling down to the river to take a few photos.
The walk back up the hill was the hard part. The kids were getting tired by now and complained most of the way back. Three hours and 5.1km later, we were back at the starting point. The short drive home was enough to put both children to sleep.
Tags: bend of isles, geocaching, gps, map, Photos, wonga park
April 29th, 2010 | in Gadgets
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Garmin-Asus have announced the Garmin-Asus A10, a touchscreen smartphone running on the Android platform that is optimized for pedestrian and in-car navigation. The A10 is expected to be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
For those times when walking is the best way to go, the A10 is ideal for city navigation because of its bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, electronic compass and long-lasting 1500mAh battery. As with other Garmin-Asus Android-powered devices, the A10’s GPS capabilities are optimized to ensure that customers have the best location and navigation experience a smartphone can offer. Detailed maps are preloaded on the A10 so that users do not have to pay and wait for third party maps to download from a server, nor will they lose their turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation if they are out of cell phone coverage. In addition to pedestrian navigation, the A10 is ready for use in an automobile out-of-the-box, and it comes with a powered audio mount that magnifies the volume of the device’s voice commands.
The A10 is a full-featured smartphone on the Android platform that integrates Google Mobile Services with one-click access to Google Maps , Gmail , YouTube , calendar, contacts and Android Market , where users can find more than 30,000 applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle. Android applications that include location-centric content are also able to utilize the A10’s enhanced GPS capability.
To optimize a user’s ability to stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts, the A10 is compatible with Microsoft Exchange server and will wirelessly synchronize contacts, calendar and enterprise email. Account setup is quick and easy, and in a few simple steps users will have their contacts, calendar and email ready to go.
Additional A10 smartphone features include a powerful WebKit browser with multi-touch, five mega-pixel camera including auto-focus capability that automatically geotags images with an exact location reference. The built-in accelerometer will quickly change the display so that screens may be viewed in portrait or landscape mode.
The A10 also supports optional cityXplorer maps, which makes it possible to plan and use routes that include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems.
The Garmin-Asus A10 is expected to be available in mid-2010 in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Additional information about Garmin-Asus products is available at GarminAsus.com.
Article from easier.com
Tags: Asus, Garmin, smartphone