Nov 292005

I have a Palm Tungsten T3. I supplement the T3 with a Garmin ETrex Legend for 2 reasons. 1) I don’t want to drop my T3 on rocks or water while I am searching and 2) The Garmin seems to have a better ‘real-time’ response.

All the software I use, and screenshots on my palm are listed here: Treo Software (CacheMate, Cetus, TomTom Navigator)

My overly complex processes for such basic tasks:

Standard stuff: * Get PQ emailed to me for top 5 locations I cache in, save them (since GSAK doesnt support IMAP4) * Update databases in GSAK * Filter out 4.5-5.0 Terrains usually * Export to CacheMate * Export to TomTom POI file * Sync Treo 650 to PC

For trips (Caches on a route): * Create PQ for every 75 miles along the trip. * Take said GPX from PQs, and make a giant GPX in GSAK. Export it * Use a script I made, enter in starting and end Zipcodes, X miles from highway to list, and the Big GPX file It outputs the following: – pruned GPX of all caches within X miles of the route, – HTMLpage which is a google maplet that shows me all the caches – TomTom POI file – CacheMate PDB

Like GSAK, this is really just a bloated gpsbabel/makeov/XML & XSLT parsing system. But its easy. Ill be releasing it as opensource soon, once I simplify it down from needed a large CygWin install).

In the field: * Kick off TomTom Navigator, * Look at overhead view of the area in a map, turn on GeoCaching POI (points of interest) which shows me a yellow icon for each cache and where it is. * Pick the Cache, click it, goto “Navigate to this location” * Drive there, park, and hunt * Then I kick off CacheMate, read the last 5-10 logs, sometimes the hint. * ClickNAV (CacheNav) or CetusGPS, and get within 10-20 ft of the cache. * Take a picture, Hunt for it, take more pictures * Write a log note. * Repeat!

If I need new caches in the field, * Goto in Blazer web browser on Treo * run query, save GPX file * Email (VersaMail) or FTP (EzFTP) the script to my server * Run webbased or shell based (pssh) gpsbabel on the script * Download Cachemate file, and import. * If this fails, I PalmVNC to my desktop, massage the data there, and email it to my Treo.

I have mobipocket, but really never use it. Checking the logs and hints CacheMate or on the website is easier and saves me a lot of trouble and space.

The worst part about this is integrating my CacheMate notes back to GSAK or the website to write logs. There is no flow or real good process for it. Ill normally just leave shorthand in CacheMate, go home to the website, log it.

I blow away my CacheMate DBs daily and recreate them from a fresh GSAK export. If it had an “update” instead of duplicate feature this wouldnt be needed, but it was cheap and thats complex method to pull off on a Palm DB.

Technology has finally come of age. And I think devices like the Treo or insert your cool gadget here are amazing. But not everyone does, and many hate gadget talk, in the word’s of “ I Don’t Care”. Feel free to ignore or pass this post by if you prefer to keep it simple or paper-based.

Make sure you do not keep CacheMate on the card. If you do use FileZ ir zLauncher, move the DBs before Syncing, and then back to card.

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