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    How ya'll do it??

    Today I was shuffling papers and looking through a list of about 10 caches. What do you do? Carry along a laptop? Use your porno...um I mean photographic memory? How you carry all this info and keep it straight? How many sites you find in a usual day?
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    Personally I just upload the bare basics to my GPSr; size, type, terrain, difficulty and y/n about whether or not a bug is present (as of last GPX update.)

    Then I also have the laptop in the car which has the entire Arkansas database in it. If I run into trouble and need the hint (or want to read back through the recent logs) I go back to the car and read the webpage off the computer.

    THis can be a problem if I don't think to read the page in advance of a five mile hike, but as a general rule has done me well.

    AR_kayaker

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    PDA. You can pick up a cheap Palm on eBay for about $30 that will work great for geocaching. Put Cachemate on there and copy your GPX file to it and you've got everything you need for paperless caching.

    It may not be quite this simple, but I'd say it's pretty close. There are some great articles out there. Just google "paperless caching" and you'll get a lot of information.

    Also, arparkguy wrote an article for ArkGeo about paperless caching with a Palm. You can read it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaddiel
    PDA..
    Duh! Never thought of that. Guess I am teknowlogicaly challenged.
    Got peace like a river!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaddiel
    PDA. You can pick up a cheap Palm on eBay for about $30 that will work great for geocaching. Put Cachemate on there and copy your GPX file to it and you've got everything you need for paperless caching.

    It may not be quite this simple, but I'd say it's pretty close. There are some great articles out there. Just google "paperless caching" and you'll get a lot of information.

    Also, arparkguy wrote an article for ArkGeo about paperless caching with a Palm. You can read it here.
    I purchased a Palm PDA on eBay for $25 then also purchased Cachemates for it for $8. It works great and does everything I need. Cachemates even will let make log notes on the caches so you will have notes to go by when you log your online log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q
    Quote Originally Posted by Gaddiel
    PDA..
    Duh! Never thought of that. Guess I am teknowlogicaly challenged.
    Me too...challenged with the gizmos that is!

    What kind (Brand, etc) of PDA would you suggest? Or what should I look for?

    Currently, I take my laptop using the Clayjar/Watcher? which seems to do what I need it to do. Even though my laptop is sort of lightweigth, etc I would like to downsize.
    geowoodstock
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    Quote Originally Posted by geowoodstock
    What kind (Brand, etc) of PDA would you suggest? Or what should I look for?

    Currently, I take my laptop using the Clayjar/Watcher? which seems to do what I need it to do. Even though my laptop is sort of lightweigth, etc I would like to downsize.
    I have a Dell Axim x3i PocketPC (nice, but pricey). What I would recommend is an older model Palm. My wife uses a Palm III, I believe, which works great and is very rugged. It was less than $30 for the whole setup, including software and a sync cradle. The best thing is that we can take it on the trails without fear of dropping it.

    We use GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) to convert my GPX files and copy them to the Palm. Then we use Cachemate on the Palm to look at the cache pages, get hints, and write notes for our finds (or, in our case, DNFs)...
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    Palm III Xe has 8 MB of memory, the LCD is very sunlight visible. It is grayscale, not color.
    I use cachemate and GSAK, the 8 mb gives room for very many caches and so forth.
    Here is a eBay auction for one that has 8 hours to go and is bring less than $12, shipping included.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Palm-III-xe-Handhel ... dZViewItem
    I also use a rubbermaid "bumper case" for protecting my data in the PDA. I feel that the data has more value to me than the actual value of the PDA
    Bumper case with shipping from eBay was about $5.
    My palmIII has a auxillary keyboard and other extras that are very useful.
    Should a accident like falling in a creek occour, I can be back in business for less than $20.
    A cool thing that the palm can do is "beam data" from one palm to another, wirelessly. :P

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    Like Ive said before, after meeting you folks there just isnt enough eeees in the word Geeky any more.

    [HP iPAQ but.. GSAK, Active Sync and Explorer do all the work. Im only in charge of the plug and the on/off button ]
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    Once I obtain a PDA, I am assuming you "geeks" will help me from there!?!?!?!?

    I'm not completely computer/gadget illiterate, but I do have some blonde moments every now and then!!
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