I’ve been using Neongeo by Can-o-Worms for the past four months and it’s quickly become my tool of choice for geocaching in the suburbs.
It was the first Android app to take advantage of the Geocaching Live API, released by Groundspeak in mid-2011, and at less than half of the price of the Groundspeak app (AU$4.26), it’s a winner in my view.
The developer Mikko Sarvela from Helsinki is quite responsive to bug reports and feature requests, and although the updates were at one stage occurring almost everytime I switched my phone on, it’s slowed down to a more acceptable level.
In the early days of geocaching Magellan was one of the leading brands when it came to GPS receivers on the market. In recent times that popularity has fallen and despite the release of the all-in-one Triton series in 2008, the brand looked like disappearing altogether.
Therefore it’s great to see them launch a new GPS receiver that is not only great in looks and functionality, but is built with geocaching in mind.
The first impression I had of the eXplorist GC is small – in a good way. It fits snuggly in the hand, is light weight and very pleasing on the eye. The rubber grip and rounded edges makes it easy to grasp in your hand. A wide loop at the base allows you to loop through a thick, sturdy lanyard should you want to hand around your neck.
After a year or two of dominance in the geocaching field, Garmin is finding some ‘old’ players are re-entering the handheld GPS receiver market. I was fortunate enough to test out Lowrance’s latest offering, the Endura Sierra.
When you take the Endura Sierra out of the box it is a good fit in the hand. The size is about right and there is adequate rubber grip on the sides and back. With batteries (2 x AA) the unit is a little heavier than other units of similar ilk, but it is well balanced. The space for the batteries is tight and it a few attempts to get the correct angle for closing the back panel.
After two months and several thousand pages I finally finished the Harry Potter series of books. I”m glad I did as they were one of the most enjoyable set of books I’ve picked up in a long time.
It is quite evident that the author J K Rowling thought through the story before putting pen to paper. The other interesting aspect is that the complexity of the language and plot, as well as the issues dealt with by the characters, demonstrate her knowledge of the audience, which grew up as the series evolved.
The characters themselves reflect those of the real world. Their emotions reminding me of some of the silly things me and my friends did as we grew up during our high school years.
The highlight for me was The Goblet of Fire, which introduced a number of new characters and complexity. The let down was The Order of The Phoenix, which drifted between the darkness of the Deathly Hallows and lightness of earlier books.
The last book was excellent, although the slow start had me concerned that it would all be rushed at the end – of course this wasn’t the case.
Once again this was a great work of fiction, which helped me escape realty and recharge my mind. I look forward to my son reading it when they grow up.
It’s amazing how my television habits have changed in such a shirt space of time. Last year we subscribed to Foxtel so we could watch more football. It came with IQ which is a hard drive recorder. Being able to pause TV, record and schedule, and watch shows ok demand has been great. We haven’t been watching more TV, rather more selective.
At the start of the tear I purchased an iPod touch. In the past few months I’ve been using it to watch video ppdcasts. Two that Ive been watching are Life – an amazing program following Australian children each year. The second is First Australians from SBS. This is a beautifully put together documentary telling the history of the first Australians and the invasion if European settlers more than 200 years ago. It’s powerful stuff, probably because it’s told with honesty. Every Australian should watch this documentary to get a true understanding of our country’s history.
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