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Thread: Bring back geocaching KML!!

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    Default Bring back geocaching KML!!

    Hi peeps, I started a thread on t'other forums relating to caches not showing up in Google Earth http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/ind...owtopic=220185.

    For anyone who found this feature useful, there is a petition page to try to get this feature back. You can sign here :- http://www.bringbackthekml.com/

    I am lucky.....I still have this feature on my laptop

    Gaz

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    I am still using this and have found the following will let you set it up again if you did not have it in "My Places" in Google Earth.

    1. Click on Add|Network Link
    2. Enter a meaningful text in the "Name" box
    3. Paste the following into the "Link" box with no spaces

    http://www.geocaching.com

    /kml/kml.aspx?key=9NiwXFBLb6pkyd%2fwWpWp%2foggPdOiT1E6o q%2fDbiaC6JXGHIgxHHvmIuPKXIN1CLRPckhOEvHMt9kYCnOAa q6s8g%3d%3d&

    4. Click on the Refresh tab and change the following:
    a) "View-based Refresh" change "When" to "After Camera Stops"
    b) Change seconds to either 3 or 4
    5. Click "OK"
    6. The name you assigned in (2) should appear in "My Places"

    The above worked for me but I do not know if it is based on a cookie or something that relates to my PC. I have looked at caches placed in the past few days and they can be seen.
    Last edited by Bill D (wwh); 14th May 2009 at 07:51 PM. Reason: Approved link by user with less than 5 posts

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    Genius .... and after less than 30 seconds I have all my caches back, thanks MM this worked a treat for me. I messed up the first time I tried because I missed off the http bit at the beginning of the link, but still a very simple process.

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    Don't get your hopes up.......the thread that I started on t'other forums has been closed by Miss Jenn......pointing everyone to a thread over the pond.....and it looks like EVERYBODY will lose the feature within 2 to 3 weeks ......I'm not a happy bunny really, as it is VERY useful to see caches in GE without having to go to "slow.......slow....., slow/slow.....slow" geocaching.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ View Post
    Don't get your hopes up.......the thread that I started on t'other forums has been closed by Miss Jenn......pointing everyone to a thread over the pond.....and it looks like EVERYBODY will lose the feature within 2 to 3 weeks ......I'm not a happy bunny really, as it is VERY useful to see caches in GE without having to go to "slow.......slow....., slow/slow.....slow" geocaching.com

    Last night, I got an email from Miss Jenn, *******ing me for daring to join in with the call for the reprieve of the KML.. It's like being back in school, and being told to shut up by the teacher!!

    Rampton Broadmoore Esq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rampton Broadmoore View Post
    Last night, I got an email from Miss Jenn, *******ing me for daring to join in with the call for the reprieve of the KML.. It's like being back in school, and being told to shut up by the teacher!!

    Rampton Broadmoore Esq.
    I think it's more like Big Brother and the Thought Police.

    Miniwhip http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=997356 was banned from the GS forum for 3 days for complaining about GS censorship and encouraging people to sign the petition.

    Groundspeak are clearly moving into shady corporate territory - unaccountable to the customers and vindinctive when there's any whiff of criticism.

    It's yet another bad taste creeping into caching that starting to leave me disenchanted with the whole way our hobby is sliding towards commercialism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qichina View Post
    I think it's more like Big Brother and the Thought Police.

    Miniwhip http://www.geocaching.com/profile/?id=997356 was banned from the GS forum for 3 days for complaining about GS censorship and encouraging people to sign the petition.

    Groundspeak are clearly moving into shady corporate territory - unaccountable to the customers and vindinctive when there's any whiff of criticism.

    It's yet another bad taste creeping into caching that starting to leave me disenchanted with the whole way our hobby is sliding towards commercialism.
    The lackeys at GS say that the KML generates too much of a load on the servers.. Well, how many are paying GS to get a premium account? I bet it's a 'kin great big number all paying $30...
    Now, here's the question... How much would it cost to BUY a couple of ass kicking servers, mirror the database, and then point the KML at that? Even if the mirrored data was a couple of days behind, I am sure that would be better than what we will soon have.
    When we have a server that slows to a crawl at work because of the user loading, we chuck some money at the problem and buy a new bigger faster all singing and dancing with bells and whistles black box from Dell or HP or a bloke in the pub!

    I wonder if that thought had crossed their minds?


    Cheerio for now,
    Rampton Broadmoore Esq.

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    Hi,
    Most people discussing this on the GS forum don't believe the server-load excuse - saying it would apply to Google maps in the same way. But you are right - a dedicated server would prob get round the problem.
    It's hard to believe anything GS says when they say only 200 people use KML-GE anyway (which apart from being ridiculous, counters their server-load argument).
    I suspect the reason for groundspeak's decision is something to do with keeping users on their site where they will pick up advertising revenue. Or some future plan to offer a similar feature for higher subs. Who knows? One thing is clear - there is a corporate contempt for user-opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qichina View Post
    Hi,
    One thing is clear - there is a corporate contempt for user-opinion.


    Ha! So what else is new!!

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    And since the Google Earth option has gone, the performance of the GS maps has worsened, to such an extent that I can't use them on a Sunday morning!
    Paved Roads: Another fine example of unnecessary Government spending!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ View Post
    Don't get your hopes up.......the thread that I started on t'other forums has been closed by Miss Jenn......pointing everyone to a thread over the pond.....and it looks like EVERYBODY will lose the feature within 2 to 3 weeks ......I'm not a happy bunny really, as it is VERY useful to see caches in GE without having to go to "slow.......slow....., slow/slow.....slow" geocaching.com

    Almost 3 weeks has gone by .... and the fix provided by Master Mariner is still working! opcorn:

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    I haven't done anything, but Google Earth looks like this;


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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsyhands View Post
    Almost 3 weeks has gone by .... and the fix provided by Master Mariner is still working! opcorn:
    Just loaded it on the main computer last night......still working!!

    And after that, I loaded it onto "Heather W"s computer......still working!!

    And I have the OS KML file from "Gavins unofficial" site as well, looks fantastic!!

    :socool:

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    Still working for us. on his and mine .
    We like Greens

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ View Post
    And I have the OS KML file from "Gavins unofficial" site as well, looks fantastic!!
    As visible in my screenshot above, for those who haven't tried it yet.

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