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Posted: 12/28/2005 6:49:19 AM EDT
Yesterday I get ready to cruise/GPS a tract of timber. I turn on my PDA and GPS. I execute the program on the PDA and this program turns on and then shuts itself down. I try again and the executable program is gone and the files under that program directory have fluctuating file sizes. I reboot, doesn't help. I come home delete and reinstall, same thing. I call the software vendor and he has the same thing happen to him, but on 3 different PD's.

I don't really know what is going on, almost like a software time bomb or something.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:50:23 AM EDT
Must be the Y2K bug.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:50:56 AM EDT
PDA O' Truth!
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:51:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Must be the Y2K bug.



+1
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:51:50 AM EDT
Its a virus...
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:54:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Must be the Y2K bug.

Seriously, everything worked well on Friday, this is more like the Christmas bug or something. This couldn't happen at a worse time either, Corvallis is shut down for vacation this week and I have one tract of timber that needs to be cruised by Friday and another tract that I need to use the GPS on in order to find the boundary lines.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:56:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
Its a virus...

That is what I think but why does it affect only that one program and how did it find its way onto several PDA's?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 6:58:12 AM EDT
Time to crack out the old map and compass
Are you a consulting forester or a buyer for a mill?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:04:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pgfd195:
Time to crack out the old map and compass
Are you a consulting forester or a buyer for a mill?

Was a consultant, went to the darkside and now I am a buyer.

The other problem is that I will have to work up cruises by hand
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:08:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By pgfd195:
Time to crack out the old map and compass
Are you a consulting forester or a buyer for a mill?

Was a consultant, went to the darkside and now I am a buyer.

The other problem is that I will have to work up cruises by hand



I have always done cruises by hand. I never trusted my field computers.
Is your company looking for a buyer in upstate NY by any chance? Maybe a remote log yard?
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:09:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 7:10:00 AM EDT by motown_steve]
The government is using your GPS device as an interface for their GPS satellites to hack into your PDA and steal your software. I say lock up your dog and line all the exterior walls inside your house with sandbags.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:12:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2005 7:13:39 AM EDT by VTHOKIESHOOTER]

Originally Posted By pgfd195:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By pgfd195:
Time to crack out the old map and compass
Are you a consulting forester or a buyer for a mill?

Was a consultant, went to the darkside and now I am a buyer.

The other problem is that I will have to work up cruises by hand



I have always done cruises by hand. I never trusted my field computers.
Is your company looking for a buyer in upstate NY by any chance? Maybe a remote log yard?

As in log buyer? No, not cost effective.

As for the field computer, it increases my productivity by 30% and I can give numbers to landowners on site. I go around GPS the tract, I then can generate my cruise grid, setup cruise specs and use realtime GPS to guide me to the plots, end of the day I have the cruise numbers needed to negotiate a price to landowners. Being able to use color IR photo's to see were you are and being able to use GIS in the field is a major ++ as well.

It is basicly GPS/GIS and timber inventory software all rolled into one. Once you start using it, you will never want to go back to the old way.
Link Posted: 12/28/2005 7:19:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By pgfd195:

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By pgfd195:
Time to crack out the old map and compass
Are you a consulting forester or a buyer for a mill?

Was a consultant, went to the darkside and now I am a buyer.

The other problem is that I will have to work up cruises by hand



I have always done cruises by hand. I never trusted my field computers.
Is your company looking for a buyer in upstate NY by any chance? Maybe a remote log yard?

As in log buyer? No, not cost effective.

As for the field computer, it increases my productivity by 30% and I can give numbers to landowners on site. I go around GPS the tract, I then can generate my cruise grid, setup cruise specs and use realtime GPS to guide me to the plots, end of the day I have the cruise numbers needed to negotiate a price to landowners. Being able to use color IR photo's to see were you are and being able to use GIS in the field is a major ++ as well.

It is basicly GPS/GIS and timber inventory software all rolled into one. Once you start using it, you will never want to go back to the old way.



gis is the shiznit
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