Here are some Google Chrome translations of the two blog posts.
opencaching.com - Garmin now has its own platform?
FROM OMABANDE, ON NOVEMBER 9TH, 2010
That the release of chirp caused a stir at Groundspeak we know. But will come up with its own cache, the Garmin platform will have guessed no one.
As of today, it echoes through the forums, Twitter and other Web 2.0 media:
http://www.opencaching.com is here!!
I have it thanks to daytime sleep in night shift work noticed the first time and lo and behold, the site is down right now But according to Whois, the domain registered since September 2009 from Garmin.:
Domain Name: OPENCACHING.COM
Registrar: MARK MONITOR INC.
Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
Referral URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
Name Server: NS.GARMIN.COM
Name Server: NS2.GARMIN.COM
Updated Date: 13-sep-2010
Creation Date: 14-sep-2003
Expiration Date: 14-sep-2012
I'm curious if the whole thing is real or just a hoax after all. Currently (00:11 clock on 09/11/2010), the page looks like this:
First of all Conclusion:
Looks nice, is not ready yet. Too bad.
'm Curious to see how it goes.
Can I upload my myfinds where pq? Would in fact go to upload their own discoveries. I would rather not, for now.
6. Caches sort works:
One can also the difficulties in 0.1 increments filter.
Sort by: Most difficult
Distance - map center
Name - Ascending
Name - Descending
The most difficult
At the greatest
Geiel. Then almost 3 doses are in any nice places, or only two? #
4. 22:36 Clock
"Garmin will under take commercially reasonable efforts to publish, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License, geocaching data submitted by you to the site
http://www.opencaching.com/ # terms
3. 22:32 Clock
My cache (Uploaded with a GPX file of a cache of my GC) appear to be further edited by me ... # edit-geocache/OCMH2C/step1 - the site but not on the Internet Exploder, and Firefox displays correctly.
2. 22:26 Clock
I can sign in with my Garmin account and upload to the fast one of my geocaches GC.com via GPX can.
This is followed by a note: "
Before we can publish the geocaches you have uploaded, we want you to review the information. Click on a cache, verify the information, add tags, and submit your geocaches to be found by other cachers.
However, the whole system does not seem to work here, I'm not getting unlocked my cache. The upload seems to have worked.
Password change was directly over Garmin.
So, not much more to report at this point, but this could it could point to an interesting time for caching in general - if Garmin is indeed going to go head-to-head with Groundspeak. Very interesting that Garmin may appear to license under CreativeCommons which seems much more appropriate. Anyway, bound to stir up some discussion!!
Some of you may have noticed that Garmin has recently changed the icons used for the geocaching icon on the Oregons/Dakotas (e.g. no longer Groundseak geocaching logo, now a generic treasure cheat). At the same time, it appears that other GPS vendors are getting better coverage on gc.com e.g. Magellan sponsoring CITO 2010, and the featured GPS units are all Delorme, Lowrance and Magellan on the gc.com GPS Reviews.
It seems as though there has been a significant falling out between Garmin and Groundspeak - and of course at this point we don't really know who is to blame.