Lesson One: How to Screw Up a Good Thing
It’s a sad day for Android phone users who use the brilliant app c:geo for geocaching. The developer Carnero has decided to walk away from the app rather than deal with the wrath of Groundspeak (geocaching.com). His blog posting here outlines his thoughts and reasoning. I for one will not be renewing my premium membership on geocaching.com due to their shitty treatment and lack of support for people like Carnero who produce exceptional work like c:geo.
I have repeatedly stated that I would GLADLY pay a yearly fee for c:geo, just like I have paid for my premium membership on geocaching.com. This app is the ultimate tool for locating geocaches, logging them in and other uses like a live map. c:geo is perfection. Something that Groundspeak is clearly not familiar with .
As GeoWoodstock approaches this weekend, Groundspeak, in their infinite wisdom (or should that be infantile wisdom) will be updating their website later today, to officially drive the nail into the coffin for c:geo. Rather than work with such an expert level app for Android, they are effectively shutting many users down from using their smart phone and being able to cache freely and easily. Yes, there are other pathetic hack apps out there for geocaching, but nothing nearly as substantial or effective as c:geo.
Pocket queries are an absolute waste of time. I am sick to think of having to spend money on a GPS unit rather than using my Droid that has become so incredibly convenient and accurate. It’s just another case of an organization who is wrapped up in greed, ignorance and self-importance, feel as they have the power to dictate what they determine is right, rather than allowing individuals the option to choose how to geocache.
Sad to see such a great app go by the wayside. I look forward to the next great app for caching … but it will be extremely difficult to top c:geo.