My Fitbit Ionic Software Updated To OS 1.2 With Firmware Version 27.31.1.29.

by Anura Guruge


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This update happened, over Wi-Fi, when I did a forced Sync around 12:05am on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

I am not sure whether I was lucky or not. The above says that they just started the rollout to just 10% of the Ionic users. So, I was in that 10%.

The update downloaded and installed ‘OK’ though it took about 20 minutes in total. I much prefer the Garmin approach of doing updates over a USB-connection using Garmin Express.

Have not, as yet, noticed anything different or untoward. But, early minutes … let alone days.

That the Firmware is at 27.31.1.29 is disquieting! That is a LOT of updates.

But, let’s keep fingers crossed. I need the Ionic to work till around May 2018 — when I plan to upgrade to a Garmin Forerunner 645.


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Garmin Forerunner 645: How To Set Up ‘Garmin Pay’ YouTube Video By Garmin.

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Given that Garmin Pay was available on my star-crossed Garmin Vivoactive 3, I am somewhat familiar with the macro process though I never got around to setting it up.

FitBit Pay is available on my incredibly frigid (and ugly and extremely temporary) Fitbit Ionic — BUT there is a stupid, fatal flaw. If you set it up you have to always use a PIN to unlock the Ionic — not just when you want to use Pay! Get that? If I set up Pay I will have to continually enter my PIN. Of course I am not going to do that. It is bad enough trying to get it to wake up.

The above YouTube video is informative, sweet & short. Garmin did a good job. Definitely worth watching.


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Iconic, American Landscape Photographer Ansel Adams Was Born This Day 116-Years Ago.

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Though not well known, Ansel did shoot in color.
See text below.

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I wrote about Ansel Adams, quite recently, in my latest books.

So, I am going to reproduce ‘chunks’ from that, since that will also give me a chance to air this text and see what typos I have. {Smile}

He definitely was not a ‘straight out of the camera’ photographer. He treated his exposed negatives as canvases to be worked on. He manipulated and worked with the original image captured to get the picture he wanted to project – particularly when it came to its tonality and dynamic range.

He is best known for his black-and-white masterpieces. He, however, did shoot in color – often so when he was doing work on commission. In the 1940s he was hired by Standard Oil (now Esso and once Exxon) to shoot a portfolio of color images, per the theme ‘See Your West’, that were used in a giveaway promotion at gas stations.

Ansel, given the grandiose scale of the subject matter he preferred, opted (as did other professionals at the time) for large format cameras – usually capable of producing 8” x 10” ‘plates’ or negatives.

Ansel worked hard to get his iconic images. Sometimes when optical filters alone would not provide him with the light contrast and gradations he sought, especially when water was involved, he would use pieces of card, he held in front of the lens, to achieve the desired exposure. Then, he would work on the negative.

Ansel was known to be a darkroom maestro, who knew and employed every trick of the trade when it came to ‘doctoring’ negatives and controlling the images obtained from negatives. He predated ‘Photoshop’ and the magic that can be wrought from the RAW data available from medium- to high-end digital cameras. The options for ‘post processing’ digital images that are available today are likely to exceed Ansel’s wildest dreams. It is, however, possible that Ansel’s best, pre-digital and in b&w, cannot be photoshopped to be any better!


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National Geographic, March 2018, Slips In A Topless ‘Tribal’ Picture Pinning It On Paul McCartney.

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March 2018 ‘National Geographic’.

Front pages — “From the Editor“.

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Click to ENLARGE. This was the interviews — “From the Editor”.

It was cute, at multiple levels, and brought a wry smile to my lips. Paul McCartney, you dirty dog.

January 1965. I must have seen that too, in Ceylon. I would have been 11, Paul 22.

Intriguing. That was his inspiration for “Lady Madonna“. I just checked the lyrics. See below. Yes, he does have “Lady Madonna, a baby at your breast“. Hhhmmmm.

Did he keep that January 1965 issue this long? Mary McCartney, in the photo credit, is his mother.

You just would have thought Paul would have seen quite a few OTHER breasts. Interesting.

As far as I can tell this is the first Topless in National Geographic since June 2016 — and this one, in the scheme of things, is pretty innocuous. But, I wanted to make sure that I did document it.

Interesting interview. I think I knew that he was a vegetarian.

I also think that I might be able to manage “Meat Free Monday“. Maybe I will start next week.


Gallery of the National Geographic topless pictures since 2014.
Chronological order.


March 2018 issue.

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The Garmin Forerunner 645 Tolerates The Cold Much Better Than The Fitbit Ionic.

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I got the Operating Temperatures for the new Garmin Forerunner 645 directly from Garmin — by posing the question on Amazon and getting the answer from the ‘manufacturer‘, i.e., Garmin. See above.

The Forerunner 645 low temperature range is ACCEPTABLE — especially since I have my own +5°F (-15°c) cut-off for running in the cold.

So, this is another BIG plus for the Garmin Forerunner 645. It really looks like a pretty decent ruggedized watch.

The Fitbit Ionic is really NOT suited for use in cold climes such as New Hampshire.

Intrigued by Garmin recommendation that it is best to have a fully charged battery prior to cold weather outings. I guess that is partly because the battery will drain faster in the cold.

So, this was good to know.


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My Second Week With A Fitbit Ionic — Other Than Floors Climbed, Pretty Pedestrian.

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What can I say — other than I am fat (and getting fatter) and lazy (and getting lazier). Yes, kind of laughable numbers compared to what I see others post. My only consolation is the floors climbed number and that is only because I live in a 4-story house with 3 staircases. Since my office is on the 4th floor I have to climb floors just to survive and go to the bathroom.

Well, this coming week won’t even look as good as this. Already goofed away one day!


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