Archive | November 4, 2018

An Abandoned Royal 440 Typewriter.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Royal 440 typewriter Anura Guruge Sony a7 II

This was at our (i.e., Alton, NH) ‘Recycle Center’ (i.e., ‘Dump‘) no-charge (i.e., ‘free’) Swap Shop. It was inside, but I carried it out to get better light. It was heavy.

It was in bad shape.

We already have a few working typewriters in the house and I didn’t want one that was this beat up. Appears that I MIGHT have been able to sell it on eBay for a $90! But, that is OK. I hope someone more deserving will get that opportunity.

I am just glad to share these pictures with you.

Wonder what words were typed on this machine. Just think about that. Every typewriter has a tale to tell … not counting all the tales it already has told.

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The Incomparable BBC Expands On My Theme Of Sri Lanka’s Political Soap Opera.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the EXCELLENT BBC coverage.

Click to access my post from last week.

As the BBC also points out, what is happening in Sri Lanka is beyond the pale. It is even beyond what even Donald Trump could conjure.

Just puerile. Plain puerile. I am so, so glad that I am no longer a Sri Lankan citizen! I would be so ashamed. This is a country with a proud heritage.

This is unbecoming.

‘Temple Trees’, the Prime Minister’s official residence — I know it well. I have been there a number of times, with my adoptive father, when I was a child. I even had lunch there once.

I will keep you posted.

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by Anura Guruge

Setting Up A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On A Windows 7 PC With ‘Polar FlowSync’ App.

by Anura Guruge

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Polar gives you THREE options for setting up a new Vantage 5 Sports Watch:

  1. On a phone (iPhone or Android) with the ‘Polar Flow‘ App.
  2. On a computer (Windows or Mac) with the ‘Polar FlowSync‘ App.
  3. On the watch itself.

I had both Apps. loaded — on my Google Pixel 2 and my main Windows 7 Professional PC.

I opted to do the initial setup, USB-connected, on my PC because as Polar points out you can be charging the watch at the same time — and because I knew that the inevitable firmware upload that would be required would be quicker via USB. I was right.

When I had installed Polar FlowSync on Windows it claimed that it had downloaded and pre-installed the necessary USB driver. Nonetheless, when I plugged in the Vantage V Windows went through the process of looking for the requisite USB software online and installing it. Didn’t take too long and it installed, without issue, right-off-the-bat. That was good and reassuring. That said, the Vantage V does NOT show-up on my Windows USB-list. That means you can’t eject it. You just unplug it.

FlowSync had also installed without issue. I had invoked it before I plugged in the Vantage V. As soon as the USB software was activated it started to synch. It was pretty fast. Then, of course, as I had anticipated, it wanted to do a firmware update. Downloading that was pretty fast too. But, it failed to install the first time around. Suggested that I retry. I did. Installed fine the second time.

The watch was about 76% charged when I got it. To top it up to 100% took about 45 minutes.

But, overall, including that firmware install failure, it was fairly painless and fairly quick.

So, that was it. I now have the Vantage V on my wrist in place of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus which is being temporary RESTED.

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‘Polar Vantage V’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge

I was out much of Friday — going to see the ‘Nutcracker‘ etc. — so I did not get around to setting up my new Polar Vantage V until today (Saturday).

Once the Vantage was fully charged I strapped it next to my trusty Garmin Fenix 5 Plus before taking off the Fenix 5 Plus. This way you can see them side-by-side. About the same size. The Garmin, in case you didn’t know, is on the left (your left).

More on the Vantage V setup in the next post.

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