Archive | April 2019

Garmin Adds ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking’ Support à la Fitbit To MANY Of Its Watches.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access Garmin’s description of this feature.


Click here to access Garmin’s page for this feature.




Though developed for the just announced Garmin Forerunner 945, the ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking‘ feature is going to be available across many of Garmin’s mid- to high-end devices including some other Forerunners, Vivoactive 3 & Fenix 5 (Plus).

‘Menstrual Cycle’ is tracked using body temperature so your watch has to have a temperature sensor. That is the gating factor.

This feature has been on new Fitbits as of about October 2018. I got my wife to test a Fitbit Charge 3 with this feature last year and she was suitably impressed.

Though I just updated my Garmin Connect to the requisite 4.18 version, which has this feature, I don’t get to see it because my gender is set as ‘male’. No, I am NOT going to change that. But, from what I see, Garmin appears to offer more ‘note taking’ and ‘annotation’ options, e.g., you can record outbreaks of acne.

I know that many females will welcome this feature and put it to good use. So, I am glad.

Also, (as a Garmin shareholder to boot) I am glad that they did not restrict this to just the new Forerunner 945.

So, a good day for us Garmin owners.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — April 30, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:







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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Was Wednesday, April 24 — @ 5:24am.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 24 (non-leap years)
and April 23 (leap years).


↑↑↑↑

I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Ice Out 1992 to 2019.

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Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


So, it wasn’t April 22nd as most people had expected. It was two-day later.

But, it was 2-days earlier than last year.

Same as 2015.

2014 was one-day off, but was also on a Wednesday.

Nowhere close to being even close to ‘long’. Longest was 132-days (since Jan. 1) in 1888.

Also, not the shortest. SHORTEST was just 3-years ago. 2016. 77-days, March 18,


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I Sold My AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ ECG Unit On eBay For $67 + Shipping.

by Anura Guruge


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My LSAT AliveCor ECG
from April 29, 2019.

My heart rate was just one beat above the cut-off for Bradycardia!

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I got the AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ last September, for $99 (from Amazon), to allay Apple Watch 4 envy.

I have no regrets about getting it. It was cool to do my own ECGs and those of relatives.

But, none of us had any heart issues! That is NOT a bad thing. But, after awhile it becomes boring. Samo-samo. So, it just sat there not getting used. But, the Kardi APP can be annoying. Reminds you daily to take an ECG.

So, I decided to sell it. Was easy enough. I am fairly chuffed with the price I got $67 + shipping.

So, I had it for 8-months and that cost me $32. That is not bad in my book.


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The Picture Of The Day (Canon EOS RP) + 6 Also-Rans — April 29, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

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The also rans:







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The New Garmin Forerunner 945 Obsoletes The Fenix 5 Plus In Terms Of Features.

by Anura Guruge


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Amazon ACCIDENTALLY
had it listed this morning.
(I got a heads up.)

It is no longer there. I managed to grab a screenshot.

Click to ENLARGE. From around 9:20am (Eastern) this morning. It is NO LONGER there on .com or the UK site.


Click to access the ‘Pocket-Lint’ article from this WEEKEND.


The Garmin Forerunner 945 is scheduled to be announced tomorrow — April 30, 2019.


It was accidentally listed on Amazon.com, this morning. (See above.)


It has been talked about as a rumor for weeks and ‘Pocket-Lint’ wrote about it this weekend. (See above.)


The new Garmin Forerunner 945 includes all of the Fenix 5 Plus functionality and more.

So, the FR 945 will have: music, pay & maps.

It will also have: high-resolution display, Pulse Ox (blood oxygen saturation levels), Incident Detection, Heat/Altitude acclimation, Advanced Physio Metrics & 3rd Generation HR sensor.

Water rating is 5 ATM as opposed to 10 ATM — but I am NOT a diver.

It will be priced at $599 and, of course, it will be a plastic body.

Price of the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus already reduced at Amazon to $599 to match that of the Forerunner 945!

Fenix 4 is available for $499.


So, why is my Fenix 5 Plus 2nd best?

Well the FR 945 is better in terms of features.

Why … 4th best.

Well there is the huge Fenix 5x Plus … and the MARQ!


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Is 100% Accurate Measuring Marathon Run; Others Not So Good.

by Anura Guruge



Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” article.


This article held no surprises for I. I knew the Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS was pretty accurate. I had clocked it against a car odometer — albeit in the 3.5-mile range, rather than at the marathon distance.

That the Garmin Vivosmart 4 was inaccurate should not be a earth-shattering. It doesn’t have GPS.

That most of the other watches were quite inaccurate too is more of a concern. I owned a Samsung S3 Frontier. That, at the 2-3 mile range, was pretty accurate.

I owned two Vivoactive 3s and a Vivoactive HR prior to that. I then graduated to a Fenix 5 and then to a Fenix 5 Plus. I have checked the GPS on the Fenix 5(+) and have no major issues.

But, this is sobering.

I tested a low-end Fitbit recently and could not believe how inaccurate it was. It was a joke.


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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Now Has A Version 7.10 Firmware Release — As Of April 24, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the Garmin Forums at: orums.garmin.com


Just 4-days after I noted that there had been no firmware updates to the Fenix 5 Plus Garmin rolls out a new version, i.e., Ver. 7.10.

It was downloaded, over Bluetooth, to my watch yesterday, i.e., April 27, 2019. I was surprised. Usually I only get updates when I am USB-connected to Garmin Express.

Version 7.10 appears to be a RENUMBERED 6.72 or 6.4x build! Check the Forum, they still have a ‘sticky’ for a 6.72 beta — which fixes the swim workout bug mentioned as the 1st item in 7.10!

This is expected to be a busy week for Garmin. SMILE. Watch this space.


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‘Moosehead Lake’, Maine, In Late April ‘Mud Season’ — Go For The Solitude, Expect Nothing Else.

by Anura Guruge



Having lived on or around ‘Lake Winnipesaukee‘, New Hampshire for 28-years, I had expected the twice-as-big ‘Moosehead Lake‘ in Maine to boast a similar lifestyle. I had always heard that it was hopping ‘year round’. Well, it sure does NOT hop or show much of any type of animation during the last weeks of April — the so called ‘Mud Season’.

We visited (and stayed at a timeshare) in Greenville, Maine — the gateway to ‘Moosehead Lake‘ & the North Country — for 5-days last week, April 23 – 27, 2019. It was my first visit to that area. I had done some Googling and located some interesting restaurants and places to spot moose. But, I was to be severely spoilt and disappointed.

What I had not checked was the population — in terms of people as opposed to moose — up there. I knew it was up there, close to the ‘tundra’ and that it was extremely rural and isolated.

I did not expect it to be dead!

On Tuesday night there was only one restaurant open, the ‘Stress Free Moose‘. It actually had good food, great service, wonderful folks and was rocking. Alas, though, it is primarily a heavy-duty bar with a few tables crammed in. My 13-year old daughter, a restaurant connoisseur, was not impressed nor amused. I liked it, but I do not enjoy not having any choice. I had hoped to eat at “Kelly’s Landing” but like so many other places they were only open Thursday to Sunday.

IF I had checked the human population I would have been better prepared. I had assumed that Greenville, on the southern tip of the Lake would be similar to Alton (where I live) which occupies that spot on Winnipesaukee. Alton’s year round population, however, is 4 times greater. If you include Wolfeboro, 11-miles away from Alton, the year round population in this neck of our Lake is 10 times greater. That, I came to realize, makes all the difference.

There is no Chinese in Greenville or from what I can deduce in Moosehead (town) nor Rockwood. No Chinese. I had never thought about it much, but I guess you can demark civilization based on the presence or absence of a Chinese. I won’t even mention Indian.

There are also NO fast food establishments! No McDonald’s, no Subway, no Dunkin Donuts, no Aroma Joes. I gather the Greenville McDonald’s closed at least a decade ago. How is that possible.

Moosehead Lake, from what I saw, does not have the kind of money that you see around Winnipesaukee or Bar Harbor (Acadia). Nowhere close to the number of multi-million dollar mansions on the water. Far, far less fancy, grand waterfront hotels.

Salubrious is not a word I would associate with the area.

It sure is empty, isolated and rustic.

Though we spent hours looking did not see any moose. Actually a noticeable dirth in wildlife. That we saw no deer was surprising.

This is not to say the trip was a bust. I enjoyed it. Not so much, my 13-year old.

I like solitude and it is pretty desolate up there. Some striking scenery though nothing very different to what we have seen in New England before.

They say that it really rocks in August. I can believe that. But, I think I will stick to Acadia.


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