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Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Gets A Far From Favorable Review At ‘Gizmodo’!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access GIZMODO review.

Wow. Not good.

For many, including I, the ‘Health Tracking‘ is the primary rationale for getting a smartwatch like this.

As she says, the good news is that this is all software-related and Samsung will be able to fix it with new versions of the firmware.

Glad I did not rush off and get one as I had originally thought of doing.

I am now waiting to check out the Garmin MARQ Explorer.

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Is Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella Still ‘Thanking God’, Non-Stop, For His Current Form?

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Another example. Note hand is higher. Closer to grill.

Haven’t had a chance to see his over-the-top, near-obnoxious constant crossing of himself of late since he hasn’t been at the crease for long. Just 2-balls in the first T20I against South Africa yesterday. I have always said he should be consistent. He should thank God even when he is out — cheaply. He can’t have it both ways. If he is stupid enough to believe that God helps him score runs, then he also has to accept that God must want him gone when he gets out and has to start walking back.

He was even dropped from the side. He must have been beside himself. I can just see him. On his knees praying.

Poor guy. If he wasn’t so obnoxious he could be quite a decent bugger.

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Cracks Me Up When I Get A Royalty Cheque For TECHNOLOGY Books I Wrote 15 Years Ago!

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Happens this time every year. It comes out of the blue.

I am NOT complaining. It is NOT a big check BUT it can keep me in wine for 2-weeks. That is better than a kick-in-the-teeth any day of the week.

If these were NOT technology books it wouldn’t crack me up at all. But, these are books that are now 60% out-of-date! Yes, some of the basic principles will still be the same but a lot of water flows under the bridge over the course of 15-years when it comes to technology.

These books have a ‘Look Inside‘ capability and people can return them. That I am still getting royalties mean that people must still find some value in them. That pleases me. These were good books when I wrote them.

I also got pretty decent advances on each of the books. So, I am pleased. I am smiling.


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My Review Of The ‘Fitbit Versa Lite’ At ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

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Use image below to access the original at HRM USA.

Click image to access HRM USA product page with my review — towards the bottom.

Always nice to have a review published on a seller’s Website.

Yes, I am close with ‘HRM USA‘. They are a good company and I have bought 5 smartwatches from them in the last 15-months.

Well, you can read the review … I don’t need to duplicate it here.

I still have the Fitbit Versa Lite on my wrist tonight. 5-days on the trot. Taking it off tomorrow. Have another Fitbit I need to evaluate. Yes, it is a hard life. SMILE.

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Pope Francis, Re. Cardinal Barbarin, PROVES He Is On The Side Of The Child Sex Abusers, And NOT The Victims.

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From the NYT. Google “Barbarin” for more.

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This beyond the bloody pale.

The aptly-named Barbarin is already convicted by a french court and wanted to resign — albeit just is not-that-important archbishopric rather than the musch prestigious cardinalate.

Barbarin, at this late stage, was at least trying to make a gesture.

But, NOT the bloody pope. Oh, NO. The pope doesn’t like that. He cares nothing about the poor victims.

What Trump is to White Nationalists,

Pope Francis is to Child Sex Abusers.

I am so disgusted with him. He promised so much BUT did a 180 on the CRITICAL child sex abuse issue.

Worst pope in 61-years.

Also not getting ‘Cardinal’ George Pell, languishing in an Australian prison cell, to relinquish his cardinalate. Pope remains silent.

Francis is a disgrace to Christianity.

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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — March 19, 2019.

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NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

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The also rans:

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‘Olive Kitteridge’ By Elizabeth Strout — Magical Enough To Win A ‘Pulitzer’.

by Anura Guruge

It is not a novel. Essentially thirteen short-stories with ‘Olive Kitteridge‘ playing some role, major in some, fleeting in others, in each story. Beautifully crafted. The story and characters engage you. Draw you in. You want to know what happens to them.

All the stories are set in a fictional coast town in Downeast Maine. My wife of 16-years is from coastal Maine (albeit slightly further North). Over the last year six years I have been spending a fair amount of time in Maine — mainly in Acadia. So, the landscape and the nuances of the characters were familiar.

I found it interesting and absorbing — though typically I am not a huge fan of short-stories. The portrayal of the Mainers amused I. An overriding theme is their lecherousness and promiscuity — irrespective of age. Hmmm. I won’t comment on that.

Yes, as with the ‘Secret Lives of Bees‘ this book is hugely well known and has a huge following. I am, as ever, late to the party.

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