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If You Are On Zyrtec Don’t Bother Trying To Switch Or Quit — Simple As That!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Click to access my post.


You are going to go on Zyrtec because you have bad allergies. And usually you have bad allergies because you are susceptible to various types of allergen — and rarely just one. If you are the allergic type, you are invariably going to be allergic to dust mites on top of the other stuff that likely bothers you.

So, if you start taking Zyrtec you might as well resign yourself to it being a life-sentence.

That definitely seems to be the case with I and I have come to terms with it.

It was 7-years ago that I was advised to take a Zyrtec a day, 365-days a year, whether I thought I needed it or not. I did as I was told. It was a miracle. Most of the chest colds I used to get, two to three times a year, basically went away. Overall I became much healthier. I realized that most of my chest colds were set off my allergies. So, I take Zyrtec, religiously, every day — as does Teischan (12).

Last August my doctor told me that he thinks Zyrtec is too strong and that I should switch to Claritin. I did. It was a bust. Claritin just wasn’t strong enough. My chest problems came back with a vengeance in days. So, after 22-days of suffering I had no choice but to go back to Zyrtec.

So, when I saw this article I was conflicted. People complaining of Zyrtec withdrawal appear to be missing the point. They shouldn’t be trying to go off Zyrtec in the first place! The itching will be the least of their problems. My advice is that they don’t try to quit.

Just stick with Zyrtec. That is what I am doing.


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Garmin’s Acquisition Of ‘Tacx’, The Maker Of Indoor Bike Trainers Very Puzzling & Kind Of Stupid.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. This from ‘marketwatch.com’. It is on Garmin.com also.


Click to access their Website.


Why, or Why?

Does Garmin plan to add GPS to stationary indoor bikes? That is the kind of stupid thing that Garmin is likely to do these days!

Garmin is NOT in the indoor bike business and claiming that it is going to branch out into that sector is stupid.

Garmin has to stay with its core strengths: GPS and wearables!

This is stupid and I here talk as a longtime Garmin investor. So, I do have a right to be concerned. I have money in Garmin.

I was involved in a number of $100+ MILLION acquisitions in the late 1990s with Cisco — the then market leader in networking. We always worked on the adaje “don’t even think about buying a cow if you can get all the milk you need at a reasonable price”. Shame that nobody at Garmin knew of this basic rule of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). It is actually called the “Cow Rule”.

Garmin should be investing in health technology for its watches — blood pressure monitoring, diabetes etc.

Instead, it buys an unknown Dutch maker of indoor bike trainers. Blinking amazing. Typical Garmin.


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There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Garmin Forums @ forums.garmin.com


I hadn’t used my ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus‘ for 20-days. I was instead wearing an ‘Amazfit Verge‘ with a very pleasing AMOLED display.

Yesterday, when I went back to the Fenix 5 Plus, the first thing I did was USB charge it on my PC. While I was at it I fired up Garmin Express to check for updates. There were NONE! I was surprised. I expected there to be one. Nada.

So, today I went looking. OK, there is a 6.51 beta, released on December 17, 2018, but per the Change Log it only has one bike-related fix.

Hhhmmm … I am surprised and disappointed. I had expected that Garmin would have rolled out a slew of fixes and some new features. Maybe it was the holidays. Stay tuned … What else can we do. Try to contact Garmin? That was a JOKE.


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My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Is Back On My Wrist After A 20-Day Flirtation With An ‘Amazfit Verge’.

by Anura Guruge


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20-days ago when I strapped on a Amazfit Verge for evaluation.



The final watch face I was using on the ‘Amazfit Verge’.


I have had my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus since October 9, 2018 (i.e., for 123-days). Prior to that I owned a Garmin Fenix 5 for 158-days.

During the 123-days that I owned the Fenix 5 Plus I have taken it off and put aside on two occasions. Once, for 10-days, when I was evaluating a ‘Polar Vantage V‘ and now for 20-days when I flirted with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. I had very different reactions to these two watches. I was glad to get rid of the ‘Polar Vantage V’. It was a very boring, insipid watch. Not so with the Verge. I like the Verge. I returned the Vantage V though I had the option of keeping it (for free). I am keeping the Verge!

The Verge still has some ways to go. Floors climbed is a joke — a very bad joke. That was the one big flaw I found, other than the Amazfit APP not working with Android 9.

The AMOLED display on the Verge is an absolute joy. I can’t wait for Garmin to start using AMOLED displays.

Well, it is still kind of nice to have my Fenix 5 Plus back on my wrist. I have got used to its feel and I do like all the widgets.


Me and My Trackers.

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More News That Garmin Plans To Offer Enhanced Heart Monitoring Features.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the original post by “MedCity News”.


My heads-up posts from December 2018. Click to access.


It goes without saying that Garmin wasn’t going to let Apple, Fitbit etc. leave it in the dust when it came to advanced health monitoring capabilities such as ECGs. The partnership with ‘Actigraph‘, in December, was just an inkling. Now, this with further news of Garmin’s active collaborations. Not sure when Garmin will announce some products. I have heard that there are some new Garmin & Fitbit watches expected before Easter. But, I am still short on details. Of course, I will share with you as soon as I find out. Till then, this is good news.


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‘Amazfit Verge’ A Very Attractive & Pleasing Smartwatch With GPS/Glonass & Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Amazfit product page for the impressive ‘Verge’.


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As those of you familiar with this blog must know, I am ‘into’ activity trackers and, moreover, wear one 24×7 (which for the last 10-months has been, bar a few days, here and there, a Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)). I keep an eye on the industry and try and check out smartwatches that really catch my fancy. The ‘Amazfit Verge‘, happened to be one of these.

Amazfit has been on my radar for a few months. I think they have HUGE potential. If they play their cards right they could be the next Fitbit. They definitely have the resources, backing, technology and know-how to do that. They are a part of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. That gives them a lot of muscle and clout — not to mention incentive.

The ‘Verge’ is Amazfit’s latest smartwatch. I was impressed with its specs and looks as soon as I saw them some months back. I have been trying to get my hands on one ever since.

I got one on Friday, and have been wearing it for the last 24-hours.

I like it. I like it a LOT. It is a very PLEASING watch. Personable. A watch you can relate to it. A visually striking and very attractive display. Bright and bold. Not washed out. It is going to be a nice watch to run with.

We, in the northeast, were pounded by a huge snow & sleet storm today — as some of you may know. So, I spent over 3.5 hours, outside, in the cold, shoveling. Of the 8,000 steps I have taken so far today, at least 7,000 were of me pushing snow.

The ‘Verge’, from what I can see, is pretty accurate in terms of steps, floors climbed and heart-rate. The HR maybe 5 bpm too fast — but it definitely seems to be in the right range.

It records a TON of data. I am still wading through and trying to get to grips with it. Didn’t have much time today — with all that shoveling.

The APP, once I got it paired, works fine. I have automatic synching on and it synchs fine. I have both Bluetooth & Wi-Fi set-up. Setting up Wi-Fi was a breeze.

So, far … I am SOLD. Sold, big time. For this price this is quite the watch, with a responsive touch-screen to boot.

Much more to come, of course. This was but a quick, ‘first impressions’.

Stay tuned.


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‘Amzafit Verge’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge



Yes, I finally managed to get an Amazfit Verge — yesterday. Today, I got around to unpacking it. Yes, this is still with the protective cover on it. You can see the little flap at the bottom with the red line.

I am still in the process of setting it up. Alas, it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped. For a start the Amazfit APP does not work with Android 9 — as in my trusty Google Pixel 2! That did not amuse me much. I had to install the APP on a Tablet. That worked. After that it was fairly straightforward sailing. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze and downloading a new software update was pretty easy.

I haven’t started wearing it on my wrist as yet. Will do so shortly.

Yes, I will keep YOU posted. It is very light. WOW.


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