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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.

by Anura Guruge


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I have done two walks with the Venu SQ with it side-by-side (on my left wrist) next to my Fenix 6 Solar PRO.

One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.

GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.

GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’.

by Anura Guruge



My friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) again did me proud. I got a Venu SQ via UPS this afternoon.

Definitely a good looking, very attractive, CUTE watch. Much smaller & lighter, of course, than my Fenix 6. That has to be a given. Very different watches for two very different audiences. One, the Fenix is a rugged, AWD SUV, the Venu SQ a refined, luxury car.

I haven’t put the Venu through its paces yet. That will start tomorrow. I will first check distance & steps against the Fenix 6. I will keep you posted, of course.


Please click to access the “Heart Rate Monitors USA” (HRM USA) product page. You will not regret it. ONLY place to buy Garmins & Fitbits in the U.S. Honest.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Finally Announces ‘Venu SQ’.

by Anura Guruge


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YouTube videos from Garmin.


Well given all the leaks there are NO surprises. Looks a nice watch. I am hoping that my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) will send me one shortly for evaluation. I will let you know. Check out the videos. They are GOOD.



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I Used ‘FaxZero’ For The 1st Time Last Night; I Was Pleased & Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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I have always hated faxes with a vengeance. Such a pain. I was so thrilled when e-mails started to supplant bloody faxes. But, as some of you know, doctors insist on using faxes citing HIPAA compliance etc.

Well, I had to send a fax last night — yes, to my eye doctor.

We used to subscribe, many, many years ago to a fax service. I couldn’t even remember its name.

I wanted a Web-based service. FaxZero came up. It was FREE so I gave it a spin.

It worked. It even provides delivery confirmation. No messing around. Quite professional. I was so happy & impressed that I gave them a TIP via PayPal. They earned it.

Just wanted to let you know. Next time you need to send a fax try them out. I am sure that you will NOT be dissapointed. I wasn’t.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ’ Leaked — Already On Sale — At ‘HSN.com’, Ahead Of Announcement.

by Anura Guruge


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Would appear they jumped the gun. That they are only offering grey is another clue that they somehow did NOT wait for Garmin’s announcement. Maybe they were confused given that it was supposed to be announced last week.

Garmin’s announcement of the ‘Venu SQ‘ is said to be towards the end of this month, i.e., September 2020.


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Facebook ‘Marketplace’ NEW ‘Shipping Option’ Works, Works Well — & Makes It Better Than eBay.

by Anura Guruge


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In the past, with Facebook ‘Marketplace’ you either had to hope for local sales or rely on using PayPal (or equivalent) to obtain payment & then sort out your own shipping.

Not anymore. Facebook ‘Marketplace’ now has a NIFTY built-in ‘SHIPPING’ option with Facebook collecting the payment & supplying a shipping label.

I listed an item earlier this week. Facebook notified me of the new ‘shipping’ option & to entice me (totally) sadi that they will pay for the shipping. That was quite the enticement. They were ALSO NOT charging any fees or commission. WOW.

So, I would get, 100%, of the selling price of the item.

Facebook was paying for the shipping & there were no fees that were going to be deductible.

OF COURSE there was a catch. FB hold onto the payment for a week or so! Unlike eBay/PayPal you do NOT get paid when the buyer pays. Instead FB holds onto it. They don’t release it until the item is DELIVERED. Then, they still reserve 5-days to pay you. So, I still haven’t got paid. SMILE.

But, ….

I am impressed. It worked well. They, like eBay, provide built-in tracking.

They are setting themselves up to compete with eBay head-to-head. That is good. eBay had become complacent. This is good.

Try it out. I am sure you will like it. I did.


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‘Grant’, By ‘Ron Chernow’, Narrated By ‘Mark Bramhall’, As An ‘Audible’ Audiobook Is A 48-Hour Tour de Force.

by Anura Guruge


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Beyond brilliant. Beyond enchantment. This was 48-hours of sheer joy!

Loved it. My 2nd AUDIBLE — as part of my initial FREE, 2-month membership.

Yes, I am a U.S. Grant BUFF, so much so that I named one of my Goldens after him. And yes, I have made a pilgrimage to his tomb in New York.

The writing was divine. I just lapped it up. The narration was exquisite. I can’t even imagine how somebody can do it so superbly.

You have to listen to it.

I am NOT sure whether I would have enjoyed this book as much IF I read it! That, coming from I, is quite an admission.

I listened to it during my 5-mile (10,000 step) morning walk. That walk, the first part delayed in that I walk 2-dogs, takes me close to 2-hours. So, I have spent the last MONTH listening to this book. It was well worth it. SUPERB.

Just loved it. This book has me hooked on Audible! Smile.

Well, I think you can see that I am very favorably impressed with this book & Amazon’s Audible. SMILE.


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Garmin Delays Announcement Of ‘Venu SQ’ (for Square) — Just Unveils ‘Forerunner 745’!

by Anura Guruge


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The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.

The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.

Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.


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Shenandoah National Park ‘Skyland Resort’ Does Have Limit Wi-Fi & TV In Certain Rooms.

by Anura Guruge


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We spent 5-nights at ‘Skylands’ at the start of this month. It was wonderful & memorable. Definitely recommend it.

When I was looking through the reviews I saw a lot of conflicting reports about Wi-Fi & TV availability. So, let me please give you the definitive update.

Skyland has Wi-Fi. It is very slow (like 45kbps) BUT it is stable & reliable. Yes, you get more bandwidth the less folks using it. So, bandwidth is better late at night as folks go to bed. That is where the stability & reliability kicks in. Though it is slow, it is not erratic & as such does NOT kick you out. Why am I stressing this. It means that photo backup to the cloud happened.

That was my biggest concern. Having my photos from my Google Pixel 4 backed up to Google Photo. Though I was taking 200 pictures a day the Wi-Fi was adequate enough to back 90% to Google Photos during the night as I slept. I activated data when I wanted to access a Website. Cell reception isn’t great, so there wasn’t much bandwidth with data either.

Wi-Fi is better around the office & dining room area. But, there is plenty of space to hang out. So, that wasn’t a problem.

We (of course (SMILE)) opted for a SUPERIOR room in the main building — attached to the office. See above pictures. All those rooms had TV. When I heard that Wi-Fi was poor I wanted TV given that I am a news junkie. These rooms were good. Quiet enough & a rather nice view overlooking Luray — in the valley below. The cabins are more rustic. IF, I am lucky enough to go back again I might give one of the cabins a spin NOW that I know where most of them are. SMILE. Yes, I did a lot of walking & exploring.

Hope this helps. GREAT PLACE. We were lucky. Memorable.


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Fitbit’s New ‘Sense’ (Shipping In October) Gets FDA Approved ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring Support.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.

The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?


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