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My ‘Google Pixel 2’ Is Now Running Android 10 (Replete With ‘Dark Themes’ & Gestures).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Android 10’ is towards the middle.


I had read, online, that it was going to be available on Google Pixel phones as of September 3, 2019. I, however, did NOT get it automatically. I had to ‘Check for Update’ — today, September 4, 2019. Then it was there. No problems downloading — other than it not letting me do it when my battery was low. That was fine. I turned on dark themes. Cute.


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I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro: Metal Clasps On The Nylon Bands Might Be A Problem.

by Anura Guruge


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Two weeks ago, once I learned that the Fenix 6 was on deck ready to be announced, I wrote this post about strap options for the Fenix 6. The second picture, above, is from that post.

In there I said: “Leather straps with the metal clasp at the end are a DISASTER. They will SCRATCH your expensive watch“.

Now, I see that Garmin is using metal clasps on the nylon bands. Yikes.

I have not had a Garmin strap with metal clasps. It is possible that they have better clearance and that the metal does not touch the body. I definitely would check on this before getting a nylon strap. You would hate to scratch a $900 watch.

I am also ‘amused’ (actually NOT) about Garmin’s $100 price for their nylon straps. WOW. Yes, I know the leather costs as much — and I justified that. But, isn’t there a difference between leather and nylon?

I am a Garmin (GRMN) shareholder and have been for a few years. So, I should, in theory, be happy. But, I am not. Just looks like Garmin is losing the plot. What do YOU think.

But, just check on those metal clasps. It could be an issue.


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Do I Get Rid Of My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ & Get A New Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire?

by Anura Guruge


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My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ that I got in May 2019.


I have known that the Garmin Fenix 6 Series was going to be introduced on August 29, 2019, for a few weeks now. I knew it was going to have a larger (i.e., 1.3″ (& 1.4″ on ‘X’)) display than the MARQ or Fenix 5. But, until today I had not, alas, seen all the specs.

Do I need a Fenix 6? No.

Do I want a Fenix 6? Probably.

Why? Because I like to have the latest and greatest (though in this case the MARQ, with its pretty neat titanium body, is still probably the greatest).

OK. Time for full disclosure. I am SUPPOSED to get a Fenix 6 so I can evaluate it and write some reviews. That would be nice. But, that is not a given as yet.

To be honest, only one feature tickles me — right now. And that is SOLAR. But, that is not going to work on two fronts. I have always stayed clear of the ‘X’ models. I have small (‘girlie’) wrists! The ‘X’ would overwhelm it and make me look stupid (or stupider). The 47mm size, as you can see above, fits perfectly. So, the ‘X’ is out. For now that rules out Solar. Plus, I live in New Hampshire and most of my running/walking/hiking is done under tall trees. So, it is either winter when the Sun is not that high in the sky or it is not winter and the trees block most of the sunshine.

At 66 (next week) I don’t need any of the fany performance-related features. I just need time, distance, pace, HR. At my age you are just glad you still have a pulse.

I am pretty sure that all of the software features on the Fenix 6, including power management, will be available on the MARQ, Fenix 5 Plus and Forerunner 945 by November. I will try and get that confirmed.

So, that is where I sit.

I doubt whether I will get rid of my MARQ.

But, I probably will try and get a Fenix 6 as well. SMILE. Evaluating and writing detailed reviews has its benefits.

So, stay tuned.


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New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2019 — First Definite Proof.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken the last couple of days in Alton, New Hampshire. Not unusual to start seeing definite signs in August. I have seen fall foliage in July. The last few nights have been ‘cool’ — i.e., 60s. That will get the juices retreating. I as ever will keep and eye and share with you. That is what I do,


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Custom Homemade Holder For 13 Hula Hoops.

by Anura Guruge


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Teischan (13) currently has 13 functional hula hoops (ignoring the ones that have gone out of shape).

Keeping them in one place, in the garage, without us continually tripping over them, or they falling on my Jaguar XJ8, was becoming a problem.

Today, we came up with a neat solution.

Once we worked it out, and found an acceptable spot in the garage it only took me a FEW minutes to implement it. Basically having to drill one hole through a 4″x4″. Used stuff I had at hand including the rubber tip from one of the 6 crutches I still have. Works beautifully.

I will be happy to tell you how to reproduce it. [No you don’t need two of them. SMILE]



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Spur of the moment. Was not planned. I was out taking my daily photos when I caught her practising. She does not let me take too many pictures. So, I snapped 19 of these quickly. She is using 5 hoops. Maybe 6. She has another one coming. In total she has about 8 or 9. Maybe more.

Decided that stitching them into a quick, 20-seconds video was the best way to share them.

Enjoy.


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Amazon’s Legendary Return Policy Excludes Some Unexpected Products.

by Anura Guruge


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Some interesting things here. You should read IF you ever get the time.


First time I have ever experienced this — in 20+ years of buying (and sometimes returning) items from Amazon.

You can return shoes. We know because we had to with sneakers for the kids. Pretty sure you can return clothes too (even (maybe (I think) underwear).

But, I can’t return this? It is neck heating pad. Yes, a heating pad for the neck. NOT ELIGIBLE for return!

Wow.

I am not devastated. SMILE.

There is a story behind this (of course).

I was doing research for a good friend who is BIG TIME 3rd party (3P) seller on Amazon. He was discovering all sorts of crazy stuff and wanted a non-Amazon vendor to check out certain policies. Well, we nailed this one. It was as he had thought. He just wanted an independent confirmation.

But, I wanted to share. Some of you could really run foul of this.

I have told Amazon that they should have a BIG WARNING, in red, on the product description that says “This Item NOT Eligible For Return“. Doubt whether they will do it.


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