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Garmin Express Is Now At 5.8.0.0 (As Of November 16, 2017).

by Anura Guruge


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This was as of yesterday. As I had previously told you, Garmin Express (at least on Windows) does NOT auto-update or provide you with any notification that an update is available. You have to check manually.

Not sure what going up to 5.8 from 5.7 did. I haven’t seen any differences. Maybe it was to add support to the Vivoactive 3.


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Got My Garmin Vivoactive 3 (Gunmetal), Discounted & Early — But Was An ABSOLUTE PAIN To Pair With My Android 7.0 Tablet!

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So, I finally got IT — after 38-days of not having a Garmin Vivoactive on my wrist.

I, of course, ordered it through Amazon BUT did not get one fulfilled by Amazon — because their promised delivery was for this coming Monday, November 20, 2017.

I had been keeping an eye on these ‘small’ Garmin distributors who kept on claiming they could get me a Gunmetal model earlier. The latest to do so was ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ — a small 14-person company in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, having watched their listing for 24-hours, I called them up. Spoke to a lady called ‘Amy’. She seemed genuine enough and she inspired confidence. So, I placed an order — WITHOUT cancelling my prior order which was NOT due to ship till today.

Heart Rate Monitors USA shipped out the unit — to UPS — within 4 hours. Yes, I was monitoring (every couple of hours). {Smile}

I got it yesterday, Thursday, November 16, 2017 — Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

I also got it for $310 — rather than the $330 I was being charged by Amazon.

I like it. Nice and light and looks OK.

But, the JOY of getting it was MARRED by the horrendous problems I had trying to PAIR IT with my 6-month old, ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0. Now I had had my old Garmin Vivoactive HR paired with this tablet (albeit with erratic syncing) and had, after 9 or 10 attempts, managed to pair my short lived Garmin Forerunner 235 with it.

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With the Vivoactive 3 I just could NOT get it to PAIR. I would type in the 6-digit pairing code and something would go WRONG or NOTHING would happen.

Called up Garmin support and was with them for nearly 50 minutes. They admitted that they have NEVER tested pairings with Tablets. Just phones. Which is why they call it ‘Pair With Phone’.

It paired, first time, with an old ASUS phone. I do not have a working smartphone. I prefer a 10″ tablet.

I was SO DISGUSTED I set out to return it! Even reboxed it — with a printed return label.

Then I relented. I decided to get a phone — most likely a Google Pixel XL, since my main requirement is a decent camera to use at events (e.g., concerts). So, I started looking for phones.

Also read some posts about Bluetooth. Once suggested STOPPING the Bluetooth service on Android and starting it again. Did that around midnight. Then, two attempts later it PAIRED!

I know I spent close to 2.25 hours trying to get it to pair — and MAYBE 22 (or more) attempts.

That is NOT right.

So, that spoiled the whole experience. I am still recovering!


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Hope You Had A Great Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 Day. Cheers!

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Eventful day for I with my OBi110 and then my long-awaited Garmin Vivoactive 3 giving me grief.

But, the Beaujolais Nouveau was a solace.

No, I haven’t drunk a whole bottle yet, though I could do with drinking all 4. But, restraint! {Smile}

I hope you had a great day, better day than I — at least in terms of frigging electronics.

Why can’t life be simple like sipping Beaujolais Nouveau?

Cheers.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 — THE Review: Bitingly Tart, Lingering & Aromatic — Another ‘Keeper’.

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Do NOT judge it on your first sip! {Smile} Give it a few sips and a few minutes.

Yes, your initial, overriding reaction is likely to be that it is TART. Yes, it is. But, tartness, from the tannin, is a hallmark of Beaujolais Nouveau. I guess it has to do with its ‘newness’.

Marked tartness has been a feature of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last 4-years. Of course I can’t tell you, exactly, whether the 2017 is more tart than what was the 2014.

In these reviews, which I have now done for a few years, totally on my own dime (without ANY help or interaction, whatsoever from Georges Duboeuf), I set out to be totally upfront. There is no reason for me to sugarcoat anything.

So, here we go.

The tartness grew on me — i.e., after a few sips I kind of liked it. It is a lingering tartness.

More aromatic than last year’s — I am sure.

Not bad at all, at all — after the first few sips.

It is, as was last year’s, a rather robust red. Very bold and in your palette. Those that like a full-bodied red will have no issues with it. Those with a more ‘delicate’ palette may find it too ‘in your face’.

Definite keeper — as has been the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau over the last few years.

I am looking forward to my 2nd half-glass.

Once you get used to its tartness it goes down WELL.

I am happy.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2017.

I will write another review after I have drunk a bottle — which will be by tomorrow. {Smile}

Cheers.


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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 Label … By Floridian Artist Ari Azzopardi-Robinson.

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Georges Duboeuf managed to keep this 2017 label under wraps until the day! Impressive. In the past I would typically be able to find it online about 3-days ahead of THE DAY.

Pretty label BUT not whether it kind of goes with the wine. Not sure.

Original painting is quite the work of art — though I am, in general, not a big fan of such modernistic paint daubs.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2017 Is FINALLY Here — Thank Bacchus!

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It is finally here — OK, at least in Paris.

We have a few more hours to go.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 is unlikely to be available in New Hampshire till around 11am, Thursday. I plan to be in Concord, as is my wont, around then to buy a few bottles.

So, CHEERS.

Thanks Bacchus — we made it through another year.

Beaujolais Nouveau is here.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3: Price Reduction On ALL Models Precipitated By Delays To Slate – Gunmetal Version.

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All this as of Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

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Current Pricing At Amazon; $279 for the ugly models.


All because the Slate — Gunmetal is still back-ordered!


But Amazon, per PHONE CALL, insists that I will get mine
on November 20, 2017.

There will be hell to pay if I don’t and I have informed Amazon of that.

Hell to pay” — will translate into a $48 (i.e., 15% rebate). {Smile}


Best Buy has already done its Price Match.


And at Garmin. This is a pretty POOR show on their part.


Garmin appears to have screwed-up pretty badly — in making the Slate/Gunmetal version available.

It appears that 2 or 3 New York “Time Square” camera shops got a FEW units early. But, I don’t trust any of these places.

That Amazon did NOT get a shipment as yet is SCARY.

Amazing that they are discounting the Vivoactive 3 already — within a couple of weeks of availability. This discount has trickled down to all the other Garmin products too — as would have to be the case. Glad I am NOT a Garmin shareholder.


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