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Christmas Has Come & Gone, And Garmin Still Hasn’t Sold All 100, $10,000 MARQ 5-Watch, ‘Signature Sets’.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to Garmin’s product page this limited edition 5-unit MARQ set.


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I can’t say I am surprised. This is an outlandish extravaganza — though there are a lot of folks out there who could easily afford it. But, to be honest I don’t see why it would be compelling and that comes from a man who traded in his MARQ Expedition for a second Garmin Fenix 6, albeit the second in Titanium.

Would love to know how many Garmin has really sold. Garmin made it very clear that they were targeting it for Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone.

Well, I guess they still have two other opportunities: Chinese New Year and, of course, Valentine’s. Hence, I will keep on checking over the next couple of weeks and keep you posted. Would be a hoot if they do sell all 100 by Valentine’s.

Keep fingers crossed. SMILE.


I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.

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2020 Chinese New Year, The HOP At Dartmouth (NH) Also Offering Free Event — A Concert.

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Click here for the HOP events page listing.


This should be quite the event. I am glad that they are doing it. This is the first time I have seen the HOP do an event for Chinese New Year — BUT, I could very well have missed them.

Now, as you know the UNH is also doing a free event which I have already talked about. That is this. So, you now have two free events. Wow.

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Garmin’s New ‘tactix Delta’ Is Basically A Fenix 6X Sapphire With Some Military-Specific Features, E.G., Night Vision, Stealth & Kill.

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Link to Garmin’s product page for the ‘tactix Delta’.


Garmin has had prior iteration of military-grade ‘tactix’ watches. This the 4th generation, with the ‘Delta’ monikor to invoke the famed U.S. Army ‘Delta Force‘, is a Fenix 6X Sapphire with a few very military-oriented features (in addition to conforming to the MIL-STD-810 ruggedness criteria). These being: night vision capability, stealth mode & a kill switch.

Night Vision capability allows the display to be read while wearing night vision goggles. Useful feature.

Stealth Mode disable all wireless signals from the watch to prevent it from being detected. So, if you are doing surveillance or trying to avoid being detected the watch is not going to give your position away.

Kill mode wipes the watches memory so that no one can access the GPS history or any location data. Handy if one falls into the wrong hands.

Other than these the rest of the software features are the same as that available with a Fenix 6X (bar Solar).

Not really meant for your average or normal Garmin users. They should just get a Fenix 6 or 6X — unless they are desperately in need of bragging rights.

You would think Garmin would make this — or sell it — directly for military customers. A bit expensive for your average GI. Maybe they do sell thousands to the military along with Garmin’s GPS technology and this open-market availability is for ‘private contractors’.

Well, I don’t need one of these. Of that I am sure.


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2020 Chinese New Year, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) — Terracotta Warriors & Qin Bamboo Slips.

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Click here for the UNH events page listing.


4-minute BBC documentary if you are not familiar with this
Terracotta Warriors — the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century.


The 2020 iteration of the now yearly event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their traditional, yearly celebration in late-January/early-February for the Chinese New Year – this being the “Year of the Rat“.

As ever it is a FREE event, open to the public. We have gone to these nearly every year. Without fail they are extremely good and a great bunch of people. Very friendly. Very hospitable.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE. They never disappoint. That is part of their ethos and it is impressive.

Last year it was Chinese umbrella making. Check this blog for many posts on that outstanding event.

Qin dynasty bamboo slips.


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Is Chief Justice John Roberts Showing Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease?

by Anura Guruge


From today’s Senate Impeachment trial swearing in ceremony. Watch YouTube video below.


Start at around the 3 minute mark and watch.


I hope NOT. I like him. He might be a Republican but I think he is an honest, decent, conscientious man. I want him to be as able as he can be.

My mother as well as a number of other relatives have had Parkinson’s. Also a couple of folks that I have known.

I noticed his hand shaking RIGHT AWAY. It was hard to miss.

Yes, it could have been just nerves. Momentous occasion. He knew the world was watching. But, this is nothing new to him — not now. He was sworn in two presidents. He is on TV quite a bit.

The shaking continued. Possibly even got worse.

Parkinson’s is purely ‘mechanical’. It doesn’t, at least at first, impair one’s cognitive powers. So, that is good.

But, I am hoping that I am wrong. I really do like him.


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ASUS (US) PC Support Making False FedEx Shipping Damage Claims Using Bogus Pictures — We Have The Proof.

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Message on ASUS on Facebook.
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Original e-mail from ASUS demanding $24.75.


Final $0.00 bill once they realized that the game was up.

They are now saying that charged FedEx for the damage.

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The ASUS (US) PC Support scam seems very well planned, executed, shameless and corrupt.

When they can’t get money from the customer they are making a claim against FedEx,

  1. Why didn’t they make the FedEx claim earlier and just tell us that FedEx was paying?
    …..
  2. Are they making FedEx claims even when the customer pays?
    ….

In our case we are 100% sure that there was NO Damage.

The 6-week old laptop was sent in because it was dead. Dead. Would not power up. That is what we wanted fixed.

If the case was truly damaged they could still have fixed the Windows Power Up issue and send us the laptop back — with the damage.

This scam unraveled for ASUS when I called their bluff and said “OK, so if you have pictures of our laptop being unboxed — showing damage — send it to me“. Our laptop had a lot of unique stickers on it. You can’t miss it. They realized that they had been caught out. They had NO pictures.

Our laptop was not damaged.

SCAM.

They making false FedEx claims as to be a crime — I would think. I, alas, can’t pursue that. Only FedEx can.

I will do my best to get FedEx to look into this. I will happily give FedEx all the evidence we have.Th….


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My New ‘Google Pixel 4’ Now Has The Jan. 1, 2020 Update To Android 10.

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I had read, online, that the January 2020 update to Android 10 had just started, today, to be rolled out to Pixel 4s. Last month had to wait until nearly the 3rd week to get the December update. So, I was curious whether I could get the latest update right away.

I had to manually check for an update. At that juncture it went ahead and started the download. Only a 12MB download but with all the housekeeping it does it took about 20-minutes to download, optimize and install. Haven’t used the phone since. It rebooted OK. Looks OK, so far.

I will keep you posted with anything untoward crops up.


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