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Garmin Fenix 5 & Vivoactive 3: Expect Some VERY Good Deals In The Next Couple Of Weeks.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Do a Google search (SHOPPING) on ‘Garmin Fenix 5’).


This appeared in the Facebook “Garmin Connect Users” group over the weekend. Click to ENLARGE.


The Garmin Fenix 5 & Garmin Vivoactive 3 will be ON MAJOR SALE over the next couple of weeks. Pretty close to a firesale!

Somebody, as you can see from the image, so the Vivoactive 3 being sold at Walmart for $99. Soon, like this coming week, other will join in. You might actually find that some ‘smaller’ retailers have ALREADY sold out of Vivoactive 3s. (SMILE). Read between the lines.

The $350 price for the Garmin Fenix 5, today, should be just the beginning. The Fenix 5 and 5 Plus has already been obsoleted by the new Garmin Forerunner 945. So, this is not a huge surprise. Garmin’s do typically go on sale this time of year. Well I have given you a BIG Heads-Up. SMILE. Enjoy. Happy shopping.

Click to access my post from 2-months ago.


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by Anura Guruge

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The New Polar ‘Ignite’ & My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge


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I was sent an ‘Ignite’ — Polar’s latest smartwatch — for evaluation. I just this very minute started wearing it after putting away my Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ (carefully wrapped in soft cloth). I have been wearing the MARQ non-stop (bar when charging it) for 43-days since getting it on May 20, 2019.

The back of the ‘Ignite’ if nothing else is ‘busy’. The four shiny contacts are used for charging. But, I am not sure whether they also play a role in heart rate (HR) monitoring per Polar’s supposedly innovative ‘Precision Prime sensor fusion technology‘. I am curious whether Polar does a better job at HR monitoring than Garmin. I will endeavor to find out.


November last year I did try out a Polar Vantage V for a couple of weeks. That supposedly had the same HR technology and I can’t recall seeing any HR data that was that far different to what I was used to with my Garmins.

The Ignite looks like a diluted Vantage V. We will see. Stay tuned.

Always fun to try out news watches. Yes, I am lucky being able to do so.


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Crew Filming Latest ‘Jeep’ Commercial Driving Around In A Mercedes Benz Van!

by Anura Guruge


The German wagon being used by the crew. You can see that they (like I did a few years ago) drove it across the sandbar when the tide was coming in or going out (i.e., when part of the sandbar was under water).


Click image to access my post from a few days ago.


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This was kind of disappointing, ironic and amusing in equal measures.

I guess Jeep does not bother to impose criteria on the film crews they hire.

In the early 1980s when I worked as the Customer Support Manager for ‘ITT Data Systems (UK)‘ ‘British Leyland‘ was one of our big customers (as was ‘Ford‘). I used to have to go visit them often at their various locations — many of them manufacturing plants. A few of these plants, especially up north, would NOT allow non-Leyland cars into their main parking lot. You had to park across the road and walk over. They wanted their main parking lot Leyland only. I had no problem with that since I liked Leyland and owned Triumphs (Spitfires & a TR7) at the time. But, most often I would be driving my company car — which was often a Ford. I thought this was cute on the part of British Leyland. Some of my field support engineers thought otherwise — and, to be fair, unlike I they usually had to lug some ‘heavy’ diagnostic equipment with them (e.g., datascopes). So, they would swap company cars with a colleague, if they could, just to get around the restriction.

Maybe Jeep, now part of ‘Fiat Chrysler‘ should think about a similar policy. I am sure you could find Chrysler vans that could fit the bill.


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‘Mount Desert Oceanarium’, Acadia, Maine (By Bar Harbor) — CLOSED (At Least For NOW).

by Anura Guruge


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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).


What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.


Click to access my post from 3-years ago.


David Mills — the owner.

My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.


We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.

The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.

This is distressing.

It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.

We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.

I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.

I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.

I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.

I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.

Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.


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Amazon Permitting Vendors To RECYCLE ‘Product Numbers’ To Retain Reviews From OLDER Products.

Here is the issue.

The favorable reviews you may be reading on Amazon might NOT be for the current model you are looking at. Appears that Amazon permits vendors to recycle Amazon product numbers (referred to as ASINS) so that they can RETAIN reviews that relate to older products.

So, for example, the reviews you may be reading for the NEW Garmin Forerunner 245 may not be for the 245. They could be reviews for the older Forerunner 235.

But, Amazon nor the vendor give you any indication of this. So, you are reading FAKE REVIEWS — intentionally recycled to deceive you!


A friend of mine, a fellow Garmin enthusiast like I, noticed it last week with a Garmin Forerunner 245 Bundle being sold by ‘EZ Electronics‘. It had 8 very positive reviews giving it a 4.3 (out of 5) stars. My friend had previously looked at the ‘Amazon’ listing for this bundle. He remembered that the rating wasn’t as high on that page. He went back and checked. That is when he got curious. Then he saw the dead giveaway. EZ Electronics was claiming that the Forerunner 245 had been available as of June 2018. NOT SO. The Forerunner 245 was only announced in April 2019. That is when he worked out that EZ Electronics, by recycling the ASINS, was using OLD (invalid) reviews from the older Forerunner 235.

So, here are some screenshots to explain what is happening:

Click to ENLARGE and read. Garmin’s announcement of the Forerunner 245 in APRIL 2019. So, anything that is dated before is for the older FR235, and NOT the FR245.


Click to ENLARGE. See … June 2018. Can’t be the Forerunner 245.


Click to ENLARGE. Screenshot captured by my friend.


Click to ENLARGE. The actual reviews.


So, the issue here is that of duplicitous reviews — recycled reviews from OLDER products that have no bearing on the product that they claim to represent.

So, be careful. Check the ‘Date First Available’ field. Make sure that it looks reasonable.

So, Amazon BUYER be AWARE.



Amazon has SINCE taken down this product listing.

This issue was brought to Amazon’s attention late last week.

They have responded by taking down the product listing.

So, that was good.

But, there could be other instances on Amazon.

Just keep an eye.

Better to be safe than sorry.



Garmin Express (For Windows) Now At Version 6.15.0.0 (As Of June 30, 2019).

by Anura Guruge


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Interesting. The v6.14.2.0 update was just 26-days ago. We have had two updates within 45-days. That is pretty swift.

Today’s update did claim to fix some ‘major’ issues — but, as is Garmin’s wont we never get to know what they are.

In January 16, 2019 we were at v6.11.1.0. So, we have gone up FOUR full versions higher less than six months. Not sure whether that is good or bad.

Make sure you update your ‘Express‘.


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