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‘Fitbit Versa 2’, Best ‘FitBit’ Ever, Hands Down — $50 Off (25%) At ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘HRM USA’ product page … with $149 SUPER-SALE.


Click to access this post and read what I have said about the FitBit Versa 2.


This is one heck of a deal. $25% off the best Fitbit ever, hands down. [When you click on the ‘HRM USA’ link you can also read the 4 Versa 2 reviews I have left on that product page.]

Furthermore, ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) also happens to be, hands down too, the ONLY place to buy smartwatches in the USA.

So, it is a DOUBLE bonus — best-on-best.

So, definitely check it out. It would be a shame to miss this deal.


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by Anura Guruge

‘The Current War’ (2017/2019) Movie — It Was ‘OK’, But Far From ‘Great’.

by Anura Guruge


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We were the first!


It (i.e., the DC vs AC ‘war’) is a subject that fascinates I, and one I would love to learn more about IF (alak) I had the time. Plus Nikola Tesla just has me in awe (and it has nothing to do with me having been an early investor in Tesla car stock). I have seen a couple of documentaries on the subject but they always left me wanting to know more. So, when I saw the trailers for this movie — on CNN & MSNBC — I sure wanted to see it — plus I wanted to take my 13-year old because I had taught her about Tesla as part of her homeschooling. We enjoyed going to the opening night of ‘Downton Abbey‘ last month and I thought we would do a rerun of that — especially given that this too was opening on a Friday.

Of course it is a difficult subject to cover in a movie. I knew that going in. Not sure they did the greatest job getting the story across in a cognet form. Yes, I knew that Thomas Edison had made a HUGE deal that AC will KILL whereas his DC current was ‘benign’ but the movie really went to town on what I consider a (crowd-pleasing) aside, i.e., the invention of the electric chair. Yes, it added drama and helped keep some of the audience awake though I did see a gentleman (kind of my age) fast asleep long after the movie had finished.

Sure, I learnt a TON. For that I am glad and appreciative. What the trailer had NOT made clear was that this was the war between Edison and Westinghouse and NOT between Edison and Tesla. After the movie I realize that that was the real war but that was never fully made clear at the beginning — which did show Tesla arriving in the US by ship. So, that was confusing.

Definitely a movie for the subject enthusiast! If you have no interest in AC/DC (outside of its sexual connotations) this movie will leave you cold and badly in need of a jolt of something.

If you want to see it, my recommendation is that you wait until it is available on ‘TV’, e.g., Amazon Prime, and I am sure that this will be within the next 3-months.

Don’t get me wrong. It is not a bad movie. Very well put together. Some nice, compelling shots. But, it is long, i.e., 2-hours, and for at least 40% of the time you are going to be desperately trying to figure out ‘what is happening’ or ‘what just happened’. Would be much easier if you had REWIND and Playback. SMILE.

Also, and I can’t stress this enough, a movie for ‘the buff’. SMILE.



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by Anura Guruge


 

Unboxing & Setting Up A Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ From ‘HRM USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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A very attractive, appealing smartwatch. Compelling from the moment you set eyes on it.

Was a breeze to pair it, update the software and set it up for use.

I had it 58% charged in 40-minutes. Nice long USB cable and the cradle fits well.

I paired it with the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 running Android 10. As is always the case with Fitbit, pairing was not an issue. It was quick, easy and first time.

We have dual-band Wi-Fi, and as I knew beforehand, the Versa 2 only supports one of the bands. But, it found it quickly and connecting was not an issue. Again, first time in that I did not screw up the password.

Once, connected to Wi-Fi, again as I knew would be the case, it needed to download and install the latest version of software. Downloading (on what is a fairly high speed Wi-Fi network) took 4-minutes. Installation another 3. So, 7-minutes in total. Not bad. I have had 1+hour updates.

Setting up Alexa was also a breeze. Yes, I had to logon to my Amazon account. Connected first time.

All good.

The rest of the set-up was painless and easy.

I even managed to turn-on the ‘Always On’ display. Pretty basic, but gives you the essentials.

So, so far, so good.

I am happy. I am impressed.


Yes, of course, I got it from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘, (HRM USA). Who else? I get ALL my smartwatches from them — no exceptions.


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They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.

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‘Downton Abbey’ THE MOVIE — Shameless, Gleeful Pandering To The Adoring Fanbase.

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When we got there 30-minutes ahead of the start.


At the end.
It was in their largest theater. It was NOT full. Maybe not even 1/2 full.
Maybe 120 people.


I am at a loss as to how you could be critical or even objective about this movie.

It gave the punters 120% EXACTLY what they were hoping, what they were expecting, what they were salivating about.

It was entertaining, amusing and, per the ‘Downton’ trademark, beautifully crafted.

How can you complain.

The audience loved it and there was (near thunderous) applause at the end (– which I was expecting & at the same time dreading).

Our 3 tickets cost just over $33 (mainly because I get a STEEP senior discount). $11 for 2-hours of escapism? You can’t beat that.

It was British Bollywood.

It was shallow, superficial and ‘they’ (i.e., Julian Fellowes & his fellow writers & producers) were having FUN with the audience. They actually were taking the mickey out of the audience — in particular the Americans. But, ‘taking the mickey’ is a popular British (contact) sport. So, it is fair game.

That message in the trailer said it all.

It was British pantomime. They gave the audience the punch lines they wanted. The audience loved it — and that is ALL THAT MATTERS.

This a movie, unashamedly, for ‘Downton’ fans like US. Teischan loved it, though she said that some parts were boring!

It is not a movie for those that are not already fans. They will be confused.

Yes, the sequel is already in the works and will star Branson — the Irish ‘republican’.

IF you are a ‘Downton’ fan you have NO CHOICE. You have to see it.

IF you are NOT a ‘Downton’ fan go see ‘Hustler’ instead. SMILE.




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Christmas In September — I Get A Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Sapphire’ & A Fitbit ‘Versa 2’.

by Anura Guruge




SMILE.

Yes, I am a lucky old man. I know that.

But, I have to sing for this supper — or at least work for most of it.

I have to evaluate them and write three reviews. Not exactly back breaking work, but work nonetheless.

And I do take it seriously.

I do test these quite rigorously. I take notes, create spreadsheets, make videos. So, it is not just a walk in the park.

Of course, it is from my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘, ‘HRM USA‘. I have been evaluating smartwatches for them for about a year now. Best gig I have ever had. I love it.

Well, I better start WORK. No rest for the wicked.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

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This weekend.

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April 15, 2019.

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Link to Garmin product page.


Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: Availability Is Now Supposedly 2 – 3 Weeks (From The 3 – 5 Weeks).

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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


3.5 weeks after they were announced Garmin finally got around the updating the availability to say ‘2 – 3 weeks’. I guess that is par for the course for Garmin. But, still nothing on Amazon.

If the Vivoactive 3 roll-out was any indication things could start to rapidly change from this point onwards. So, I guess we are looking at the first week in May.

I am still hoping to get my hands on the ‘Expedition’ model.


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