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TDS Telecom Did The 1 Gig (i.e., Gigabit) Upgrade — Still Some Ways To Go; I Lost 20-Years Of Life Expectancy!

by Anura Guruge


I DO NOT get this all the time. This was the FIRST.


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Click to access my post from last week.


My knee surgery in March was much, much less painful and stressful!

What a morning. Aahhhhh!

I knew it was NOT going to be easy and we are NOT done yet. I still need to get a Cat 6 cable installed outside. I knew that that was coming too.

Not funny.

And to cap it all, they were using my Drobo External RAID disk storage as an armrest! As always I was too polite to tell them to mend their ways. After they left I had to do a FULL data recovery/build on the Drobo. That took 3-hours!

The Atlantic Broadband router (and thus the network) is GONE — though I am still going to be paying for it till November 6, 2019. C’est la vie.

Because TDS had to install an extender, as I knew they would, we have 3 Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi is OK. Not great. OK.


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2nd Attempt On Monday To Get 1 Gigabit Internet To My PC — This Time With TDS (Who Claim That It Is Guaranteed).

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Monday, October 28, 2019.


From August 2018 when ‘Atlantic Broadband’ failed miserably. 


Click to ENLARGE. ‘speedtest.net’ results from a few minutes ago. Yes, I know — server dependent. But, you would expect to see AT LEAST 150Mbps on a supposed 1,000Mbps service.


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What can I say. I have been putting this off because I hate disruptions to my Internet services — and yes you read that correct. It is still, until November 6, 2019, services — as in plural, viz. TDS and bloody Atlantic Bloody Broadband. But, then it is going to be just TDS — and hopefully TDS with 1 Gigabit.

I had, for the last 4-years (or more), two Internet services for redundancy. If one went down I, hopefully, was not dead in the water. That has worked out.

But, I just cannot deal with bloody Atlantic Bloody Broadband any longer. They are garbage.

But, I am NOT abandoning redundancy. I am going to get unlimited data on 3 of our phones and I will ‘hotspot’ when needed.

I should have gone with TDS 1 Gigabit a year ago. I didn’t. My mistake. My fault.

It all has to do with wiring. I have a complicated, complex and convoluted network — as would befit someone who worked on high end corporate networks for 30-years.

To get TDS 1 Gigabit to THIS PC TDS will have to move their ‘access point’ 3-floors — from the 1st floor to the 4th. I was trying to avoid that. WHY? Because THIS PC has to be hardwired to the modem/router. No Wi-Fi on this PC. I need hardwired bandwidth.

Well, fingers crossed. Wish me luck. I will keep you posted.


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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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‘The Foothills Of Warner’ — A Quaint, Delightful Eatery In Scenic, Warner, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


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Attribution WILL be enforced.





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We stopped here for lunch, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, after our very rewarding visit to the nearby ‘Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum‘.

A great place. Very welcoming, airy and cozy feel. Outgoing staff. Extremely friendly patrons. Delightful, satisfying food — and ‘yes’ their 6oz burger is very, very good.

We had a wonderful time. Met some interesting folks.

They don’t take credit cards — and I will readily admit that that irks I. This is now an unnecessary affectation. Not cute, anymore. Jack up the prices or even say 10% surcharge for using credit cards. But, please take my damn card. Yes, they have an ATM on site which charged me $5 to withdraw $40 — though it claims that it only charges $2.50. Cute. Just on principle I called up my bank and had the extra $2.50 reversed! SMILE. Principle. I would have paid $5 if that is what it said. But, do NOT tell me $2.50 and then charge me $5.00. Yes, making the call cost me more than $2.50 BUT it was worth it.

They also don’t have Wi-Fi. I am cool with that. They have a sign saying ‘No Wi-Fi, make believe it is 1985 and talk with each other‘ (or similar). I actually agree with that. But, they, kind of twoface on this DO NOT tell people to NOT use their damn cell phones. One gentleman in particular, much to my amusement and delight, conducted a rather private phone call, to no doubt a client of his, discussing some sensitive legal matters. I knew what they were talking about. Made my day. It was like being in a TV show. But, this did not detract from the meal.

Yes, most likely will go back. Would love to hear more phone calls like that. Well, you too might want to go to check out the burger and see what phone calls you can hear. Try not to use the ATM. SMILE. There is a Market Basket 4-miles down the road. You can withdraw money from them for ‘free’ (which is what I normally do). SMILE.

Anywho … It was good.


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Amazon Buying Wi-Fi MESH Network Provider EERO.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access their Website.


Wi-Fi MESH networks are akin to having a cell network across your house for Wi-Fi. It is not the same as using Wi-Fi extenders — more a case of having multiple satellite Wi-Fi access points that flood your house with Wi-Fi signals. It has been around for at least 4-years, with Google one of the pioneers.

I have looked at it and to intend to upgrade to such a MESH network one of these days.

EERO, by no means, is the only provider. Most Wi-Fi providers now offer some level of MESH networking.

Pretty obvious why Amazon wants the technology. They will incorporate it with Alexa. You will then have Alexa all around your house — without any blind spots! You could interact with Alexa from the bathroom. Scary. Plus, Google has it.

I am surprised that Amazon did not go with Ubiquiti Networks. That would have been my choice. Maybe Ubiquiti was overkill, whereas EERO has just enough for what Amazon wants to do with Alexa.

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‘Amazfit Verge’ A Very Attractive & Pleasing Smartwatch With GPS/Glonass & Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Amazfit product page for the impressive ‘Verge’.


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As those of you familiar with this blog must know, I am ‘into’ activity trackers and, moreover, wear one 24×7 (which for the last 10-months has been, bar a few days, here and there, a Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)). I keep an eye on the industry and try and check out smartwatches that really catch my fancy. The ‘Amazfit Verge‘, happened to be one of these.

Amazfit has been on my radar for a few months. I think they have HUGE potential. If they play their cards right they could be the next Fitbit. They definitely have the resources, backing, technology and know-how to do that. They are a part of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. That gives them a lot of muscle and clout — not to mention incentive.

The ‘Verge’ is Amazfit’s latest smartwatch. I was impressed with its specs and looks as soon as I saw them some months back. I have been trying to get my hands on one ever since.

I got one on Friday, and have been wearing it for the last 24-hours.

I like it. I like it a LOT. It is a very PLEASING watch. Personable. A watch you can relate to it. A visually striking and very attractive display. Bright and bold. Not washed out. It is going to be a nice watch to run with.

We, in the northeast, were pounded by a huge snow & sleet storm today — as some of you may know. So, I spent over 3.5 hours, outside, in the cold, shoveling. Of the 8,000 steps I have taken so far today, at least 7,000 were of me pushing snow.

The ‘Verge’, from what I can see, is pretty accurate in terms of steps, floors climbed and heart-rate. The HR maybe 5 bpm too fast — but it definitely seems to be in the right range.

It records a TON of data. I am still wading through and trying to get to grips with it. Didn’t have much time today — with all that shoveling.

The APP, once I got it paired, works fine. I have automatic synching on and it synchs fine. I have both Bluetooth & Wi-Fi set-up. Setting up Wi-Fi was a breeze.

So, far … I am SOLD. Sold, big time. For this price this is quite the watch, with a responsive touch-screen to boot.

Much more to come, of course. This was but a quick, ‘first impressions’.

Stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Amzafit Verge’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge



Yes, I finally managed to get an Amazfit Verge — yesterday. Today, I got around to unpacking it. Yes, this is still with the protective cover on it. You can see the little flap at the bottom with the red line.

I am still in the process of setting it up. Alas, it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped. For a start the Amazfit APP does not work with Android 9 — as in my trusty Google Pixel 2! That did not amuse me much. I had to install the APP on a Tablet. That worked. After that it was fairly straightforward sailing. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze and downloading a new software update was pretty easy.

I haven’t started wearing it on my wrist as yet. Will do so shortly.

Yes, I will keep YOU posted. It is very light. WOW.


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