Daily Archives: April 30, 2021

Garmin Honors My Request To Reinstate Monthly Step Totals In The ‘1-Year’ View In Connect APP.

by Anura Guruge


As of Version 4.42 — available as of April 29, 2021.


Click image to access my January 2021 post about THIS issue.

E-mail I got, from Garmin Support, on April 29, 2021.

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I am delighted. I NEEDED this monthly count to make sure I was getting in my 500,000-steps a month.

Now, I am, yet again able to see the monthly totals on my phone — WITHOUT having to use Connect on a PC.

This is good. I am glad that Garmin was responsive.


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by Anura Guruge

Saw This Big ‘Spotted Salamander’ Last Night.

by Anura Guruge



It was during my nightly, 11pm, 1-mile walk — last night. It was raining & misty. Ideal time for salamanders to come out — especially in Spring.

I was wearing my bright headlamps & I could see ‘it’ SHINING on the road. I KNEW it was not a snake! Way too late in the day for snakes.

I knew it was a salamander though I can’t ever recall seeing that one that long in New Hampshire. What we normally see, quite regularly are small orange salamanders. Again on wet & moist nights like last night.


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by Anura Guruge


The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — April 30, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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The also rans:


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The New Garmin Venu 2: Two 3rd-Party Watch Faces & Customized ‘Walk’ Screens.

by Anura Guruge


The above is the ‘Rails‘ watch face — which I have been favoring all day.


The ‘Data Lover’ watch face — which I am getting quite partial to, but, for now ‘Rails’ is winning.

The ‘Always On’ displays I have chosen with these two watch faces. The ‘Rails‘ ‘hollow time’ on the left. ‘Data Lover’ is more customizable (though ‘Rails’ does give you the option of always having the full watch face on, all the time).


I customized the 4 data screens you get for ‘Walk’. You can ONLY have 4 fields per screen. I would have preferred the 6 that you can get on the Fenix & Enduro.

I customized the 4 data screens you get for ‘Walk‘. I am quite pleased in that I managed to get in everything I absolutely need, i.e., steps, distance (in miles), elapsed time, time-of-day (TOD).

I am not that fussed about the other fields, though I do occasionally look at my heart rate (HR).

Pace is kind of immaterial in that I am always going as fast as I can … as fast as I want. I am NOT going to increase my pace because of the reading.

I picked ‘heading’ because that was about the only pertinent data field left. I have no interest in calories.

‘Elevation’ is kind of nice to have.

I got this new Venu 2, two-days ago, thanks to my good friends at ‘HRM USA‘. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge