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Fitbit Android APP Is Now At Version 2.67 — Mine Just Updated Today.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. 5 updates in 48-days! That is just CRAZY. An update every 10 days.

Come on!

That is bad. That is pathetic. Fitbit OBVIOUSLY is not testing this software. Just throwing it over the fence. No wonder so many of YOU are having so many problems.

We should take a stand.

This is crazy. That is LOT of BUGS they are fixing.


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Fitbit Android APP Just Updated To Version 2.66 — Is This To Fix Latest Sync Issues?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From “Google Play” APP store. Where else?


Around 8:15 pm (Eastern USA) on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

My Google Pixel 2 phone had a notification that said one update available. It was Fitbit. So, obviously, Fitbit, like most other Android APPs, does not auto-update. That is probably good.

I had nothing to lose. So, I updated.

Can’t see any differences, BUT then again, unlike many, I did not run into the sync issue after updating my Fitbit Ionic firmware to version 27.31.1.29 (i.e., Fitbit OS 1.2). I suspect that that was because of my Pixel 2 — which has the ‘latest’ hardware and Android software.

But, a heads up. Check it out. This might help you.


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Reasons 101 To 105 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#101. So this afternoon, for the first time, I lost my satellite signal because of inclement weather. I get a cryptic message along the lines ‘signal from Sat. 2 lost …’ press for more info. I do that. It did NOT tell me that I should look out of the window to see if the failure was due to bad weather! Nw I have been liberal in my use of accusing DirecTV of being stupid, but this takes the cake. The main reason I am going to lose my signal is because of cloud cover or snow on the dish. That DirecTV does not address this just proves my case that they are stupid.

#102. Of late, each time I change channels I get this annoying black message bar at the bottom of the screen to tell me that I can hit the record button to record that show. Yes, I fully appreciate by now that DirecTV is targeted at the ‘technologically unsophisticated‘ would get this message after they have seen it 500 times, PLUS it isn’t that profound. To record a show you hit the record button. Most DirecTV customers should be able to work this out after 3 weeks. The bloody bar is annoying because it obscures the news ticker on Channel 202. So today I missed an item and had to rewind the damn thing to read it.

#103. Decided to download the DirecTV android APP on to out two (2) Google Nexus 7 pads. So I go to the Google Play APP store. There are 2 DirecTV apps and one for DirecTV Genie. Of the two DirecTV apps, one says ‘tablet’. That is what we have. An Android tablet — the quintessential Android tablet at that, made for Google and running the latest Android OS. So I go to download the tablet app. Says the Google Next 7 is not supported! Ah! Yes, I could down load the other (phone) APP. Stupid.

#104. The LIVE TV guide in the DirecTV App (#103) does not show you the channel numbers. Just the names of the show. I need channel numbers. Plus I can’t find the movie channels on the LIVE TV part! Not good. The usual DirecTV stupidity and incompetence.

#105. So far, and I have only spent a few minutes playing with it,  the MOVIE section of DirecTV App (#103 & #104) only appears to show me pay-for-view movies. I am sure I haven’t found the others. But it shouldn’t be that hard.


I Met A Man From MA On Prospect Mountain, Alton, NH, Looking For ‘Ragged Mountain’ Ski Resort On His GPS. He Was 40 Miles Out!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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‘Ragged Mountain’ marked by the ‘A’. ‘Prospect Mountain’ by my hand drawn arrow. That is quite a miss for a GPS. Click to ENLARGE.

I was on my run this morning, sans Maya (who Deanna had taken to the beach), up Prospect Mountain Road. I hear a car pull up behind me and stop. Sign of the times, but when this happens I always expect the worst. Does not happen often. Maybe 3 times a year and I run up that hill most days.

It was a father and son. The son was probably 13. They had MA plates. He was clutching his phone, with GPS on it. He wanted to know where ‘Ragged Mountain‘ ski resort was. I couldn’t place it immediately BUT I knew it wasn’t around here. I have never skied Ragged so was not really familiar with it. He kept on saying that it was ‘right here’ per the GPS. I felt bad for him. I remember taking Matthew skiing and rushing to get there as early as possible. I assured him that Ragged wasn’t even close and that he was better off going to Gunstock. So agreed. I gave him rough directions. He turned around and headed back towards Rte 28. I told him that he could be at Gunstock in 30 minutes.  I hope he made it. He could have got there by 10:30.

That is the problem with GPS. I love GPS. As somebody who has worked with computers since 1969, I think that GPS is the epitome of computer technology at its very, very best. The amount of computation that is taking place, unbeknownst to the user is staggering. It is incredibly clever. But, as with any computer application it can only work with the data it has, in this case mapping data for the region. GIGO. Garbage In, Garbage Out. NH is not a state that is that well mapped by GPS, Google Maps or anything else. That said, the likes of Google and the good GPS companies do have enough data to do a good job — provided you don’t rely on them for directions. Just the maps. I got my first GPS in 1998 or 1998. It was big, heavy and in black-and-white. It worked well. In those days, pre-9/11, you could take GPSs on planes. It was amazing to use a GPS on a plane. We now have GPS, multiple different APPS, on the two Google Nexus 7 Android pads the kids have. We use it. They work well for us. But, I am still a map person.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH per Google Maps -- Street View.

Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH per Google Maps — Street View.