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‘Forbes’ Magazine, At Last, Acknowledges The Garmin ‘Fenix 5 Plus’ As The #1 Smartwatch Of 2019.

by Anura Guruge

Link to ‘Forbes’ article
from Dec. 31, 2018.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above for original.

At last a media article that gives Garmin, and the Fenix 5 (Plus), just dues. I was getting so fed up of seeing articles/post that gave Garmin short shrift or no mention at all. It was always Fitbit, Apple and Samsung. And in reality none of these can hold a candle to the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus) — and yes, I do own, and wear, ’24×7′, a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Even the new Polar Vantage V falls short in most instances.

This article in Forbes is pretty much on the mark. The Fitbit ‘Versa’ is a joke next to a Garmin.

The Apple 4 and Withings are indeed interesting watches but they are more smartwatches than competent activity trackers.

I have not tried a Garmin Instinct but it too looks interesting. But, to be fair I would have put a Garmin ‘Forerunner 645‘ or ‘935‘ in its place.

But, check out the article. I thought it was fair.

Happy New Year — with YOUR Garmin.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Android Police’ List Of ‘Best Wearables — Winter 2018’ Does Not Mention A Single Garmin.

by Anura Guruge

Link to ‘Android Police’ post.

It aggravates me such when Garmin, unfairly, gets such short shrift. Much of it has to do with Garmin’s appalling marketing. Fitbit just runs circles around them. They are so inept. These articles are crazy. It is always Fitbit, Fitbit, Samsung, Fitbit. What about Garmin.

Garmin has at least three watches better than the Fitbit Versa. But, Oh, NO! Never Garmin.

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by Anura Guruge

‘AndroidCentral’ Misrepresents ‘Garmin’, Badly, In Their “Best Fitness Trackers Of 2019”.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and be enraged here. Link to ‘Android Central’ post below.

Link to ‘Android Central’ post.

As you can see I do NOT agree with any of their Garmin picks. Prove me wrong. I own, have owned or bought for family members: Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5, Vivoactive 3 & Vivosport. So, it isn’t like I am just going by specs on the Web. I also owned a Fitbit Ionic. I do NOT think the Fitbit Versa is a good tracker. I would NOT swap my Fenix 5 Plus for a Versa plus $500.

Anywho, you see what you think. I have had my say.

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by Anura Guruge

‘AndroidCentral’ Publishes Its List Of ‘Best Hybrid Smartwatches In 2018’ — Includes ‘Garmin Vivomove HR’.

by Anura Guruge


Interesting list. I have indeed looked at a few of them, though my emphasis is on the fitness/health features as opposed to the smartwatch capabilities per se.

That said I have been tempted a few times by the ‘Withings’ but have managed to resist. Heard good things about the new LG and also saw that it has been deeply discounted of late.

I don’t agree that, bar for its smart looks and $200 price tag, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the right comparison. I would have gone with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

But, check out the list. Worth keeping abreast of the technology and products.

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by Anura Guruge

The ‘Best’ Smart Watches Per ‘Business Insider’ — Though Not Necessarily The Best Activity/Fitness Trackers.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the “Business Insider” article.

Google, which knows more about I than I actually do, brought this article to my attention.

It was interesting. I am not into smart watches. My kick is high-end activity/fitness trackers — like the Garmin Fenix 5. I actually DUMB DOWN my watches. I do NOT want them acting as smart watches. I am old. I don’t want to be notified on e-mail. I will check for e-mail in my own time.

Some of these names were new to me. They all came some fitness/activity tracking capability. Would be fun to see what they are.

But, I wanted to share this with you.

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by Anura Guruge

Nikon P900 — A Good LCD Screen Protector, the ‘AFUNTA’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Amazon page for the AFUNTA LCD screen protector.

I am a great believer in LCD screen protectors for cameras PROVIDED that they are hard glass.

The cheap, flimsy plastic ‘cling-film’ stuff drives me to distraction and I will never use them on any of my cameras.

But a GOOD GLASS protector makes sense. I would hate to damage the LCD per se.

I started looking around for spare batteries, chargers, straps and LCD screen protectors for the Nikon P900 BEFORE I bought the camera! That is what you get when you have bought 9 or 9 cameras within the space of 23 months. You learn the tricks. Have the accessories you need, at hand, BEFORE you get the camera.

The AFUNTA protectors (and there are two in the kit) came in a real neat, imitation wood box.

There were lots of instructions and supplies for cleaning the LCD before installation. I did NOT use any of that. I installed the AFUNTA to a virgin LCD as soon as I folded it open. Cleaned the AFUNTA with a Zeiss wipe afterwards and that was it.


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by Anura Guruge

Another Sincere ‘Shout Out’ For Barnstead’s “B-Boys” & Paul Bousquet.

by Anura Guruge

1989 jaguar xjs v12

Paul Bousquet, the co-owner of “B-Boys” in Barnstead, NH, yet again did me proud this weekend. Thank YOU, Paul and thank you “B-Boys”.

Late last November just as I was getting ready to put my 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe into hibernation all the ignition related lights on the dash lit-up like a Christmas tree. It was actually quite pretty though I immediately knew it wasn’t good news. When I had bought it in June 2105, from a very nice and honest gentleman from Vermont, he had told me, in writing, that I would soon be requiring a new battery. So I thought the battery had gone. I mothballed the car for the winter (though I now find that somebody, very small, did sleep in there during that time) and didn’t give it much thought.

In April this year I bought a “Optima Batteries 8002-002 34 RedTop Starting Battery“, with 800 Cold Cranking Amps, from Amazon, and thought I would be all set. I changed the battery (just to prove to those that claim that I can’t even change a fuse on a car). The Jag started fine BUT all the lights stayed on. Aahh! Alternator. Then a friend stopped by, put his hand down into the depths of that dark and murky engine bay, and said I had no alternator belt. That explained much.

I wasn’t going to replace just the alternator belt — and we found the broken one stuck to the engine. So I got a complete set of 4 belts from JagBits. But the alternator belt in the standard Jag kit did not match the broken one we had found. So I ordered that, a serpentine one, using the number stamped on the belt, from Amazon (who else).

A couple of people, including the friend who found the broken belt, offered to replace the belts for me. But after some due consideration I decided that I only trust Paul with my British cars. And that was one heck of a good decision.

Had the XJS taken on a flatbed to Paul Thursday afternoon — we having AAA Premier just for the ‘towing’. The XJS was ready Saturday morning. I won’t tell you how much Paul charged me or the amount of labor he billed BUT trust me, I was very happy. It was a good deal. It was beyond fair. I am very happy.

So sharing because you too might find that “B-Boys” could help you.

Thank YOU Paul.

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by Anura Guruge

The World’s Largest Blue Sapphire, “Star Of Adam”, 1,404 K ($100 M), Discovered In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge


From Reuters. Click to ENLARGE and read short extract here. Use link below to access Reuters original.

Click here to access Reuters original.

I have always considered, biased as I will admit to being, that the ‘Blue Sapphire‘ (especially if it displays a star) is the world’s most beautiful gemstone and that Sri Lanka is the home to the world’s best, bluest, brightest and biggest blue sapphires. Growing up in Ceylon, 50 years ago, I saw lots of blue sapphires. Alas and alack we don’t have many anymore. I got Deanna a small stone when we got married 13 years ago, but I am not sure whether she wears it that often. That is the only blue sapphire we now possess. 18 years ago I was give a $3,000 pair of blue sapphire cufflinks — but I gave them back.

This is good for Sri Lanka. Somebody is going to be an even richer gem mine owner. 

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Fidelity Investments Does Not GOOF Often, But When They Do It Is Quite Funny.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
Fidelity ‘Active Trader Pro’ & ‘Silverlight’.
>> New Accounts & Trade is flawed.
Old Positions screen stops working.
>> New account look …

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That I am a avid fan of Fidelity is well known and documented (and I have been a Fidelity customer for over 25 years).

As far as I am concerned Fidelity and Amazon are the TWO BEST companies in the whole wide World. Everyday on this computer I have, all day, one tab with Fidelity on full-time and another with Amazon. Fidelity takes great care of me.

Yes, I have issues with their online system and as THEY have started to appreciate I know what I am talking about when it comes to that system since I use it more than most.

So this NOTIFICATION this morning cracked me up!

Of course, as an ex-programmer, I know why and HOW it happened BUT I also know that if I had written the code (or had been involved in the code review) this would never have happened. Yes, I notified Fidelity and they will be suitably embarrassed.


Click to ENLARGE and CHUCKLE here.

Wolfeboro, NH Blessed With A Beauteous Broadside Of Broadway By “Great Waters Festival Chorus”, July 18, 2015.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”

>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Click on any & all pictures (inc. above) to ENLARGE.

Attribution may be insisted upon an ad hoc and arbitrary basis. 

YouTube video of the “Tonight” Quintet
from “West Side Story”

Click to access. Also has the names of the soloists.

Lauren Jelencovich, the BRILLIANT soloist
(featured vocalist for Yani) [right],

Cathy Venable, pianist from Broadway [center]
& my 14-year old daughter, Devanee, soprano (for her 2nd year) [left].

Lauren Jelencovich, the Soloist

Lauren’s Website … click to access.

42nd Street, New York, NY was truly at Wolfeboro, New Hampshire last night, at the ‘Kingswood Arts Center‘, as the immensely talented and outlandishly enthusiastic “Great Waters Chorus & Orchestra” regaled an appreciative crowd of 500+ with the “Best of Broadway” and it was THE BEST. Though I have lived on a dirt road in New Hampshire for longer than I care to admit I am not a stranger to Broadway or Haymarket (sometimes having seen the same production in both places). And I have seen “42nd Street” in Broadway and “Titanic” (the musical) in Boston. So I know what to expect and what to look for. And we sure got our monies worth last night (though as a “Great Waters” volunteer, I luckily, did not have to pay though I would have gladly paid to see this). Full Disclosure. My 14-year old daughter, Devanee, my soprano (also of “Clearlakes Chorale” fame) was singing with this always festive Chorus (for her second year) and I knew some of the singers and the maestro conductor, Chris Shepard, from last year (not to mention the percussionist Dov Schiller, who also plays for “Clearlakes“). But, even if I put aside a fair chunk of bias this was still GREAT and there were upwards of 500 who would have agreed.

Wolfeboro is truly blessed when it comes to music. This was a masterclass performance with some genuine professional stars bolstering the giddily enthusiastic and committed amateurs. Everybody was having fun, before, during and after. It truly was festive. ‘Boston Pops’ in Wolfeboro. Another great success for “Great Waters” and its proud founder Dr. Gerry Mack, who was at hand to welcome and thank the audience and performers. I had a ball (as I invariably do). Devanee and I did not get home till 12:30 am. If you missed this concert make a note in your calandar for July 2016. They will be BACK. Rejoice.

Another YouTube Video. From “Titanic”.


Click to access this 1:51 minute YouTube.

59 photos from the show made into a video montage, set to music,
“Lullaby of Broadway”.
This gives you a good feel of the show.


Click to access 2:40 minute YouTube video.