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Garmin’s Acquisition Of ‘Tacx’, The Maker Of Indoor Bike Trainers Very Puzzling & Kind Of Stupid.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. This from ‘marketwatch.com’. It is on Garmin.com also.


Click to access their Website.


Why, or Why?

Does Garmin plan to add GPS to stationary indoor bikes? That is the kind of stupid thing that Garmin is likely to do these days!

Garmin is NOT in the indoor bike business and claiming that it is going to branch out into that sector is stupid.

Garmin has to stay with its core strengths: GPS and wearables!

This is stupid and I here talk as a longtime Garmin investor. So, I do have a right to be concerned. I have money in Garmin.

I was involved in a number of $100+ MILLION acquisitions in the late 1990s with Cisco — the then market leader in networking. We always worked on the adaje “don’t even think about buying a cow if you can get all the milk you need at a reasonable price”. Shame that nobody at Garmin knew of this basic rule of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). It is actually called the “Cow Rule”.

Garmin should be investing in health technology for its watches — blood pressure monitoring, diabetes etc.

Instead, it buys an unknown Dutch maker of indoor bike trainers. Blinking amazing. Typical Garmin.


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CA Route 130 The ONLY Way To Go From San Francisco To Yosemite.

by Anura Guruge


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Route 130 from San Jose across Mount Hamilton to Patterson (CA) just off Interstate 5. From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.


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Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_130

Wikipedia entry for Route 130.
Click to ENLARGE and read here.


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Google Maps view of some of the route. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the twists and turns.


I have so far been lucky enough to drive this amazingly scenic and exhilarating route thrice; once West-to-East in 1992 and in both directions in April of this year — coming back East-to-West thanks to Teischan, who like I loved it, and insisted that we come back on it.

To me this is the ONLY way to go to Yosemite from the San Francisco area. Just sets you up, so nicely for what is to come.

I used to go to San Jose often during 1992 to 2000. I would always see this beautiful observatory (the ‘Lick‘), with iconic white domes, way up on the hills. I wanted to go there. That is how I found Route 130. Then in September 1992, after delivering a 3-day seminar for Cisco in San Jose, we were going to drive to Yosemite for a vacation. I chose to use 130 given that I was already in San Jose and the route started just there. Loved it. I was driving a rental Lincoln Continental that time. I did make the mistake of setting off without a full tank of gas. That was a mistake. Though end-to-end, San Jose to Patterson is only around 54 miles, all the hairpin bends and the steep climbs — 4 of them — does a job on your fuel economy, especially in a big, heavy V8 like the Lincoln. In April I was driving a rental, fairly new 4WD Nissan Pathfinder. I filled up with gas on Alum Rock Avenue just before setting off.

Driving the Pathfinder on 130 was an absolute joy. That was why I wanted to get one — though we ended up, instead, with a Nissan Quest.

Every car manufacturer should use this route as a way to showcase their cars. I would love to drive it again, at least one, before I die — ideally in a Jag.

West-to-East, the first half, up to the Observatory is absolutely picturesque. You also get to see some expensive, multi-million dollar mansions. The second half, especially the last 20 miles is tranquil beyond description. Mainly flat pastoral land, horses, small streams, lots of greenery — extremely peaceful and quiet.

You really have to drive it. Weekends, as we found out, tend to be a tad crowded, though it is not bad. Lots of cyclists, motorbikes and even joggers. But we came back mid-week, on a Thursday. Hardly met anybody! Beautiful.


This piece from “motorcycleroads.us” sums it up nicely.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. (Use above link to access original.)

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The Meredith, N.H. Rental Waterfront Featured This Week On WMUR Used To Belong To Me.

The dock in 1999 — with the 25′ Larson, the first ‘Waiters on Water’ boat.

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Winston & Maggie, named after British Prime Ministers, brother and sister, under the deck at this Meredith house in 1998.

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Anura Guruge Meredith NH waterfront house 1997 to 1999

Click to access WMUR post — with 49 pictures.


I, of course, recognized it as soon as I saw it though I have not seen it from this side (i.e., the back facing the water) in years. That is my hot tub, from ‘Energy Savers‘ (who were just right up the hill), from 1997 — though I had it to the side.

I bought it in March 1997 when there was still lots of snow on the ground and you could not see the beach. I took the words of the two Realtors and some pictures from years earlier. The listing agent was the famous Peg (‘Broadway Star’) Lamprey of the eponymous Real Estate Firm. Peg and I got on well. We understood and liked each other. She was great. Epitome of a great Realtor.

The house was only 1/4 of the size at the time — which is why I ended up selling it in September 1999. Just the glass middle section — seen in the picture. The two wings were added by the folks who bought the house from me. They owned a large building company. When I had it it only had two bedrooms, a large master bedroom on the upper level and another on the ground level. The rest of the space was open. There were two small kitchens — one on each floor, the one of the ground floor handy if you were entertaining ‘down below’ — rather than on the deck. Nice touch — the underneath of the deck had a waterproof lining with drainage. So you could entertain underneath, without getting wet, if it was raining.

This, my 2nd waterfront and the 1st (of three) on Lake Winnipesaukee was my ‘Cisco house‘. I bought it, cash, with money I had made on Cisco options. Long story. 40 minutes of work on a Sunday! Yes, those were the glory days of dot.com. In 1997 prices were still reasonable. I know I paid less than $300K for it. I also know that I sold it for less than $400K in September 1999 — within 24 hours of it being listed. Listed it on Thursday before the Labor Day weekend. The buyers saw it first thing Friday. At 4pm, they INSISTED that I sign the ‘P&S’, for the asking price, because they were worried that somebody else might buy it over the holiday weekend. Those were the day. I had asked (and got) a 2.5 month closing window. I was in the middle of a seminar tour and did not have time to move until after Thanksgiving. Also had to find another waterfront to move to.

The timing, for ME, could NOT have been better. When I owned this delightful property (with the scenic railway at the front) there were ONLY 7 houses, all waterfront, on Mile Point, Meredith. We were on a posted private road, the first 1/4 mile which was kept as dirt to deter tourists. The hill above us only had wildlife. Mile Point was a quiet refuge. The only real noise being the train. I those days I had taken a break from my running. It was the height of my 3-4 days travelling period and my body had taken a pounding. But if I was home I would walk Winston and Maggie up the hill. In the Summer I saw them surveying the land. I asked them what that was all about. They said the owners were just checking the boundaries. None of us on Mile Point had ANY IDEA as to what was to come. Obviously nothing showed up in the title searches done by the buyer — though at the last minute I had to fork out ‘big bucks’ to a lawyer to sort out a right-of-way that had expired.

Just 6 months after I moved out all hell broke out. They started that MASSIVE development at Mile Point on the hill above the house. I would NOT have been able to cope with that disruption. It would have driven me nuts. There was no way that I would have driven Cadillac STS on the railway track to get home! I still can’t believe that I dodged that ‘bullet’. Luck like that normally escapes. Luckily the folks that bought the house, in the construction business themselves, did not mind at all. As far as they were concerned it would in the end appreciate the value of their property because it was waterfront. So everybody was happy.

Nice house. Nice location. Rent it. You can have a lot of fun. 


My November 2014 Suggestion That Cisco’s John Chambers Should Step Aside Comes To Pass.

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Click to access my November 14, 2014 post “It Is Time For John Chambers To Graciously Hand Over The Reigns Of Cisco”.


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Click to access MarketWatch.com article.


I knew John, talked with him a few times and have absolutely nothing against him. John is a good man. But as I said in November John has been doing this job for too long. 20 years is enough for anybody, even someone as good as John. This is a good move for all.

I have been wracking my brain all day but I cannot recall or place the new 49-year old CEO Chuck Robbins. He joined Cisco in 1997. I was doing a lot of work for Cisco at that time and visited them often. I consulted for them well into 2001. But Cisco was a big place.

I was happy to hear the news. John will still be around. I hope he doesn’t turn into a Jack Welch. I somehow doubt it. John has genuine class.


This stock chart, going back to Cisco’s IPO tells the whole story. Yes, I owned a lot of shares during the 1996 – 2002 period! Yes, I remember when it was above $80.

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From Yahoo Finance. Click to ENLARGE and savor.


D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless N 300 Mbps Compact … FALSE CLAIM. Not An ‘Extender’ Per Se! It Creates 2nd Network!!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Sep. 9, 2012.

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Click to access Amazon listing.

Click to access Amazon listing.

Click for Amazon listing. But, here is the problem. Doesn't extend your existing network, creates a 2nd with DIFFERENT network name and PASSWORD!

Click for Amazon listing. But, here is the problem. Doesn’t extend your existing network, creates a 2nd with DIFFERENT network name and PASSWORD!

I am beyond bummed.

I ordered an DAP-1320 to further boost my Wi-Fi signal around the house
— to be a helper for the sometimes struggling Cisco RE1000 range extender.

It came the other day. Yesterday evening I installed it. Was a piece of cake though it took a long time to connect.

Then I realized that it was NOT extending my network, it had created a NEW network — with a very strong signal.

I did NOT want that.
You need to logon to the 2nd network with its
own network name (i.e., SSID) and PASSWORD.

I called up D-Link. After 35 minutes on hold I finally got an agent. They confirmed this. Does not extend. Creates 2nd network.

Suffice to say it is going back. I got it from Amazon — just for this. They are SO good about returns.

So a BIG HEADS UP.

DAP-1320 is not what you are probably looking for.

I might try the NetGear.

Yes, It Is True: Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender Works BUT Drops Wi-Fi Connection On A Regular Basis.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I took a sledgehammer to the RE1000!

RE2000 is as bad as RE1000!


DlinkextenderThe Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender I bought, refurbished from Amazon in mid-August for $39, sure does work and works well when it is working.

But, I had noticed, by detecting a drop in signal level at the basement that it drops the Wi-Fi connection — maybe once a week.

To re-establish the connection you just have to recycle power; i.e., unplug RE1000 from wall socket, count to ‘Mississippi 10’ and then plug it back in. The ‘blue-light‘ on the unit will flash for a few seconds and then stay on — solid. You, again, have Wi-Fi connection. Easy enough, though annoying.

Happened again yesterday. I recycled it and was ‘OK’. But, this time I decided to check the Web.

Hello, hello, hello. I am, not by a long chalk, the only one who has noticed this problem. LOTS of reports on the Web of the same problem.

I then looked at the ‘new’ RE1000 replacement, the RE2000. That appears to be no better. I was basically warned off from getting it.

I looked around. I will NOT replace the RE1000. I already have it. I decided to AUGMENT.

So, I am getting a 2nd Wi-Fi range-extender. Then I can have one on the 1st floor and another in the basement. The damn things, in the scheme of things, are cheap enough.

This time I went with D-Link. I like D-Link. I trust D-Link. I started using D-Link for my Wi-Fi in 2001. I had D-Link technology until September 2012 when my latest and last D-Link Wi-Fi router blew-up. I went with Cisco Linksys because the TDS technician recommended it — as the TDS favorite.

Funnily enough I don’t use a Wi-Fi router, myself, since then! I have my own dedicated fiber! So no router. The Wi-Fi router is for the rest of the family.

I got a D-Link DAP-1320 N 300Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender. Gets better reviews than the RE1000. I got one for $27.04 with FREE shipping. Christmas is coming and I am getting a jump start on ordering all of the Lego sets we need for the kids! So no problem these days getting a more than $35 order put together. One Lego set covers that.

Lets wait and see. For $27.04 I will happily avoid the aggravation. So ideally the D-Link will boost the signal and let the RE1000 get a piggy-back.

Why Hasn’t IBM, The Granddaddy Of Computers, And An American Treasure, Been Ask To Fix Bloody ObamaCare Website?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Even without me, they can still be awesome. A true IT giant. A U.S. treasure.

This whole disaster, as I keep on pointing out, smacks so much of outright, unmitigated fraud.

It also highlights, indubitably, that Obama is beyond incompetent. He is a disaster. Yes, I now agree. Worst President ever and I AM VERY SORRY that I worked like a black to have him elected and re-elected. Yes, I had my doubts. I am, to the amazement and distress of some, an unashamed Hans Eysenck acolyte — he at his peak in Britain as I was growing up. So, I was worried that he might not be able to cope. BUT, I never, ever, imagined that he would prove to be such as total and utter disaster, an unmitigated failure. I am SORRY. I will not, for the rest of my life, make that mistake again.

Other than because of outright corruption and fraud why would you give such a crucial, multi-million, possibly multi-billion contract to BIT PLAYER IT companies — especially the Canadian-owned CGI with its horrible track-record.

Kickbacks and payola.

Where is Bryan ‘bloody’ Sivak 00 the supposed architect of this tower that collapsed. Why isn’t he being hauled up and investigated. I see that he has stopped Tweeting. Might have FLED the country to avoid having to answer awkward question.

Notice that when they talk about the scam-artist contractors involved in this disaster you don’t hear the names of GREAT U.S. IT Super-GIANTS like IBM, Oracle, EDS, Cisco, HP.

All you hear is bloody Canadian CGI.

Do YOU realize that the world, and that includes China, Korea, India, Germany, France, Britain, are LAUGHING, near hysterically, at the U.S.

This is such an insult to U.S. IT companies and people.

As I have been lobbying since 1988, IT is the ONE Technology Sphere where the U.S. has no equal.

AirBus now competes with Boeing.

Hyundai/Kia and is eating GM’s lunch.

But when it comes to IT, Intel, Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Groupon, Twitter, Amazon, has NO COMPETITION.

U.S. IT is the envy of the universe.

And now this. I always knew that Eysenck was onto something.

IBM is by no means perfect (after I left). But, IBM doesn’t screw up like CGI. IBM has pedigree and with that pride.

What about EDS?

Obama is so stupid and corrupt.

I am SORRY.

Did YOU Know That Canada Has Internet Bandwidth Limits & Caps? OMG!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Check it out on Wikipedia.

Check it out on Wikipedia.


This from a year ago. Click to access.

This from a year ago. Click to access.


I first heard about this, from some folks in Canada, when I started setting up and using (the outstanding) Skybox TV for TEN Cricket. I first thought that they were joking or were misinformed. I Googled. I was shocked.

I agree, 100%, with the Netflix executive. In my book Internet bandwidth caps come right below gassing your own citizens and way, way ahead of spying on their e-mails and phone calls. It is barbaric, but I kind of, deep down, expect that from Canada.

I am no stranger to Canada or Canadians. Don’t get me wrong. I like Canadians and have nothing against them — other than the buggers who used to work for immigration and customs and made my trips over there a nightmare. Yes, it is the hassle that I used to get at the airports that finally poisoned me, well and truly, against the Permafrost, Tundra of the lands to the North. Yes, brown folks are used to getting hassled at airports and border crossings. That is why I was so amused, a couple of weeks ago, when Glenn Greenwald’s boyfriend complained (and supposedly filed a lawsuit) about being ‘questioned’ at Heathrow Airport — Greenwald the U.K. Guardian newspaper reporter who breaks the Snowden stories. Heathrow and the U.K. has always been the exception for me — given that I do travel on a British passport. They are always extremely pleasant and some even welcome you back home. To be somewhat fair to the Canucks their main beef about me was that I was coming to do business in Canada — and that as a self-employed consultant I was depriving a Canadian of work. That used to crack me up. Like there was anybody in Canada that could do what I did. If they was, why would Canadian companies pay ME to come over — and I was never CHEAP. I worked as a consultant for a GREAT Canadian company, Eicon, for nearly a decade. One of the longest, continuous consulting relationships I ever had. Wonderful people, good products, load of fun and amazing to work for. It was just going to visit them in Montreal. Yes, I also did a fair amount of work for Cisco (Canada) and Northern Telecom (NT). I also worked for another Canadian company, Farabi, but never visited them in Montreal. They used to come here to meet with me — as did many, many folks from Eicon. Canadian immigration hated me coming over. Yes, I could have lied and said I was coming for pleasure. But, I don’t like to lie. Couple of times they forced me to BUY a temporary, 6 month work-permit — for about $450 Canadian (but that was when a Canadian dollar was worth about 60 cents). Anyway … that is where the animosity comes from. The sheer hassles I endured. It was a running battle. As most people who know me will testify I am rarely rude, but when I set out to be rude I can be very good at it. I am ashamed to say that I have been rather rude to Canadian custom officials — when I was leaving. They would ask stuff like: ‘did you buy anything while you were here?’. Well in all my ‘recent’ trips, and we are here talking the last two decades, all my trips were fully expensed and paid for by my clients. They paid the hotel bill, they bought all my meals, they plied me with drinks, they took care of transport. So, I used to love telling them: ‘No, I didn’t buy ANYTHING while I was here, not even a cup of coffee or a newspaper’ and watching the look on their faces.

So … that is my recent history with Canada and why I still refuse to cross the border … because the last time I left, c. 1999, I said I am never coming back to this damn country. I like to stick to my words.

Today, as it happens, my 60th birthday, is also the 46th anniversary of my 1st visit to Canada. Sept. 4, 1976. My 14th birthday. I was in 3 different countries that day. Left London around 10am in the morning. Flew to New York and then a few hours later drove to Montreal and crossed the border just before midnight.

I have relatives in Canada, in Toronto. I tell them that I am amazed that they can live up in the COLD up there.

Central New Hampshire is about as FAR NORTH as I ever want to live in North America. It is cold enough here. Of course it gets colder as you go further North — on this continent.

So, Canada’s bandwidth caps will never be a problem for me. I would NEVER live in Canada. I would rather move to Rwanda! 

Cisco Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender: Truly A ‘Piece of Cake’, Plug-and-Play Device; 4 Minute Setup.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Re1000pluggedinRelated posts:
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Ventilated shelf for Linksys EA3500
>>Sep. 18, 2012.

>> It really was the D-Link router …
>> Sep. 9, 2012.

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<< I took a sledgehammer, April 18, 2014,
to this piece of junk! >>


We have had a high-end Cisco Linksys EA3500 Wi-Fi router since September last year. It is a dual-band wireless-N router and it does give us Wi-Fi right through the house.

While everything is relative (and I think of it as a small house) this is a 4-story, full-size New England colonial with all four floors in use. The top floor, the 4th floor, is a large open room that we use as our office. The Linksys EA3500 is mounted on the side wall in this 4th floor room. Since we have two 15Mbps fiber links coming into the house, one comes in on one wall the other on the other side.

Cisco Linksys RE1000.

Cisco Linksys RE1000.

Our ASUS and Toshiba laptops as well as the two Google Nexus 7 pads don’t have a problem picking up a decent Wi-Fi signal anywhere in the house. Even the DirecTV Wi-Fi box works fine — though it is as far from the EA3500 as you can get. Our family room, with the ‘big’ computer is on the bottom floor — three (3) flights of stairs down.

But, I decided we need a stronger Wi-Fi signal on the lower 2 floors.

So, I looked around. I kind of knew that there were range extenders.

I am savvy enough to know that it makes sense to stick with the same vendor, if possible, though, of course, Wi-Fi, based on rigorous standards, is vendor agnostics. But, given that we now have a Linksys (after a decade of swearing by D-Link) I looked at the Linksys offerings. As is my wont when looking for ‘accessories’ such as this, I started with Amazon.

I quickly spotted the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender. I also saw that there were Cisco-refurbished units for $39 — with a 90-day warranty (though I don’t worry about such things with Amazon since they are so good about returns).

Wi-Fi extender has no moving parts. I knew that ‘refurbished’ meant that customers had just returned it — possibly because they couldn’t get it to work.

I have had great luck with refurbished electronics and this was the simplest of these devices. So I ordered a refurbished for $39 and got the FREE shipping.

I placed the order last Friday night and it arrived in the mail on Thursday.

I went to install it this evening. It was a piece of cake. About 4 minutes start to finish. All I had to supply, as I expected, was the Wi-Fi password for our network. Bingo. Done. Bob, was my uncle.

That really was plug-and-play. OK, there was one hitch. You have to use a supplied CD to get it up and running. The setup application on the CD does not run on Windows 8. That was annoying. So I had to swap laptops. That was the only hitch.

It has noticeably increased Wi-Fi bandwidth in the lower flows. The laptops are getting 65Mbps — and I think that that they are gated by their chip sets.

So for $40 this was a worthwhile investment. I am particularly delighted by how easy it was to set up.

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Extend this two-fold to get a rough idea of our setup. But the same basic idea — our router right at the top and three floors below it.

Now in the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that Cisco was a long-term client of mine and that over nearly a decade I had a kind of on-again, off-again near incestous relationship with Cisco — my loyalties sometimes torn by my ‘lifelong’ association with IBM. Yes, I actually do have a Cisco employee badge — because I was theoretically employed by them for a few months. Yes, Cisco bought a token-ring startup I was involved with — after I made a phone call. Yes, I got stock options. But this was in the 90s. Yes, I used to own a fair number of Cisco shares. No longer. So in reality I don’t really have a conflict of interest — other than a chequered, and interesting, history. 

For Those That Were Looking For Don Listwin, Ex-Cisco. He Is At The ‘Canary Foundation’.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click to visit ‘Canary Foundation’ … whose goal is to stop cancer.


If you contact him, tell him that you found him via the ‘brown guy‘, and that I said ‘Hi‘.