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My Inexpensive, Readily Extensible ‘Weight Belt’ For Running.

by Anura Guruge

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Weighted backpack and my wrist weights.

The weights that go inside the backpack.

The whole set of weights I am currently carrying … in addition to backpack.

I have been, for the last 20 years (or more), wearing weights when I run. Just adds a bit more BANG for the buck. I used, at first, wear wrist weights and ankle weights. And as so often happens in my life, I lucked out. I met a physical therapist that told me that wearing ankle weights is BAD. They stretch your knee tendons and they STAY stretched causing your knee to pop-out in time. I stopped wearing ankle weights.

Change in elevation, i.e., up hills and down dales, is another major feature of my runs — as I have talked about in the past.

The 400+ feet elevation on one of my runs. It is greater on my other run. I alternate between the two. Click to ENLARGE.

Last Summer I decided that I really had to do something about getting back in shape and LOSING some weight. I was getting to be like Trump. That is when I got my first fitness tracker — my Garmin Vivoactive HR. The HR made me up my game. I extended my run by 0.8 of a mile and started running faster. That was when I decided I need to increase resistance by adding more weight. I had quite a few pairs of weights around the house — so I started wearing two each arm. That was good, but cumbersome, especially with the dogs — on leashes. So, I started wearing a leather belt and hanging two of the weights of it. That worked but it wasn’t comfortable.

So, I started thinking about buying a weight belt. Then it struck me … we had backpacks lying around. Take an old backpack that the kids had discarded and put my weights in it.

Works great. Real great. Been using it for the last 2 – 3 weeks. Two wrist weights and the backpack with two more weights. I think it is over 11 pounds.

On my left hand, wear I now have the Fitbit Ionic I wear a weight with a thumb insert. That keeps the weight from creeping over the watch. All works well, even in 5°F weather.

So, if you are thinking of getting a weight belt for your running.

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by Anura Guruge

Fitbit Ionic — Need To Use ‘Fitbit.com’ Rather Than Mobile APP For All The Data!

by Anura Guruge

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On an Android mobile. Does NOT give me an ELEVATION graph.

With ‘fitbit.com’ — logged into MY Fitbit account.

I did my first GPS-enabled run with the Fitbit Ionic that I got on Friday, February 2, 2018.

When I completed the run, it gave me a whole slew of data, right on the watch — more than I used to see with my Garmin Vivocative 3. 464′ of elevation was one of them — and I was GLAD. Tracking elevation is a MUST for I because elevation, and carrying 11 pounds of extra weight, is a feature of my runs.

But, when I checked the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 and 10″ ASUS Zenpad NO ELEVATION. Neither could I get to it on the watch. I was bummed. Then, much later on in the evening I invoked “fitbit.com” — because I was going to do a search on ‘elevation’. Saw that the dashboard was well populated now that I had been wearing the Ionic for a few days. Clicked on the ‘Exercise‘ tile and BINGO the elevation graph. I was so happy.

But seems DAFT that the APP does not display it. Of course, you can call up fitbit.com on you mobile.

Continues to confirm that Fitbit is no Garmin. The APP is very feature poor.

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by Anura Guruge

Fidelity New Mobile APP Is Definitely More User Friendly & Useful.

by Anura Guruge


I ‘used’ Fidelity’s (much vaunted) new mobile APP on my Lenovo Android 10″ Pad this morning. Sure more welcoming and informative than the old one. I liked it. At least had some useful market data in the opening screens — which was nice.

Easy enough to use. Responsive too. Didn’t use it much or for long — as is my wont. I was just scanning stock prices … SMILE. Not sure (and I could be wrong) whether they have done naything major when it came to the account ‘Positions’ display. I tried to reduce it to see more columns but that didn’t work. That was annoying. When viewing ‘Positions’ I like to see as many columns, if not all, in one go. That they have added a NEW ‘analyst sentiment’ column, with color coded boxes for: very bullish, bullish, bearish & very bearish is NEAT. But that is way over. I would like that on my desktop view too. [Yes, I will call up and request … though nothing will happen. They just ‘yes’ you to death!]

Anywho … not that you will have a choice (since the APP will automatically update) … give the new APP a spin. Definite improvement. And that is always something.

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by Anura Guruge

Defunct 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply Gets Repurposed As A Modern Art, High-Tech Mobile For Father’s Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> It really was the 700W OCZ power supply — June 10, 2013.
>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.
>> Newegg rather than TigerDirect for PC components — May 31, 2012.

So when the OCZ 700 Watt power supply was replaced on June 10th, I gave it to Devanee given that, if she is in the mood, she likes to take things apart and see what is inside.

I noticed that over the next few days that Deanna and both kids were busily involved in dismantling this unit and putting all the pieces on various trays. They told me they were building something. Then as Sunday approached they intimated that they were building me something for Father’s Day with the parts.

So on Sunday I got this. It is very nice. Very impressive. A good use of a dead power supply.

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Romney’s Failed Election Day ‘Orca’ App: The Conspiracy Theory!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Forget Voter Fraud; Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Of Electronic Voting Machine Fraud! — Nov. 4, 2012.

Click to read the full article in ‘Politico’. Do Google for more, much more.

In the above cited post I presented my credentials as to my expertise in most things computer related.

I won’t divulge much, but let me just let you ponder on one key thing. These days WHO do you think is always BEHIND any mobile App.?

If you don’t know, let me help you out. With most of today’s apps. there are invariably one or more ‘Indians’ writing the code. Indians now dominate the software development field. Period.

Well we know how the Indians [i.e., Asians] voted.

Compromising an App is a piece of cake. It is so easy it is laughable. Much of it has to do with ‘Web service‘ and I have even written a book about it. All you have to do is to put in a call to a Web service and then manipulate that Web service on election day. Bingo. Cannot be detected.

I laughed so much. Oh, dear. This is not your father’s software.