Fitbit Charge: Returned

I bought and really liked a Fitbit One many moons ago. I liked the fact it showed me the steps and stairs I had walked but disliked the number of times I lost it. It was awkward to record sleep, it fell off some trousers and not others and days could go by when it was somewhere in the house but I could not find it.
Then I got a Fitbit Flex. I can wear it 24/7, the silent alarm is great as is wearing it in the shower. I do not lose it. The only downside is that it does not show me the number of stairs I had climbed or the steps I have walked – I double tap it and the 5 led lights show me in increments of 2000 how far I have gone. Right now as I type a double tap lights 3 leds light solid and one flashes. According to the iOS app I have made 7,349 steps – but it could be 6,001 or 7,998. That’s the one part I don’t like – the vagueness. So when the Fitbit Charge was announced I was happy and when Amazon did 25% off on NYE I was happier – I bought.
Here was a watch, it did steps, stairs, silent alarm, monitored sleep with no effort. The trade off was taking it off for a shower. I could live with that.

If you were a teen in the 70’s you will remember LED watches.
buttons These were very cool to have. Even while still oozing the cool for having one though it became obvious that the only way to tell the time with one was to have 2 free hands. If you could not press the button on the side then the display would not light to show you the time. Not a huge deal but if you are carrying something with your right hand, or walking the dog, holding a beer, typing or one of many other tasks then you could not press the button so could not know the time. That’s is a problem with the Fitbit Charge.

To display the time you tap (or double tap) or press the button on the side. This rapidly becomes not convenient.
Added to that the Charge decided to randomly change the time by several hours. Syncing would solve this but then sometimes the display would not light up. The only way to get it to behave was remove it, sync and put it back on. Then it would not display Stairs climbed whereas the One did (the stairs in my house have not changed).

Those LED watches were pretty solid. The Charge felt a little less, especially the button on the side. I know there are lemons in every product and that forums are never filled with people happy with what they bought but the confusing messages about water resistance, the changing time, the lack of display when tapped, the button doing nothing … nope. That’s too much going bad for me. At that point I was happy to have bought from Amazon – I sent it back yesterday and the refund is being credited.

So I’m back with the Flex and while it does not show me numbers at least it works.

Sync byte by byte.

Bought Ipod Touch.
Update – took forever. And then some.
Infocom adventures being loaded. This will please me greatly.
Oh – sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait-sync-wait
Can’t forget that. How slow? Does it check abso-bloody-lutely every-frigging-thing? Thankfully I have work to keep me occupied while it does it’s byte by byte comparison. You know if the Zune was this slow what the Apple bunch would be saying………

And now all I need is time to enjoy it.

Losing the Zen

A couple of months ago I told J that my Zen Micro wouldn’t hold all the music I wanted. So I bought a Zen Vision M.
That same player now has almost 3000 tracks in it, including Now 1-63, Robbie Williams, Sugababes, Kelly Clarkson and other equally wondrous sound creations. It has space for a whole heap more. This means it’s not mine any more….
This morning J asked if there was a way to have a HD but no computer that could play the music. Like a HD stereo system. There probably is a way but I couldn’t find a cheap way. But I did have a spare speaker system for a computer and I did have the Zen. So now she has a device she can use, a device that has good screen contrast and with controls that aren’t too bad for her and a device that can go anywhere she does such as hospital appointments. She’s happy.

And I have an excuse for another gadget :)

I want one.

A friend came round. He has a phone on a contract and he likes to have the latest one. He had an LG Chocolate which he thought was cool, I didn’t like. The next model I forget – but now he has the N95.

I want one.

It is really really nice.
I can’t afford one.
I can’t justify one.
I really can’t justify one .. but I could moblog better ..
But I want one.

It’s got real buttons!
It’s by a company that knows what they are doing.

If I had the cash to completely and utterly waste then J would take it off me and tell me I didn’t need it. And she’d be right. Doesn’t stop the want though :)

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Yesterday was the occasion of the bi-annual garage clean / sort.
I found my Sony MiniDisc player complete with several MD’s (AJ – I have a shiny blue disc full of VNV Nation. I’ve learned to smile since so do you want it back? ;) ) and it all appears to be in working order. I have no idea what to do with it though. None. I recall saying to drDave many moons ago that the MD was cool and that mp3 players weren’t that hot. He said that as Japan had moved so would everyone and he was not wrong. Be good to have something to use it for. (I have the same problem with my Psion 5, it too just sits there unemployed.)

I have a couple of boxes of books in there and as I’m down to my last book – De Niro bio – I dug around. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is excellent. Totally recommended for everyone. Brings necessary perspective to tasks. Another was Generation X. How to get attention – make your book cover bright pink. I’ve read it before, I’m sure I’ll remember key parts but it’s time to read again. In – I think – 2000 I was running a group home on the outskirts of the city and one day on the way in bought a copy of the now-defunct Arcade magazine. With it came an abridged paperback of Game Over. If you are into videogames and you haven’t read it consider this an essential read. It’s also an increasingly rare one – a UK seller has it in for £36.27. Very good book.
Lastly was Microserfs. As I grabbed this and other books it fell open at page 340. And what do we have on there? A tag cloud. Okay so it’s called a ‘subconscious file’ but it looks like a tag cloud. For some reason I found that very amusing. I also thought it was an excellent book and it too is now queued for re-discovery.

And I’ve cleared a section of shelving for the video games. Each system (Megadrive, SNES, N64, Lynx, some GB/GBA/GBC, PS, DC) needs a box of it’s own. Dust is easily removed but deterioration of the boxes and carts due to being moved around isn’t so good. I think I need to trawl ebay for some classics too.