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Fitbit Force disappointments

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

After having read many favorable reviews, and finding myself frustrated with how often I was missing out on trackable items, when using an app on my phone, I decided to give it a try.

My first impressions were favorable. The setup process wasn’t quite as smooth as the direction would have you believe; the Force refuses to let you set it up until it has been fully charged, whereas the instructions claim you can go thru setup while it is charging. Whatever, one time annoyance, not that important.

What is turning out to be extra annoying is how deceptive their claim of “water resistant” is…I don’t expect to be able to go diving, but I expected at least $5 Timex levels of water safety, but it turns out you really should take the Force off anytime you are around more water than a sneeze. Which of course means that when I take it off to wash my hands after dealing with another cat poop issue, I forget it, and another day ends up without 90% of the day tracked, so no better utility than a tracker app on an iPhone. Really worse, since I never leave the house without my phone, and have pockets where the phone lives when I’m doing things like washing my hands.

It gets worse though…it turns out 75% of the features they list on the box are only available with an additional yearly subscription. The longer I have it, the less impressed I am.

It does have a nice physical design though.

Biking without logos

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I really want to start, or better yet, since I’m lazy, find, a bicycling group that has a strict no-logo policy for group rides.  I have zero interest in riding with people who are OK with wearing a bunch of spandex advertising.  It is possible to bike for fun, without having to whore yourself out, nor look like a douche without any sense of personal style.  And I definitely don’t want to be with a group of people that get off on the pathetic ‘elitism’ that comes from having paid to race against a bunch of amateurs.  The fake charity ride you participated in should be a badge of shame, not pride.  You helped a bunch of scam artists use your hobby to enrich themselves, with the fake beard of ‘helping others’, but you and I both know that 99% of the money you paid go to the race organizers, and you want to share that with everyone else?  Go nuts, but I still think you are a loser.


Broken and Forgotten

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

One hand is still swollen, sore and weak, but out of the splint, so better than the guy under police guard, with two broken ankles.  Most importantly, or dually-important, I can take a shower, and put headphones on again (I could finangle them on, using the desk, but it was a pain to keep doing every time someone stopped by my desk).  The knee looks much better, and didn’t sting at all under the water.  Wasn’t up to going photographing of the mayhem last night, though, and just listened on the scanner.

It will be some time before I can start stretching and biking again.  I may get a second opinion; the ortho doc seemed really blase, gave the impression that treating me was a waste of his valuable surgical time.  Sounds like a few months of pain are to be expected. =\


Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Going to start tracking how many days a week I manage to ride the muscle bike to work, over the motor bike.  3 so far this week….

Dry weather makes it easier to find the motivation in the morning.