Never have I been so conflicted over a tech product before. The GoPro line both inspires me and frustrates me. My introduction to GoPro goes something like this:
I bought a new Toyota Tacoma in 2017 and realized that there is a GoPro mount glued to the windshield near the rearview mirror. Not having a dash cam I originally bought my GoPro (a Hero 4 Silver) for that purpose. And I still use the Hero 4 in my Tacoma. It does pretty well.
Battery life in GoPro’s is pretty limited so I purchased a power cable from here. And I blogged about that installation here.
Although GoPro makes cameras now with Image Stabilization I find that the Hero 4 still is my choice for a dash cam for the following reasons:
- No one really makes a power cable kit like I linked above that goes from fuse block to USB-C connector. The newer GoPro’s use a USB-C connection at the camera. You can rig something up but an off the shelf solution would be great.
- Putting a cam inside a truck doesn’t really require Image Stabilization. The platform is fairly stable to begin with, Your big truck gives a nice plush ride to your camera..
- You don’t need the latest and greatest technology just for a dash cam.
Ok, on to my GoPro thoughts………..
How To Install A Back Up Generator at Home
I recently moved to Eastern North Carolina right in Hurricane Alley and felt the need to have a secondary electrical generator at home. I managed to find a really inexpensive 3200 watt generator from Harbor Freight
and when the power went out I ran multiple extension cords into the house, through a doggy door and one cord through the door which enters the garage to power the deep freezer. This got me to thinking how unacceptable this would be during the dead of winter during a power outage. Not only that I felt I was kind of limited in power and couldn’t power enough items. Although the basic needs were met I didn’t think I could provide heat and definitely not air conditioning. Lights, and refrigerators and TV’s and radios.
Hey, that ain’t bad when you have nothing but it can always be much, much better. The first issue at hand was to power the generator up outside, with no extension cords running through the home and no open doors. Closed doors mean a reduction in sound as well from gas powered generators which are, well, noisy.
Garmin Fenix 6X Pro
I got the Mac Daddy of Fitness Watches, the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro. It wasn’t the top of the line Solar or Titanium version but still wildly touted as the best fitness watch on the planet.
Is it? We’ll see.
My favorite “Fitness Watch” is my Apple Watch Series 5 for a variety of reasons not the least of which is that it has a cell phone in it. And while it fairly easily syncs with either Strava or my favorite 3rd party fitness application, RubiTrack, my absolute favorite fitness software is Garmin Connect.
What a dilemma that is! 😀. Of course the way around that is to have a Garmin watch and carry a cell phone with you. Not a problem while biking but not something I’d do while jogging.
Garmin Instinct (credit: Garmin Website)
Yep. Another Fitness Watch Review. This time it is for the Garmin Instinct. I love fitness watches and specifically I love Garmin fitness watches because of their EXCELLENT ecosystem.
Garmin stuff JUST WORKS. A lot of these fitness watches and smart watches have all manner of weird sync errors and glitches sometimes. But typically you won’t get that in the Garmin ecosystem. My watch is a refurbished watch from Factory Outlet Store.. Sure looked brand new to me when I opened it up.
Now before we dive in to whether I like this watch or not let’s discuss some of the advertised criteria. One of the major claims that Garmin makes is that this watch is built to the U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance.
Garmin Mil-Spec claim
Yeah, these kind of claims bother me. I’m not going to say that this claim is untrue however I will say this about it. Watches (or anything for that matter) that are tested and conform to Military Specifications are then placed on something called the Qualified Products List (QPL) and are then authorized to sell their product to the US government.
Right now, today, the only company authorized to sell watches to the United States Military is The Marathon Watch Company, ironically based out of Canada. Not Casio, not Luminox, and not Garmin either.
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Here’s yet another watch in my arsenal. The Garmin Vivoactive 4. I try not to perform the typical review that you can find by the dozens. Basically somebody will cover the spec sheet and tell you how great it is. I like to use the things and tell you what its strengths and weaknesses are.
First of all I’m a bit of a Garmin fanboy and have been using their products for many years whether it be a dedicated automobile GPS or a bicycle computer. They work and they have an excellent software suite.
The Garmin Vivoactive 4 seems to be no different. Even though I have read specs that say the Vivoactive 4 is not compatible with Garmin Basecamp………it seems to be.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 in Basecamp
The way to just see one track on the map is to create a new List which I named Vivoactive Clean Map. I can then drag and drop one track in the folder at a time to view just that one track. Then you can create routes or whatever you want to do. Cool!