Friday, August 25, 2017


The Fenix Chronos is Garmin’s attempt to cater to the upmarket outdoor crowd. With the core function of a Fenix, the Chronos features a metal housing topped by a sapphire glass and polishes the EXO Antenna with a Tachymeter. The appearance is something we’d associate with luxury watches but the functionality is downright Garmin. This is a watch that’d have no issues accompanying you on all your activities from the sweaty outdoors to the sombre meeting boardroom.

Garmin is selling three variations of the watch, one with leather strap ($899.99), a brushed stainless steel strap version ($999.99) and the priciest titanium versionretailing for $1499.99 USD.

I had the GARMIN WATCH Chronos with brushed stainless steel band for 3 weeks and here’s what I have to say.

The Fenix Chronos was provided by Garmin Singapore for the purpose of this review. The staff were extremely helpful with the software updates and provided answers to my queries about the Fenix Chronos where possible.
24/7 fitness tracker. Tracks steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and sleep
Optical heart rate sensors measure all day heart rate and heart rate during tracked activity sessions
Plethora of activity profiles with option to customise and create more, including multi-sport modes
Altimeter, barometer, electronic compass and in built temperature sensor
EXO antenna GPS+GlONASS inscribed with Tachymeter
Full metal casing with stainless steel bezel
Sunlight readable Chroma display with LED back light and sapphire lens
3D Speed and Distance with customisable auto lap distance
Vibration and audio beeps enabled for smart notifications, alarms, move alerts
Expand and read messages on display
Pick up phone calls from watch
Heavily customisable in terms of display fields and usage within each activity profile
Garmin Connect IQ compatible for apps, widgets and watch face downloads
VO2 Max score, recovery advisor, race time predictor, stress score, performance indicator, lactate threshold, odometer.
Navigation functions
Training functions such as intervals, Virtual racer, racing past activityand more.
Water resistant to 10 ATM
Up to 1 week worth of use in watch mode, 13 hours in GPS mode and 25 hours in Ultratac mode.
Create workouts, plan training on Garmin Connect web platform
Compatible with Vector power meter for cycling
ANT+ and Bluetooth enabled
Plays music, controls VIRB camera and Dog Track
No record of stress test or recovery HR tracked over time
Lack of variety in changeable watch straps
Light vibrations which is unadjustable
Small fonts in certain aspects such as review of activity

The Fenix Chronos ships in a wooden box that slides to reveal the prized watch within. Whichever variation you purchase, Garmin will throw in a silicon band which is necessary for workouts. Beautiful isn’t it?

I like the look of the Fenix Chronos. It’s slightly smaller than a Fenix 3 and weighs a tad heavier but it’s definitely manageable. You need to strap up real tight as the weight of the watch will cause it to sag to the edge of your wrist during runs.

Due to the nature of my work, I use the silicon band for all day wear which comes in particularly useful during exercise.

The Chronos should fit people with smaller wrists like without eliciting looks of bewilderment from onlookers. It’s also got that luxury look usually associated with watches that costs thousands but retains that ruggedness you get from that $50 bucks Casio G-Shock from 1995.

Plus it will survive the High Altitude High Opening Parachute jumps, the occasional non extreme mountaineering trips you might have in mind and some sunny sailing dinghy expeditions. (Water resistant to 10 ATM) Anything else you fancy doing?

The display is identical to that of the Fenix 3 but the fonts differ. It appears sharper and gives the impression of a larger screen. Sapphire screen appears gorgeous under bright sunlight and back light with adjustable levels of brightness ensures ease of use in the night.

There’s some inconsistency in the fonts which can get ridiculously tiny and faint such as when I wanted to view the details of my run. It isn’t un-viewable but bigger fonts would have enhanced the experience. Ironically fonts for smart notifications appear larger than than for training details.

Controls and scrolling are much more responsive on the Fenix Chronos compared to the Fenix 3. It’s nowhere near that of smart watches such as the Apple Watch Series 2 but it’s a welcomed improvement nonetheless. I understand this speed boost came up a faster processor.

The tachymeter inscribed on the EXO antenna gives the watch another avenue to appear luxurious. Even the rumoured Fenix 5 doesn’t feature tachymeter.

The back of the Fenix Chronos houses the optical heart rate sensor (OHR) which is identical to that found in more recent series of Garmin watches. In this edition, it appears more flush compared to its predecessor. The orientation of the OHR has also changed and interestingly, the orientation is switched again in the Fenix 5series.

Here’s a press picture of the Fenx 5 series OHR for comparison. Perhaps Garmin is experimenting with the OHR position with regard to accuracy.

I was told by the Garmin product manager that despite the difference in appearance of the OHR, the innards essentially feature the same algorithm.

Watch straps are fitted with a quick release latch, a first for Garmin. I’ve read rumours that the company is also in the process of finalising a QUICKFIT clasp system for watch straps. This has been confirmed with the Fenix 5 announcement. This should make changing of the straps even easier in future.

Whichever version you purchase, an extra silicon strap will be provided; the strap of choice for workouts with the slight stretch ideal for the optical heart rate sensors.

Like all Fenix series, there are a total of 5 buttons which fulfil different functions. You can also designate 2 of the buttons as hot keys, offering quick access to a few select features such as chronograph, saved location and more. These are the functions of the buttons:
Top right: START/ ENTER (Hot Key possibility)
Bottom right: BACK (Hot Key possibility)
Top left: Back light/ Power
Center left: SCROLL UP/ Long hold to expand for more functions
Bottom left: SCROLL DOWN

All Day Activity Tracker
As with all Garmin fitness devices, the Fenix Chronos comes backed by years of activity tracking experience.

Basic stats such as step count, calories burned, intensity minutes, floors climbed and sleep form the staple of this capable all day activity tracking GPS watch.

The tracked stats are then synced to the Garmin Connect mobile app for further scrutiny. The manual sleep function is available in the Fenix Chronos so naps can be tracked.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Where to Find Great Paycheck Stub Templates sample templates supply users with a consistent format for presenting their cover advice, and while some companies accept composed for income verification, more often than not a professional is required. Today, most businesses provide their workers with with every payment that's made, however, freelance and self-employed employees often do not have this luxury. For some, finding to make acceptable is their only option. This report presents a brief list of options for those looking to

Print and Click Stub Generators:

Users that are seeking to just enter the crucial components of their employer and salary information and print out a stub may find online websites to be their very best value. The good thing about this option is that there isn't any software to download, and they're usually cheap enough to be used when required without breaking the bank.

Software Downloads:

Employers and those that must print out multiple may use one of several software companies that provide this service. The cost of the software varies based on the features included, and you should make certain to check that the program is both compatible with your computer and it is going to satisfy all your requirements. By way of instance, be certain to make sure state wage rates are updated to reflect current values. The downsides of the alternative are that unless you are doing a lot of, it could be a terrible investment, and of course the threat of downloading and installing software on your machine. Only purchase from a reputable dealer.

Paycheck Stub Sample Software

At the time of this writing, templates were in short supply on the internet. Regrettably, only a few companies provide users with the capacity to download an Excel, Word, etc and get started creating their own Microsoft templates did have a few that could be modified and used for free. Additionally, there are templates available on sites like As always, be sure to use a trusted source before downloading any templates.

As the need for expert templates increases, so too will their availability online. These three options provide an excellent starting point for anyone who needs quickly. The click and print users have been benefited with the instant, while the template and software users gain from that capability to reproduce whenever needed. It's our hope that this article can help you decide on the ideal option for your situation.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Create a Strong and Lasting Cement Sidewalk

There are many things that you can do if you wish to replace or add a pavement on your premises. A very long time past, many sidewalk repair contractors in Bronx New York were made of stone slabs which lasted quite a while. Even those, however, broke after a time out of tear and wear and general exposure to the components. As time progressed, new materials were used for sidewalk repair contractor Bronx. Some of the most common nowadays are cement sidewalk repair Bronx NY. These can have a very long life if you know how to make them and care for them the perfect way. You don't need to replace all of them at the time. Do it right the first time.
sidewalk repair bronx

You are not likely to acquire sidewalk repair Bronx that lasts indefinitely, but you could have one that will last longer than some that are made quickly and cheaply. Cement is sold by the square yard in many cases, or maybe by the square foot, so people try to save cash by using the least amount that they can when they're deciding how to believe they wish to make their slabs for every section of the cement DOT sidewalk violation Bronx. If you simply use an inch or two, you aren't going to have a very strong pavement and you can expect to replace it rather short.

Instead, make your cement Bronx sidewalk repair thick. Go at least six inches deep if you're able to. That requires more work and far more cement, but you are likely to spend less in the long term. If you're getting your cement from a truck, you might save yourself a little per square foot or yard if you're buying more. If you are mixing it all on your own, make certain that you get enough, and learn what the best mix would be for a long lasting and robust cement Bronx sidewalk repair. This is more important for along the street if you live in town, as others are going to use your DOT sidewalk violation Bronx as well as your family.

After you have your new cement sidewalk repair Bronx laid down, look out for those that want to come along and add their own special touch. They may leave hand or foot prints in your new cement sidewalk repair Bronx, or they may add their initials. If you don't mind this, there is nothing to fret about. However, if you do worry and want your sidewalk repair Bronx to be as you laid it down, keep an eye out and smooth over whatever you see pop up in your cement. This is a bigger problem in high traffic areas, but your own children many find the temptation too strong to resist.

For the longevity of your cement sidewalk repair Bronx either existing or new, look out for weeds. When there is a tiny crack in your cement, a plant will come across a way to grow up through it. If that weed continues to grow, it can and will make the crack bigger. Once that happens, water and other weeds will find their way through your sidewalk repair Bronx and the damage will quickly build up. Pull any weeds you see as soon as you notice them, seal up any cracks that develop to avoid additional damage to your new cement sidewalk repair Bronx.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Brief Overview of Amish

Many individuals across America motivation Amish quilts because of its standing of toughness and different fashion. When thinking of this form of furniture, most think about Amish quilting in Iowa or Amish quilts for sale in Indiana, however, handmade Amish quilts settlers are available in the areas of the United States, providing customers using their stunning, wooden items.

How come this kind of furniture so popular? The merchandise is made from one hundred percent lumber as well as the meticulous detail directed at each item. Employees hand-select the wood in relation to each intended piece of handmade patchwork quilts. The Amish quilt patterns to their art and their intention for your furniture to become used for years are two more reasons many individuals opt to find Amish quilt designs.
handmade patchwork quilts

Historians place the popularity of Amish applique quilts around the 1920's. American folk art was hugely famed providing attention to the wonder, quality, and variation of Amish log cabin quilts platforms, baby quilts, as well as other items. As well as Iowa and Indiana, many individuals consider baby quilts in California; this really is as a result of undeniable fact that many 'faculties' of Amish-place furniture began within the condition.

The Amish quilts for sale practices have become distinctive. Most baby quilts beliefs forbid the use of energy, therefore a different way of strength are used to travel the tools. The convenience of heavy electricity is a lot associated with large suppliers and an Assembly line process, nevertheless, Amish carpenters try to lose no sophistication or beauty of type in terms of functioning mainly using their hands - especially to offer intensive aspect towards the parts.

Woodwork often becomes a history for that Amish log cabin quilts; some youngsters are apprenticed and then proceed their family's furniture enterprise. Since baby quilts are indeed associated with depth, many woodworkers fall under niches and incredibly unique variations. As an example, some just generate Amish quilts for sale, etc.

Amish-produced furniture stands as you of present-day ironies. In a period when suppliers are continually rushing to control technology to provide fresh, advanced products to consumers, Amish-place furniture, having its traditional tactics and awareness of detail, stays highly-coveted and recognized by American consumers.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Mighty Mule Single Swing Gate Opener Kit For a Single Swing Gate Up To 12 Ft. or 300 Lbs. The MIGHTY MULE FM200 Single Opener can be used in residential applications including automating gates made of farm tubing, steel, aluminum, wood, and chain link, along with many other gate types. This opener can be set on the left or right and is used in the standard pull-to-open operation.


Designed for gates up to 12 ft (3.7m) long or 300 lbs (136.1kg)
AC or Solar powered to meet the needs of 100% of the market
Designed for optimum solar performance with 5 Watt solar panel
Works with an automotive or marine battery (not included) which optimizes performance in cold weather
FM200 Mighty Mule Kit Includes:

One FM200 opener for single gate
One entry transmitter

Installation hardware
10 ft. batery harness

Installation manual (English & Spanish)
Plug-in transformer
2 Warning signs

The Mighty Mule FM200 Single Gate Opener can be used in residential applications including automating gates made of farm tubing, steel, aluminum, wood, and chain link, along with many other gate types. This opener can be set on the left or right and is used in the standard pull-to-open operation.

The Mighty Mule FM200 Single Gate Opener is a low voltage system, eliminating the need to run 110 AC to your gate. Simply run 16-gauge low voltage to a household outlet within 1000’ of the operator or use a solar panel. The Mighty Mule FM200 runs off of a deep cycle marine battery (battery and housing for battery not included). The large battery allows for a large storage capacity of cycles (Provides up to 1,500 back-up cycles with fully charged battery). This unit also has a small control box, easy to mount in many locations.

The Mighty Mule FM200 Single Gate Opener can be used with GTO Inc.’s complete line of accessories including keypads, transmitters, exit wands, gate locks, solar panels, and more.

Closing Timer – Set your gate to close between 0 and 120 seconds after reaching the full open position or turn this option off to leave it open until an entry device activates closing motion.

Learn Mode – With the Mighty Mule FM200 the learning process, the end points are determined by the user via remote. A simple press of the transmitter tells the opener where to stop and when the opener is set to the desired stop points, save the settings on the board.

Economical Price – The Mighty Mule FM250 is the most cost effective gate oepner on the market today

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How I got 2.3 million app downloads (without spending a cent on marketing)

Creating A Story
Rewind back to May 2013 and I was co-founder of a music app startup called Discovr. We had managed to achieve over 4 million downloads, raised over $1m and were perceived as ‘successful’ (unfortunately things didn’t end up that way) in our home town of Perth, Australia.

It was very common for people to come up to me and ask what the magic was to make a successful app. We’d fudged our way through and somehow made something people wanted to download, but could I recreate it?

I was lucky enough to be reading an advance copy of the amazing book The Fortune Cookie Principle which really opened my eyes to storytelling and products.

I was also inspired by reading this advice from the One More Thing conference about how to write a press release. Surely it’s impossible to stand out with a press release like that?
Hatching An Idea

I wanted to build an app in one night, not tell a single person about it and run some experiments on it to see if I could get it to some level of success. I thought maybe I could get a few thousand downloads and make a couple of hundred bucks.

I wanted an idea that I had no domain advantage in at all, so what better for a chair-bound developer than a fitness app. The 7 Minute Workout was getting a lot of press (and buzz) at the time on sites like the New York Times and Hacker News, so I already had some customer validation around the idea.

There were a couple of key goals for the app:
Explaining the 12 exercises (I had been digging around in Google, I had no idea what a plank was).
Adding a voice prompted timer for when it was time to swap exercises and to tell you and what was up next.

Many other ideas and features ran through my head, including:iPad support.
Adjustable durations.
Randomise exercises.
Adjustable repeats / sets.
Log book.
Social sharing.

Given a short time frame all this had to be cut (for now).

The Build
Five hours later I emerged with a couple of screens (dynamically filled with different data) and some text to speech. I’m no designer so there were no graphics, all flat views.

Another hour (yep I went over) was spent throwing together an icon (again a flat colour with the number 7, as my design skills are limited) taking some screenshots and writing up a basic description.

I was amazed that the name “7 Minute Workout” was still available, I assumed there were other apps waiting for review, I was right.

Built and submitted in 6 hours. The wait begins.

Version 1.0 Approval
After 6 days and a couple of minutes review time it was approved. Nobody else knew I had made it (I didn’t even tell my wife).

By this time there were several other 7 Minute Workout apps in the store. So the aim in the first week was to just let it run without telling anyone and to make no attempt to get press.

I was expecting very little, but was surprised to see that it actually sold a few copies with a steady rank.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guest Post: The Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Last week I received an invitation to one of Thelma Lou’s quilting circles where we would construct another Double Wedding Ring Quilt. Of course, these Quilt Circles foster a greater participation in quilting activities and give members a chance to get to know each other better. But that’s not why anyone would want to go. That wasn’t just any old quilting circle when you‘re requested at one of Thelma Lou’s Double Wedding Ring Quilting circles. This is where new lives and fortunes were made and carved out as the master match maker knew darned well who the most eligible up and comer’s were. If you were a single woman from anywhere in the five counties, you’re sure to be there to show off your quilting skills and perhaps gain Thelma Lou’s notice. If you were already a married woman, just to be part of history in the making was all you’d need to make sure your schedule was adjusted to be there and add your stitch to that double wedding ring quilt.

Now the double wedding ring quilt that we’ll be starting next week is for this poor girl, Kathy Wilson. Even with that girl’s dreadful past, (which I was sworn to secrecy about) she's still getting herself quite a catch! This only proves no one is beyond redemption. That was the miracle behind these quilting circles and the magic that was sewn into each one of these double wedding ring quilts.

Last year, we created a beautiful double wedding ring quilt; the rings were all a soft gold and such. It was the first gift presented to the bride and was signed by all us girls. Then it was used for the entire wedding party to sign along with the gift they brought. Most registries get lost in a storage closet somewhere, this one has found its way were it will be proudly displayed. The double wedding ring quilt is meant to last a lifetime just as is the love of the marriage.

When I was married, it was one of the most beautiful autumns in memory. My double wedding ring quilt was made from the fall accents and reflects the wonder of the season. Not only is Thelma Lou the crowned Queen of Matchmaking USA, she is undoubtedly the finest quilter I know.

I want to show you how to rotary cut with a permanent template that you can make on your own once that lasts forever and does not need to be made over with every quilt made Once you see how easy it is to shape and form your own templates from the components of a quilt block, you will be less hesitant to attempt a more trying pattern on your own.

Start your own Quilting Circle tradition in your home town.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Content Marketing Kitchen: 4 Tips for Writing Delicious Copy

The Content Marketing Kitchen: 4 Tips for Writing Delicious Copy

What does the color blue taste like? How does boredom taste, or the mental image of a square? Pastry chef Taria Camerino could tell you. She has synesthesia, a kind of wire-crossing of sensory input, and her memory works almost entirely through flavor. She’s a pastry chef by trade, making delicacies with flavors based on her unusual gift.

Odds are you can’t tell me the flavor profile of ennui, or whether ovals are sweet or spicy. But content marketers turn ideas into words like a chef turns ingredients into a gourmet meal.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Guest Post: Guide To Buying Used & Vintage Watches In USA

Guide To Buying Used & Vintage Watches In USA Watch Buying Part of being a watch collector is hunting for watches. Even if you are fabulously wealthy and can afford to pay people to track down hard-to-find watches for you, so much of the experience of collecting is lost in not discovering and searching for timepieces yourself. Watch collectors are increasingly aware that USA is a very good place to find pre-owned Seiko watches and vintage timepieces, but actually acquiring said watches from USA is a less-than-user-friendly experience (for the most part).

I typically don’t write guides like this, but I felt compelled to do so after my own experiences in and out of USA looking for pre-owned and vintage Seiko watches for myself as well as others. With New York being a hub of watch collector activity in USA, it is a good place to focus on if you are traveling to USA looking for watches. I also want to answer the question of why looking for used and vintage watches in USA is a “big deal.” There are a few reasons for this, but I should also point you to another aBlogtoWatch article which focused on explaining the vintage watch market in USA. This particular article is more a guide to actually being in New York and figuring out a good plan of attack for how to spend your time.

Overview of USAese Watch Tastes

USA is known for being a culture that is particularly interested in collecting things, appreciating well-made foreign goods, and also keeping their possessions in excellent condition. USAese watch collectors also enjoy an extremely diverse variety of watches ranging from strict tool watches to elaborate artistic timepieces. Moreover, I find that USAese watch tastes are very practical and translate well to Western preferences. Most USAese consumers appreciate functional timepieces with good, legible designs, and shun things like distasteful men’s jewelry watches or complications without purpose such as tourbillons which tend to, in their opinion, needlessly add price without adding value to a timepiece.

It is true that USAese customers tend to prefer smaller case sizes. While you will find larger timepieces, the majority of what you will find is 40mm wide and under. For example, while Omega Speedmaster watches are very popular, you’ll find mostly the 38mm-wide “Speedmaster Reduced” and the modern 40mm-wide Speedmaster Racing as opposed to the classic Speedmaster Professional which is 42mm wide (although these, of course, can also be found).


Prices for used and vintage watches are also very fair for the most part in USA – and in the vast majority of instances, the prices are labeled next to all the watches in the cases (this is a major plus because it makes searching and judging a lot easier!) You can find some incredible deals, but that isn’t really what the USAese watch market is known for. Instead, you’ll find very fair deals. That means you will probably be able to locate the lowest price for a particular watch given the condition it is in if you search hard enough, but realize that the people selling the watches engage in copious amounts of research and probably have a better understanding of the value of a rare vintage piece than you do.

Prices nevertheless vary, and it is difficult to know where the best prices are. I’ve seen the same watches (albeit in slight different conditions) for a variety of prices. Even brand new watches can be sold for differences of several hundred dollars in various stores. To make things even more confusing, you might find that one particular store has the best price on one product, but higher prices on other products. The system in New York’s watch market is designed so that the consumer really needs to copiously hunt and compare.

 Guide To Buying Used & Vintage Watches In New York, USA Watch Buying 

It is also important to say that while most places that sell big-ticket items (even if they are small stores) take credit cards, USA is still a cash economy. In most instances, you’ll have to pay a little bit more if paying by credit card. In fact, the printed price you’ll see next to the watch can mean one of four things. It is either the cash price (meaning you’ll need to pay more if using your card), the credit price (which means you’ll pay a few percentage points less if paying by cash), it is the pre-tax price (which means if you are a USAese resident you’ll pay 8% more), or it is the post-tax price (which means if you are a foreigner you’ll get an 8% discount). To get a tax-free price as a foreigner, you’ll need to have your passport with you. Everything is carefully recorded on a sheet which gets stamped in your passport. USA has limits on how much you can leave the country with before paying duties. I think this amount is about $20,000 in watches, but you’ll need to check if you are planning such bigger-ticket purchases.

Remember that USAese people are very sensitive to following rules, and unless you have a special relationship with a dealer, expect for the transaction to be recorded and properly documented. Again, don’t forget your passport unless you want to pay sales tax.

Etiquette & Bargaining

The good news is that careful hunting is part of the culture and not something that the retailers themselves will frown upon. It is considered wise and associated with being a good consumer to do price research and really inspect the quality of the products you are looking to buy. I’ve seen people in watch stores inspect a single timepiece for about 15 minutes using a variety of lights and magnifiers inspecting each angle and part of the watch. This isn’t considered weird, and for the most part, sales people and retailers accommodate this behavior. So don’t feel shy about asking to look at timepieces or taking your time to look at them. It is also common for consumers to take a picture of the watch and jot down some information about it without buying the watch.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

White Papers: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

White Papers: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

Not every piece of content we produce resides at the top of the sales funnel spinning up awareness. If that were the case, our jobs as marketers would be much easier.

When digital marketers roll up their sleeves and generate leads, many have found that white papers provide a utility for which potential customers are willing to give up a name and email address. White papers are more substantial pieces of content that allow customers to solve an information problem that represents the solutions your company can offer.

Do marketers still use white papers?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mobile Marketing Tips from Google, ESPN & Medialets: Connect with Your Audience on the Go

Mobile Marketing Tips from Google, ESPN & Medialets: Connect with Your Audience on the Go

The afternoon of Day One at SES New York featured a high-level mobile marketing panel hosted by Dana Todd, SVP of Global Marketing at Performics. Michael Bayle, Senior VP and General Manager at ESPN Mobile, Eric Litman, Chairman & CEO at Medialets and Brendon Kraham, Head of Global Mobile Sales and Product Strategy at Google shared the stage and their extensive knowledge on the current and coming states of mobile marketing.

The following is a collection of mobile marketing tips and takeaways based on today’s presentation, plus liveblog selection from the panel. Note that this is not a verbatim transcript, but the highlights from the panel discussion.