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There have been a lot of exciting changes for me in the past month -- maybe the most exciting being that I left my job, and so I've been spending the last month biking and hiking and generally getting outside. I've been meaning to write about those, and I have a post drafted about that, but this is not that post. Instead, this post is an unrepentently nerdy dissection of a new toy that I got, in which I unintentionally buy yet another Android device -- a Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT, which is a bike computer with GPS (and other data) logging support, phone and internet connectivity, and a whole bunch of exciting gadget and doodad features.

Update August 6th, 2018: I am in contact with Chip, at Wahoo Fitness, about the licensing issues -- and with promising news about hackability! I'll write a little more later when I get a chance, but I figured this update should be front and center....

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It's been over a year since I started wearing my first-generation Pebble Steel. I expected that I was going to find it an annoying gadget that didn't really do anything positive for me, but I was pleasantly surprised, and somewhat taken by it, really; I wrote a few programs for it, and up until a week ago, I wore it around with me pretty much everywhere. Last Friday, however, my Kickstarter reward arrived: a shiny new Pebble Time Steel in gunmetal black! The Pebble Time is Pebble's second-generation smartwatch, with a host of changes: color, a microphone, a new industrial design, and a new user interface layer. I've been wearing it for just over a week, then, and so it seems apropos to write another review, in the same vein of that which I wrote in March of 2014, of the first-generation device.

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For the past two weeks, I've been wearing a Pebble Steel smartwatch on my left wrist, replacing the long tradition of Timex Ironman watches that I've worn since I was about 10 years old. Since the device is something of a novelty, I figured I'd write at least a short review of it, and have a quick discussion of my feelings about it so far. [1]

a review that is *way* too long to fit on your friends page )


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