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Maybe wait a bit for the marketing emails, Garmin.

It could just be me, but I find it super annoying that whatever system Garmin uses to send out marketing emails, has come back up before they have Garmin Connect fully working again. This is the second email I’ve received trying convince me that I really ought to buy a Venu since they experienced a total system failure last week. As someone who works in IT, I totally get that different teams…

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Garmin is back, kinda…

It was a hellofa bender, but after four days of hard partying, Garmin is back online. Well, sort of, they still have a a massive hangover, or at least that’s what it looks like because while they’re “online” many systems are only partially active. Given that the word on the street is that their “bender” was actually ransomware, it could be a while before everything is fully operational, and we learn the…

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I’m Giving Her All She’s Got Capt’n

Garmin is down, hard down, like something really bad happened in a data center somewhere down. Probably not the best time to talk about distributed cloud services, but seriously Garmin, we should probably have that conversation at some point ;). UPDATE: Forbes is reporting that it’s possible that Garmin is dealing with a ransomware attack. If that is the case, could be down for a long, long time……

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Garmin approaches modernity

One of the biggest complaints I have about Garmin bike computers (OK, everything), is that the setup experience is decidedly stuck in in a different era. In this prehistoric time, mobile phones are not ubiquitous, and no one has the context to understand that you shouldn’t have to start over every time you get a new head unit, or hard reset because the Internet only exists on college campuses and the nightly…

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Another use case for the Garmin Varia

I love my Garmin Varia. It’s a massively helpful bit of magic that enhances my perception of safety on the bike because I know when there’s a car behind me, and in a broad sense how fast it’s approaching. Given this information, and with all the solo riding I’ve been doing lately, I recently discovered another great use case for the device. Motopacing. Standard T&C apply (i.e. probably not the safest thing,…

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Working around Garmin’s intransigence

In general, I’ve been really pleased with my fēnix 6, but Garmin’s unwillingness to properly merge data recorded on other platforms/devices remains a massive annoyance. Fortunately, I’ve figured out a work around; which as stupid as it is that I need to do this, turns out it works pretty well. The “solution” should have been obvious to me at the time, but blinded as I was by the pink-fog-of-disbelief, it wasn’t. Simply…

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if (calcFTP > FTP) { showNewFTPDialog(calcFTP); } else { //stfu Garmin }

It’s not obvious from the photo above, but I hope the title helps a little, that Garmin shouldn’t be showing this dialog to me post ride. Why? Because I’ve already told it that my FTP is more than 262. Unless it’s running some kind of next level AI cloud processing (it’s not), there’s no way for it to tell if I’m detraining. And, frankly if it were, it would be wrong there…

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Garmin makes it easier to do something you could already do

I’m not sure I understand the point of this, given that it already works. But, it is nice that the process of getting a course from Komoot or Strava loaded on your Garmin head unit is more streamlined than before; which did involve installing a Connect IQ app, linking the account, selecting the course, and downloading it. Where, now you should just have to link the accounts. I haven’t had a chance…

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Garmin revs Varia, neglects biggest gripe

I love my Garmin Varia RTL510. It’s one of those things, like a helmet, that you certainly can ride a bike without, but once you do the math; why would you? So when all signs pointed towards a new Varia I was really hoping that Garmin would solve the most common gripe I’ve seen with the device – mounting and security on the back of the bike. As it turns out, they…

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