review: Garmin Forerunner 405

I am a part time runner (recently starting up again). However when I am not running I am walking. On a treadmill it’s pretty easy to keep track of your pace (you set it) and distance (it’s right in front of you!). However when it is nice outside I like to walk/run outside.

It would be nice to have a device that didn’t care about where I was, but could track how far and fast I’ve walked outdoors.

Adding in the ability to track how much I’ve climbed/descended would also be a value add.

The Garmin Forerunner is just that device. In fact, you can buy a shoe sensor that let’s you use the Garmin on a treadmill. It also includes a heart rate monitor that allows you to set your max/min and off you go!

Using the USB ANT sensor, you can connect your Forerunner to your computer where you can upload all of your walking/running data into the Training Center Application from Garmin.

So far I have used the Garmin in Paris, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Francisco and New Jersey. Downtown Seattle there were reception issues getting a solid GPS signal but overall the quality and signal have been exceptional.

This is a great device for those who run/walk and like to keep track of what they have accomplished.

There are two additional things to talk about:

1. Virtual partner – allows you to train against yourself or against a preset level.

2. The device is light – all told it doesn’t weigh you down and it functions as a wrist watch so you can wear it all day as well. They have several models – the 405 is the lightest and the least bulky to wear as a watch.

All in all this is an excellent product – if you workout by walking/running it is well worth the investment.



Hit the other blog for serious stuff today…Or if you are into podcasts try my Fred and Ed stories


Ramble 1:

The final four this year – back to normal it’s not all number 1 seeds. Was last year a fluke or a mistake.

Ramble 2:

I love Roy William’s – awesome coach. But I CANNOT ROOT FOR UNC. So, someone else please step up this year. The ESPN boys were dancing about the record tied (18 final fours – tied with U.C.L.A. – but UCL.A. has 10 titles , UNC only has 3 – not a fair comparison – 58% winning percentage versus 21%).

Ramble 3:

Who took away the last 11 years? I was talking to a dear friend Friday night whom I’ve known since before the boys were born. I reminded him that they were 11 today. He said “that’ just not possible.” Can I have a refund on my missing 11 years please?

Ramble 4:

Happy birthday boys!!!

Ramble 5:

I’ve decided to release nickname 2.0, as such am changing my /doc nickname to .doc. Hopefully this will greatly improve my blogs 🙂


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Are you the “real” thing

Do people naturally listen to you? Not because you have a title, but because when you speak they award you with “relevance” and “value”?

We all know people like that, in certain area’s everything they say is critical and we listen to them. Why is that? Not all experts are truly experts. Some in fact are less an expert and more of a “pert.”

How does this “recognition” impact communication? Well the reason for the blog has to do with an old Internet concept. The concept of thread stopper. While I would like to say this is always a positive trait it is not. There is a negative side to the thread stopper, someone who injects so much negative energy that the thread dies.

But for the most part a thread stopped is someone who has the right answer, and the thread does not need to continue. This is the person above, who has the right answer, the right stuff.

I am naming the “real thing” for communication. The person who can end a thread, not from being negative but from the simple fact that they know and understand what they are talking about.

the new me 🙂


Do you know why?

My sons turn 11 in two days. As I think back over the last 11 years it’s been an amazing ride. We’ve gone out of the country. We’ve learned how to read. We’ve laughed, cried and over time have become a family.

I taught them to play Halo. Now they routinely kill me. If I am lucky I can get them with long range weapons, but for the most part they terminate me.

What a ride.

I am very proud of my boys. They are caring people who watch the world around them and are worried. And suddenly that bothers me, that world around me isn’t what I would like it to be for my children. It makes me sad sometimes to think that the world I saw when I was 11 is no longer possible. That carbon pollution and other issues will drive this planet to its knees while my children are alive. I will be long gone by 2040, but my children will be ushering their children into the second half of their life and the world will be a happy place if we don’t make changes now.

Our president speaks of a return to greatness. I postulate Mr.. President that it is not a return to greatness but for us to finally achieve the promise written on the base of the statue of liberty. That we are a nation able, willing and striving to change the world into a better place.

It is time. We can’t forget that we put much of this mess in place. If not us personally then our parents and their parents back for the 10,000 or so years we’ve ruled this planet. It is time for change.

We expect our children to be responsible yet we’ve failed our home. We have not been responsible. We have not acted in a way that shows we are aware of the world around us.

It time for a change.


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The first flower I saw, on a warm spring day

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It was a small flower

Nestled next to the corner of the house

Facing the sun, but leaning

Not quite straight

I leaned down to see it

Breathing softly on its leaves

As I watched it sway in the wind.

This tiny flower

Cupped against the wall.

Why there?

In the infinite space available to it, why there?


Wind blowing the tiny seed

Dropping it to the ground

And with water

Oh so little water

Under the eaves

It grew

A tiny flower

A tiny splotch of color

In the quiet of the yard…

Backups and other dirty habits people don’t tell you about

The poet Sandler Boggs once wrote “Poets who read their poems aloud, may have other nasty habits as well.” Well the nasty habit of backups just saved me more than 5 hours.

About a year ago when they first came out, I leaped onto the windows home server bandwagon. Here is a device, you can easily add storage to, will stream media to your Xbox and your smart phone/ppc device anywhere in your house (or outdoors). And, it backs up your home pc’s. Yesterday one of the kid’s machines had a hard drive issue. In the past I would have trotted out my CD’s and begun a reinstall. Got the machine back on the network and then done a reinstall of all the applications. With WHS, I simply put in the recovery disk and without supervision had a working PC in between 1-2 hours (ok I don’t know exactly how long, I came back after 2 hours and it was done – it could have been 5 minutes).

What would have taken me hours in the past was completed before anyone got home.

Thank you Windows Home Server team – your product is a life saver.


Today, well maybe tomorrow, ok probably next week

I’ve been spending a lot of blog time on communication this week. The concept is simple, two people, four people or any number of people for that matter express thoughts, idea’s, concepts and even argue about a solution. This two way interchange becomes a conversation. This conversation leads to people talking about what‘s next. or trying to solve a problem. or brainstorming.

A conversation can be as simple as who will win March Madness or as complex as how do we solve world hunger. They can last seconds or years. They can be carried out in a manner that involves direct contact or like twitter they can be carried out over time indirectly.

From IM, email, twitter, Facebook, voicemail, telephone calls and in-person/web based meetings you interact with another person to produce a “conversation.”

But we often forget that conversation is an art not a science. That my 🙂 face here, doesn’t always show up in an in-person meeting. A joke told to 3 people when repeated may offend the 4th person. People use the phrase “you had to be there.”

It, communication is something that confuses most people most of the time. It is the thing that makes us human but it is the thing that fails us often.

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