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Connecting Pebble 2 HR to Samsung Galaxy Note 8

February 7, 2018 0 comments

I’ve used almost every single Smartwatch to date.  I honestly have been disappointed with almost everyone from being bulky, horrible battery life, lack of Samsung apps, etc.  The first Smartwatch I owned was the first gen Pebble.  Loved it.  I decided to go back and purchase the Pebble 2 HR (Heart Rate).  It has a lithium ion battery which should hold a charge between 5-7 days for this watch it also only takes about an hour to fully charge.

If you are trying to connect your Pebble 2 to your Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it just won’t work.  At first I thought I received a bad Pebble 2 so I returned it back to Amazon.  I received the new one 2 days later same error message.  It seem’s the device would get stuck on 63% of an update then just update failed.  I tried everything from resetting the watch, holding down the bottom right button it just doesn’t work.  Then I thought it was my Galaxy Note 8 device so I decided to try my wife’s Note 8.  Same exact problem.

When you get the Pebble 2 it seem’s its in some factory state and needs to download the latest firmware version.  Here’s how I was able to finally get my Note 8 connected to my Pebble 2 HR.  Hopefully you have an extra device laying around I did I had a cracked Note 5, so I powered it on an downloaded the Pebble app.  I let the smartwatch do its update and Viola!  The Pebble 2 HR was finally updated to the latest version.  I turned off my old device, went to the Pebble App on my Galaxy Note 8 and it was connected without a problem.

What a pain in the ass.  Hopefully this helps others that are having the same issue.

PC BattleStations | The Best Products for Cable Management

November 1, 2017 0 comments

If there is anything I hate the most it’s computer cable management.  It’s just awful even for me I’m constantly changing the way my computers setup and the layout of the room.  So i’m always adding and removing cables.  The first thing you must have is patients don’t rush your cable management or your just going to end up re-doing it again in a few weeks.

The first thing I did when I started my build was purchase my desk.  I purchased it from Ikea and wanted something to hide the cables behind it.  I needed something long because my desk consists of (2) desk’s added together.  Anyways here is everything I used for my cable management and hopefully it will help others with their computer builds.

As I come across future products and other tips for my BattleStation cable management I will be sure to update the post.  (Last updated 11/1/2017)

 

J Channel Cable Raceway – Black – 48″

This was a 2 pack it worked perfect because I have 2 of the same desks put together.  This came with 3M tape that was very strong it was a little longer then I needed so i took out my dremel cutter and easily cut the excess away.  If you had to or wanted to you could easily drill in the bottom of this to make sections for shorter runs.

Price:  $28.00  Order on [Amazon]


Mount-It! Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount

When I was using dual monitors this was a must.  Recently I updated to a 34 ultra wide screen because I really didn’t need a dual monitor setup anymore.  I constantly see people running dual monitors on the stand if you want to maximize desk space and have a clean sleek build.  This will support (2) monitors up to 27″ each.

Price:  $36.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Kootek 118 Inch Cable Management

Another must have product for managing your cables.

Price:  $10.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Clips,YOCOU 12 pcs 3-Channel

These guys saved my life a number of times.

Price:  $8.79 Order on [Amazon]


 

Reusable Cable Ties, Trilancer

I use these all the times rather than zip ties.

Price:  $8.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Management Sleeve

Another great product instead of always using zipties to minimize my exposed cables.  I came across this cable management sleeve.  It’s still sometimes  a pain because I’m always adding and removing new gadgets so I have to keep unzipping to remove/add something.  Still beats cutting zip-ties and the look is excellent!

Price:  $14.99 Order on [Amazon]


IKEA – SIGNUM Cable management

This product also helped me out, it hung down a little more then i liked it to but overall it did the trick.  I was able to mount (2) power strips on the inside then wrap all the excess cables under my desk that I did not want to be seen.  I even mounted an external hard drive, and USB 3.0 hub all inside this.

Price:  $25.99 Order on [Amazon]

Connecting Your SmartWatch with Your Mountain Bike

July 27, 2017 0 comments

Sometime around 2014 I purchased (2) products.  A new Trek Mountain Bike and a Pebble Smartwatch.   At the time Pebble was the first Smartwatch of its kind.  When I purchased my mountain bike being able to switch songs, see who’s calling, reading a text message was almost impossible with either looking at my wrist or taking my phone out of my pocket.  Also another key feature of the smartwatch was I could track speed, miles and time while riding.

I first tried to just attach the watch to the handle bars which failed, then I tried to prop something so it would hold the watch in place.  I went on Amazon and figured someone had to have already created this product and sure enough there was a bunch.  I ordered several different brands.  The best one and cheapest solutions was the Suunto Bike Mount.

Suunto Bike Mount

Click here to purchase the Suunto Bike Mount.

Everything worked perfect it sat on the handle bars nicely.  It was easy to remove and attach the Smartwatch.  Around 2014 I think the Pebble was the first Smartwatch, it’s now 2017 and there are a ton of great options available for smart watches with even more features.  Hopefully this post helps you with what I wanted to achieve in 2014.

Below are some other Smartwatches that you can purchase today.