Jim’s WebLetter for 4/22/18


I’m doing fine. That’s according to a new device I bought last week and have been wearing. The FitBit Charge 2 looks like a watch and does include a watch feature, but is far more than just a time piece.

I know that these monitoring devices have been in the market for some time, but this newest edition has more features and provides more insight into how my day goes. My wife and I each purchased one for about $148, and then went online and purchased additional colored bands (about $7 per band). My favorite color is blue, so I have a blue band on my FitBit which originally came in black. Sorry, I’m not a black color person.

This device tells me about my activity during the day … like the number of steps I take, my active and inactive periods, and probably the most fascinating thing … my sleep patterns. Because I never sleep long periods (about 5 hours a night), I have always wanted to know what I do sleep and FitBit provides me with a timeline showing my REM sleep, light sleep and deep sleep periods. It even knows when I’m awake at night. Then it draws a comparison with other men my age.

All this information is transferred via Bluetooth to the FitBit app on my phone and iPad, and stored so I can compare my periods and see how I’m doing.

Most of my working life was spent sitting. I sat in front of a broadcast board in radio, and computer desk for Website work. So now in retirement, I am exercising and walking daily. It’s a slow ramp up, but in losing weight and adding muscle strength, I feel better. The FitBit helps me monitor all that. It’s a good accessory to own. https://www.fitbit.com/home

Something else I like is what Google has been doing with my photos. Google Photos continues to enhance their storage and features … now to include a really nice video editor built right into the app.

If you own a Gmail address, you automatically have a Photos account which allows for storage of every photo and video you shoot using your Android or IOS devices. I have lots of photos stored and classified by date.

Now Google’s Video editor allows for quick on the fly editing and collection of things I’ve shot of the places I’ve visited and people I’ve met. Here’s a quick article with YouTube videos about the editor and how easy it is to use. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/04/20/google-photos-friendlier-powerful-movie-editor/

If you haven’t set up Google Photos on your mobile device, download the free app from your Apple Store or Google Play Store and follow the setup.

Have a great week!


By the way, I found more music videos for my YouTube Channel. Visit https://JimOnline.com and check ‘em out.