20 VPS providers to shut down on Monday, giving customers two days to save their data

(www.zdnet.com)

Yup, my previous VPS provider was one of these. Funny, no notice on their site anywhere. Definitely smells like a huge scam.

The Price is Right (Yeah, Yeah!) — Twenty Thousand Hertz

(www.20k.org)

Edd Kalehoff is the man when it comes to TV themes. He got screwed out of royalties for his best-known work, the theme for The Price is Right, but he's doing OK for himself.

Getting Type 2 Diabetes in Check – Episode 1372

(vinnietortorich.com)

My chat with Vinnie Tortorich about my health journey. Now down to about 210 pounds (95kg) and, assuming my A1C stays where it is, my Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis goes away.

Mi Band vs Apple Watch: Not Either-Or For Me

I've resisted the whole smartwatch / fitness tracker thing for a while now. At some point a few years ago, my wife bought a fairly simple one that I ended up using until I lost it.

Recently, I decided I needed another one as I've been starting add exercise into my routine. In July of 2018, I ended up getting a Mi Band 2. Had some basic support for notifications from my phone, tracks sleep, and steps, and it was pretty cheap: under $30. Also, it easily lasted over two weeks on a single charge.

In April, I decided I needed to up my game a bit, so I bought a Mi Band 3. It was a little bit bigger, had slightly better sensors in it for sleep and heart rate tracking while working out, still about $30, and still amazing battery life.

A recent software update made the whole process of syncing the band with my iPhone a bit of a pain in the ass. In a couple cases, it completely forgot workouts I did. During workouts, it would stop syncing with my iPhone so I couldn’t track my heart rate. Or, if I initiate a workout from the band itself, I could easily monitor my heart rate, but it wouldn’t track my location or reflect the kind of workout I was doing.

When I was just doing stuff on the treadmill, this wasn’t a huge deal. Since I moved onto walking and running outside, I found that having this stuff "just work" to be of high value.

As I started looking at the other fitness trackers out there, I realized the price for anything else I'd consider getting was basically in the same price range as an Apple Watch. Sure, they might have better battery life and have possibly better fitness features, but let’s face it: anything other than Apple products are second class citizens in the Apple world.

So, I bought an Apple Watch 4. I probably should have done it ages ago, but I finally did it. And I have to say, so far, I'm not regretting the purchase.

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One of the things I was afraid of with an Apple Watch is that I’d be seeing notifications on my wrist. I had tuned down my notifications on my iPhone ages ago so I wasn’t getting many to begin with. I tuned it down further with the Apple Watch, both on the phone itself and, in some cases, specific to the Apple Watch.

I do appreciate the gamification the Watch has around keeping moving. “Closing your rings” is definitely a thing for me. I set a "moderate" fitness goal, which has me burning 700 calories, exercising at least 30 minutes, and standing at least one minute every hour for 12 hours of the day. You get gentle nudges to "stand up" and even "breathe" for a moment.

At least for the first week or so, I've had no trouble meeting these goals. We'll see how this works when shiny metal tubes are involved.

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The main concern I had with the Apple Watch was battery life. The good news is that getting through an entire day hasn’t been a problem so far. It would be much better if it could go several days between charges, something the Mi Band 2 and 3 both do quite easily.

While there are sleep tracking apps for the Apple Watch, it hardly makes sense to use them given the battery situation. This is where the Mi Band is still proving useful as I can wear it overnight to get an idea of how well I slept (or didn't).

I may pick up a Mi Band 4 for curiousity sake as it appears to have added a lot more to the package while maintaining roughly the same price point. No chance it will replace my Apple Watch, but for those who are looking for an inexpensive fitness tracker with some basic notification support, it may still be just the thing.

Unattended Minor

(www.businessinsider.com)

I remember flying as an Unattended Minor in the 1980s to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay Area. Can't imagine what this kid went through in 2019 flying to a different country..and the kid getting on the wrong plane. How the hell does that even happen these days?

Nokia Bell Labs Claim They've Created a Battery with 2.5 Times the Capacity

(www.nokia.com)

I've seen a lot of similar stories make the tech press over the years, but yet battery life is still pretty abysmal. The fact this is coming from Nokia Bell Labs, which has a bit more of a track record than random startups suggests it might actually be a reality. Sometime.

Running For My Life

I'm two years into my health journey that began with adopting Intermittent Fasting along with a low carb diet to manage Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. Since, I've adopted a more "no sugar no grains no seed oils" approach, trending mostly carnivore (I.e. eating mostly animal-based products).

While I think it's safe to say my Diabetes is in remission with an A1C at or below 5.6% for more than a year now, weight down over 110 pounds/50 kilos, and a coronary artery calcium score of zero, I'm not quite out of the woods yet.

Mild hypertension is still an issue for me. Granted it is much better than it was several years ago, but now I know my aorta is "dilated" (i.e. bigger than it should be), and higher blood pressure is not particularly good for that. I'm sure it will come up when I go in for a physical.

Meanwhile, I've made one other important change: I'm exercising. More specifically, I'm trying to keep my heart rate in Zone 2, known to provide improvements in endurance. I've seen a few methods to calculate this, but I'm going with the Vinnie Tortorich method: 180 minus your age, which means about 134 plus or minus 5 beats.

The exercise I've chosen? Running, or walking when my heart rate goes above the Zone 2 range, which happens pretty quickly still. I have a treadmill at home, most hotels I stay in also have a treadmill, and the weather is improving at home. Basically zero excuses not to do this.

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At first, I started out using a Mi Band 3 to track my heart rate during workouts and sleep, which worked ok for a bit. Unfortunately, after a recent software update, it sporadically stops syncing with my phone. This eventually lead me to buy something I've been wanting for a while now: an Apple Watch. It works a whole lot better:

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As I started going longer and further than before (from a couple miles over half an hour to over four miles over an hour and change), I saw a significant decrease in my blood glucose. It got to a point where I asked my doctor if I should continue to take Metformin.

My doctor said I no longer needed to take Metformin, but I should continue to monitor. Which, of course I am doing. My blood glucose has gone back up, but it's staying in a fairly normal range (averaging about 90 mg/dL) without taking medication.

The exercise really isn't so much about the physical fitness, though I know that's improving as well. It's the emotional fitness. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, but I just feel better after I've spent some time sweating with just me, my feet, and whatever podcasts I'm listening to. Which, during my workouts, tend to be health-related podcasts.

I do also find myself thinking lately, when stressed, I should go out for a run. I never in my life thought I'd be saying that, but here we are.

Red Pocket Mobile buys FreedomPop

(www.reddit.com)

Red Pocket Mobile buys FreedomPop Looks like FreedomPop's "free" service is going away and the GSM/CDMA customers are being split up. Hasn't been that reliable, but you get what you pay for.

Addictive Drugs That Are Actually Pesticides

(mentalfloss.com)

Addictive Drugs That Are Actually Pesticides The best part of waking up is pesticides in my cup…