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SMA-Band smart activity and heart rate tracker

On paper there are some potentially incredible deals to be had by ordering unknown brand products direct from China. I was delighted with such a purchase for my daughter at the beginning of the year. This was for a Xiaomi Mi Band HR, the Mark 2 version of the, now famous, Mi Band personal activity tracker. Unfortunately, my daughter managed to lose her Mi Band so now I've done some research and taken a punt on a new and more advanced looking personal fitness band, the SMA-Band smart activity and heart rate tracker. I've ordered one and will post a detailed review when it arrives in around three weeks.

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Progress on the blog so far

Three and a bit weeks in since starting the blog!

Ian Brurley
Ian Burley

It’s been a couple of days since I last posted an update on the blog but I have been working on it every day in the best part of four weeks since I published the very first post. I think this is the 18th or 19th post in the last three and a bit weeks and a couple of days ago I also added a new static page dedicated to linking visitors to my photography on Flickr. That’s work in progress and so far I have reached a bit of an impasse with the plug-in I am using to connect the page to my Flickr account, but I am confident I will sort it out sooner or later.

Since a spike of automated spam that discovered my blog very quickly and which was instantly dealt with by WP-Spamshield and without any blatant publicising of the blog, I am pleased to see that the blog has been noticed by four search engines and I am now getting about 70 unique visitors a day and a couple of hundred visits. When I am ready I will be give the bloq some visibility on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Work on adding features is progressing well thanks to the modular plug-in system which WordPress is based. Comments can now be rated and shared and you can elect to be notified of new comments, there is a newsletter option, and I have worked out how to paginate long posts (See my low carb diet health article for an example). I am not sure that I won’t fiddling with the design, layout and typography more – I guess that may be a never ending activity!

I would be nice to see more comments and with time and a steady growth in visitors I am confident that this will happen. Don’t hold back – I am very keen to hear your views.

Coming up next week – a recipe (well, I love cooking) and quite possibly a reflection on the state of political debate here in the UK over the looming EU referendum.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F Android 6.0 Marshmallow update arrives

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has arrived in the Burley household but only on one of our two Note 4 devices so far. It's been available since last year on other Android devices and Android 7 is already in public beta, but because of Samsung's TouchWiz customised Android skin version updates always come late. But I, for one, am grateful it's arrived at all.

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