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Mitch

October 3, 2016

How to fix a bricked Pebble watch

I thought for a while I’d bricked my Pebble Time watch. I was trying to reset the Bluetooth connection and it ended up stuck at the screen for SOS.

I went to Google and found this post from Jason Quattrone on Google+. Instructions for fix:

  1. Place the watch on the charger.
  2. Press and hold the right bottom button for 10 seconds (this will do a factory reset while you are in recovery mode)
  3. Clear the bluetooth pairing from the phone.
  4. Try reconnecting the watch from the Bluetooth settings menu on your phone.
  5. Finally launch the watch app and continue updating your watch.

And that worked.

The good news is my Pebble Watch is working again, which means I don’t have to replace it, and I probably would have replaced it with an Apple Watch, which would have cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

The bad news is I’m not getting an Apple Watch and the process cost me like a half hour.

How to unplug when you should

Do you obsessively fiddle with your phone all the time? Win back some mental space with these tips – Michael Duran, Wired

I see many articles like this. They all recommend similar steps. Don’t put your phone in your pocket, keep it in your desk where you have to make some effort to get it. Go a couple of days without connectivity.

These tips are not helpful. Keeping my phone out of reach would create more problems than it’s worth, because it’s a legitimate inconvenience when my phone is out of reach. The problem is that I fiddle with the phone at times when I should be doing something else. THAT’S what I’m looking to control.

Going a few days without connectivity is like going without electricity. It’s doable. People call that “camping.” And it’s good for you. But it’s kind of a big deal. Not to be entered into casually.

One tip that is helpful: Turn off nearly all your notifications. You do NOT want to be notified when you get new email, a mention or comment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You just don’t.

Link

“WebMD partnership: Cough-activated feature reads aloud a random diagnosis for ‘coughing.'”

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nexdock-front7It’ll also work as a full-size display for your tablet or a secondary screen for your laptop.

It was funded by a crowdfunding campaign, and it’s not shipping yet.

Nexdock