So… I’m officially on the band wagon.

Band wagon

Actually not this kind. I mean the Xiaomi Mi Fit Band. Wagon. Sort of. Well, you get the drift.

Xiaomi Mi band.

An amazing friend of mine has such a thing. It’s like a nice price Fitbit and it comes with an app. It measures all kinds of stuff like your heart beat (important; if that stops you should have a physician check you out), the number of steps you take each day (fitness related, health related and so on) and it can show you the time. (Hey, who wants to hang around at work too long!)

Another cute thing it seems to do (I only got the band in about an hour ago) is that it can monitor how you sleep and make pretty graphs of that. And that’s where I hopped on the band. Wagon. (Keep your boo and hiss, suck it up, folks.)

I’m curious how that works and looks. Let the fun begin.

Of course I am in luck. Today the car was in the shop and I walked almost 8km (5.5 something miles, do the math if you’re curious). The step counter would have come in nicely!!

The looks.

How does it look? Well, like this:

Xiaomi Mi band
Xiaomi Mi band

If you’re curious about the thing itself, check out DX.Com. The band comes with a USB adapter with which you can charge the clock module (which you take out of the strap for that). My band arrived 24% charged so I hooked it up immediately. The little circle you see on the module is what you tap to activate the display and cycle through the modes you set up.

The manual.

Well, that is interesting. Since DX ships from China, the entire manual (which basically is a scrap of paper) is in Chinese. There are some pictures on it though, which helps just enough to get going. It was fun to see.

The app.

Xiaomi mi appThe app itself (I have the Android version) looks nice and so far works well for the tiny bit it had to do for me so far.

It guides you through pairing the band, setting up a profile, and it simply works.

You can set up if you wear the band left or right, the info you want to see on the display of the band and a few more bits and bobs. Nice is that you can preset the number of steps you think you want to achieve each day. I’m curious if the band will electro-buzz me if I don’t make it. 😀

If I’m not too lazy I’ll keep you posted about this toy.

Bose IE2 in-ear headphones

Yes, I went ahead and bought them. Even though they’re pricey.

Bose ie2 headphonesThey do look a bit funny with the extra bit bolted on but don’t let the looks fool you. These things are actually comfortable. That is something for me to say because I hate stuff stuck in my ears.

Finding the easiest way to actually put them in took me a while as I lack knowledge on sticking stuff in my ears. It was even a bit of an odd feel to have these additional bits there but they keep the headphones in place and I very quickly didn’t feel them any more.

Then something odd happened: I didn’t like the sound. Bose has the name of producing good bass sound. There was hardly any. Mid range was okay, high tones was mostly okay, but bass was as absent as a shark in the average bowl with goldfish. That was weird because the foldable Sennheiser PX-100a that I own produce quite a good bass on my phone.

Good thing I have another phone. The Meizu MX-5 Ubuntu. Yes, it’s a phone that runs on Linux. I have some music on that and so I tried the IE2 on that. Wow. Difference? More than that. The world of music opened again. Clearly the headphones were not the problem but the phone was. I tried another music player. That worked a lot better so the problem had to be the player I usually use. It took me some wiggling and experimenting until I discovered a few well-hidden settings. Switched on enhanced clarity and enhanced bass.

I’m happy now. 🙂

Kill the initiative

Yes. Kill the initiative.

The CPNB (the society for promoting Dutch books) always brings out the “book week gift” each year. Here in the Netherlands we have a “book week”, specially promoting books and reading, and each person who buys a book then gets a small book for free. The “book week gift”.

People who buy an ebook get nothing. Now a man decided to bring out the alternative ebook week gift in this week.

The CPNB is going to take steps against this initiative because “he is stealing the name ‘book week gift'” and “it is bad that individuals try to make money of this”. The person who brings out the ebook week gift is giving it away, so how is he making money off this?

The CPNB states that they plan to bring out an ebook week gift themselves, but that they can’t get this done for 2011, because “this is a large and complex operation”. With the current state of automation and wizards for everything computer, I sort of fail to see the problem, but they probably know better.

The person who made the ebook week gift probably cheated. He offered the CPNB several times to do this together, but the CPNB never responded to that.