Entries for month: August 2013

Living with Garmin Forerunner 405 imperfections

I lock my 405 in the rain, I always have it set to auto-scroll so that the information I need is available without needing to unlock and lock again. 

Also worth noting if you train when it's both wet and dark - the two-finger-touch to illuminate the screen obviously does not work when the bezel is locked. To get around this I use this well-buried setting: 

Menu -> Settings -> System -> Backlight -> Mode -> Keys and Alerts

This way the screen automatically lights up to show you your lap/split time and then fades out again.

If one day the auto-light seems to have stopped working even though you have not changed the setting, then it is probably because at some point when unlocked, you did a two-finger-touch to cancel the light whilst unlocked. The 405 seems to 'remember' the cancelled light until you next do a two-finger-touch (whilst unlocked) to re-enable the light. After this the auto-light should work from your next split onwards.

Set bezel sensitivity to suit you - for me 'medium' is enough that 99% of deliberate presses are recognised and accidental presses are rare.

Get the fabric velcro replacement strap - it's continuously adjustable so no more "in between notches" problems, it's more comfortable especially on smaller/bonier wrists like mine!

Ntlworld Gmail Virgin Media webmail sign-in problems - SOLVED

When virginmedia SSO and Gmail get confused by some combination of ntl/virgin/google cookies and/or having an ntlworld email address associated to a non-virgin Google account:

https://www.google.com/a/ntlworld.com/ <- try to Sign In with your username and password here, ignore the red error message "This account is not an administrator, please log in to an administrator account", the cookie/session setup you need has actually happened anyway, just visit:
http://mail.ntlworld.com/ <- this will redirect you to ntlworld webmail without virginmedia SSO sticking its oar in :-)