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On Sun, 2007-02-04 at 23:11 +0100, Rasmus Wiman wrote:
> is anyone using a heart rate monitor watch and downloading/viewing the
> data in gentoo? If so, what brand if monitor du you use? I would like
> to buy one and would prefer buying from a manufacturer that isn't too
> linux-hostile. Here in Sweden the most common brands are Polar and
> Suunto, how well do their watches work with gentoo? Do they use highly
> obfuscated formats and bizarre nonstandard usb-stuff for downloading
> data or i it all fairly straightforward stuff that can be plotted
> almost right away in gnuplot, octave or similar software?
> Any brands or models that should be avoided at all costs?
For an efficient workout you don't need a PC companion. I think you
should first look for the most accurate heart rate monitor (there is a
lot of crap out there). I have a polar which works fine. Then I would
email the brand you've chosen if they provide Linux support and if not
why. Are they considering it for the future? Maybe you can put more
pressure behind it with a Swedish user group. Finally I would think
really hard if I really need that pc software. My guess is that unless
you are a professional athlete spend your time having fun in the
activity instead of managing it ;)
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