October 2012

Monthly Archive

Garmin Map Updates – How to Update Your Garmin Nuvi GPS

20 Oct 2012 | : Technology

Have you ever considering updating your Garmin maps on your Nuvi GPS?  You might be surprised to learn that it is actually very simple, and in some cases you might even be able to download free Garmin map updates direct from the company themselves.  Some of the most popular Nuvi models are the Garmin Nuvi 255w and Nuvi 255 which are renowned for their accuracy and reliability.  After using your GPS for a year you should receive a pop-up message on the GPS screen when you first turn it on displaying a warning over the need to update your Garmin maps.

Downloading new maps from Garmin is an easy process and involves signing up to their online customer registration portal which is called myGarmin.  Once you have done that and registered your Nuvi GPS to the system, it will automatically be able to tell you what maps are available to you on an upgrade.  So you can either download a map update to over ride the existing data you have, or even purchase a new map if you are travelling to a new country.

So for example, an American customer will have City Navigator NT for North America loaded onto their Nuvi, but if they want to drive in Europe will need to buy City Navigator NT for Europe.

Garmin’s Video Tutorial on Map Updates

For an easy step by step guide to updating maps on your Garmin Nuvi then check out the official video for simple to understand instructions.  For a text-based critique on how to download new maps then please read further down the article for a full explanation. To find the video simply search for Garmin Map Updates on Youtube.com.

Available Garmin Map Update Options

There are three different types of Garmin map update, all of which are explained below with prices.  These prices are accurate at the time we published this guide so please make sure you check with the manufacturer because sometimes the cost can change – but in most cases they have actual become cheaper over the last couple of years.

1.      nuMaps Guarantee – Free

This option lets you download free Garmin map updates but only if you are a new customer and your GPS has been registered within the initial 90 days of it first receiving a satellite signal.

2.     nuMaps Onetime – $49.99

If you don’t qualify for the nuMaps Guarantee then the onetime choice lets you download a one off map software download meaning you have all the latest directions and business addresses.

3.     nuMaps Lifetime – $89.99

For a more cost-effective solution then choose the Lifetime Garmin map updates.  This lets you download new maps every three months and up to four times a year for as long as you own the Garmin Nuvi and have it registered to your myGarmin account.

How to Update Your Garmin Nuvi Maps

Updating the maps on your Nuvi or Zumo GPS is easy and the steps on how to do it are clearly laid out below.

  1. Browse to the myGarmin customer registration website
  2. Connect the GPS to your PC using the Garmin USB Cable which came in the Nuvi box
  3. Follow the laid out steps to create a free myGarmin account
  4. Select the “maps” tab on the home page
  5. Check for the free Garmin map updates available for you

The purchase and install process that follows should really take no longer than 45 minutes over a decent internet connection and luckily the Garmin support for this seems to be very comprehensive.

Why You Should Download Garmin Map Updates

The reasons to download the latest GPS maps for a Nuvi should be self-explanatory, but to put this into context a little better there are a number of standout reasons.

  1. Roads change, new junctions appear, and business move address
  2. New speed and safety camera locations appear without warning
  3. Getting lost in an unfamiliar town can be a frustrating process

For more information about Garmin Map Updates make sure you visit the GPS Bites website which offers independent information on all GPS manufacturers including TomTom, Navigon, and Navman.  Plus of course you should also check out the Garmin official website or check GPS Bites for Garmin Discount Codes.

Author Bio: This article was supplied by the team at GPSBites.com.  For more information on Garmin map updates including details on how to save money using a Garmin Map Update Discount code please visit their Garmin section.

Tips On How To Have A Successful Dinner Party

20 Oct 2012 | : Indoors

It does not matter how many people you invite, whether they are acquaintances, friends or family members (or a mix of all three), there are a few things that you can do that will make everyone want to do it again.

First important rule: be ready! All the food is cooked, a trip or two to the kitchen will be sufficient to insure a good progress of the evening, the house is sparkling, the bathroom has fresh towels and little soaps, and you have a spot where guests can put their coats… Even if you spent an enormous amount of time to get everything ready, it’s crucial to look ready, cool and relaxed when your guests arrive.

Only the hosts should greet guests at the door. Introduce people to each other as they arrive and ensure that everyone has someone with whom they can start a conversation.

Bubbles and tidbits

Champagne is a great easy pre-dinner drink… Serve a half full flute to each guest. You only have to have one kind on hand. Or you can turn champagne or another white sparkling wine into a festive punch. All you need to add is a few ounces of Cointreau and ginger ale, served in a pretty punch bowl decorated with thin frosted lime and orange slices.

To keep your guest happy before dinner, serve a few tidbits. Now we are talking about small amounts of food, the idea is not to stuff them before dinner. You can find countless appetizers recipes, for example this recipe for bruschetta might be just the only inspiration you need.

Making a toast!

You have to make the first toast, after all you invited all these people! Wish them a warm welcome. If you have only a few guests acknowledge each one with a word, a smile, a wink. A joke (in good taste) to make everyone laugh will help them feel relaxed, but keep it short. And pleaaaase do not hit your glass with a sharp object to get their attention!

Break the ice!

Here is a little game to help you warm things up before dinner.

Have a little booklet (a few sheets of pretty paper tied by a ribbon) for each guest. In the book have the name of each guest and a list of sentences to describe each person. This can be as much fun for people who know each other as for people who don’t, all you have to do is write the description to fit the level of familiarity.

When a guest associates a description with a person, he/she must go to him/her and get the book signed.

When one of the guest has all the signature required he/she can ask anyone of his/her choice to tell a story. Be ready with a good story because chances are you will be selected for the task.

If you want to be remembered fondly, prepare a little food gift to give each guest when they leave. This could be a couple of cookies you made, chocolate truffles, candied fruit or something similar, small but special.

What music for the evening?

Once more it’s all about being prepared. Take advantage of today’s technology. A few days before the party ask your guests to email you their favorite song or music. Make a playlist of these and let your guests enjoy it during the evening. It might also start a few interesting conversations.

Have a wonderful time at your next party, I am sure it will be a great success!

5 Things Every Restaurant Owner Needs to Do Before Launching

01 Oct 2012 | : Business

If you are planning on opening your own restaurant, then you should begin preparing way in advance. There are a number of things that you can do right now to pave the way for a successful restaurant business, even if you are a long way off from your grand opening day. Here are five things that every restaurant owner needs to do before launching:

Write a Business Plan

This should be one of your first endeavors, as it will be your blueprint when it comes to setting up, running, and growing your restaurant. Your business plan should include a detailed and comprehensive budget, as well as an outline of your marketing strategy, employee network, current and future goals, location, equipment, financing, and more. Make this as detailed as possible, including information about your market, competing resurants (with the same type of food and without), and typical costs.

Find a Location

As your restaurant location will help determine many of the factors outlined in your business plan, you should shop for a location in conjunction with developing your business plan. Take your time when it comes to settling on a spot for your restaurant, and be sure to research the area for things like traffic, competition, zoning ordinances, signage placement, curb appeal, and visibility. Even things like parking availability will have a huge impact on your ability to do business. If there is nowhere to park, no one will stop.

Arrange the Finances

One of the toughest parts of starting your business will be finding a way to finance it. Not only do you need to be concerned with startup costs, but also with the cost of operating your restaurant until you can turn a profit. Explore all of your options – business loans, partnerships, credit accounts, etc. – and decide which are best for you. Keep in mind your ongoing need for food deliveries (some of which will only accept cash), utilities, and even employee salaries. You’ll also need to make sure you have all the tools you need to operate, especially if your location did not house a restaurant before you. Consider a restaurant POS from Amburapp, new appliances, and whatever else will make your restaurant run as smoothly as you’ve always imagined.

Interview Staff

Your staff will be the backbone of your business, and you need to take your time finding the right staff members for your team. The people in the kitchen, especially, can either make or break your business, so be sure to put plenty of effort, research, and consideration into the sometimes difficult task of hiring restaurant staff. While hiring a few people right out of culinary school may work great for the lighter roles, you’ll want to find someone experienced to serve as your head chef (if you’re not already it).

Practical Matters

Running your own business is going to require a major time commitment; you should expect to work over twelve hours a day if you want to make your business successful. As this will leave no time for holding employment elsewhere on even a part time basis, you will have to have a logistical plan for practical matters (like paying your bills and caring for your children) before you open your restaurant.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into launching a restaurant, even long before opening day. Be sure to go over each item in this list in order to create your best chances of success in the food service industry.