Our Plans for the Open Light Group Website

Just a quick update on what we plan to do in the future with the Open Light Group domain name… to be honest we are not entirely sure yet.  We are thinking about creating a new brand around the domain name for support and discussions relating to Open Source software, with another idea being that we could simply dedicate the blog to reviews on the latest technology coming out in the World of Open Source.

We’ll have to see, but all I will say is that I would love you to keep coming back and we will email all of our contacts once we’ve settled on the focus for the website.

All the best and have a fantastic year!

How to Install a Garmin Map Updates on Your GPS

If you own a GPS device or satellite navigation product, the chances are high that it is going to be a Garmin.  This company develops the best selling GPS product globally, with the Garmin Nuvi GPS being their flag ship product.  Each and every day millions of car journeys are made easier via the directions and routes offered by these GPS devices – however, not every journey is always successful because it is possible for the maps to become out of date.  What should you do when your maps are no longer the most up to date possible?  This handy technical guide tells you exactly what to do and details how you should perform a Garmin map update.

How to Install a Garmin Map Update

If you discover that your Garmin Nuvi maps are starting to become unreliable, it’s probably because they have not been updated in a long time.  Thankfully the map update process is a relatively easy process made easier by the ease of use offered on the Garmin website.  To get started this is what you need to do:

Step by Step Process

  1. Register your Garmin Nuvi on the Garmin website.
  2. Connect the GPS to your PC via USB and login to your newly created account.
  3. The website should recognize that you have connected a Garmin Nuvi and will present a message telling you what the latest Garmin map updates are.
  4. Select the one for you – so for example, those in the United States would select North America maps.
  5. Once you have made your selection you will either need to pay for the Garmin map update or add a Garmin map update discount code to your selection (which saves you money).
  6. After this payment process the new Garmin maps will start to install over the web via USB straight into the device – on most Internet connections this should take no longer than 20 minutes.

Garmin Map Update Discount Code

If you want to update your maps now, then head to the official Garmin website.  If you do not have a Garmin map update discount code then do a quick Google search for new discount codes.

Why Update Your Garmin Maps?

If you are still undecided about whether to pay for new Garmin maps then you should consider the fact that each year there are on average 18,000 new miles of road added to the US road network.  New roads are appearing on a daily basis – none of which will be on your Garmin Nuvi GPS unless you have the latest map update.

Drivers You Use Current GPS Maps Will Save Money

Not only that, but research conducted by Navteq – the company who produce digital mapping solutions for Garmin – shows that drivers using up to date GPS maps will save money on gas over the course of a year.  This is down to the fact that the driver will drive less mileage due to having accurate and reliable directions.  The knock-on effect of this is saving time behind the wheel as well as a reduced carbon footprint over the course of 12 months.

Superb Video Explaining Open Source… All Made in Lego

There seems to be quite a proliferation of these kind of things recently… explaining things using Lego.  There were some fantastic ones on the Guardian newspaper over the Summer, re-creating goals from the World Cup.  I’ve just found one that does a great job of explaining what Open Source software is – have a loo below – it’s very creative!