Sunday, January 28, 2007

Autowest Honda

Autowest Honda has got to be one of the better car dealerships operating in the sunny State of California. The company offers an impressive line-up of both new and second-hand vehicle brands that are genuinely Honda. The collection ranges from the standard four-wheeled cars, trucks, minivans, SUV's, and the engaging convertibles.

Autowest Honda is noted for having highly-knowledgeable and smart sales personnel. They can readily offer you either a quick car quote or an affordable payment scheme complete with an accurate computation of the amount that you will be paying on a monthly basis to make sure that it will fit in nicely to your Honda car budget.

In terms of service, Autowest Honda likewise offers what can be called the best. The service department makes use of the most advanced facilities manned by certified factory-trained technicians to make sure that your vehicle gets only the most convenient and the most effective repairs and maintenance.

So whether you are shopping around for a brand new vehicle or simply need to make a trade in of your present car for a second-hand but more stylish vehicle, there is simply no other place to go but to Autowest Honda. Located at 5850 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, California, 94538-3291, the company is waiting for your visit anytime during office hours. Rest assured that even a short stop will not be a total waste of time. You can also give Autowest Honda a call at the following numbers: (510) 252-5000, and you can readily get a quick response from any of the friendly company personnel available.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Getting Ready For Sturgis 2007

So it's cold as hell in Minnesota and i'm starting to miss riding. It doesn't help that I received my confirmation packet from Glencoe Campground for Sturgis 2007. Last year we were able to ride in January and February so my fingers are crossed for a warm dry day. I've started to blog on my Sturgis 2007 blog again to help pass the time until August when it's back to South Dakota for the Sturgis Bike Rally.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wading though the Mobile Phone maze to find the best mobile deal

Mobile phones are getting better all the time. Not necessarily cheaper, as the mobile handset manufacturers are trying to make you pay pretty much the same price for the latest mobile phones by adding more features, making it look better etc., However, if you are not fussed about the latest handset, you can still get some really good deals on slightly older models or not so popular models. If you shop around for the best mobile phone deal, it is even possible to get the handset of your dreams by choosing the right deal. The most important thing when you choose your next phone is to compare mobile phone deals by using a comparison site and then buy, rather than buying a phone in an impulse.

One thing which you have to do at the outset is to have an idea of the amount of talk time you need. Decide if you really need off-peak minutes or not. If you are a heavy phone user, it is probably worthwhile going on a monthly contract. Monthly contract phone deals also offer you free or heavily discounted mobile phone handsets. You are also likely to get a latest one. If you are a light user, you will end up paying a price for the handset, but could save money on monthly line rentals if you go for a pay as you go deal. Getting a SIM free mobile phone is always expensive, but it is worthwhile considering it if you want the flexibility of using it on any mobile network of your choice. What is worth bearing in mind is that even handsets which are locked with networks can easily be unlocked without much costs involved.

Most people who are crazy after a particular phone end up paying extra if they do not shop around. You may also want to consider reading mobile phone reviews written by other customers who have used a particular handset. If you ever get tempted to buy a mobile phone insurance with your handset, it is worth bearing in mind that most of these so called insurance policies are not worth their money and you have to make sure you read the small print carefully.

Happy mobile phone hunting!

Know the basics of Wireless Broadband

Cheap wireless broadband Internet has made life so much easier for laptop users, whether at home or away from home. Once you have gotten used to a wireless connection, you might not want to use wires ever again! But are there any problems with wireless connections?

With the image and file sharing websites growing in popularity more and more, it is hard to live with a dial-up Internet connection. Even if you live in an isolated or remote area, there are ways of getting cheap wireless broadband ISP. You can get broadband via satellite and many mobile companies offer facilities for you to connect via your mobile phone.

As with anything these days, the prices of wireless broadband modems are dropping and you can usually find a decent router for under £50 in most shops. Some cheap broadband deals will come with a free modem when signing up to a contract.

The main problem you can encounter with a wireless connection compared to a wired broadband network is security. You will need to make sure your connection is encrypted to stop other people using your connection. The encypting is not as hard to do as it sounds, and most routers and ISP modems come with instructions of how to do it. If you require any assistance, your broadband internet provider will be able to help you. And guide you through the process.

One of the common mistakes people do when they go wireless is to buy the cheapest available equipment, without doing any research. It is always worth reading broadband internet reviews and guides on wireless equipment before parting with your money. Remember, a reliable connection is more important than saving a few pennies on equipment.

Saving money using Discount Vouchers and Coupons Online

When shopping online, you may have noticed a box at the checkout stage asking for a promotion or a voucher code. A lot of the online shops and services offer discount vouchers or coupons. So it may be worthwhile checking if you can get some money off the price by using a discount voucher for your shopping. So how do you find these discount voucher codes when you want to shop online?

You can find these codes on the Internet shopping forums and free stuff sites. There are so many of these sites online; you only need to search for them. One thing you need to make sure when you put these discount voucher codes in the check out is to see if there is an “update price” or other button so the discount is applied to your purchase.

Make sure you have found the right site, which is offering the latest up to date codes. Once you have checked the expiry dates, try to apply the code at the check out, and make sure you get a new total with the money off being discounted. Sometimes the voucher codes may not work or have expired and you might have to try a different one.

If you are a regular online shopper, you can join one of the established ‘freebie’ websites, where you can find free stuff as well as the online coupon codes. Be sure to only sign up to reliable sites, as some websites can bombard you with emails, if they don’t have a proper privacy policy.

Online shopping vs. the high street?

Online shopping makes you wonder if we will ever have to leave home to do our shopping again, but there are still people who want to go out and do their shopping in the stores, for various reasons. What are the advantages and disadvantages of high street and online shopping?

Because there are much lower overheads for online retailers most products can be found online cheaper than that of the high street. But then, some high street shops may have clearance deals and in store offers that you can only buy if you go into the store. Another bonus is the reward shopping websites where you can get cashback rewards on your online shopping, without paying any extra money as well.

If you tried to visit every high street shop to compare shop prices, it would be very time consuming, where if you use an online price comparison website, you can compare the products and the prices, to find the best deal in no time at all.

One huge plus of high street shopping is the face-to-face interaction with another human being, because if something goes wrong, you can always return your goods to the shop. However, if you choose a reliable online retailer that offers a no quibble exchange policy/guarantee, this should not be a problem at all.

Finding a Cheap Broadband Deal

How do you decide which broadband ISP supplier offers the right package for you with so many to choose from and such competitive prices on the market these days for high-speed connections?

Is “Unlimited Broadband” really necessary?

You may not need a huge download limit or a cheap unlimited broadband deal, if you only use your broadband Internet connection to surf the net a little, check your emails, and do a little online shopping. You need to be aware and know exactly what download limit you will require, or you could pay more than you have to simply because of an Internet service provider’s adverting. "Unlimited Broadband" is one of the ISPs favorite advertising lines and some of these so-called "Unlimited" download limits will have a fair usage policy (which is usually not well advertised and hidden amongst the small print). The advertising can make you believe that you need something, when you really don’t need at all.

Why is it important to compare prices?

Broadband suppliers update and change their offers on a regular basis. You mustn’t assume that because you have seen an advertisement somewhere, either on the radio or TV, that it will be the offer you get. You will need to check out the latest deals and prices before signing up to any contracts. Better still, read what other people have to say about their experiences and recommendations on various review sites like: Internet service provider reviews

You may also consider checking out the latest deals when it’s time to renew your existing contract. There are always special offers on for anyone making the switch to a new one, so there’s a good chance that you could find a better ISP than the one you’ve currently got.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Keeping Your Job During A Merger Or Acquisition

In 2006 the company I work for did two corporate acquisitions. Being an IT Manager I played a big part in both mergers and had a chance to see who kept their jobs and who didn't. I wrote an article documenting my thoughts on how a person might keep their job or even be promoted during a corporate acquisition. I plan to review it should my own company every be bought out.