The Story of a Brake Job That Went Well… almost

I have a little changing of the brakes story from this weekend…


           I am not a mechanic and I haven’t even played one on tv.  I do know that I am pretty logical and I like to tinker.  I have also changed brakes on some other cars but always with the help of someone else near that knew what they were doing.  Still, there were issues.  Like any great “at home” mechanic I went to Autozone and picked up brake pads, rotors, brake cleaner, brake fluid, pad spreader and maybe a few other things.  Waited a few days for the rotors to come in and during that time found a few websites through a google search telling me the steps to do a great brake change.   I found out that I would need a 13mm socket to take the caliper and pad housing off.  Awesome, I have that, so no other parts necessary.  Rotors come in and now I am set.  After jacking up the car and putting stands under the right parts of the car, I take the tire off and go to take the bolts off that hold the caliper on.  Great!  The tool I have works!  Then go to take the pad housing off.  Wait, what?  It needs a 16mm socket.  My socket set doesn’t have this and I promise I watched the guy on the youtube video and he said for certain, “13 mm socket will take off both sets of these bolts that hold on the caliper and the pad housing.”  I think to myself, after I go buy this socket, I am suing them for all they have for misinformation (kidding, well no, I said it to myself but I wouldn’t sue for that).  Well, now I need to take the first trip to Autozone to get a tool.  After getting the tool coming back and taking off the necessary parts, I find that the brake pads that were given to me by the experienced 18 year old Autozone employee were the wrong part.  Almost like an uninformed google search.  Anyway, went back received the right part and was back on the way to car stopping nirvana.  All in all, this process took about 4 hours.  The actual taking apart/labor of the event took 45 minutes.

             I did this because I had the time and I wanted to experience the experience but imagine if I was trying to run a business of transporting important documents across the city and I had to do this to one of my vehicles.  That would be a complete waste of money and resources. Now imagine I am a lawyer or doctor trying to fix peoples lives and a computer messes up or I have a piece of malware that is sending my data out into the internet…  kind of the same thing.  That google search may have given answers and it may be fun to tinker, but if our time and resources are worth anything, wouldn’t it be time to call on someone that you trust and trusts you to keep this all in check.

Technology in any industry today has to be a line item in your budget.  You will not know if you have computer issues like malware or viruses that can be destroying your hardware or sending personal client data out of your network until it is too late.  Find a great team of people that can be proactive in preventing your systems from being damaged.  It may feel like a place to cut corners because IT is transparent.  You can’t see the effects while it is working.  When things are at its best in IT you won’t even think about it and this is why it is underfunded in all the organizations we go into.

We all get into “I can do anything” mode which isn’t a bad thing… some of the time.  In 2014 – 2015 if you think that you can run a business without touching technology you might not be looking from the best angle as a business owner or manager.  Do everyone in the organization a favor and adjust your budget. Put a bigger priority on function and it will pay for itself.  You will see higher productivity, your equipment will last longer and when things do go wrong you will have a trusted advisor to help get through the pain.  Tinker with your kids new toys instead… that will get your blood pumping!

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Ipad mini vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

With all of the choices available for tablets and e-readers, buyers must consider their options very carefully before making a purchase. We have looked through the many different tablet and e-readers available and chose the Ipad mini and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ as our final two contenders.

size comp



Kindle Fire HDX

Ipad Mini

Battery Life

  • 12 hrs
  •  10 hrs


  • 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
  • 2048 x 1536 (326 ppi)

Input/Output Port

  • Micro-USB
  •  Lightning port

Retail Store Availability

  • No
  •  Yes


  • No software
  •  Itunes installation required

TV Compatibility

  • Yes (second screen and mirroring with Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Samsung TVs)
  •  Yes (Airplay and mirroring available with apple tv)
  • Front and rear
  • Front and rear


  • Cloud and digital store
  •  Cloud and digital store



For the price comparison I chose the 64GB of storage on both with wifi and cellular capabilities and no lock screen ads on the Kindle Fire HDX to make them comparable.

Kindle Fire HDX8.9″: $554.00

Ipad mini with retina display: $729.00


Deciding factors:

The Kindle’s interface is a bit more confusing, especially for first time users, but it also has the mayday button which connects users to technical support 24/7.  This allows users to explore their new tablet but to have a lifeline to a representative if they get a bit lost.

Two other things which are original to the Kindle are the parental controls (freetime) and the test drive option. With freetime users can set limits for their children with the length of time they can use the device and also which apps are available to them. This essentially creates a completely different tablet for children to use. Test drive is also a great option which allows users the opportunity to test apps before they purchase them.

Getting down to the actual e book component of each, the Kindle and Ipad have very similar looks with the readers. On the Ipad users can highlight, make notes, and bookmark pages. With the Kindle, users have all of the capabilities of the Ipad but can also translate large chunks of text (up to the entire book) and have it read back or in print for the entire selection. The Kindle also has a seamless shift from audiobook to print allowing users to read in print, pick up in the same place with the audiobook, and then begin with print again without sifting through the pages to find their spot.

The Kindle syncs content wirelessly to many different devices whereas the Ipad content is only available on apple products.

For the money, the Kindle wins out over the Ipad with a higher resolution and PPI, compatibility across multiple platforms, new features, and battery life.,d.aWw&psig=AFQjCNFqLsNYnM8XTRp04zYqUPq_l-1ilQ&ust=1405796354199313

What are your thoughts on the two finalists? What features do you like or dislike? Share your comments below and subscribe for more product reviews.


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