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My Review of the Libratone Q Adapt Headphones

Today we will be taking a step into the world of wireless headphones. Although Libratone isn’t a common household name, the amount of sales they have on Amazon would make any consumer at least stop and think about them.

First of all, don’t be fooled into using the Libratone app. It’s not necessary to use the app to connect the headphones to your device, but the app does have some other uses so maybe check it out when you get some free time. The point I want to make is that there is no setup time, just follow the instructions for pairing and you’re good to go.

The Libratone bluetooth headphones have some controls that can seem a bit foreign at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes second-nature. One of the buttons is a switch for different levels of noise cancellation, ranging from “Yes there’s music but I can still hear people” to, “I’m practicing for the lip-reading Olympics.” The other button is simply a power switch – on and off.

The other controls like volume, play, pause, etc. are controlled by touch. Although the instruction manual kind of skipped over some of these commands, they are pretty obvious if you’ve used some devices that has similar features. Double tap to skip a song, triple tap to go back – I think you get the idea. If you aren’t fond about looking like a secret agent out in public while tapping your headphones, then you can use the app to be a bit more discrete.

And the quality of sound? Well, coming from someone that uses Sennheiser headphones religiously for computer use, these Libratone headphones actually impressed me. To my surprise, streaming the music via bluetooth actually sounded the same, if not better, than using the included aux cord.

At the end of the day, there’s something uniquely special about the transition to wireless headphones. The feeling of the headphones not being attached to a device is quite different, and not having to deal with tangled up cords is pretty much the greatest blessing of this century. Even if you don’t go with the Libratone headphones in particular, wireless headphones in general will probably become the future of listening to devices so you might as well get used to them now.

Who Actually Likes These Movies?

In some of our waiting areas we’ve decided to have some televisions to help kill time, and be comfortable at the same time. The obvious question came up of, what do we even show on the TV? It got to the point where we agreed to just play movies so that it wouldn’t take much effort. However this presented a problem that proved to be tough to solve; what movies do we show?

The idea of just playing movies from a playlist when I personally watched some movies that were on the playlist, and this is when I landed on No Strings Attached watch online.

I’ll start of by saying that I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, but this has got to be one of the driest that I’ve encountered so far. The film’s sad attempt at sex humor and adult language is downright cringe-worthy. The only real upside that I see about this movie is that I find it funny how hard the filmmakers tries to reverse the typical gender roles.

Ashton Kutcher plays the role of some sort of wounded animal that is still reeling from being dumped by his ex, for his dad. Then we have Natalie Portman which is the cynical one that finds relationships to be pointless.

Aside from the sad plot and overall idea of the movie, I don’t have a problem with either Ashton or Natalie, but in the movie they just seemed to have no chemistry at all. They were supposed to be what you could call “friends with benefits” but they didn’t even have the buddy vibe to them.

To sum up, this movie is the exact reason why some people detest the romantic comedy category. If you want to get a better taste for the movie then just watch a couple episodes of Two and a Half Men.

Different Types of Copper Sinks

Although copper is not a stranger to appliances in the kitchen, it hasn’t been used for sinks until recent years. Nowadays, copper kitchen sinks are the new fad, which is thought of as quite glamorous due to it’s robust color. If you’re in the market for a copper sink then it’s important to keep in mind the different styles of sinks before you make a purchase:

 

  • Drop-In Sinks – These sinks are typically designed to fit precisely into a countertop that is pre-cut for a sink. The installations of these sinks is simple, making it ideal for the DIY project. Although these are the most common and conventional types of sink, in recent years there has been a trend of adding some more flair to them.

 

  • Undermount Sinks – Similar to drop-in sinks, undermount sinks work with pre-cut countertops, but go underneath the granite countertop instead of on-top. This is a very classy look which also frees up countertop real estate and makes cleaning even easier because the lip of the sink is under the countertop.

 

  • Farmhouse Sinks – These are arguably the most fashionable sink style of them all, with a beautiful apron front that sure to turn heads. Farmhouse sinks are the ultimate mix of traditional and contemporary styles, that go well with all themes, from rustic cottages to lofts in the big city.

After you choose the style of sink that you want, then you can do some research on whether or not going for a copper sink is the right decision for you. Copper, as a material, has it’s pros and cons when compared to other materials, so it’s worth doing some reading about copper before jumping to a purchase.

Moving Forward Accepting Online Payments

Part of being a buy here pay here business is that we are constantly collecting payments. Until now, you either had to mail in a check, do a bank transfer, or make a cash drop off.

Well the time has come, and we will be accepting payments online as well. You’re probably wondering why it has taken so long for us to make this change, and the answer is that it hasn’t always been easy to get a payment gateway that matches our needs. Before Paypal came around, not many companies were interested in working with companies that were taking in a small amount of online payments. Either that, or the payment processor just wanted too high of a percentage, which cuts into our bottom-line and overall car prices on our lot.

Nowadays there are so many companies out there that has a focus on small businesses, so it’s tough to cut through the noise. We are looking to work with a company like goEmerchant, that gives companies the abilities to integrate their payment gateway with the backend of your own website. That we our customers can make safe and secure payments from the convenience of our website.

Updating Our Building and Facilities

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finally time to give our premises a facelift. One of the first aspects that we wanted to update is our showroom and waiting areas. We aim to be able to bring some new furniture into the waiting areas, as well as some new entertainment systems to keep everyone satisfied. What we will show on the televisions is the real question in this situation.

One obvious solution is to just get cable television for the whole building, and just pay extra to have an additional box for every TV that we want to have cable on. The second option is to get a Google Chromecast for every TV, then cast something from a computer to the TVs with Chromecasts, but then comes the question of what do we show.

We think the best option is to go with something like the Show Box app. When you get ShowBox App, it gives you the ability to stream or download free movies and TV shows to your android device. There are plenty of emulators out there that allow you to run a virtual android machine on your PC. From there we would be able to us the Chromecast with the Show Box app on our computer. It may seem complicated at first, but the money we would save in the long run makes up for it.

 

New Site for Our Relaunch

I know we’ve been making a lot of updates here speaking about our relaunch. Obviously we are trying to get everything wrapped up ASAP so that we can get the ball rolling, but we are taking our time to make sure everything goes smoothly. One of the major updates that we are undergoing is a revamping of our website.

The real truth is that most things when it comes to selling in the automotive industry, is that the technology has been behind. Now after all these years, we need to begin working with a new backend or client management system that also keeps track of the inventory, as well as have everything posted on the site seamlessly. Beyond that, the site needs to be simple to use, load very quickly, and above all else, needs to be easily updated by us or an employee.  We are not opposed to using a 3rd party software, as long as it’s useful enough to where it will pay for itself in the long run.

We’ve had a couple suggestions about companies that could handle our task. We realize the project is a bit out of the range of just a web designer, so we are open to the fact we should spend more to get a web development company to help make our project come to life. After doing some research, we need to find a company like this web design dubai one – a company that could easily handle a medium or large sized project without having many unexpected delays.

If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations we are all ears right now, since we have not decided on a company to work with just yet.

Entertaining Trade In Offers

Every once in a while, someone comes through with a trade offer, and while we always wanted to entertain the idea of a trade, we never really had a chance to expand past having cars. Since we are open to working with investors moving forward, we plan to be more receptive to trade offers that aren’t necessarily vehicles.

We also plan to have cars in all price ranges, so we will be able to think about non-traditional trade offers. Recently someone asked if we would take a trade for the best zero turn mower out there.

To be exact about the trade, it was a Swisher 27HP riding mower with a whopping 60-inch blade on it! To be fair the original price for it that we agreed upon was $4,000 trade in credit towards a car on our lot, preferably as a down payment.

If you have an interesting trade that you’ve brought up to other dealers and they turned you down, then we urge you to let us know about your trade and we can see if there is anything we can do to make it happen. We have a wide selection of cars and an even wider selection of lenders to choose from if your trade-in doesn’t meet the price of the vehicle that you want.

How to Choose the Right Locksmith

Without wasting too much time, we wanted to quickly address how you should go about choosing the right locksmith so that you get the best service possible for an honest price.

First of all, we mention honest price because prices will always vary based on what kind of work you need done, but every locksmith should be able to give you an accurate price estimate without being there in person. Why is this important? It’s important because if you do not get some type of price estimate, then that leaves the opportunity for the locksmith to sneak in some fees that weren’t planned beforehand. By asking for a price estimate, and asking if there would be any unseen fees, you eliminate the chance of the locksmith trying to pull a fast one on you.

For example, let’s say you live in Detroit. What I would do is find a Detroit Locksmith company that is actually local to the area. We’ve found that all the major brand locksmith companies charge more in general, mainly because they have more employees to pay for, when compared to a smaller local company.

Besides that, there isn’t much else to look out for. Obviously if it’s late at night or an emergency I would search specifically for a 24/7 locksmith, but just be prepared to pay much more for this type of services.

Traveling During Our Downtime

During our downtime we all had more time to take care of personal things, and just enjoy life a bit more in general. Some of us were even lucky enough to take some trips abroad, and maybe that ultimately helped us get a better perspective on life, because it gave us a moment to reflect on how everything has been so far, and what we would like to do moving forward.

One of the wonderful places I had the chance to visit was the Golden Temple in Vellore India. First of all, just being in India was big culture shock, but then traveling to this quiet country-side area to visit this massive golden temple – well there’s no words to describe it. I believe it’s one of those things that you can really only appreciate if you experience it in person. You could watch a video or look at pictures, but you will never have that feeling of being there in person.

Internet Problem That Only Happens With Google Chrome

Well the title is a little bit misleading because it’s not necessarily a problem caused by the Google Chrome web browser, but while using Chrome the other day I received an error that said DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN when I was trying to get on Facebook. I thought the error was strange for one because I’ve never seen it before, and two how could Facebook be having a problem?

Upon doing research it looks like something with my internet was messed up, and many guides recommend that users should do things like “flush DNS settings” and something else about changing DNS settings back to default because something may have changed them.

It’s also worth noting that if the first solutions didn’t work (fixing internet connection issues) then possibly a fresh install of Chrome could also fix it. I have to say, I was close to just installing Firefox and seeing if it made a difference, but I’m glad I stuck it out because I prefer Google Chrome over both Firefox and the default Windows Edge web browser.

In the end I ended up following the directions to flush my DNS from the command prompt. I’m definitely far from being technically savvy, but most guides out there should be able to give step by step directions that anyone can follow, as long as you know how to type on a keyboard at least.

 

Seeking Potential Investors and Business Partners

On top of doing a deep analysis of our company, we are seeking investors to help with our expansion. We aren’t necessarily holding out for the big guns like Franco Favilla, we will be open to anyone that wants to work with us that has a good track record, and hopefully has an understanding of our industry and business model. What we are not in the market for is working with loan sharks of any kind. We are fine with working with a new bank or credit union that is ready to get their feet wet in the automotive industry, but anyone trying to prey on our customer’s credit can look elsewhere.

Anyone interested with working with us please give us a call or an email and we can discus the details further.

Streamlining Our Business

To better serve our customers and lower fees/costs, we will be working with a business analytics agency. While we do have great records of our sales in the past, it is difficult to understand how to interpret the data so. This is where a business analytics company can come in and help us get a grasp of the numbers. With a deeper knowledge of how to run our business more efficient, and how to expand moving forward, that should bring the lower costs for the customers.

Needless to say, we are excited for the future and we are grateful for everyone that has worked with us over the years.

Stay tuned for more updates and have a great New Years!



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