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Mazda CX9 / Vehicle Spare Parts 
This is an entry to explain how to look up spare parts for cars online.

SupercheapAuto My Garage


The best way to find spare parts for your Mazda CX9 or any vehicle is to go to supercheapauto.com.au and use their "My Garage" feature. Enter your vehicle registration number, or choose which model vehicle you want to find parts for, click the little yellow arrow head that points down on the My Garage section on the main website page and then click "Shop All Parts For My Vehicle".

The page that loads will look a bit like a website from 1998, and it shows you all the spare part categories on the left which you can use to filter the products shown on the right. This catalog system is pretty good and it shows you photos of the parts in some cases which is really helpful. Once you find a part you want, you should then get some sort of part number, code or brand name you can google further to get more info.

Google for more Info


For example, I was after an air conditioning/heater blower motor for my Mazda CX9. I looked up the part in SCA's My Garage, then noticed it was made by a company called JAS Oceania.

Googling JAS Oceania brought up a location only about 1km away from the SupercheapAuto store's location in my area. In other words, the supplier of the part is in the same suburb as SupercheapAuto's store. I might be able to buy directly from the spare part manufacturer? The advantage to doing this is a lower lead time. I might be able to get the part immediately instead of waiting for SCA store to have it sent over to them, which can take at least a half day and usually takes a day on average in my experience.

Most spare parts, but not all, will have a part number on them and perhaps a brand name. This is a really good way to find the part online. Google for the brand and part number and you will find you can probably buy the part from a number of online stores, but buyer beware - I found the blower part I wanted on AliExpress but it wasn't the full part with the cylindrical fan blades attached. It was only the motor segment of the part and the pricing was about the same as buying the whole part locally. I prefer and recommend buying locally over online, especially for automotive spares because if the part is incorrect you can return it and exchange it or get a refund. Doing this is a big hassle with online purchases.

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Paperwork - One to Watch 
Paperwork is an open source alternative to services/programs like Evernote.

Still in its infancy, Paperwork is note taking, saving and searching software that is open source and you can run on your own servers. The github page also shows a long list of planned features that are going to be, or are already implemented either in part or completely.

If you are able, please support and contribute to this project because the world needs a free alternative to Evernote which currently seems to be the number 1 note service. Read More...

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Nothing much to say lately, and if you want to use Google+... here's a little trainer! 
I haven't posted mush lately because I haven't had much to post about. Life has been busy with work and will be until next year at least.

For now I am mainly posting short updates onto my Google+ profile as it seems to be a fairly interesting method to keep up to date with news etc. and to find information of interest to oneself.

If you are sick of Facebook, try Google+. But first: it is not the same as Facebook. You won't find your friends on G+. It might take a while for you to find people and (just recently) communities that interest you.

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Things that went right and wrong when I ran Linux 
This is a post detailing my latest experience using a Linux distribution. I have for a long time wished Linux could really compete in the user-friendliness area. I installed it on a USB drive for a younger friend of mine as he is saving up to get Windows 7 for a new PC of his so thought he could try Linux while he waited. He is as end user as they come so I thought it would be interesting to see what he thinks of Linux. Read More...

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