Logitech Squeezebox Duet Digital Audio System – Review


If you have been looking for a way to play your favorite iPod tunes, access your favorite Internet stations such as Rhapsody and Pandora or listen to your downloaded music files, while also being able to play your favorite CDs on one speaker system with immersive sound , the solution has arrived! Now, you will no longer need long cables or extra speakers, you can enjoy music from all your favorite sources with the use of a single device – the Logitech Squeezebox Duet Digital Audio System.
The small, handheld wireless controller makes it highly convenient and easy to access all of your favorite songs. With this system, you can expect a great sound and the Wi-Fi connection reaches throughout your entire house. It doesn’t require a computer or an Internet connection, but your purchase will include access to a free, Internet based radio service offered through Logitech – the SqueezeNetwork which enables you to tune into thousands of Internet radio stations without a subscription. The system also allows you to store mp3 files without downloading them onto your computer.

You can also use the system to listen to podcasts, so with the convenience of one tool, you can listen to your digital music on your home stereo system without all of the hassle of downloading, transferring, etc. that you typically have to endure to listen to your digital music on your stereo. And with this system, you are no longer limited to listening to your computer stored music via small computer speakers!

The Duet Digital Squeezebox remote control sort of resembles an iPod and has a scroll wheel and small color LCD screen that allows you to control the most highly used functions for your stereo – volume, play/pause, and forward/reverse. In addition, you can set up your system for use in different rooms throughout your house by purchasing additional receivers.

It’s simple and easy to use and setup. Logitech makes it quite user-friendly, even for the technically challenged by installing a wizard that walks you through setting your system up, step-by-step. You coordinate all of your online music via the Logitech SqueezeNetwork and can manage your podcasts, radio stations, and RSS feeds via one source. Their system is compatible with any machine – Mac, Windows, Linux and works with all portable devices. You can also access the SqueezeNetwork via any Internet browser (Firefox, IE, Opera, etc.) making this device great for anyone. Lastly, for the price, it’s the best system on the market – retailing for only around $400.00 versus the $1,000.00+ options currently available.

So if you’re looking for a reasonably priced audio system that will allow you to play music from all of your favorite choices, the Logitech Squeezebox Duet Digital Audio System will make a perfect system for you! It’s reliable and is money well-spent for the convenience, ease of use, and excellent quality that you get.

Is Drupal the Right CMS for You?

Drupal is what is known as an open-source content management system. You can use it for free, but it’s a powerful web development software that may be used for many purposes. Since it was introduced in 2001, Drupal has become one of the favorite CMS applications among web developers and has over 600,000 contributors and group users. Drupal is written in PHP and uses MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Drupal uses a database to compile and organize the website’s content. Then it combines the content with the template of a site to create web pages. It allows you to have total control over the website by simply logging in to the administrator page. You can create new pages, menu structures and modules. It also allows you to assign different levels of capabilities to different users. For instance, some of the users of the site can write content, but not publish it while others are allowed to edit and publish. This allows you to moderate and/or edit the content of your site through DNN .net CMS.

One of the most outstanding features of Drupal is you can restrict access to your website. You can create usernames and passwords for the people who have your permission to access your site’s pages and menus. This is useful for membership or employees-only websites. Also, you can easily e-mail the registered users of the site which makes it easy for you to keep in touch with your members or employees. You may disable the feature if you are not going to use it.

With Drupal, you can work with thousands of “modules”. The modules are from some software companies and individual programmers who contribute their expertise to make Drupal the versatile CMS application that it is.

Its versatility and the many capabilities it offers makes Drupal one of the best CMS applications available today. Incredibly, Drupal is free. However, be sure to read the fine print because some restrictions do apply. While a good number of these modules are free to download and use, some will need to be paid for. To see if Drupal is the right CMS for you, visit the Drupal website.

Employee Financial Counseling – a Needed Employee Benefit


It is no secret that people are struggling with their finances. Many people have debts that have overtaken their lives, while others are struggling just to pay their everyday bills. All of these financial problems produce stress and distract employees when they are at work. This leads to mistakes, lower productivity and even employee absenteeism. If you want to help improve your company position then you need to help your employees manage their personal finances. Fortunately, this can generally be done with your in-office staff’s assistance.
Financial Counseling – A Benefit for Employees?

Financial counseling can be a huge benefit for employees at all levels. It can be used to identify retirement savings strategies, it can be used to help find a way to pay off personal debt or it can be used to establish a budget and more appropriate spending behaviors. Financial counseling services can also be used to help employees set financial goals for things like saving for their children’s college education, saving for a house or increasing their net worth to a specific dollar amount.

Who Offers Employee Financial Counseling

Financial counseling services can be offered by a number of different staff members on your payroll. First of all, if you have a financial advisor that works for your company then they will obviously be the first choice. However, personnel managers that are familiar with your company’s retirement savings plans and other financial products can also be utilized as a financial counseling, at least for sessions that relate to retirement planning. If the company offers financial planning services then you can offer your services to your non-financial employees like your administrative staff. Finally, if you don’t have a financial planner or advisor on payroll then you can bring in a financial advisor from a third party company to meet with your employees once a year, once a quarter or once a month.

Setting Up This Benefit

In order to set up this benefit you will need to create a policy. This policy will describe who is eligible for the benefit, what the benefit will include, how the employee will be able to access the benefit, when it is offered and what restrictions will be applied to the benefit. This policy will need to be added to your employee handbook and an enrollment form will need to be generated. When you are ready to implement this benefit you will need to hold a company meeting or at least release a memo that describes the benefit and the benefit’s policy.

Encourage your employees to know more about financial counselling. As a start, you may encourage them to write down their thoughts and dreams in an organizer, like the one I am using from Toad Diaries. I bet it will be beneficial for them.