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USB Speakers - Giving the Gift of Music

Your employees are valuable members of your company's team so rewarding them with a set of personalized USB speakers is one way of showing them that you really do care. If your employees are not in a cubicle farm, why not present them with a set of personalized USB speakers for their office computer? It is a proven fact that music is a great way to boost productivity.

USB speakers have come down in price considerably and if your office computer systems did not come with speakers, then you can provide your employees with a set for a fairly inexpensive amount. Many specialty stores can provide you a quote for USB speakers in bulk that you can have embossed with your company logo for that personalized touch. Plus, if you tell your employees that these personalized USB speakers are free for them keep when they leave the company, they will be able to use them over and over again. It's a nice way of saying thank you and showing your employees that they are valued members of your team.

When you invest in promotional USB speakers for your workers, don't go for the cheapest ones available. You want to provide your employees with USB speakers that have a good sound. Since you hope that they will use your gift in the office, they do not have to play exceptionally loud. Just loud enough not to be disturbing but sound good no matter what type of music your employee enjoys. This way they can still hear the phone ring or you bellow from down the hall.

Your company logo can be placed on the top of the USB speakers, but if you find a company that customizes items to be used for promotional purposes, you may actually be able to have your company logo silk screened onto the speaker grill. How cool would that be? This would definitely make these promotional USB speakers unique and a great keepsake of your employees hard work on your behalf.

Some USB speakers will even work with an MP3 player, allowing your employees to plug into their music without having to worrying about bogging their computer down with all of their favorite music files. Just think how nice a set of colorful, personalized USB speakers will look sitting on your employees desk, your logo prominently displaced. They will not only be functional but also a great conversation starter when customers come into your office.

USB speakers are small, portable, and a great way to provide your employees with music to boost their productivity. They help your employees focus on their work without worrying about awkward headphones that block outside noises that may be important to your employee, such as the telephone ringing. They are defiantly a different and unique promotional gift for your employees, ones that will be well appreciated and used for a long time to come.

If your employees work in a cubicle farm, you could present employees who reach milestones with a set of customized USB speakers as present. They are a great way to show them that you recognize their years of hard work and loyalty. The next time you need a special gift, consider a set of USB speakers instead of a watch or pen set.

 


Some Of The Facts You Should Know About Satellite Radio

Here are a few FAQs about everyone's favorite radio service.

Question #1: Can you give us an overview of what satellite radio is?

Who provides the new service?

Answer: Satellite radio is a subscription based communication service. It has far more programs and music than the traditional network does, and it is available internationally by WorldSpace and stateside by Sirius and XM.

Question #2: Are there any advantages to having satellite radio?

Answer: The genres, styles, and eras of music you can choose from is almost limitless. Getting the programming you want, (weather, traffic, talk, news, and entertainment), without the annoyance of commercials. The new technology is broadcast into your car, RV, yacht, sauna, or home by use of a digital signal that completely eradicates that entire mind frying static. Once you purchase the equipment and properly install it, you will be supplied with a complete list of programming and channels right on the receiver. Local traffic and weather are available, provided by Sirius and XM.

Question #3: Are there any disadvantages to having the new technology?

Answer: If you don't live in the continental United States, you cannot receive the signal. This includes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. Territories.

Question #4: What do XM and Sirius Radio provide?

Answer:
-XM: 150 channels, 2 NASCAR racing channels, Major League Baseball, Professional Golf Association, ACC, Big Ten, and PAC-10 football and basketball coverage. You can have all of this awesome stuff for only $12.95 a month.

-Sirius: 120 Channels, Live National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association, English Premier League Soccer, and college sports game coverage. You can get all of this great programming for only $12.95 a month.

Question #5: How do I go about installing a system capable of handling the new technology?

Answer: There are a few things you will need before installing a system. First of all, you will need an antenna powerful enough to pick up the signal and deliver it to your receiver. Secondly, you will need a tuner so that you can actually get the signal from the antenna. There are 3 basic types of satellite radio tuners: Plug and play, which can be used on the go in a specially designed boom box, or car, the Universal tuner, which is most commonly used in the car, and then there is the home tuner, which hooks directly into the receiver. Thirdly, you will require a receiver which allows you to select the channels. Lastly, you absolutely need to purchase a subscription from either XM Satellite Radio or Sirius Radio.

Question #6: How do I get the best satellite quality sound in my car?

Answer: In order to get the great sound you deserve from your system you should do 1 of 3 things:

a.Install an in-dash receiver with a built-in tuner.
b.Install a satellite ready receiver and connect it to an external satellite tuner.
c.Install a plug-and-play satellite tuner by connecting it directly to your vehicle's stereo auxiliary input.

 


Sounds Confusing? Mp3 and Mp4 Player Buying Guide

If you are planning to buy an MP3 or MP4 player, you should take into account its memory capacity, supported formats, accessories and battery. Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Philips and several other brands are available. Need help choosing the right product? This guide can assist you in picking the best player suited to your needs.

What are MP3 and MP4 players?

MP3 and MP4 players are digital devices that let you take your music and videos with you, wherever you go. You can transfer files from your computer to the player and enjoy them anywhere using headphones or portable speakers and the built-in screen. Use MP3 players to play music and MP4 players to view photos and play videos. These players are convenient to own and easy to use. They provide entertainment for hours on end.

What are the different types of MP3 and MP4 players available for sale?

You can buy various types of MP3 players like flash memory players and hard disk drive players. You have a large selection of MP4 players to choose from as well, including basic models, MP4 players with digital cameras, HDD media players, DivX MP4 players and TV MP4 players.

How many songs and images can a player store?

The number of songs you can store on a player depends upon the memory space available. The memory capacity of an MP3 player ranges from 256 MB to 160 GB. MP4 players have a much higher memory capacity with ranges of 20 GB to 100 GB and above. A 1 GB player can store more than 350 songs and 300 images. Since MP4 players playback video, they have more memory, as videos consume much more space. MP4 players use hard disks for better storage capacity. If you have to store hours of video, opt for an MP4 player with 20 GB of storage, as a minimum. Memory card slots allow you to expand the memory space available in MP3 and MP4 players, so check for them before making your final selection.

What formats do these players support?

Before buying an MP3 or an MP4 player, make sure that it plays the formats you want. An MP3 player supports other formats like AAC (the default format used by iPods), WMA (Microsofts technology), and Atrac (Sonys audio compression technology). MP4 players can play more file formats than MP3 players. The basic MP4 player can support MP4, MP2, MP1, DivX, AVI and WMV video files. They also support audio formats like MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis.

What features do MP4 and MP3 players have?

MP4 players come with built-in screens and recording features. Theses players usually include an MP4 conversion software and instructions on how to best encode video content. High-end MP4 players can record audio directly to the memory from an in-built FM radio tuner, line-input or microphone. For added convenience, some players feature an in-built microphone. You can also record TV shows directly from your television and output your saved data to your TV.

Many MP3 players feature backlit screens for better viewing, radios and Wi-Fi capabilities. Wi-Fi enabled MP3 and MP4 players let you download songs and videos from the Internet. Most current models support high-speed USB 2.0 transfer and a few models support FireWire.

Which player is best for you?

If you will use your player only for short durations, then choose a small, compact and lightweight one. Looking for a player to store your entire music collection? Go for players with 30 GB of memory or more. If you intend to use your player on long trips, select among models with lengthy playback times. If you are looking for an MP3 player for sports or working out, you will need an ultra-compact player like the iPod Shuffle or a small flash memory player that clips onto your clothes. Get a compact flash-based player with a pair of noise-canceling headphones if you travel by bus or train.

What accessories are available for MP3 and MP4 players?

There are many accessories available for MP3 and MP4 players. Here is a look at some in detail.

Headphones:

Most Portable Audio or MP3 and MP4 players come with earphones. If you listen to music at work, clip on or wrap around headphones might be more comfortable. Noise-cancellation headphones provide clear sound when your travel. Buy a headphone splitter to share music with a friend.

External Speakers and Docking Stations:

There is a wide range of external speakers available for MP3 and MP4 players. Most of these speakers include docking stations that will recharge your player.

Travel Speakers:

Carry travel speakers with you when you picnic or hit the beach with your friends and family. These speakers use rechargeable batteries.

FM Transmitters:

FM transmitters allow you to transmit songs stored on your player through any radio.

Batteries:

Almost all MP3 and MP4 music devices use a rechargeable battery. You can recharge a player by connecting it to your computer.

AC Adapters:

Many MP3 and MP4 players come with a standard AC adapter to quickly recharge your music device.

Cases and Skins:

Protect your music player from scratches with cases and skins. They come in many different designs and colors, so choose your favorites to personalize your player.

Cradles:

Cradles hold MP3/MP4 players in your vehicle while you drive.

Armbands:

Strap your music player on your arm with an armband. Get one if you plan on exercising with your player often.

Cassette Adapters:

Cassette adapters allow you to play MP3 songs from your portable music player in your vehicles cassette deck.

 


Meditation And Stress Control

It is a distressing fact many people react poorly to stress. In the worst cases of prolonged stress, this can lead to nervous breakdowns and depression. Stress is rarely cited as the cause of death but doctors know that stress can lead to other, physical and mental, disorders, which can then lead to death by suicide or heart disease. Stress is a killer, there is no doubt about that. Yet a certain amount of stress often results in a job being done better.

The trick is to learn how to deal with the situations that we find stressful. If the cause of the stress is financial, learn how to handle your money better. If the cause is emotional, sort it out with your partner or get out of the relationship. If you are not happy in your job, get a new one or retrain. If you are content where you are, but you still need assistance to cope with your stress, then help is at hand.

There are many ways of working off stress. Some people like to go for a 'swift drink' on the way home and that is fine as long as it is kept under control. Others like to go training or jogging. Others like to relax in a hot bath, a Jacuzzi or a sauna. Some enjoy a massage and others take up yoga and or meditation.

Stress is all in the mind. Even sport or training only 'helps take your mind off' your difficulties. It stands to reason then that if you want to overcome stress, you have to change the way your mind copes with it. Counseling will help some people, indeed they may need it, but most people can help themselves by getting a good book on meditation techniques.

Meditation is not easy to do properly unless you are a natural and there are some, but for most of us it is a skill that we have to learn. If you want to learn and you stay with it, you will achieve such a level of aptitude as will allow you to deal with stress and the problems that caused your stress. It will allow you to see the problems more clearly and perhaps you will realize that they are not really problems at all - only challenges and tests, puzzles to be solved in a game.

Meditation is more than just thinking, but I cannot go into how to teach meditation in this short piece of writing. The Internet has loads of good Information on meditation, but I personally do not find reading a computer screen relaxing, which is why I suggest getting a book, so that you can read it somewhere peaceful and practice what it explains.

Suitable places could be in your bedroom, on the decking or in the garden surrounded by your flowers. Indoors you could recreate the smells of the garden with scent and aromatherapy. Lavender is believed to be relaxing for a lot of people.

Some people like to play peaceful music, although it is better not to have words or you may become distracted. Some people like listening to whale songs. I like to start my meditation sessions by relaxing my whole body. I start by picturing little people inside my legs, arms and torso pulling wires to move my muscles. I start in my feet and tell each person one by one to take an hour's tea break and I watch him leaving his post, in my big toe, for example, and walking up the inside of my leg to the canteen (wherever that is). Before long he is joined by other colleagues from other 'departments', until no part of my body is capable or movement, because there is no-one there to operate the muscles or wires.

Then I go back to the office in my head and I open up a crack in the ground. This crack keeps getting wider, very slowly getting wider and all the thoughts, problems and ideas that I have, play a game of jumping over the widening crack. Some are weak and fall down the crack soon. Other ideas are strong and persistent and the crack has to get quite wide before they perish as well. In the end, I am left alone, unless I choose to join in the game too and then the factory becomes totally deserted and there is a works shut down.

 


5 Funny And Touching Christmas Movies For The Whole Family

Christmas is a time for family and friends. It's a time when we want to be together, all snuggly warm and cozy. And what better way to spend time together than watching a fun movie!

Christmas movies appeal to all ages. Finding the right movie to watch with your entire family might be tricky. That's why we put together this list of good family-friendly movies that everyone will enjoy. We watch a couple every single year!

A Christmas Story (1983) Set in a 1940s middle-America family's Christmas celebration, this movie is loaded with laughs. Ralphie is growing up in a house with a cranky father, understanding (sometimes) mother, and whiny brother. He has an aunt who gives him pink bunny pajamas forgetting perhaps that he's a growing boy who will get beat up if he wears them. All he really wants in the whole world for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. But, anytime he slips and tells someone about the BB gun, he's told in no uncertain terms "you'll shoot your eye out!" Even Santa is against him! In between bullies, triple-dog-dares, daydreaming about getting an A+++++ on his school work, and fighting marauders, Ralphie's days are full. If only he could convince someone of his need for the Red Ryder BB gun, life would be good.

Elf (2003) Outstanding performances by Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Bob Newhart make this movie not only funny, but well done. Why a six foot tall elf? Well, when a little baby in an orphanage stows away on Santa's sleigh, what else can you expect. The baby, Buddy, grows up at the North Pole and realizes that he's different. Buddy asks about his real father and is told that he lives in New York City, and that he is on the Naughty List, so Buddy sets out to find him and help him get on the Nice List. Now, a six foot tall Elf is on the loose in New York City! Buddy's father doesn't love Christmas the way Buddy does... well NOBODY loves Christmas the way Buddy does, so he will just have to change their mind.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) This movie is a Must See Movie. James Stewart and Donna Reed shine in this delightful and timeless story of a family's love and strength during good times and bad. Sacrificing his youthful dreams to support his family and his small town, George Bailey settles into a life he didn't intend. When his hopes for a good life are almost shattered by an evil manipulator, he is sent a guardian angel who's arrived fresh from Heaven to earn his wings. George learns, with the help of a little magic by his angel, that all is not lost when you live a good life with a good family and lots of wonderful friends. And, when all is said and done, that's what really matters.

The Santa Clause (1994) Charlie is a boy with an imagination, but his imagination could get him in trouble with his Mom and her psychiatrist husband. Charlie's Dad, Scott, is trying hard to let his son's imagination run wild, but stories about going to the North Pole with Santa are a stretch. The problem is Charlie was at the North Pole with his Dad, but his Dad denies it. He even believes that his own memories of the night are a dream and his new "SC" monogrammed pj's stand for Scott Calvin and not Santa Claus. What Scott is unwilling to believe for a long time is that he signed on with the Santa "clause" when the first Santa fell off his roof! After the initial shock wears off, Scott is more than willing to show his son a proper Christmas Eve. When you see the end of this movie, you'll be a believer, too!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) The entire Muppet ensemble is turned out in classic costume for this remake of the literary masterpiece. Featuring Michael Caine, in person, as Ebeneezer Scrooge, this Christmas classic is well done and extremely entertaining. Charles Dickens is played beautifully by the Great Gonzo, and who doesn't find that funny! The Muppets bring this classic tale to children using a lighthearted approach with laughter and music. The ghost scenes are not too dramatic or scary. This is a movie made for kids and grown ups alike.

Isn't it time you grabbed a movie, a snack, your favorite blanket, and your family, and spent some time together? This Christmas make a movie date with the people you love. Have some laughs, snuggle, and enjoy!

 


Article Writing Tips From Spongebob Squarepants

Wisdom can be found in the most unexpected places. Today, wisdom bubbled up from a pineapple under the sea. I suddenly realized that everything you'd want to know about writing articles for your website can be taught by SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends.

When you write for your newsletter, blog, or website, which character are you most like?

Squidward: Squidward is B-O-R-I-N-G. When writing articles, are you a Squidward? Do you just get the words down on paper or are you finding a fun twist to entertain your audience and keep them coming back for more? Take time to make your articles stand out from the thousands of other dull articles out there by including personal stories or just having fun while writing. For instance, this article could be entitled "How to Write a Good Article", but would it stand out from the hundreds of other articles about article writing? Probably not.

Mr. Krabs: This crustacean is focused on one thing and one thing only, making more and more and more money. Only a cartoon could actually have dollar signs drawn in his eyes. He thinks of no one, only how he can benefit. Are your articles focused on you or on the reader? Are you providing information or do you have blinders on, thinking only about how you can make money from the article you are writing? If your article reads like an ad or is self-serving or full of affiliate links, you might write like Mr. Krabs.

Patrick: SpongeBob's best friend, the starfish, has a good heart, but isn't the brightest creature in the sea. Do your articles make you sound like an expert? Are you providing valuable content or just pushing out sloppy articles as fast as you can? Always double check for typos and grammatical errors. If you're challenged by spelling and grammar, hire a Virtual Assistant or Copywriter to proofread and submit your article for you. Or slow down, set your article aside for a day and then reread it before you click the "submit" button.

Plankton: The smallest creature in the sea is also the sneakiest. He'll do anything and hurt anyone to steal someone else's work (the Krabby Pattie secret formula). Write your own material. Don't be Plankton. Don't copy and paste someone else's work, edit it, and try to pass it off as your own. You will be caught, and it just isn't worth it. Take the same amount of effort and work on your own thoughts and ideas. Plankton never gets away with his schemes, either. He's on Plan "Z" and is still pathetically failing at his attempts to steal the secret formula.

SpongeBob: This little guy always tries to do the right thing, and is a hard worker. He may not always end up getting the results he hoped for, but he bounces back and tackles his work with a renewed vigor. SpongeBob works very hard, he's a good friend, he always thinks of others, and tries to have fun no matter what he is faced with. Hardworking, friendly SpongeBob is the guy to be when writing articles.

Although this is a silly lesson in article writing, I hope you'll remember the important messages our underwater friends have taught us.

1. Be entertaining. Not boring.

2. Write articles to help others, not with dollar signs in your eyes.

3. Proofread your articles carefully, and provide valuable information.

4. Write your own material. Don't copy others.

5. Be a SpongeBob! Hard work and persistence pay off.

Before you know it, you'll develop a following for having informative and entertaining articles and you'll be King or Queen of the sea.

 




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