Great Gadgets: Zalman Clip-On Speakers

Published on Jan 31, 2011   //  Gadgets

Great Gadgets: Zalman Clip-On Speakers

When you’re on the road traveling between business meetings and conferences, you will likely be relying on your notebook computer to keep you connected to the office. You’ll be using that laptop to be productive both on the plane and in the hotel room. However, you may be using it to keep you entertained in the evenings too.

For that, you might want to consider the Zalman ZM-NSP100. These stereo speakers can easily clip onto the lid of just about any notebook computer, providing far better sound quality that what most notebooks are able to produce on their own. Power and connectivity is simple, since it is all handled via a single USB cable. Just plug, play, and enjoy.

Each of the two satellite speakers provides three watts of power, combining for six watts of total RMS. The speakers themselves come in your choice of black or white, and they come bundled with a handy travel pouch. And yes, this speaker set is compatible with both Windows and Mac-based computers.

The Zalman ZM-NSP100 clip-on notebook speakers carry a suggested retail price of $24.99. More information can be found through this extensive product review, as well as through the Zalman wesite itself.

BlueFur Customer of the Week: Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery

Published on Jan 30, 2011   //  BlueFur Customer of the Week

There’s nothing quite like a nice glass of wine, but have you ever wondered how that wine got to your dinner table? If so, you might want to take a look at Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery. Located in the heart of Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills offers a number of options for people who are interested in some nice vino.

For instance, you can partake in the self-guided tour that allows you to wander at your leisure around the vineyards. Afterward, you can view the wine making area and learn more about enology, all while tasting up to eight different wines made on site. There’s also the vineyard gift shop and the relaxing bistro cafe.

The labels for the various types of wine produced by Cypress Hills pay homage to the prairie location, offering up imagery of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Wines being sold by Cypress Hills include their Choke Cherry Wine, Black Currant & Honey Wine, and Chinook Red Wine. Check the website for the latest selection.

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Showcase Saturday: Sanaa E-Commerce Theme

Published on Jan 29, 2011   //  Showcase Saturday

There is a common misconception out there that WordPress can only be used for blogginig. Nothing could be further from the truth! The popular content management system can be used to power all kinds of websites, whether they be freelance writer sites or even e-commerce sites complete with shopping cart integration.

If the latter is what you want to have, the new Sanaa Theme might be up your alley. The theme is designed to provide a “retro look” so that you can sell a range of t-shirts, arts, crafts, and other handmade items. The online shop can easily be adapted to sell other products as well.

As you can see from the live demo, Sanaa Theme features a two-column layout with a widget-ready sidebar. It supports drop-down menus and WordPress 3.0 custom menus. To get Sanaa Theme to work, however, you need to install DukaPress on top of WordPress for your website. DukaPress is an e-commerce platform.

For more information on Sanaa, including the free download link, take a look at You’ll be selling your homemade trinkets and handicrafts in no time!

In The Sphere: Lost in Shadow

Published on Jan 28, 2011   //  In the Sphere

Every week, we cull together a group of blog posts from around the Internet that we think are worth reading. Here’s the collection for this week.

John Bardinelli works primarily as a video game blogger and writer, and he’s been doing this for a number of years. So, his opinion holds quite a bit of weight. If you’ve been thinking about Lost in Shadow on the Nintendo Wii, you’ll want to read his review before dropping your hard-earned cash and the quirky disc-based title.

Simon Mackie recognizes that you won’t always be working from the same computer. You could be traveling for a conference or you could simply be working from a laptop at the coffee shop. Either way, it is possible to access your desktop anywhere with IBM Virtual Desktop for Smart Business. This way, your precious files and settings are always close at hand.

Elizabeth Rago has a guest post up on The Savvy Freelancer describing how she is able to get things done even with kids at home. Working from home as a freelancer brings a unique set of challenges, and this could include juggling your professional exploits with preparing lunch for toddlers.

Enkay Blog recognizes that a penny saved is a penny earned. It’s not enough to shop around for the best deal before buying something. You need to keep shopping even after you bought it so you can price match. He’s been able to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars by taking advantage of price guarantees, so you can’t say it’s not worth your time.

Lisa Bettany is rarely seen without some sort of camera close at hand. Part of being a great photographer is practice, but how can you have that same kind of motivation? Well, Lisa provides no fewer than 16 photography projects to keep you shooting each and every day. They do say that practice makes perfect and these projects happen to be a lot of fun too.

Marketing 101: Minimum Advertised Price

Published on Jan 27, 2011   //  Marketing Tips

When your products are sold through a variety of retail channels, you want to have a certain level of control over how your products are marketed and presented to the final consumer. One way to do this is to define a minimum advertised price (MAP).

This practice is perhaps best exemplified by Apple. No matter where you go to buy an iPod, you’ll find that the price is mostly the same. It very rarely varies by more than a few dollars. This is because Apple has define a very precise MAP for every product.

By doing this, Apple is able to maintain a certain public image that its products are of premium quality. If retailers were allowed to market the iPod for half the price, for example, this could result in a perceived sense of diminished value for the product. Apple goes further than most companies in this regard, though.

For many others, while there is a MAP in place, retailers are still allowed to sell the product for less. They just can’t openly advertise that price until the customer explicitly requests the actual price. This practice certainly has its pros and cons, but it is a strategy that you may want to try in order to gain a greater level of branding and marketing control over your product line.

WordPress Wednesday: PhotoSmash

Published on Jan 26, 2011   //  WordPress

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture gallery has to be worth so much more! Yes, WordPress absolutely has the built-in functionality of inserting an image gallery in your blog posts, but what if you want to go a little further?

One option is the free PhotoSmash Galleries WordPress plugin. In addition to offer an alternative way to show off the various photos and images that you would like to share with your audience, this plugin is one of the very few that also comes with a built-in rating system.

This way, you can very easily share pictures with your readers and get immediate feedback as to which they like a lot, which they like a little, and which they don’t like at all! Interestingly, it also provides the ability to let your users upload photos to galleries in your WordPress blog (which you can then approve or reject). They can also “favorite” images and view a special “favorites” page of their own.

Go to for more information, screenshots, and even a live demo of the free WordPress plugin.

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