Save Money by Used Recording Equipment

If you are planning to build up a home recording studio then purchasing used recording studio equipment is the perfect alternative available. Used equipments can not only save the money but are also more efficient than the new ones. You can make your own home recording studio without spending extra money by the means of the used equipments. There are a number of online retailers who include collection of used recording equipments in proper functioning order. You can also buy used recording equipments from the online auction of these equipments.Online auction is one of the best places from where you can get efficient recording equipments at incredible rates. One can find all kind of studio gears like microphones and mixers in the online auction. Estate sales and yard sales are two of the best alternatives from where you can get great deals of the used recording equipments. You must choose the recording equipment according to the format and kind of music you are planning to record in your home studio.A home studio will need a number of recording equipments such as headphones, microphones, instrument cables, mic stands, adapters, connectors, direct boxes and mic cables. You can get these home studio equipments in an inexpensive way if you buy them used. The used recording equipments might not be as lustrous as the new ones but they will work as efficiently as a new model. You can buy recorders, tapes and Multitrack machines in unbelievably cheap rates if you opt for the used ones.If you are in need of digital recording equipments then the good fact is that a number of online retailers include used selection of these equipments that can be purchased on interesting discounts. You can find both hard disc formats and tape based formats of the digital recording equipments in the online auction and from online retailers. It is paramount to draft a proper strategy while planning to design a home recording studio.You must first decide what kind of recording equipments you need. You must fix on your specifications from recording equipment before making a purchase. It is important to prepare a shopping list having the number of items you need and their quantity. It is important for you to get yourself familiar with the different models of the used recording gears so as to choose the best recording gear for your recording needs in home studio.

Contemporary Office and Business Furniture

Modern office furniture, these days, have become the latest trend in offices and corporate houses. Several researches have suggested that the approach in an office as well as its planning. Besides, the furniture that an office sports, usually casts an effect on an employee’s output. That’s an important reason why business houses and corporate offices around the world are replacing their old business furniture with modern looking and new styled ones. No doubt, there’s an exhaustive array of contemporary desks, cabinets, executive chairs and tables that are available at reasonable prices today.Contemporary office furniture are usually available in two variants i.e. panel mounted and freestanding. Both these types are used in modular offices. The former is the mostly used type in modern offices. This type of furniture has wall panels that are used to support the system with some parts like desks and file cabinets mounted on a straight line on the panels. Freestanding business furniture, on the other hand, comprises separate panels. Such panels are mounted around the furniture.Each type of furniture has its own individual benefits and services. For instance, panel-based contemporary office furniture extends considerable design elasticity. They can be installed with inner power supplies. Moreover, they are tall enough for enduring privacy and noise reduction. Freestanding modern office is modifiable and can be easily reconfigured and positioned. This is perfect for business establishments that need to frequently move or change their office space.Modern home business furniture is also becoming increasingly popular as several companies are allowing their employees to work from home. If you are one of them, choose an executive furniture or desk which gives the feel of an office environment. Support and comfort should be the two most important factors to look for while selecting home office furniture as you are likely to spend long hours at your work table. In such a case, ordinary home furniture won’t help. In fact your home office furniture must be exactly the ones that are used in a modern office.While selecting home office furniture, make sure that the furniture includes lumbar support. This would provide proper comfort to your back. You can use cushions for providing extra comfort and elevation. Place your furniture near the electric supply point so that you don’t need to drag the electrical wires all across the room. Though the use of a table with an attractive glass top could be an option, it’s advisable to use a non-reflective tabletop while corking on a computer.The underlining point is that whenever you buy modern office furniture, whether for a corporate office or a home office, always ensure that the furniture perfectly complements your posture and lends proper support. Faulty office furniture can do you more harm. There have been several instances where people have been known to suffer from injuries in their bones or spinal cord because of selecting the wrong office furniture. No wonder corporate houses today are engaging the services of experts, including physicians, ahead of furnishing their office space.

Health Reform Has a History of Failure

Health care reform is on everyone’s mind.   It’s an idea, they say, whose time has come. The cost of health insurance is out of control. 40 plus million Americans cannot afford or cannot qualify for health insurance.But health care reform has been here before.  Actually, about every 15 years there is a push for reforming health care in America.   It started way back in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party  introduced a platform calling for national health insurance for industry.In 1934 as part of the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt considered proposing universal health coverage as part of the Social Security Act.  Presidents as diverse as Truman, Carter, Ford, George H.W. Bush and Clinton have all introduced various proposals for health care reform.  Universal health coverage is always the stated goal.  All the proposals put forth by all these administrations, dating back to the early 1900′s  have only thing in common-failure.In 1943 President Truman proposed a single insurance plan that would cover all Americans.  His plan allowed for public subsidies for the poor.  This universal, comprehensive plan was to be run as part of Social Security.  But  Truman was faced with an economy that was transitioning from a war time economy  to a peace time economy.   For a time Truman lost the confidence of the general public.  Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress in 1946 and branded Truman as a lame duck. But Truman campaigned in 1948 on a promise to extend the New Deal and specifically targeted Congressional Republicans who has opposed national health insurance.  Truman defeated these Republicans and seemed to have a mandate from the people to implement national health insurance.  But despite having a Congress that had a Democratic majority,  Truman could not pass his health reform plan. His plan failed because powerful Southern Democrats, all of whom held key leadership positions in Congress, feared that federal involvement in health care would lead to desegregation of hospitals that still separated patients by race.Labor unions also played a part in the defeat of Truman’s plan. The AFL-CIO supported the plan for universal coverage as did the UAW.  But then, the UAW negotiated a deal with General Motors that included payment by GM of health insurance and pensions.   Unions then believed that they could negotiate better benefits for their members than they could get under a federal universal health plan and they abandoned their support of universal care. The AMA also opposed the Truman plan but they based their opposition on the unpopular concept of socialized medicine.  As anti-communist sentiment rose,  the public support for universal health care declined.   Most large associations including the Chamber of Commerce, the ABA and the American Hospital Association supported the concept of voluntary and private health insurance.  This was also the position favored by most of the nation’s media.Universal health insurance failed again in 1950.  By that time the employer sponsored plans were deeply entrenched as an employee benefit.  This was the time that insurance companies began to experience rate premiums.  The result of this new rating system was that older, sicker people found it harder to get affordable coverage. In 1960 Congress passed the Kerr-Mills Act. This Act provided federal funds to the states to cover the health costs of the elderly who were too poor to afford health insurance.  But this Act, with all its well meaning hope, failed completely because by 1963, only 28 states had agreed to participate and even those states did not budget correctly to support the plan.  This Act became the precursor to Medicare and Medicaid.From 1970 through 1976 more competing plans were proposed  But compromises came and went and no significant bill ever reached the House floor because of lack of Committee consensus.   President Ford withdrew his attempt at universal health reform fearing that  it would make inflation worse.  President Carter campaigned on the promise of a comprehensive national health plan but once elected shifted his priorities to cost containment, specifically hospital cost control, and told the American people that national health insurance would have to wait until the economy was stronger.About that time, Senator Edward Kennedy introduced a new proposal which called for private health insurance companies to compete for customers. The private plans would sell an insurance card to be used for hospital and physician care.  The cost of the card would depend on income and employers would be expected to cover the majority of the cost for their employees.  The federal government would pick up the cost of the card for the poor.  Neither the Carter nor the Kennedy  proposal made it through the Congress.The Clinton plan also supported universal health insurance through the enforcement of individual and employer mandates.  The government would control the competition between private insurance companies  The Health Care Task Force, chaired by Hillary Clinton when she was first lady,  gave President Clinton a complex plan in September 1993.  Despite a Democratic Congress,  the size and complexity of the plan slowed its progress through Congress and lost the interest of the general population.Now in 2009, another administration is proposing health care reform. The White House has created the Office on Health Care Reform. Members of Congress are polishing up their own creations for solving this problem. The administration believes that popular opinion will compel our elected officials to end what might be considered a national embarrassment of having millions of American unable to afford or have access to quality health insurance. But as far back as the 1930′s, public support quickly began to fail as the insured were advised that the goal would only be achieved if they contributed more to the cost, either directly or through some added taxes.The United States spends twice as much per capita as the average of the 10 next richest countries in the world.  Yet, despite this expenditure, 1 out of 6 Americans under the age of 65 are uninsured and/or individually uninsurable.One of the problems facing reform is that the 80% or so of American who have health insurance are generally happy with the care they receive. They like their doctors and the freedom to make their own choices when it comes to doctors and hospitals. Most think they already pay too much for health insurance. Most believe, and there is evidence to support this belief, that the red tape and the administrative expenses of their health insurance plan are part of the reason their cost has increased. Why can’t someone fix that, they wonder?The insured fear change.  Any proposal that threatens their current insurance arrangement will be regarded with deep suspicion. Everyone is aware of the power of special interest groups.  Our political system is set up in such a way as to frustrate action on any large and socially controversial idea.  Congressional committees wield enormous power. The interest of each state in controlling its own health insurance programs can, in itself, bring down the whole idea of reform.We have had some success in improving access to health care for million through some of the Children’s Health Insurance Programs. But note that most of the  programs to cover uninsured children are state based.We seem to be unable to learn from past mistakes or take advantage of the concepts that actually have worked.  Anyone who has done even a cursory study of history should realize that we have been here before.Yes health reform is back again. What will happen this time? Stay tuned.

Live Chat For Automotive Websites – The Next Big Thing

I have been hearing a lot of buzz around live chat for automotive websites since the Digital Dealer Conference in Orlando. What is the benefit behind having a chat service that is live on your website? Having a useful and functional chat service live on your website will allow you to convert a higher amount of your current dealership website visitors into leads. Some chat companies claim they can covert 60% of their sales chats into leads for your store and that you can close these leads up to three times higher than third party automotive leads (like Dealix). Fusion Zone Automotive claims that “most clients prefer live online help to telephone assistance. Online shoppers who use the “live chat” are more likely to make a purchase. Acceptance of live chat will grow to 87% of online buyers by 2012.”For most automotive websites, driving traffic to their site isn’t the problem. It is trying to convert those visitors into sales. Every year dealers spend millions of dollars driving traffic to their websites through pay-per-click advertising, behavioral targeting and advertising their unique URL in TV, radio and newspaper ads. Now dealers are beginning to realize that they need to focus on converting these visitors into leads and then into sales. What are dealers doing with the missed leads? One chat service, CarChat 24 claims that their “live chat solution can improve your current website traffic conversion rate by as much as 60%.” Dealers with unique visitors numbering into the tens of thousands each month could expect to see a huge increase in leads to the stores month in and month out with a live chat service with conversion rates like CarChat24 claims.By using a live chat service you can accomplish that level of instant customer support and care that can keep you light years ahead of competitors and increase your website sales.