Some new devices are a pain to set up and then once you’re done leave you wondering if your time was well spent. That’s how I often feel about setting up a new PC: it takes a lot of work and afterward I’ll have pretty much what I started with, only in a little faster form. There are, however a few devices that take some effort to set up, but then give you give you results that make all the effort seem worthwhile. The iPhone is like that, and so is the Logitech Squeezebox Duet.
Part of the problem with some of today’s most interesting new devices is that they aren’t exactly like what we’ve had or used before. We lack a conceptual framework for understanding what the devices do or how they work—a framework that’s vital if we hope to use new products in a fluid, easy way. So, let’s start with some background on what the Logitech Squeezebox Duet is.