Satellite Internet Provider SkyWay USA Returns

No Comments

January 7, 2014 at 5:50 pmCategory:Uncategorized

skyway usa logoFor anyone who follows the satellite internet industry the name SkyWay USA is one that many know. SkyWay launched back in early 2000′s by partnering with Echostar to provide internet service in rural areas. By 2011 the company was having major financial problems and was forced into bankruptcy.

However, the company is now back in business and under new management along with new satellite internet options with speeds 10x faster than they were offering previously. Along with the launch of the new SkyWay satellite internet the company will be offering free activations, free installation and a bundle offer with DIRECTV that give customers $100 back.

Finally Broadband Anywhere from new Blue Fire Service

No Comments

December 5, 2013 at 8:51 pmCategory:Uncategorized

 

rural house

The desire for high-speed internet in areas where a person’s nearest neighbor is a group of deer has been a pipe dream for many people who live in far and distant lands. Options in remote areas have been limited and expensive.

In the past, satellite internet has been an unreliable alternative for broadband internet, especially in areas where driving through towns with no stop lights is commonplace. Speeds were slow, latency was high and pricing was just unrealistic for people who live in the backwoods.

Blue Fire Broadband attempts to change the opinions of those who believe that satellite internet is a less than attractive option for rural-dwelling individuals. Packages start at $39.99/month and advertised speeds up to 15Mbps downloads and 3Mbps uploads, which is comparable to the average broadband connection for the home. The question to ask is this: Can Blue Fire deliver?

Blue Fire uses a next-generation communications satellite that allows for users to connect to faster than previously achieved, making satellite broadband internet a more reasonable choice. Speed increases are more than 10 times faster than what was previously available (1.5 Mbps down, 256 Kbps up), which is a welcome sight to potential users.

CPU guy

I had an opportunity to test out Blue Fire Broadband’s basic package over the span of 6 weeks at my house outside of Jacksonville, Florida. During the testing period, I had a 40GB data allocation.  I found that the connection speeds stayed pretty consistent to what was advertised. Random speed tests would range between 12 and 16Mbps (which happen more often; receiving faster download speeds then advertised). I was able to watch my Ultraviolet movies and upload files to Dropbox without any issues. I do enjoy online gaming, but because satellite technology really hasn’t been able to reduce latency issues (due to data traveling from earth to space, then back down to earth), I thought better not test that out. On the plus side, I found that I only used about 25 GB of the data allowance, which is encouraging because most users won’t reach their cap.

Blue Fire Broadband definitely impressed me and is a service I could actually see myself using if I lived in a rural part of the country. Speeds are compatible with what I’ve seen with top tier DSL and mid-tier cable providers, and the cost for it is competitive with them as well.

Flat Design – An Updated Look for Your Website

October 26, 2013 at 8:05 pmCategory:Uncategorized

flat-ui

Flat design, simply put, is a simplified visual style that presents information in a clear way. It lacks a lot of fanciful graphic effects and instead has a minimalist aesthetic that draws attention to bits of information or clickable areas that lead to that information. In contrast with the detail-oriented trends that have led to increasingly complex looks for everything users use on electronic devices, flat design generally makes no use of gradients, shadow effects, or anything else to make certain elements ‘pop’ or otherwise draw attention to them.

Due to its minimalist nature, flat design favors contrast. Elements that users need to focus on are highlighted by the simple virtue of appearing in a different color than the background, which is generally just a single color. The contrasting elements on the page make them ‘pop’ out without any extra design elements necessary, and the eyes of the users are not distracted by unnecessary elements.

Simple images are used to quickly convey facts and information, and iconography is employed to easily communicate the function of elements on a page, such as a ‘+’ on a small button on top of a picture to zoom in on it. In some cases text may not be necessary at all, while in cases where it is, it should be a supplement to the image or icon, which needs to be in the center and act as the natural focus for the eyes.

With flat design, the eyes can easily be guided through the page, getting the user to immediately look at the information instead of gazing around the page at fancy backgrounds, ornamental design extras or trying to decipher complex images and other elements. The immediacy of this provided by the simplicity of design means that even users pressed for time will not feel frustrated when looking for what they need on your page.

Implementing flat design on your website is relatively easy, and websites that successfully do so usually receive positive feedback regarding user friendliness. Since most of the effort is spent on the simple display of information and the highlighting of important assets, more time can be spent on the user experience, making sure the website behaves well instead of just looking good.

 

Texting 911 is Coming Soon

October 18, 2013 at 7:04 pmCategory:Technology

text911

Scenario:

Imagine you are lying in your bed and you hear a sudden thump that was rather loud, then you started to hear footsteps and unknown voices. You know that you need to hide quickly and be quite while doing it. So, you run into your closet and hide under clothing or behind boxes. Once you are hidden you take out your cell phone, and since you have to be quiet, you are unable to make a phone call to a 911 dispatcher, to make them aware of what your situation is and that you need help. What do you do?

A New Way:

To solve the scenario above, you would take out your cell phone and text 9-1-1. Yes I said it. Starting in 2014 all cell phone users will be able to contact a 911 dispatcher through text messages. There are already some counties which are allow 911 texting, however only individuals who use Verizon services have this opportunity in America for the moment.

 

With the new 911 texting, all an individual would have to do is enter 911 in the area they would put contact information, and send them a detailed text message. In this text message,  it is important to:
• State your name
• Age
• Address
• The Emergency
• Location in the home

Complication:

As of right now there is only one known complication with texting a 9-1-1 dispatcher. It is the fact that they are unable to tell your exact location. Since this is a complication, it is important to be as specific as you can when it comes to letting them know where you are. The more you tell them, the easier they it will be for them to get help to you. Researchers are studying solutions to this issue also.

Training:

9-1-1 dispatchers have been training on this new technology, so that they are able to get a complete understanding on what to do when someone who is in trouble contacts them through via text message. The dispatcher, who answers the text, will ask them to call if possible. However if they are unable to do so individual attention will be given to obtain the specific information needed. When an individual sends a text message about an emergency, it will go right on the screen for the dispatcher.

Ideal Emergency Contact:

Being able to contact 9-1-1 through via texting is the next big thing; it is the ideal way to communicate with dispatchers while not letting others know that you are doing it.

 

The Multiple iPad Security Options Users Need to Have

October 1, 2013 at 6:02 pmCategory:Technology

ipad-unlock-il

The iPad is an extremely popular computing platform. People want to pick it up, hold it and see how it works and what can be done with it. This popularity increases its retail and resale value as well as making it a popular item for theft. However, there are many security options available both to protect the iPad and the data on it.

iPad Hardware Protection

The default for most consumer grade electronics is that they are vulnerable to breakage if dropped from a modest height onto a hard surface or exposed to liquids. There are commercial and military grade electronic products designed for rough use and harsh environments, but part of the appeal of the iPad is in the shape and look of the tablet itself.

Though iPads have a break resistant glass front and metal back, they can still be damaged by a fall or by liquids. Aftermarket case options made by third-party manufacturers can secure iPads from everything including light bumps and scrapes, hard drops on concrete, and even submersion in a swimming pool. Adding a case to protect against the most likely things that will happen to the iPad is a good idea. The truly clumsy or accident prone should purchase an armored case. [http://store.griffintechnology.com/ipad/survivor-for-ipad-2-3-4th-gen]

iPad Data Protection

Apple includes several options for protecting data on an iPad. The first step is having an iTunes account associate with the device, as well as passcode lock on the iPad. An iPad that is associated with an iTunes account can be remotely erased online.

A passcode can be set to disable an iPad after a certain number of failed attempts to input the passcode are tried. Another setting can be activated to erase the data on an iPad after ten incorrect passcode attempts have been made. Erased data backed up to the iCloud can be easily restored.

iPad Backup Protection

There is no telling when an electronic device may be lost, stolen or catastrophically destroyed by anything from stepping on it to running it over with a car. Things like this can happen to the most careful iPad owner. Backup protection for the iPad [http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2584] provides a means of restoring all of the apps, settings, passwords, purchased music, movies and TV shows, documents, photos, videos and other data that was on the iPad before it was lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair. Automatic backups to Apple’s iCloud service can be used to restore all of this data to a replacement device.

Another useful security option built in is the ability to locate a lost iPad [http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html] that is powered on and connected to the Internet. A sound can be played on the iPad to find out where it was put down in the house or office. If it is truly lost, “Lost Mode” will lock the iPad and display a contact number to whoever finds it. The erase option is also useful if the iPad is unrecoverable or stolen.

The great thing about iPad security is that third-party options for protecting data, providing for backup and protecting from viruses is already built into the operating system and Apple’s other services such as iTunes and iCloud. Therefore, the only third-party option most iPad owners consider is a case to protect their investment from drops and dunks.

How to Remotely Wipe Data, Lock & Find iPhone, iPad with iCloud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXFmxNsSlGA