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  1. I believe the NOC has more control over speed and operations than any of us know.

      I think I read somewhere that the NOC got moved from Germantown to Winnipeg??????

    There is a Hughesnet SpaceWay3 NOC in Winterpeg.  It is being used for the Canadian side of the SpaceWay3 . But there is probably some overlap with the States. Since most of the Canadian beams are overlaps with the Northern States.

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  2. And the other side of Electronic books/classes, is that there are plenty of pockets in North America where people are blocking the schools from setting up wireless for the computers in the first place.

    In Washington State the ELF(earth liberation F), took out a couple of radio towers with an excavator, cause the rural area did not need to be bombarded by the contamination of wireless.

    In the Nova Scotia, half the town is blocking a wireless Internet tower, cause it may mutate the crops. they blocked pesticides many years ago and now they are blocking the next big threat. I guess they enjoy their dialup.  But at least the garlic won't be mutated(yes, that was a reason).

    And wait for all those smart meters for Hydro to be installed. 900Mhz on the meter for transmit and 2.4Ghz on the hydro pole for back haul. Some areas though will go cellular frequencies.

  3. Don't really have a choice if I want W7 do I? Rest assured I will buy it (at student price) when it becomes available. The CD was Ubuntu, and I don't believe I can define an Ubuntu CD that could be called pirated. I bought vista (retail, 300$ CAD) and it's sitting on a shelf, so I don't feel bad pirating XP.

    I'm getting Windozes 7 on about Oct. 22.  I have no intension of using the bandaid of Vista.

    And my system winking out on me last night(big freeze), means I may be closer to having to get the new box early and put my Windows 7 RC on it temporarily.

    Sure Ubuntu is pirated. I posted a Odd News story awhile back about a Texas Teacher who said there is no such thing as free software/OS's.

  4. With the fluctuations showing up, there must be some issues at the NOC. Usually meaning not enough pipe out to the Internet. It's a pain when they wait to add more bandwidth capacity, until they need it.

     Or someone needs to 'adjust' the flow up at the satellite.

    And I actually thought there would be at least another year until the slowdowns started with the Spaceway3.  WildBlue only took about 16 months before they had to install DAMA to get more users online. November 2006 for DAMA, according to the posts out there.

  5. Well lets just call it Big Brother in Australia.

    Netbooks to be given out to grade 9 students and used through grade 12, or if the student flunks out of school, the Netbook has to be given back to the school.

    Tracking capability's at the BIOS level and RFID tracking chips as well(30 foot range).

    Well it is the Digital age. Many a school/government would love to know how the kids movements are during and after school(as long as they have the Netbook with them).  

    It would also be interesting to know how much the Administrator of the system can manipulate the NetBooks. Such as seeing all the content on the Hard Drive. Or capturing keystrokes and screen shots.

    And since they have made the claim of "unhackable" these things should be hacked within the week. You know.. For Privacy issues.  :twisted:

    Note that there have been some stories as of late in North America, about 70% of Notebooks having BIOS level tracking capabilities. And many users did not know that.  Kind of like how the police can use the GPS in your phone to find you. Well if you are lost or dead that is.  :roll:


    NSW seeks to build 'unhackable' netbook network

    By Brett Winterford

    Sep 23, 2009 12:36 PM

    The world's "most hostile computing environment".

    The NSW Department of Education is using asset-tracking software, RFID tags, and BIOS-embedded filtering smarts to roll out 240,000 netbook computers into what CIO Stephen Wilson calls "the most hostile environment you can roll computers into" - the local high school.

    The rollout of Lenovo netbooks, funded under the Federal Government's Digital Education Revolution initiative, is a massive logistical and IT security challenge, and the solution Wilson and his team has put together to address these issues could well be applicable to any corporate IT department.

    Over four years, some 240,000 Lenovo netbooks will be offered to students in Year 9. The netbooks can be kept until Year 12, or permanently should the student finish his or her studies at the school. Netbooks are also being offered to teachers.

    To take receipt of the netbooks, students and parents are asked to sign forms in which they acknowledge their responsibility to take care of the machines and use them appropriately.

    The laptops come armed with an enterprise version of the new Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft Office, the Adobe CS4 creative suite, Apple iTunes, and content geared specifically to students. Incredibly, while the netbooks are loaded with many hundreds of dollars worth of software, 2GB of RAM and a six hour battery, the cost to the NSW Department of Education is under $500 a unit.

    Underneath the covers of the netbooks - and within the network that controls them - lies a great deal more smarts to ensure that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of each machine does not blow out.

    NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) CIO Stephen Wilson said that while private schools and other states have taken a carte blanche approach to handing out laptops as part of the Digital Education Revolution, the DET rollout is "among the more systematic, automated and paperless" projects ever embarked upon.

    Security smarts

    At the physical layer, each netbook is password-protected and embedded with tracking software that is embedded at the BIOS level of the machine.

    This tracking software is administered via an enterprise services bus, which also connects the Remedy suite for asset management, Active Directory for authentication, and Aruba's Airwave for wireless network management.

    If a netbook were to be stolen or sold, the DET is able to remotely disable the device over the network. Even if the hard drive of the machine was swapped out or the operating system wiped, it would be useless to unauthorised users.

    Already, the department has noted the loss or damage of just six netbooks out of the 20,000 rolled out since August - and have tracked one teacher using their device on a field trip in New Zealand.

    While there is a serial number and barcode on each computer, the DET admits that thieves or students might be able to remove them. To combat this, the department is also using passive RFID chips on every machine that will enable them to be identified "even if they were dropped in a bathtub."

    Being passive, an RFID reader needs to be within close proximity of the device to read it. (Active RFID, by contrast, transmits a signal back to base.)

    DET also uses the AppLocker functionality within Windows 7 to dictate which applications can be installed on the device.

    Web access on the netbooks is filtered according to a corporate security policy (using McAfee's SmartFilter technology) plus an additional SOCKS-based proxy client, which provides web filtering at the network layer.

    The devices also use Microsoft's Forefront Antivirus technology.


    With such a huge fleet of computers in the hands of students, Wilson said it would be "unrealistic" for the department to offer technical support at the application layer.

    The netbooks therefore have had to be set up such that the department can remotely upgrade and patch the devices over a wireless network.

    The department uses Microsoft's System Centre Configuration Manager tool to distribute software down to devices.

    The update service switches off once a student finishes Year 12.

    Wilson said there was no way such a large fleet of machines could be managed at such low cost without the smarts embedded within Microsoft's new operating system.

    "There was no way we could do any of this on XP," he said. "Windows 7 nailed it for us."

  6. we are both on the same uplink and downlink cell. 59/497

    Well how about this...... Your IP ranges? I think your speed test here showed up as DirecWay. Does his show up the same too?  I've seen the occasional example post of getting a IP range changed, to deal with weird speed issue.

    Or can you do a 'reset' of the HN9000 Modem, and of course it having to re-download it's firmware updates, since manufacture.

    I think one firmware update helps the HN9000 modems to run a little bit cooler.

  7. Honest my brother is pointed at Spaceway3 and on the same beam as me....no slow downs, and what really pisses me off he is on the basic plan?  :angry:

    Some more fancy numbers of the Spaceway3.

    The microcells help to spread out land areas of high use.

    Most Spaceway maps show only the 112 uplink beams, rather than trying to show the 784 microcells used for downlinks. Microcells used in order to be able to push out more bandwidth to the needed areas in a spot beam.

  8. Well it looks as though hughes cant get it right, after upgrading from the Ku system for big time slow downs in the peak hours.......guess what. Thats right the Ka system gives me 1600/225 all day long around 7pm takes a dump! My download speed during peak hours is at times below 200k....now the upload stays good at 200+ go figure. Back to square one on this issue as basically with below 200 download speed and web response time over 20 secs.....useless to me during evening hours and seems to me the Ku system was better at this point in the game.

    You've got to wonder if they forget to purge some peoples old KU speed parameters user file. So you can get stuck with what is close to KU throttles.

  9. When I was on a wireless ISP, they had a system 'glitch'. Well they called it an email problem.

    So at the same time, i was testing out using a Dlink Ethernet card, instead of the port on the motherboard. The card went off of the set speeds and exceeded the system maximum user speeds, by a bunch. Meanwhile the motherboard port was at the same speed limit of the package.

    The 'glitch' disappeared in a couple of days.


  10. the only way you can get paper billing back is to have THREE declined credit card attempts.

    They'll put you on paper billing and charge you $5.00 extra a month.

    At that's what happened to me.  The declined credit card attempts were after all the issues I had with them, and I changed the #.

    But it's so environmentally friendly to go green with paperless billing. :bs:  :cussing:

    And various Government Attorney General's don't care for it either. But if the company dropped the 'green' bullshiat and companies could send out a abbreviated bill.

    With all the debit card fraud out there, why give a company easy access to your bank account.

    Hey maybe the next try at a class action could be for the massive charge for paper based billing?


    T-Mobile Won't Charge For Paper Bills

    A plan designed to promote paperless billing was dropped after telecom regulators and the carrier's customers cried foul.

    By W. David Gardner


    September 16, 2009 11:39 AM

    T-Mobile's attempt to charge users $1.50 for their monthly paper bills has been nipped in the bud after subscribers and regulators complained.

    T-Mobile backed off the $1.50 charge stating it will "be taking more time to determine the fairest way possible to encourage people to go paperless." The change had been planned to go into effect last Saturday, but the protests made an impact on T-Mobile management. The firm is the fourth largest mobile phone service provider in the U.S.

    Many online retailers and service providers have been urging their customers to use online billing systems, but consumers without computers have found it nearly impossible to pay online. In addition to the inconvenience, some consumers have raised security and privacy issues, because they don't want to give out the details of their banking and other financial accounts in order to pay their monthly bills.

    Most retailers and service providers still don't charge for providing paper bills, but increasingly they are tacking on additional and new charges for paper bills. Waste Management, for instance, now adds at least $2 to consumer bills when they aren't paid online.

    State regulatory agencies were flooded with complaints over the proposed T-Mobile charges. In New York State, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said his office would "not sit back and let a company change its prices under the guise of 'going green.'"  

  11. After telling me zero cost, Hughes tried to turn a zero into 199.99?  :protest: I caught this on logging into my account and immediately called executive dept. Reminded them of the zero cost we agreed to. After 4days my plan was finally upgraded....hopefully it hangs at this during the later evening hours?

    Well thats what happens when you sign your bank account over to Hughesnet. Oh, wait. I mean, pay electronically without the choice of getting a paper bill in the snail mail.

    Better you caught it now instead of 3 months later like a lot of people.

  12. This thread was already degraded when I got here.

    Wildblue states: "WildBlue's always-on broadband Internet connection provides a user experience similar to most DSL services"

    Because Wildblue isn't an "always-on" broadband Internet connection?  Why?  Because it may go out when it comes a storm.

    And the spin doctor makes the the part about " provides a user experience similar to most DSL services." disappear.

    Some people actually got WildBlue, when they had DSL at the door. And that's because WildBlue said it was similar to DSL and the quoted WildBlue speeds were faster than the user could get with DSL at their location. And other posters(various forums) comments were, "What did you do that for?" "You have DSL at the door and now you find out that WildBlue is a lot slower than the DSL". Advertising kills.

    Also from Wildblues facts.... "you are ready to surf the Internet at lightning fast speeds".  I guess lightning has slowed down a bit over the years. A 1000ms ping is not lightning fast. Best that can be done on satellite is 600ms, but thats without the DAMA software and other variables.


  13. Keeping an open mind in every aspect concerning the future of "the internet" in my opinion is something that should be the first on the list.

    This world has already begun to stop itself from the basics of growth in so many aspects by means of politics, that those that are making these decisions fail to see that they may have already destroyed something that very well could have made themselves more successful.

    Well luckily I am on a good ISP that just sells you a connection and none of that DNS redirections or hacking of your Internet stream to post ad's in other peoples webpages.  Rogers was experimenting on overwriting other peoples webpages ad's with it's own customers ad's. And for some strange reason, our Government see's nothing wrong with that. $$$$$$$$

    Except that RBC has forecast that Telus(good) will merge with Bell(bad) in about two years. They both are working together at the moment to thwart the evil Cable Industry up here.  A new 4G wireless network and expansion of Bells satellite TV in the West with Telus's name on the dish/firmware only(so the dumb consumer goes"Me like Telus, But not Bell". "So me get service from Telus").

    Then theres our Government and various inward turning tendencies.   'Purify' the 'Heritage' of Canada. Meanwhile Our TV networks can't make watchable shows for the masses and keep buying U.S. programming.

  14. What I don't like about Google apps, is the 'Updater'.  I like to be the one in charge of updating and not the software.  And I thought the first version of chrome was Blahhh. And all them ad's showed up on webpages too.

    There are other software's that when they get updated, like Java and QuickTime, that re-check the auto updater. I think it was QuickTime that tried to force install other software(symantec?) via an auto-update. But I've found with Windows Update occasionally, that an update will change one system setting that the update shouldn't of changed. So it's fun trying to find the glitch, that shows up.

  15. I quit reading the WildBlue forums because of exactly how this thread has degraded.  

    Someone posts an honest opinion and some other guys jump on their back, calling them fibbers.

    I will say though, that the past year or so of people posting reviews are getting to be rather pizzed off in nature, but since the companies will not deal with over-subscription issues, people have a right to be pizzed off.  

    If a users speeds are going to degrade more than 20%, stop selling new subscriptions. If the satellite Internet company can not make a profit on those users? Raise the monthly price.  

    And The Satellite Internet companies advertising sure makes the product look great. WildBlue even says in it's facts, that it is just like DSL. And thats Fraud.

    Burt how many people add 'sucks' are 'ripoff' or 'slow' to their search of the product after reading all that wonderful advertising.

    How many people have only dialup as a choice for Internet. The speeds quoted for satellite sure make satellite the right choice. And then the suits in charge manipulate the system, to get the over maximum subscribers online.

  16. So Google is doing their usual messing with things and have come up with an experimental Chrome browser plugin for Internet Explorer, to make it web complaint.

    You have to wonder if this fixes/bypasses any older security holes in Internet Explorer?


    Google Gets Inside IE With Chrome Frame

    JR Raphael, PC World

    Sep 22, 2009 2:17 pm

    Google is wielding a fierce new weapon in its war against Internet Explorer. The company has just unveiled a new plugin that essentially transforms IE into Chrome, bringing the browser's faster performance and expanded capabilities into Microsoft's standard offering. The plugin, called Google Chrome Frame, was announced on Google's Chromium Blog Tuesday.

    Meet Google Chrome Frame

    After a quick installation, Google Chrome Frame begins automatically functioning within your existing Internet Explorer setup. Once running, it'll render all Web pages opened in IE with Chrome's WebKit-based engine and will also enable advanced HTML5 support not normally available within Microsoft's browser.

    In describing the Google Chrome Frame plugin, engineers all but explicitly reference the Web-wide efforts to kill IE 6 due to its outdated standards. Microsoft has refused to drop support for the browser, leaving many in the blogosphere frustrated and searching for their own workaround solutions.

    Per Google's announcement:

    "Recent JavaScript performance improvements and the emergence of HTML5 have enabled web applications to do things that could previously only be done by desktop software. One challenge developers face in using these new technologies is that they are not yet supported by Internet Explorer. Developers can't afford to ignore IE ... so they end up spending lots of time implementing work-arounds or limiting the functionality of their apps.

    "With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer."

    Google Chrome Frame can be installed in any version of Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

    For Users and Developers

    While Chrome Frame is currently described as an "early version" intended for developers, Google is by no means painting it as only an insider's tool. Engineers tout the plugin's ability to let users experience speedier load times and more modern Web applications while still remaining within the IE interface.

    The Google team is also tying the idea of Chrome Frame into the notion of maintaining an open Web, something the company has recently been working hard to promote. Today's announcement puts much emphasis on the fact that Chrome Frame is open source and focused on increasing the availability of open Web technologies.

    Of course, the fact that it also exposes more users to the Chrome experience probably doesn't hurt, either.

    Download page for the experimental ChromeFrame IE plugin.


  17. Let the countdown begin.....Spaceway3 installed and thanks to the BBB all free, install went well. Only complaint is my old 7000S had a 375MB limit on the pro plan, the 9000 with the same plan is 300MB so will need the pro plus to get 425MB threshold  

    Don't forget about the Hughesnet 2am to 7am eastern,  FAP free time.    Great for Windoze updates and software downloads.

  18. Is this a unlocked phone with new firmware? Or is it a second hand phone?

    I don't know, but I am guessing a corrupt flash memory or firmware needs to be re-flashed.

    Power it down and make sure the battery gets fully charged, before re-flashing, by someone who knows how to flash without killing the unit, If a tech determines that outcome from the symptoms.

  19. Aren't laptops disposable like Barbies first computer?  :cheesy:

    So is the motherboard cracked by the ram? Or broken solder.

    Or is the tabs out of place like in this video?

    You can also buy a bigger ram stick for the good slot.

    And thens theres the jam something in to the back of the laptop to make the ram work(pressure causes a restored connection to a broken bit)....

  20. Wildblue now has three satellites for user service.

    The ownership of the three is.

    AnikF2. Owned by Telesat.

    WildBlue1. Owned by Wildblue(as advertised at some point), but Telesat does own 20%of WildBlue.

    Echostar. Providing some spot beams for WildBlue in full areas.


    Newest Satellite Allows WildBlue to Serve More Customers in Rural Areas of the U.S.

    Denver, CO

  21. I forgot to mention WildBlue has 300,000+ customer since late 2005 compared to 455,000+ for Hughes in how many years.  Not bad for start up company in three and half years.  They are far from perfect but considering they are taking on a giant like Hughes, not to bad.

    With the subscribership. It needs to be noted that before the KA satellite services got up and running(Telesat), satellite Internet equipment and data rates were rather expensive. Or there were the one way satellite systems, needing a dialup modem for uploads.    I remember seeing some install prices of about $700, with equipment, before the full takeoff of KA technology methods.

    But some people do complain about how 'low cost' the modems parts are. And with TRIA's that allowed water to leak in and cause a TRIA failure as well(not saying that Hughesnet tria's are perfect either). But many WildBlue users were on the hook for what should of been a national recall on defective WildBlue TRIA's.

    It's about 10,000 users per month on each system, last I looked for new installs.  But beware of WildBlue installers in closed beams looking for work, via extra repairs/parts, when a repair is requested on out of warranty equipment.


    Article: Wildblue Slashes Installation Price, Adds $200 Million To Coffers.

    Article from:

       Satellite News

    Article date:

       January 23, 2006

    In a bid to boost satellite broadband sales and subscriptions, Wildblue Communications has slashed its professional installation costs and significantly increased its distribution of equipment through satellite equipment dealers.

    The price cut, by $100 to $79.95, is intended to provide a jumpstart for Wildblue's subscriber numbers. The company expected to close 2005 with about 25,000 subscribers.

    "We want to create an incentive for satellite dealers to sell our products, and to attract great dealers to our distribution chain," Wildblue President and COO Ken Carroll told Satellite News. Previously, most Wildblue installations were handled by members ...  

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