When it comes to stuff like internet service, it is hard to be excited. You either hate it right when you’re trying to get something done online or you don’t really think about it, right? That’s been the case with internet in my family. Maureen and I don’t enjoy the internet nearly as much as we enjoy not ever having to battle traffic or deal with noisy neighbors, though we were surprised when we went to sign up for internet service at our new Ozarks cabin and found that the only service available to us was satellite internet, which we’ve never had before. We didn’t have any issues with it until our teenage grandson came to visit the house and he wouldn’t stop complaining about it. It really shows you the difference in the way a young person views the internet!read more
I recently moved and was looking around for a good deal on tv and internet service when I found this provider in my area of Camden Arkansas. I was really surprised when I found that they had a pretty awesome deal when you got internet and DIRECTV – $100 back actually! It helped that they had pretty good prices too Needless to say I’ve gone with Satelliteinformant for my internet and I’m pretty happy.read more
For those who don’t know, there is a new provider of satellite internet that recent joined the satellite internet service market with new offerings. One of these satellite internet providers is SkyWay USA which actually existed previously under different management that went bankrupt in the end of 2012. They are now back open for business under new management with all new satellite internet prices that start at 39.99 per month all the way up to an impressive 15mbps download package with a 40GB data allowance that comes in at a hefty $130 per month.read more
It is unfortunate how that even though there’s a federal long program in place to attempt to extend broadband internet service to rural parts of the country, most broadband providers will not try and utilize them to provide customers outside of their areas with coverage. In fact, the only one’s trying are satellite internet providers.
The Rural Utilities Service has been allocated nearly $3 billion, but less than half of that money has been allocated out. Critics of the agency say that the standards are too tough for companies that apply for. But companies that have been able attempting to forgo the government funding and try and provide customers with acceptable broadband are satellite internet companies.
Most satellite internet providers are able to cover most areas of the United States, mainly because satellites are versatile devices. Regardless, updates in satellite technology have made satellite internet a much more suitable solution for broadband seekers living in rural parts of the country. High-capacity satellites have been launched, bringing 12 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds to distant parts of the country, which rivals even what DSL can offer.
So rural dwellers, take heed. Satellite internet is a solid option and they are willing to provide high-speed broadband when other providers choose not to.read more
For those in charge of creating content for websites, one of the biggest challenges outside of consistently producing engaging written work for readers is keeping up with Google’s latest algorithm updates. As Google is the most dominant search engine, tailoring SEO options to Google’s algorithm is vitally important. Since the algorithm determines the almighty page rankings on Google, missing the mark when trying to suit content to an algorithm update can theoretically trigger dramatic swings in visitor traffic.
Hummingbird: Huge, or Ho Hum?
Thus, when it was announced that Google’s latest update – called Hummingbird – was the largest update in years, a collective shudder went through the SEO community. With the pain of the Panda update still fresh in many content managers’ minds, the outlook coming into Hummingbird was anything but bright. However, Google and search engine experts have reassured the community that Hummingbird will not make old SEO efforts obsolete and require sites to start from scratch.
In fact, the changes triggered by Hummingbird are so slight that you may already have unknowingly felt their effects. Google began using the Hummingbird algorithm more than a month ago, despite just revealing its existence this week. So if you haven’t noticed any major shifts, you’re not likely to, unless you dramatically overhaul your site in a misguided attempt to capitalize on changes that are, or the most part, not forthcoming.
One of the major points of interest is whether the PageRank algorithm, which many website managers have spent many hours trying to please for better search placement, would be revamped or removed completely. Fortunately, PageRank is not going anywhere, and it is still a factor in the overall determination of a page’s quality that influences what results are returned by searches.
What Has Changed?
While much has remained the same, Hummingbird has introduced some changes. One of the primary goals of the update was enabling Google to better handle conversational queries and longer requests. With the Hummingbird update, Google is acknowledging the rise in voice search and the influence it has on text search — people tend to ask Google questions, rather than plug in key search words as they might appear on a potential results page. Thus, the update aims to increase Google’s effectiveness at responding to long requests entered in a conversational manner. With respect to voice search, Hummingbird is also intended to handle follow-up questions better, where the query might replace “it” for the object the first query mentioned by name.
Google also says that the Hummingbird update will help enhance Knowledge Graph, giving you more ways to see results, including charts, slide shows and “cards” providing essential information.
The bottom line: Hummingbird is intended to provide users with quicker, more accurate responses, but it doesn’t require a significant response from content producers.read more
Browser features, efficiency, speed, add-ons, and a plethora of details change with every iteration and update of an Internet browser. We expect a great deal from our browsers these days, especially when it comes to functionality and customization. When it comes to the inevitable question of which is the best, however, it is entirely dependent on user competence, needs, and preference. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are the top of the line, and I think most users will be satisfied with one of the three.
Google Chrome is by far my personal favorite. It is fast, can be customized, includes secure browsing, and has sync capabilities. It is the browser I would recommend for most professionals and Internet enthusiasts. While Google Chrome has many powerful tools, new users may find add-ons and customization complicated. Thankfully, there are many helpful webpages to get users started.
Easy to Use
Internet Explorer is my second choice. It is the browser I would recommend for users who are uncomfortable with add-ons and customization. Internet Explorer is second in speed, falling only behind Google Chrome, and is the easiest browser to become acquainted with. Microsoft has redesigned Internet Explorer with a streamlined, easy-to-use, interface in mind. It is not complicated, and questions about the browser can be answered with online tutorials, help centers, and by contacting Microsoft. Unfortunately, as it is a very popular browser, most malware and spyware are designed to find loopholes in Internet Explorer’s defenses.
Mozilla Firefox is a safe browser that offers excellent documentation for its users. Its interface, which is greatly improved by many supported add-ons, is easy to navigate. The browser is the most stable, reliable and, like Internet Explorer, includes parental controls. Firefox also has integrated private browsing, and protects against phishing, spyware, and malware. Firefox is an excellent choice for families who want to control what their children see while simultaneously customizing the browser to their specifications. The largest drawback for the browser is its loading times, which are significantly slower than Chrome’s or Internet Explorer’s.
In today’s market, web browser utility is dependent on user preference. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox offer the most advanced customization options, but Internet Explorer is more user friendly. If you find yourself at the crossroads between two browsers, try using them both for a day to determine which suits your needs.
The Internet has made going green easier than it’s ever been. There seem to be endless websites that cover important topics on eco-friendliness, and for those that look at green living as a lifestyle choice these sites are infinitely helpful. However, the rest of us may not have the time or the ability to go completely green, so we do the next best thing and make small changes that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the earth. Here are some ideas for how to use the Internet to make your life greener.
Sell Or Give Away Old Things
Instead of throwing out old things, give them a chance at a second home by listing them on auction websites such as eBay or Etsy, or just put them up for free on craigslist. Either is better than letting perfectly good things lay around in a dump.
Stop Printing, Start Using The Cloud
Cloud computing is seen by many as the future of technology. This has yet to be seen, but in the meantime cloud computing provides a great opportunity for people who need to manage documents without printing constantly. Services like Dropbox or Google Drive let you store your files in the cloud and download them from anywhere, so you don’t have to print as much.
Buying things secondhand is not only cheaper, it is also better than constantly buying new things. It is the reuse in the 3 Rs of recycling.
Support The Good Guys
The Internet gives us the resources to research companies in a way we haven’t been able to ever before. Use this to look up companies you want to buy from and support the ones that have green practices.
Stay At Home More
By purchasing online, you save gas and money. Everytime you avoid a trip to a store, you are saving energy. The Internet also lets you download a variety of free or inexpensive entertainment to let you stay home more often.
Learn from the Limitless Information
If you explore the Internet for ideas on living greener, you will find that there are a multitude of sites that provide energy saving tips, upcycling and recycling ideas, composting guidance and much more.
Of course, there are many more ways to live a more eco-friendly existence, but this is just meant to be a starting point. If you want to live greener, pay attention to such issues and follow blogs that have environmentally conscious tips. Good luck being green!