Hughesnet was a satellite company that was founded in Maryland by 8 engineers working for comsat. This was at a time when Private satellite company's were just starting out back in the early 1970's. It would be two decades before the consumer started to realize the end results and many companies had come and gone by then. Most people know the name Hughesnet through Direct TV because this was the part of the company that offered satellite internet for them. This company as seen a lot of miles since 1971 and a lot of owners. Even so it is still doing what it does best, offering one and two way satellite internet access.
Most people obviously don't use satellite internet because they have access to cable, WIFI and traditional internet access. For those that don't have access because they live in extremely rural areas then satellite access is a must. It was a smart play of Direct Tv to acquire Hughesnet when it did because it could offer their rural customers a service they could never get before and bolster their bottom line. Unfortunately with technological advances what they are today it's becoming harder and harder to justify the costs of satellite internet when their are cheaper options available.
So, what does this mean for a company the like of Hughesnet that still maintains on average 1900 employees? Well, this is a company that started in 1971, way before the advent of cable television, satellite television and before the internet was even thought to be a possibility. They built a company that has weathered every possible storm while still innovation and helping to change the satellite market while keeping a consistent workforce in place for all those decades. Today we have the internet and satellite streaming but what will we have tomorrow. This we don't know but companies like Hughesnet are working on it. Continue reading →
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I need a place to lay my head, a small space to work, basically nothing more than a place to put my computers. I have to be connected to the internet as well and it needs to be as big a pipe as I can get, at least as big of a pipe as I can get at a price that makes sense. I could get a T1 connection, but that would be both awesome and way too expensive for me to afford. It would be total over kill. At any rate I found a place that is great for me, because I can walk out the house and go fishing within about a quarter of a mile away. The place is a rented house, which is very small and which costs a lot less for me to rent than the place I have been tossed out of. It is not too hard to figure out it's a good deal.
A few months ago, I purchased a new house, and it seems like it would be a good idea to protect my investment, and my family, of course, with a home security system of some sort. I have not had one before, but I realize that this new house is located in an area with a higher crime rate than were I previously lived. As such, I have been browsing this site, home-security.co, that I found earlier when I was looking information about various home security systems, and their providers.
I want to get a security system that will afford me a lot of flexibility when it comes to monitoring my home, and making sure that it is safe. The area that i have moved to is not that bad, by any means, but the city that we now live in has a significantly higher crime rate than were we used to live, and I believe that, that is a cause for concern. I have always wanted to make sure that my family remains safe, but at my last house, it just did not seem necessary to have a security system. Maybe I was wrong in thinking that, as it is always possible for something terrible to happen, such as a home invasion.
I know that I could never live with myself if something bad were to happen to my family, along those lines, and I had not done all that I could to prevent it from happening. I want to make sure that I get a security system from a very reputable provider of security systems. However, at the same time, the price of the security system is also a big concern, because I spent most of my savings on the down payment for the new house my family is living in. Continue reading →
About a year ago, I purchased a second house to serve as a vacation house. It is located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the reason that I purchased a house there, was to take advantage of the skiing opportunities that are present in that part of the country. Skiing as always been one of my passions, ever since I first learned how to ski, when I was just four years old. Anyway, I would like to get a Direct TV package for the vacation house, so that my family will be able to watch television, when they are on vacation at the cabin.
I am going to rent the cabin out to some of my friends at various times of the year. That way, I will be able to make some money off of it, and cover some of the expenses that are associated with owning a second house. Since people are going to be staying in the house at various times in the year, it makes a good bit more sense to get a television service at the house. Previously, I was wary about getting television hooked up there, since it would have only been used a few times a year, at the most.
But, now that I know other people will be renting the house at times, it is something that I am seriously considering. I am pretty sure that satellite is my only option for the vacation house. That is because it is located in the mountains, and I do not think any other provider would be in the area. I guess I should look around, and make sure that is the case. But the house is literally on the side of a mountain. So I am pretty sure that I am correct on that matter. Continue reading →
Moving to a new city is always difficult. Finding utility and services in a larger city can be especially difficult as I usually will do all sorts of price checking before deciding on who I want to choose as my provider. Imagine my surprise, however, when I came across the cable provider Suddenlink rather than the typical Comcast or Time Warner. I was totally prepared to call either of them since they seem to be the only choice or the 'best' choice in whichever city I find myself making roost for the time. Imagine my continued surprise after they turned out to be a pretty great company. Continue reading →
There's not many reasons to say that these days. There is a lot of hate against those larger companies who have amassed millions of customers, no doubt putting some serious stress on their employees as well. I actually worked very briefly for one of those larger companies and while the pay was reasonable, the volume of valls that I had to handle every single day was enough to make me dread coming into work especially when so many customers were calling in angry. That's the worst! I'm glad I never had to call a rep with this new company.
It's difficult finding high quality customer care. It's almost an art form that needs to be taught in classes that will last longer than just a few weeks which is probably the typical training time of your average rep. That would cost them quite a bit of money though and I doubt many cable providers are willing to spend that sort of cash on an employee who may end up quitting thanks to the psychological stress that they are asked to deal with every single day. It would be hard on anyone no matter their skill.
I am sure that this is not the best news if you are one of the big oil and energy providers in Texas or North Dakota, but it is a big deal to me. I drive a big pick up truck, a Ford F 350 with an auxilliary gas tank in the bed. At three and a half dollars a gallon it was not a big deal for me to run up a bill of a hundred and twenty dollars to fill that truck up. Of course the tank in the bed is used for other stuff, I pump gas out of it and put it in to machines that we are using on the job site. It is not being used by the truck, but the money comes out of my pocket. Of course it is company money in the final analysis, but there is a fine distinction between me and the company. In the final analysis there is not a huge difference between one and the other.
Of course I can not act like this is going to last forever and I am trying to figure out how to gain the most advantage from it. If I can save the money and use it for other stuff that I really need, then that is for the best. If I save the money and then I waste it on some other thing, then there is nothing really gained. You have to figure out how to best make this work to you advantage you take from the good luck. I figure that paying down debt is not really going to help me a lot, because the interest rates I am paying on my debts are quite reasonable. It is easier to think about what ways I could improve business by investing. Continue reading →
I wanted to see if I could save money on any of my bills because I was just putting out too much money each month. I only considered things such as my cable and phone bills, because I was able to lower the packages which in turn lowered my monthly payments. My neighbor asked me if I had looked at http://homeinsurance-deals.com/home-owners-insurance/florida/, which is a website that helped her save nearly 200 hundred dollars annually on her home insurance/ when she decided to shop around for lower prices too. Continue reading →
I could have kissed her because like I said, I hadn't even considered things like my homeowner's insurance policy. I pay it once a year, and I was mainly focused on my monthly bills. I went to the site that she told me about though, and I am still very grateful for that. The insurance company I had been using was the original one that I started with when I bought my home nearly 15 years ago. The price has gone up gradually, but I expected that with the way the economy works. It was never such a jump that I thought I needed to explore other options though, which meant that I was paying more without even realizing it for the entire time I had it.
The reason I say that is because when I went to that site, I was able to talk to an agent about my insurance. I answered a few questions about my home, and then I was quickly given eight quotes from companies that are quite popular and reputable. Most of the prices were lower than what I was paying, and the coverage was either the same or even slightly better in two of the cases. It did not take me long to make the switch myself, and that gave me ideas on other ways I could save money too, including looking at my auto insurance policy!
My home insurance policy is going to renew in another month, and before it does, I thought it might be a good idea to check the current market out for home insurance deals, to try to find if there is a better deal out there for me. I would like to keep roughly the same level of coverage and protection for my house and property, if not more, but if I can do that and get a cheaper price, then I would be more than happy to switch. I am always about saving money, and this is not something I have looked into for some time.
I know that it was a pretty good deal at the time when I first got the deal, but I have owned the house for over a decade now, and have not changed my policy or provider. So, it seems like I am at least a bit behind in checking out other offers. Who knows? There could be a much better deal waiting out there for me, just ready to be found, to save me some money. I am at a part in my life where I am trying to save as much as I can, because every penny saved is another penny I can put towards retirement.
I am not sure what the average is for home insurance policies right now, in terms of price and the amount of coverage, but it seems that I should do a bit of research in association with my search for a good deal on the home insurance. Once again, I want to mention that the amount of coverage I get is very important to me. It is very prudent to protect your house with the best insurance you can get in terms of coverage, within reason.
I am a couch potato. If given the choice between watching a movie at home or going out with friends to the local club, I almost always choose watching a movie. I also have a slew of television shows that I watch on a regular basis. There is no way I could ever watch all of them live, and that is why I have Direct TV. I did have a cable subscription up until a year ago, but it was rough for someone who likes to watch TV as much as I do. Continue reading →
I was only able to record two things at once on my cable receiver box, and sometimes there would be three or four of my favorite shows on at the same time. I was always able to go online and watch what I missed, or even go to the on demand channel, but I actually preferred to watch my shows using my DVR. I liked that I was able to fast forward through commercials and all the other benefits that come with having a DVR, but I couldn't enjoy all of my programming because of the limitations of the receiver.
When I heard that Direct TV allows six programs to be recorded at the same time, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I knew I needed to have that receiver, but I was not sure that I could afford it. I always thought satellite TV was a lot more expensive than cable, but my research showed how wrong I was there too. I would be able to actually get more channels for a lower price, and have the capability of recording six shows at once. For a TV fanatic like me, there really is no other choice than to have a TV programming provider like that!
I have started to look into different topics related to the theft of intellectual property. It is a tricky question, but of course if you are studying the law it is something you have to be broadly familiar with. I am not studying to be a lawyer, but we are talking about this sort of thing in finance class. That is what I am learning about. Of course if you are in the content business you have to think about places on the internet like the Pirate Bay and I suppose even more problematic is the fact that there are a lot of private torrent trackers which are even more difficult to contain. In fact the people who run that site have been in legal combat with the authority figures of the world for at least a decade. I do not know how long it has taken exactly or how much money it has cost, but it has been a real ordeal for all of the people involved. Continue reading →
If you look it up in Wikipedia they say that this site was created in 2003 and it first mentions them being raided by the police in 2006. Since then they have been moving around all over the cyber globe. They were talking about buying a disused oil platform off shore and declaring it to be some sort of outlaw country. Of course the problem with that idea is that you have to be able to control your territory in order to legal possess it. Of course Time Warner or Walt Disney probably has a more powerful military force than these cyber activists. Of course there are tons of people like that Julian Assange who pretty much endorse the idea that there are not any restrictions on the free flow of information, but that seems anarchic to me.
It was only a couple of weeks ago when my family first moved into our new home. The area is pretty nice, and all, and I doubt that the crime rate is very high. I could look that up, and I probably will later. But regardless, I would feel better with a home security system in my house, and I have been browsing www.home-security.co to get an idea of the security options that I have open to me at this time. It has been awhile since I have purchased a home security system, and so I am sure that the technologies have changed a good bit.
I probably worry too much, more than I should, at least, but I do not like it when I am away from the house and my children or my wife are home without me being there. It just makes me worry that something could happen to them, and I wouldn't be there to protect them. It is my worst fear, and I know that having a security system will make me feel better. Also, give the fact that the world seems to be becoming a more violent place, it might not be a bad idea to get one regardless.
I want to get a security system that includes a lot of features, so that i will be able to check on my home, and make sure that it is safe, regardless of where I happen to be. I think that is the ideal way that a security system should function. But it is something that is relatively new, for security systems, and I doubt that such options have been available for people shopping for security systems for more than a decade, and maybe not even that long. I know that it is available now though. Continue reading →
I am not so sure if I can afford it or not, but I am looking at this house and trying to figure out the details of whether or not I can buy it. It is a tiny little place, the land beneath it is about a fifth of an acre in size. It is a two story house, but the upper floor is not really a full sized floor. Instead it is a loft and a tall man would not be able to stand far from the center of the room. I have to learn some home insurance basics before the bank will lend me the money, but this is not a huge sum of money. In fact the house costs a good deal less than a really nice car would cost. I could put up a big part of the cost of the house in a down payment, but it is not really as though that makes all that much sense.
For example I could come up with close to 17 thousand dollars for a down payment, which is going to be more than one third of the cost of this little bitty house. That would be great in theory, but in effect I could leave that money in the bank or invest it for a much larger return than the cost of borrowing money on the house. You can get a very low house loan very easily, if you look like a good risk. Of course a couple of years ago there were a lot of people willing to give out bad loans and then figure that they could just dump them on the government after they went bad on them. I am not worried about any of that stuff. I just have to take care of my own loan. Continue reading →
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