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5 Valentine’s Day Disasters Every Couple Experiences – and How Satellite Internet Can Save the Day

Posted by: on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Categories: General Internet

Valentine’s Day is coming, and your special someone (no matter how much they computer and flowersdownplay it) is counting on you to make it the best one ever. Even if you’re one of the few who planned the perfect day well in advance, there’s always the threat of a disaster that Cupid himself couldn’t fix.

You don’t need to count on Cupid to save Valentine’s Day, though. Here are five Valentine’s Day disasters that every couple experiences, and how you can dodge them with a little help from satellite Internet.

Your go-to restaurant is booked

You’ve got that special place. Maybe it’s where you had your first date. Maybe they have the perfect dessert for sharing. Whatever makes it your place, you want to dine there on Valentine’s Day. Problem is, you didn’t make the reservation in time and now the wait is over two hours.

Don’t despair over your dinner date disaster – make the Internet your guide to all the best restaurants around. Search for local restaurants, read reviews, even make your reservation couple laughingonline. Why not try something new? Check out this restaurant finder to discover local restaurants with reviews in just a few clicks.

You can’t find that special gift your valentine simply must have

OK, so the answer to “what do you want for Valentine’s Day, dear?” wasn’t quite what you were expecting. Before you search the stores in vain and waste time and money on the wrong gift, try the Internet.

Shopping online has become more and more popular, and for good reason. It’s convenient, you almost always get the best price and, oh yeah, you can find just about anything. With satellite Internet, you have the mall of malls at your fingertips, so you’re sure to find that random special gift your loved one desires.

Still stumped on where to find the perfect gift? Find creative Valentine’s Day gifts here, and don’t forget the flowers and candy!

You have ZERO ideas for Valentine’s Day

Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day is tough, especially if you aren’t “good” at this sort of thing. Where do you go? What do you do? How lovey-dovey is too lovey-dovey?

Believe it or not, other people have had the same problems when it comes to Valentine’s Day, and they’ve posted all about it on the Internet. Let the successes and failures of others be a starting point for you. Try searches for things like 5 Ways to Wow Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or Top Ten Things to Not Do for Valentine’s Day.

You’d be surprised by how many good Valentine’s Day ideas are on the Internet, and your significant other will be surprised by how special you made the day.

You’re on a really tight budget

We’ve all been there. You’re still paying for Christmas and now Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, leaving you with little funds for a small gift, let alone a fancy dinner. That’s alright, you don’t need a lot of loot to show a lot of love.

Break away from the traditional Valentine’s Day and create your own experience. Use the Internet to look up interesting, lovely attractions in your area. You can find some local “treasure hunts” here.

Map out your route, then go share the experience with your loved one and recite the mushy poem you found online at the end. Your date, and your bank account, will love it!

You burn Valentine’s Day dinnercouple cooking

Making a new dish is quite the Valentine’s Day risk. If neglecting the oven while you were getting ready or forgetting that one key ingredient has rendered your Valentine’s Day dinner a disaster, turn to the Internet for a quick, simple solution.

There are thousands of recipes on the Internet, but you won’t have time to go to the store, so you’ll have to search for ones that incorporate what you’ve already got in the pantry. No problem. Click here and tailor your search to your ingredients. Thanks to the Internet, you’ve got your own cuisine catalog. Dinner is served (saved).

 

However you choose to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, there will always be the potential for disaster. You can be prepared for them and quickly resolve them with the help of a reliable satellite Internet connection. Your special someone will thank you for the best Valentine’s Day ever. Hmm, maybe you should send your Internet provider a valentine?

Websites You Should Visit Every Day

Posted by: on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Categories: General Internet

You probably get online at least once a day. Just a few years ago, we looked for information from the mail we received and the books we read.

Now information we need daily is just clicks away. Read up on current events, chat with family and friends, and research for work or school on websites created for these purposes.

Because there’s something for everyone on the Internet, there’s a lot of everything. To use the Internet as a daily resource, it’s important to find the sites that give you the information you need quickly.

Here are some popular sites that will help you make it through your day socialized and informed.

The websites you need:

To Learn

Navigate the wealth of information available on the Internet by finding a few sites that give your inquiring mind what it needs.

Google

This one is obvious. Most search engine users rely on Google almost exclusively. Google’s results are organized by importance, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

Wikipedia

When you search for something in Google, a Wikipedia page will most likely appear near the top of your search. Wikipedia is a collaborative online encyclopedia with pages in hundreds of languages. Just search for a topic in the search bar, and start reading.

TED Talks

Keep curiosity alive with TED, a site devoted to what it calls “ideas worth spreading.” Visit ted.com for a variety of talks from influential speakers with lots to say. The topics discussed seem endless.

To Connect

Keep up with your friends and family online. Different social media sites offer different features to users, so explore several to find the sites that work best for you.

Facebook

Facebook is the most widely used social media site. “Friend” people you know, view their photos, and add some of your own. Keep them informed with status updates and more.

Twitter

It’s social media in a hurry. Described as a “microblog,” Twitter lets you gain followers and follow your own. Follow friends, family, celebrities, and businesses, and read their 140-character-maximum tweets.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media site. Upload your resume and network with professionals in a variety of languages. Connect to find jobs and search for potential employees.

To Stay Informed

NPR.org

NPR isn’t just on the radio anymore. Stay informed on issues and topics with this highly-organized site. Find information about the NPR programs you love and listen to your local NPR station online.

CNN

Just as they do with the TV channel, people rely on CNN.com to bring them up-to-date news about the nation and the world. Use the bar at the top of the site’s home page to navigate or search.

Huffington Post

The Huff Post is an American news website that was created online for online users. This website draws a younger crowd and was created as an alternative to other popular news sites. See the liberal/left approach on Huff Post at huffingtonpost.com.

Top Online Tools for Organization

Posted by: on Friday, March 28th, 2014
Categories: General Internet

Organization in the home or office is a common goal for many people. You may want to structure your finances, keep better tabs on your social networking, or simply find new ways to organize your closet.

Innovative techniques for organization are everywhere. You just need to know where to look online! Check out all the ways you can benefit from these organizational tools from the Web.

Get one-stop assistance online

Ever wonder how you can simplify your to-do list? Or how you can make it digital without writing a formal document? It’s easy. Check out these helpful web applications:

Evernote

Start at Evernote.com to organize your daily notes and reminders. It makes modern life manageable by creating collection boards for information that you need to remember.

Remember the Milk

This convenient website allows for the creation of to-do lists so you “never forget the milk” again. Manage and share tasks offline, and receive reminders the way you want (SMS, email, IM, etc.). Sign up for free at Rememberthemilk.com.

Workflowy

Workflowy challenges you to “organize your brain” with its amazingly easy-to-use note-taking application. Sign up and get your life back on track at workflowy.com.

Simplify your online social life

If you’re a social-networking butterfly, there are great sites to help you simplify all of those online interactions:

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a great tool for keeping all of your social media accounts up to date and organized in one place. Log in to Hootsuite and keep tabs on your accounts with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. You can also schedule your posts so that they go live when you want them to. Manage it all on a single dashboard by visiting Hootsuite.com.

Adium

If you’re a lover of instant messaging, you’ll appreciate the services offered by Adium. This site allows access to 15 different chat programs—including Facebook and Gchat. Compile one big list of contacts from all the sites you use to instant message. Download it at adium.im today.

Figure out your finances

If your bills and savings account seem to surprise you each month, get on track with helpful web applications:

        Mint

Mint organizes your spending into categories, reminds you of your financial goals, and notifies you of upcoming bills. Never miss another credit card payment again, and start saving for your long-awaited vacation. Sign up at Mint.com.

        Check

The Check web app stays on top of your financial accounts and bills all in one place. It monitors your bank accounts, so you’ll be notified when there’s a low balance or when a bill is due. Get the convenient app at check.me.

Manage your assignments and projects

If you have a lot of work to do, you might appreciate the services from these awesome websites:

        Squareleaf

Organize your projects and to-do list in one spot. Track your work easily with the color-coded system of “virtual sticky notes.” Stay tuned for a Pro version with more features coming soon. Visit squareleaf.net to get started for free.

Trello

Trello is an easy-to-use, flexible work board that keeps track of everything you need to get done. Create tasks, move them when necessary, and keep track of all the little (or big) details. Sign up at Trello.com.

       5pm

Track your time, generate reports, and share notes and files with 5pm. This project management software can help you integrate emails and modernize team communication if you share tasks with friends or co-workers. Get started on 5pmweb.com.

        Redbooth

Redbooth helps you work together with others on tasks. A beautifully designed platform allows for file sharing and easy communication. Sign up at redbooth.com – It’s free for up to 5 users.

Visualize your ideas with online tools

If you have tons of unique ideas but need visuals to help organize your thoughts, try these websites:

        SpiderScribe

This online brain mapping tool can help you hash out ideas in a collaborative setting. Organize by date, file, event, or whatever you desire. Make your brainstorming private or public. Sign up on spiderscribe.net.

        Gliffy

Create professional-grade diagrams, flowcharts, and wireframes online with Gliffy.com. Start drawing and produce gorgeous technical diagrams as you map out your ideas.

        Pinterest

Pinterest is an image-sharing social site where users can “pin” ideas and photos to their “boards” to save for later. Visualize everything from your next workout routine to your favorite knitting patterns. Plus get tons of great DIY ideas and organization plans. Sign up at Pinterest.com.

What tools work best for you? Satellite Internet can help

Find new ways to organize your life with online tools, connect with other organizational enthusiasts, or research the perfect solution for your specific problem. Do it all with satellite Internet in your home. Get access to great websites from the comfort of your home. Use your HughesNet satellite Internet service to connect to a search engine to compare online tools in addition to the helpful websites listed in this guide.

Great New Apps for Cooking

Posted by: on Friday, March 28th, 2014
Categories: General Internet

On occasion, everyone needs a little help in the kitchen. From master chefs to inexperienced newbies, the world of cooking and baking can be intimidating. Luckily, there are plenty of applications to use with your satellite Internet connection that can help anyone seem like a pro in the kitchen. By purchasing a wireless router, you can connect to your HughesNet high-speed Internet service from multiple devices – even in the kitchen!1 Get started today with these helpful cooking tips.

Use satellite Internet with your device

Take advantage of your high-speed home technology with HughesNet satellite Internet. When you connect your computer to a wireless router (which must be purchased separately), you can use HughesNet high-speed Internet in a lot more places throughout your home.

Take the Internet with you into the kitchen and fire up your oven. Start baking and cooking today with some of the greatest new cooking apps. Connect with great wireless devices – like a tablet or a smartphone – to get ultimate mobility in the kitchen.

Use ingredients from your kitchen

Download the Epicurious app for your wireless device and get great recommendations for a variety of dishes. The app features a sleek layout that allows users to select the main ingredient, the season and occasion, and your dietary considerations. The app displays results from over 30,000 recipes in its database, ensuring you have all the options you need.

Select the ingredients you already have in your kitchen to avoid any unnecessary trips to the grocery store. Get the Epicurious app on your Android device (free), Windows phone (free), iOS device (free), B&N Nook Color ($4.99), or Kindle Fire ($1.99).

Learn with illustrations

Use the How to Cook Everything app on your iOS device (available for $9.99) to get 400 super-helpful illustrations. This how-to book turned application covers pretty much everything in its search function: key ingredients, type of dish, cooking technique, and most popular dishes. Cater to your vegetarian friends’ needs, too, with the alternate veggie version.

Cook with your favorite TV chefs

If you’re a lover of the Food Network, there’s an app that’s perfect for you: Food Network in the Kitchen. View recipes from Food Network celebrities like Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown. Learn new tricks from the pros, filter recipe results by chef or ingredient, and create your own shopping list. The app is free on Android and iOS devices, but the awesome range of how-to videos is only available with iOS.

Flip through your cookbook with your voice

The iCookbook app allows you to keep your wireless device clean with a voice-command system. This unique feature recognizes your commands, so you can browse through recipes without tying up your hands or getting butter on the screen.

Prepare one recipe while you read directions for the next. Each month, you also get a free bundle of new seasonal recipes to try. Or browse their in-app store for more sets of recipes. Get the app on your Android device ($0.99), iOS ($4.99), Kindle Fire ($4.99), or Windows Phone ($4.99).

Plan out meals according to your budget

If you’re looking for a great way to plan a feast around your budget, MealBoard is it. Download the MealBoard app to create weekly menus and grocery shopping lists. It lets you choose a grocery store near you, so you can be conscious of the local food prices and how much you should expect to spend to make each recipe. MealBoard helps you save more money year round. Get it on iOS ($2.99).

With your HughesNet high-speed Internet service and the wireless router of your choice, prepare to impress your friends with your high-tech knowledge and new cooking expertise.

1HughesNet can be WiFi enabled, but a WiFi router is not included with a subscription to HughesNet. Wireless routers, purchased separately, are not covered by HughesNet tech support.

Big Moments in Space

Posted by: on Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Categories: General Internet

From GPS technology to satellite Internet, we use features every day that were once unthinkable. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that outer space was unexplored territory. Advancements in science have made it possible to achieve great things in space and in the exploration of our universe.

Take a look at some of the biggest moments in space history that have brought us the current technology we use today:

1957 – First satellite in space

In 1957, the first satellite was launched into space. The world’s first attempt at exploring the universe began with the small, beach-ball sized satellite named Sputnik I. The first launch was later followed by a second attempt: Sputnik II, which carried an animal on board. These first big moments for satellites paved the way for current communication technology such as satellite Internet and GPS.

1958 – First American satellite launched

Ready to compete with the Sputnik satellite, America launched Explorer 1 (also named the Satellite 1958 Alpha) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It blew up the launch pad, but achieved an orbit around Earth at approximately 1,560 miles above ground.

1958 – NASA signed into existence

Fearful of losing the Cold War, the United States jumped on the opportunity to become leaders in space exploration. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was written and signed in 1958.

1961 – First human to successfully orbit the globe

Soviet Union cosmonaut, Yuri A. Gagarin, was launched on a 108-minute flight on April 12, which made him the first human in space.

1961 – First American manned space mission

Alan Shepard became the first American in space on May 5, just three weeks after Gagarin.

1965 – First spacewalk

Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov exited a spaceship (the Voskhod 2 capsule) to complete a 12-minute spacewalk. The mission took a turn for the worse when the spacecraft landed hundreds of miles away from its intended destination. The two crew members spent a full day in the Russian snow, waiting for ground rescue.

1969 – First man on the moon

Apollo 11 launched and astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to walk the moon. They were later quarantined for three weeks on Earth – a precaution taken to ensure they didn’t bring back any dangerous space microbes.

1971 – First occupation of a space station

Three cosmonauts from the Soviet Union board the Salyut 1 space station and stayed aboard for 24 days – a record for space occupation. Valve failure caused the spacecraft to vent air on the return shuttle; all three astronauts tragically died in the process, and no additional missions were sent to the Salyut Space Station.

1973 – First American space station is launched

The space station Skylab was launched on a six-year mission. Three crews occupied the station during 1973 and 1974, but the station fell to earth in Australia in 1979. Australia fined the United States $400 for littering on their land.

1975 – First instance of international space exploration

The Apollo-Soyuz project put a U.S. and a Russian astronaut together in space for a two-day space rendezvous, and they later survived an equipment failure that filled their capsule with toxic fumes.

1976 – First landing on Mars

The Viking 1 landed on Mars and the Viking 2 launched weeks after. Both landed safely and sent back data and photos for six years.

1977 – NASA launches Voyager 1 and 2

Two spacecrafts were launched and explore the solar system; even now – more than 30 years later – the spacecrafts provide data to Earth. These vehicles have traveled farther than any other man-made objects and host information about Earth and humans (just in case they are ever found by extra-terrestrial life forms).

1981 – First space shuttle launch

The space shuttle Columbia made the first NASA shuttle mission with two crew members.

1984 – First untethered spacewalk

NASA developed a Manned Maneuvering Unit that allowed for astronauts to exit the shuttle without a safety line.

1986 – Mir Space Station launched

The Russian space station Mir launched in 1986 and was inhabited in intervals. It was abandoned in 1999 and fell out of orbit and into the Pacific Ocean in 2001.

1990 – Hubble Space Telescope launched

The space shuttle Discovery opened its doors to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope for universe exploration without any interference from the Earth’s atmosphere.

1996 – Satellites makes the Internet more accessible

HughesNet began offering satellite Internet commercially to consumers. This allowed for more homes to be connected to the Internet, as no landlines were necessary for the satellite technology to work. This was huge for rural homes needing Internet. Satellite Internet providers began to expand, and satellite Internet became a popular choice for customers in rural areas.

1996 – Mars rover is launched

Mars Pathfinder was launched in 1996 and landed successfully on Mars in 1997.

1998 – The International Space Station was launched

The International Space Station (ISS) was assembled in two separate modules, which launched in 1998. They were then joined together in orbit; other modules then followed, and the first crew arrived in the year 2000, on November 2. It has since been an active part of science discoveries and has been continuously inhabited for over 13 years.

2004 – Spirit and Opportunity rovers land on Mars

NASA’s most complex rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, parachuted to different parts of Mars’ surface and explored the features of the planet. They continue to explore and carry out this mission.

2004 – Spacecraft Cassini arrived at Saturn

After 7 years of travelling, the spacecraft Cassini arrived at its destination. Cassini’s mission was to learn more about Saturn, its rings, and its large family of moons.

2005 – First landing on another planet’s moon

The European-built Huygens probe parachutes onto Titan, a moon of Saturn. This provided pictures and other data back to Earth.

2013 – The ISS celebrates 15 years

On November 20, 2013, the International Space Station celebrated its 15th birthday. This was a notable anniversary for the space station and continues to provide Earth with valuable data from its current inhabitants in orbit.

As you can see, we have come a long way in space exploration. With so many accomplishments and historic milestones, it’s exciting to think about where we could be another 50 years from now as technology advances and we learn more about the world around us.

Ways to Prepare for a Disaster

Posted by: on Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Categories: General Internet

Disasters and emergencies are not usually a top priority for most people.  Disaster preparations can sometimes be overlooked, but it is extremely wise to plan to protect your home and your family. Basic emergency preparedness can be a literal life saver during disastrous circumstances.  Protect your home, keep connected, and prepare your family for a disaster with these easy steps:

Get involved

Gather in your community and ask the important questions about disaster preparations. Together, a community can support each other in their efforts to prevent damage from a disaster and encourage and help each other after a disaster strikes.

Volunteer to support these efforts in your community and train with an emergency response team to learn the best techniques. Donate time, money, or goods to a reputable emergency response organization to further protect your home and your community.

Know the facts

In an event of an emergency, you may have to respond quickly.  Do you know the steps for protecting your home and communicating the danger to your family? The more you know about emergencies, the better you are able to deal with their results.

Learn more about these natural disasters to counteract the potentially dangerous effects: wildfires, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes, severe storms, landslides, hurricanes, floods, droughts, blackouts, and extreme heat or cold.

Prepare your home

This is one of the biggest steps you can take to protect your home and your family.  Prepare a plan and a method for coping with a disaster. The best way to do this is to call a family meeting and talk through how communication will go if or when a disaster happens. Emergency situations typically happen without much warning, so review your emergency protocol before the emergency.

Build a kit

Ready.gov (the U.S. federal government’s emergency preparedness website) recommends that every home has a kit of emergency supplies on hand. This will ensure you are able to survive for several days without having to leave your home. Consider having these items in your emergency kit:

  • Water and food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Matches (in a waterproof bag) and candles
  • Battery-powered flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags and sanitary wipes
  • A manual can opener
  • Maps
  • Medication
  • Cell phone and charger (solar-powered are best in case electricity is lost)
  • Cash
  • Pet food (if you have a pet)
  • Baby formula
  • Sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils

Stay informed

The next step in preparing for emergencies is to stay informed about the situation.   Keep tabs on emergency alerts, know when you must evacuate, and learn about the places you can seek shelter if your home is no longer a safe place to stay. Here are ways you can keep informed about emergencies:

  • Listen to a battery-powered radio (if there is a power outage).
  • Check updates on the news or Internet. Satellite Internet, such as HughesNet rural Internet, can connect you during times of disaster.  Satellite Internet technology was first used by the U.S. government as a tool to communicate when other methods were compromised.
  • Use a cell phone or home phone to touch base with family and friends.  Check on their safety and plan of action when a disaster strikes, but conserve your cell phone’s battery as much as possible in case there is a power outage.

Make a plan

Finally, implement a plan of action for your family to follow when an emergency happens.  Your family and friends will likely not be in the same location when a disaster strikes.  Make a plan for how you will contact each other, how you will find shelter or get back to each other, and what you will need to do or have in certain situations. With a prepared plan in place and a lot of patience, emergencies can be a lot less scary for you and your family.

 

Best Websites for News

Posted by: on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Categories: General Internet

More people than ever before are changing the way they get their news. Newspapers, radio, and TV are methods of the past, with online news being the top resource. Browsing news stories on-the-go via a mobile device is growing to be the norm, and using apps that bring you news stories right to your device is getting easier for news seekers. There are plenty of avenues to get news from, especially ones catered to your interests.

Why should you get your news online?

Digital news is as accurately and quickly delivered as most other sources of news. Live blogging of current events and up-to-date details of news stories are easy to follow and give the best representation of news as it happens. Plus, getting news online is faster with high-speed satellite Internet.

How fast is HughesNet satellite Internet?

High-speed HughesNet satellite Internet has download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 2 Mbps for you to view content quickly and do more online. Even in rural areas, you can get your news faster than waiting for the newspaper or waiting for your favorite news programs on TV. Choose a HughesNet Internet plan for visiting the news websites that best match your interests.

Which websites are best for me?

Getting your news online may be easy, but deciding which website to go to may be more difficult. Here are some of the most popular websites to get you started on your search for great news stories:

World News

CNN—CNN.com provides the same news stories online as it does on the cable channel of the same name. It delivers breaking news on the top stories in the world and in the United States.

NBC—NBCNews.com gets you the latest breaking news stories in the world and in the United States.

ABC—ABCNews.go.com gives you “now” news following international issues and more in-depth coverage of news stories outlined in ABC’s TV programming.

US News

Fox—FoxNews.com gets you the latest news and videos from current events around the globe and especially concerning the United States. It is also affiliated with its TV counterpart, Fox.

USA Today—Known as The Nation’s Newspaper, USAToday.com provides coverage of noteworthy stories happening in the U.S. and Internationally.

The Washington Post—The online version of this leading daily American newspaper gives readers updated news stories involving politics, business, and entertainment. The paper has a long history with the Washington, DC area and is the most widely circulated source of news in the nation’s capital.

Funny News

Huffington Post—If you like your daily news with a side of comedy, Huffington Post may be for you. It has news mixed with blogs and official coverage of important U.S. events—which makes an interesting way to get your favorite news.

BuzzFeed—Viral content and buzzed about topics are what BuzzFeed is built on. An extensive editorial collection mixed with humor and relevant news stories helps make daily news more sharable and social.

The Onion—This website is where you’d want to go for satirical commentary on current events and trends. If you don’t take your news too seriously, this is the website for you.

Entertainment News

E!—Eonline.com gives you entertainment news and gossip about your favorite celebrities and entertainment-related topics. This website is tied to the E! TV network and also has updates about their TV shows.

Entertainment Weekly—EW.com covers the latest in entertainment news and focuses more on TV, movies, music, and books.

People—People.com details the same stories and more from the popular magazine of the same name. Find celebrity news and exclusive stories here.

There are plenty of websites providing continuous news stories that are available when it’s convenient for you to view them—which is why so many people choose to get their news online.  Choose your favorite site today when you get online with HughesNet high-speed Internet.

How Satellite Internet Can Help You Blog

Posted by: on Friday, October 11th, 2013
Categories: General Internet

Blogging can be a great tool for personal expression. It’s an easy way to update friends and family on your life – or to just sound off on topics that interest you. Share stories, photographs, and even videos. Post links to articles or images you find online. Communicate with readers and other bloggers.

And blogging can be an excellent approach to professional growth, too. Most businesses have a presence online, and blogging is a great way to supplement websites and social media accounts. Everyone from big-time business owners to freelancers can benefit from blogging.

Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or you’re just getting started, satellite Internet can help.

Satellite Internet and your blog

A fast, reliable Internet service is the most important tool for maintaining a blog. A connection you can count on will allow you to keep your blog updated with timely, interesting posts. And blogging experts recommend posting frequently – even up to several times a day – for maximum effect.

With HughesNet satellite Internet service, you can blog from your home with a high-speed broadband Internet connection – no matter where you are. HughesNet service is available anywhere in the U.S., even in rural areas – all you need is a clear view of the southern sky.

Whether you run a personal or professional blog, satellite Internet can help you maintain yours, keeping you – and your readers – happy. Here are some other blogging tips:

Pick the right platform

There are tons of blogging platforms on the Web, and choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Some are high-tech and advanced; others are simple and user-friendly. Some are geared toward images; others, longer blocks of text.

Which one is best for you? That depends on what you want for your blog. Here are some of the most popular options:

WordPress.com

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there. The interface is simple and easy to use – perfect for the beginning blogger. Although WordPress doesn’t allow for a lot of unique customization, they do have a ton of free pre-made designs and themes.

Blogger.com

If you’re a big Google user or a professional blogger, Blogger.com is great – it’s integrated with all your Google apps, and it makes it easy to monitor your traffic. The only downside? To customize your site, you need at least a basic knowledge of HTML.

Tumblr.com

Tumblr is a more image- and video-centric platform – perfect for blogs about photography, interior design, art, or film. Tumblr also has a large, interactive community that makes it easy to gain followers and communicate with readers.

Post the right material

No matter the focus of your blog, you want a site that people like to read. To get – and keep – a loyal following of readers, stick with these rules:

Stick to your topic

If you run a professional blog, you should post industry news, company updates, and other related information. If you have a food blog, you should post recipes. If you have a more personal blog, you have a little more freedom – but you should still try to have a focus.

Post things you’d want to read yourself

This may sound obvious, but it’s an easy rule to forget. If you want to keep your readers interested, post things that you would be interested in – not posts that you’d skip over on someone else’s site.

Start a conversation

You don’t want your blog to exist in a vacuum – you want to interact, both with your readers and with other bloggers. Post links to other sites. Respond to comments and suggestions. Take part in larger conversations in your industry or field of interest.

And the most important rule? Find a fast – and reliable – Internet connection. Get HughesNet satellite Internet service for a high-speed connection, no matter where you live.

Satellite: it’s broadband Internet for all your blogging needs.

How Does Satellite Internet Reach Such Remote Outposts?

Posted by: on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Categories: General Internet

Before satellite Internet, it was nearly impossible for rural towns to have access to high-speed Internet. The investment to lay down costly lines to provide Internet for only a few people was just too much.

Citizens were stuck with slow dial-up Internet until satellite Internet providers, such as HughesNet, introduced high-speed rural Internet.

The problems with dial-up Internet

Dial-up provides Internet via telephone lines, but it’s slow, and you can’t talk on the phone and be online at the same time. And users frequently have to deal with frustrating Internet service outages.

Satellite Internet is a great option for rural areas

Thanks to satellite Internet, rural towns no longer have to deal with slow dial-up service. Satellite Internet providers can bring high-speed Internet to virtually anywhere in the United States.

How does it work?

People nationwide rely on advanced satellite technology to get online. High-speed Internet is brought to rural towns in just three easy steps:

 

1.      The installation process

Don’t worry. HughesNet takes care of it – all of it. A professional will install a satellite dish on or near your house. Then, he or she will install your modem. After all equipment is in place, they’ll check your signal so that you can quickly start getting reliable high-speed Internet by satellite.

 

2.      Go to a website

Once your equipment is installed, it’s time to get online. Open a web browser, and pull up a web page.

 

3.      The satellite path

When you visit a website, your computer sends a request to a satellite approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth. The satellite then contacts the Hughes Network Operations Center (NOC), which finds the website you requested.

Finally, the website sends the information back to the Hughes NOC, then to the satellite, and then to your computer through your dish and modem. The journey takes only a fraction of a second, similar to a cell phone delay.

This process can happen anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky, allowing residents of even the most remote areas to access high-speed rural Internet.

 

Ditch slow dial-up and enjoy doing more, faster online – share photos, download movies, and stream music. Call a HughesNet representative today to learn more about satellite Internet. Order an affordable plan to get high-speed Internet in your home.

Why Can’t I Get DSL Where I Live?

Posted by: on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Categories: General Internet

DSL, or digital subscriber line, uses telephone lines to deliver high-speed Internet access to homes. But many people throughout the country are unable to get DSL.

The limited availability of DSL

The speeds may be fast but the availability of DSL is extremely limited. You’ll only have access if you live in a very specific perimeter. In order to have access to DSL Internet, you must be close to the provider, where the telephone wires terminate. This makes it impossible for many homes in rural areas to get service.

Internet speeds are inconsistent with DSL

The download and uploads speeds of DSL are very unreliable. Your connection is directly related to your distance to the central office. So you might have significantly slower speeds than your neighbor who lives a few homes closer to the provider. Even if you live close to the provider, you might not get the best service. During peak Internet usage hours, your speeds will slow down.

Get high-speed Internet with HughesNet

You might be wondering, “How do I find high-speed Internet providers in my area?” Look no farther than your HughesNet satellite Internet provider. HughesNet is available in all 50 states, even in the most rural areas. Just because you can’t get DSL doesn’t mean you’re stuck with slow dial-up.

Satellite Internet doesn’t provide service through telephone lines, so even remote homes can get high-speed Internet. If you have a clear view of the southern sky, you can access rural high-speed satellite Internet.

Why satellite Internet is better than dial-up

Many people living in rural areas without DSL think dial-up is their only Internet option. Don’t put up with slow speeds any more – get rural high-speed service from HughesNet. In addition to faster speeds, satellite Internet has many advantages over dial-up. With satellite Internet from HughesNet, you can:

  • Use the Internet at the same time as other household members
  • Surf the web and talk on the phone simultaneously
  • Enjoy high speeds that allow you to quickly upload pictures, stream music, and download movies

Get America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet

Where you live shouldn’t determine your quality of Internet. Order HughesNet today and experience high-speed Internet, even in the most rural areas. A professional will take care of the entire installation process so you can surf the web sooner. Call now to learn how you can get high-speed Internet from HughesNet.

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