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  • Referrals based upon successful installation of AirMax at the residence/business.
  • You may enter yourself as the referral for your own activation if there is no other referrer.
  • One entry per AirMax activation.
  • Referrers may be entered multiple times for the same tablet drawing. Each referral is another entry for the drawing.
  • Each tablet will be drawn from a group of 10 referrals.
  • Referrals not winning a tablet will be held for additional drawings to be held at a later date.
  • Tablet referral program effective until April 1st, 2016. Referral program may be changed, or prize may be changed at that time. Don’t worry, it won’t go away, we just may want to make it better!

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Internet options in the Round Valley Area

Update with NEW recommendation!

Update: February 21st, 2016.  

Your current Internet options in the Round Valley area: (new recommendation of AirMax.  Scroll down to see why).

1 – AirMax (Microwave) – AirMax offers a number of plans that cater to different groups of Internet users.  Most common plans are $40 per month (6Mbps down/2Mbps up) and $55 per month (10Mbps down/4Mbps up).  This technology relies on line-of-sight to the tower.  The link provided above has a map of locations of towers in our area, and the AirMax team continues to build out the network to provide more coverage to more addresses.  I have performed extensive testing on this service since September of 2015, and have been satisfied with the over-all service levels in various weather conditions.  My concerns about it being a wireless technology, and having latency has been minimized the longer I have the service running.  Streaming content as well as on-demand needs such as online gaming are not hindered over this Internet connection.

  • For the gamers reading, NAT level 2 is provided for this connection.  This allows you to host games from your Internet connection.
  • As of 2/21/2016, the updated date of this post, there is no public IP/static IP option with this ISP.  It is the only big caveat I have found with the service that makes it limiting.  I have found workarounds for my own needs, but have also engaged AirMax to begin conversations in expanding their service to provide this as an option for their customers.  It would enable more businesses to make AirMax their primary Internet connection if they have hosted services at their location.

2 – Verizon LTE (3G/LTE) –  I’ve seen ~50Mbps down and ~15Mbps up. The obvious downside to this is that unless you have a grandfathered “unlimited” plan, you will find your data cap rather quickly.  Since the upgrade to LTE, I have seen these speed be consistent.  I also use Verizon’s data services through my iPhone or iPad when traveling.  It is a much safer option while traveling when your other option is the Hotel’s free/pay wireless Internet.  Public WiFi in general is a great way to contract a virus or malware.  It is ZNET’s recommendation to avoid public WiFi when transmitting personal information of any kind.

3 – Frontier Communications (aDSL) – My provisioned 6Mpbs connection usually runs in the 3.5Mbps range with a constant .36Mbps up. It is aDSL so you upload speeds will be affected by the amount of your current downloads. The service appears to be oversold and saturated in local markets, which cause speed issues or total unavailability of service to certain areas.  Frontier has also placed a new WAN link between the Springerville C.O. and Show Low.  This was anticipated to increase and stabilize existing provisioned speeds for aDSL users.

  • Frontier Communications offers dry-loop or “naked” DSL for those not wanting a “home” phone service coupled with their aDSL connection.
  • Frontier Communications offers dedicated circuits as well, but these are not covered in this post as they are not a typical solution for most residential/business users.

4 – Wi-Power (Microwave) –

Wi-power now offers a “media” plan offering a 10Mbps bursted service with dedicated speeds of 5Mbps if you have line of sight to that particular tower.  Pricing is ~$100 per month as of late 2015 for the media plan.

I have called and spoken with their local and regional staff. They will sell “bursted” data, but will only guarante 1.5Mbps up and down.  While discussing my options with Wi-Power they asked what I used the Internet for and how many devices I had.  At the end of our conversation they recommend I stay with my current ISP because they couldn’t guarantee the speeds I was requesting.

5 – DishNET (Satellite) – Offering allowance-based Internet similar to Verizon and other cellular data plans.  The difference is, once you download/upload your allowance your speeds are “significantly reduced for that data allotment period for the remainder of the billing cycle.”  When I installed HughesNET in the early 2000s, this equated to around dialup speeds.  This is also not a good option for any real-time data needs such as stocks and online gaming.  The sheer distance the data is traveling causes latency.

6 – CellularONE (3G/4G being built out). Cellular Data Plan similar to Verizon LTE. Pricing available per GB of traffic.  CellularONE is currently working to build out their 4G network.

7 – Various dial-up services. Do we really need to discuss these? Synchronous 56Kbps connections dependent upon the quality of the cable ran between the C.O. and your computer.

UPDATED Recommendation:  The all-around best choice is AirMax.  I have always looked for a faster, more reliable option for my Internet connection.  I rely on it professionally for work as well as personally for media streaming.  Finding AirMax, meeting their team, and beginning to use it in Q3 of 2015 resulted in me dropping my previous ISP.  I have also became the direct reselling agent for AirMax in our area.  It is both the product I have in my home, and the product I recommend for almost every residential and business Internet need.

Windows XP End-Of-Life (April 8th, 2014)

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Windows XP came out when I was in High School.  It was installed on my eMachine I had previously upgraded the RAM from 64MB to a whopping 128MB while it still had been running Windows ME.  (Let’s not derail on Windows ME, I actually had a good experience with the Vista of my High School years)  It’s Celeron 733MHz processor did really well running the new, fancy Operating System.  It was a more refined Windows 2000 Professional which I also really enjoyed.  For the first time I was able to change my IP without having to reboot.  That was a huge deal while taking the CCNA curriculum.

Anyway, Microsoft will be finally ending support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014.  At this time there will be no further security patching for the Windows XP Operating system.  It will be a very, very long run in a world of annual revisions of Apple OS X and bi-annual revisions of many mainstream Linux distributions.  Also ending support at this time will be Microsoft Office 2003.

If you are still running Windows XP (I still am in a virtualized environment), then now may be the time to look at your hardware, and see if it is upgradable to a newer Microsoft Operating System.  I’m not going to just start pointing you to a Windows Upgrade Assistant to Windows 8, as I think it definitely has it’s issues ESPECIALLY if you dod not have a touch screen.  I think if you want to stay in the Windows environment then Windows 7 is a smart choice at this point.  Or, if your desktop is about as old as Windows XP itself, then it may be time to look at an upgrade.  New hardware is more affordable than you might often think.

Either way, please contact us and let us help you migrate your data today.  Now begins the sunset of Windows XP, which kinda started ~5 years ago anyways.

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Migrating To/From Google Apps From/To Gmail

I had a friend ask about his son’s Google Apps email account.  He would be loosing access to this account soon and would like all of his communications for archival purposes.  His son had just returned home from his mission, and wanted to make sure he got all of his emails before his account was disabled.  So I figured I would make a step-by-step to super simplify getting your emails moved over, after you get back.

1 – Signup for a gmail address.  While not signed in to any account goto http://gmail.com and create an account.  You are not 13 anymore so lets try and avoid superhappytime14 or soccerisdabest1983.  More and more people criticize on our digital life, and a professional looking email will only help.

2 – Once signed up and logged in, click on cog wheel and then mail settings.  Inside mail settings click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.  There you will just need to verify that IMAP has been enabled. (It should be by default.)

3 – Log out of your new professional sounding gmail account.

4 – Log onto your mission email address. http://myldsmail.net

5 – When logging in your will be prompted with information saying your account has been disabled, please note the information the give you.

EXAMPLE:

POP Server: pop.gmail.com

User Name: john.smith@myldsmail.net

Password: $up3rg00dP@ssw0rDH3r3

The information we care about is the User Name and the Password.

6 – From your myldsmail email interface click on cog wheel and then mail settings.  Inside mail settings click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.  There you will just need to enable IMAP and after saving leave all other settings as they are.

7 – Goto http://gmail-backup.com/download (Windows-based Application) and download the newest release of their software (at publication this process was successfully done with version 1.07)

8 – Install and run the software

9 – Enter the entire User Name into the first field labeled gmail login. Remember that is john.smith@myldsmail.net and not your username you usually login with.

10 – Enter the password provided in the next field below.

11 – Click Directory and make a new folder somewhere (I put mine on the desktop) to save everything in.

12 – Change the Since Date field to appropriately reflect the entire mission of your missionary.

13 – Click the Backup button, and then depending on how avid of a typist you were as a missionary, and how many pictures your sent you may be here a while.

14 – Once completed, change the gmail login and password fields to reflect your new professional looking gmail address.

15 – Click the Restore button, and again dependent upon your Internet connection and backup size you will be here for even a longer amount of time.

16 – Hooray, your email has been migrated to your new inbox.  I found that the emails were accessible when clicking on  the All Mail button, but then can be moved back into the inbox by highlighting all messages and clicking the Move to Inbox button.

17 – After moving your mail, you may want to snag your contact as well.  To do that:

  1. Sign in to myldsmail.net
  2. Click Contacts along the side of any Gmail page.
  3. From the More actions drop-down menu, select Export….
  4. Choose whether to export all contacts or only one group.
  5. Select the format in which you’d like to export your contacts’ information. Please note, some of these formats can lose some contact information.
    • To transfer contacts between Google accounts, use the Google CSV format. This is the recommended way to back up your Google Contacts.
  6. Click Export.
  7. Choose Save to Disk then click OK.
  8. Select a location to save your file, and click OK.
  9. Log out, and log into your gmail account
  10. Click Contacts along the side of any Gmail page.
  11. From the More actions drop-down menu, select Import….
  12. Locate the downloaded google.csv file, and click OK.
  13. Your contacts have now been imported into your new gmail account as well.

*Gmail contacts method partially taken from Google Support

18 – Alright sir/mam, you are ready to take on the world with all the emails from the past two years (or eighteen months).

WiFi Reliant Cellular? – Republic Wireless

 

A new beta has been opened called Republic Wireless. The concept is that most people are around WiFi roughly 60% of the time, and Republic Wireless wants to leverage that by being a hybrid cellular/VoIP phone system. They have an algorithm that determines if you fit within their limits of use while on a cellular network. The hook, $19/month + tax with no commitment. The first phone, the LG Optimus, is an Android-based Gingerbread phone, that will handle the switching between cellular and WiFi. I am not certain if it can hand a call of on-the-fly from WiFi to cellular, but that would be a big hang up for me if it was unable to do so. The phone and first month are $199 + tax, so I want to know what everyone else thinks..

UPDATED: Fun iPhone Keyboard/Accessibility/Sounds Tweaks

Firstly, sorry for the very long post, but I wanted to have all the images included so it would be very easy to follow along on your phone while making these changes. With that said..

With the upgrade to iOS 5 on your phone there are a few, fun additions to the keyboard, sounds, and virbation notifications that really allow you to personalize your iPhone. (Yes, it is something that Android has had available for a while and I’m sure you could have done it with a Jailbroken iPhone, but now it is officially supported. Here are a few tutorials to add some fun customization to your phone.

Reply to a message from a locked iPhone screen.

1 – While your phone is locked, and you receive a notification of a new text message tap on the green Messages icon. It will allow you to slide to the right to reply to the message sent to you. It is a tidbit, but a neat add I think.

Add the Emoji Keyboard to your phone so you can have the cute smiley faces and icons.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Tap the General menu option.

3 – Tap the Keyboard menu option.

4 – Tap the International Keyboards menu option.

5 – Tap the Add New Keyboard… menu option.

6 – Tap the Emoji menu option.

7 – From the Messages or Mail App tap the Globe icon near the space bar.

8 – Enjoy all the cute icons that other iPhone users will be able to see in your messages.

Add custom vibrations to your phone.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Tap the General menu option.

3 – Tap the Accessiblity menu option.

4 – Turn on the Custom Vibrations option.

5 – Return back to the General Settings and tap the Sounds menu option.

6 – Scroll to the bottom and tap the Vibration menu option.

7 – Either choose a pre-packaged custom vibration (I use heartbeat), or tap the Create New Vibration menu option.

8 – Tap the screen and create your own custom vibration notification, and tap Save. Then return to the Vibration menu option and select your new vibration.

Add custom shortcuts (commonly called a text expander) to your iPhone.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Tap the General menu option.

3 – Tap the Keyboard menu option.

4 – Scroll down and tap the Add New Shortcut… menu option.

5 – Enter the phrase you’d like to be expanded, and then add the shortcut you’d like to type. Return to the Message or Mail App and type your shortcut in and a space and see your shortcut filled in. Handy if you constantly need your address, email, anything long or hard to type inputted into a message or text.

Customize the notification tones on your iPhone.

1 – Open Settings.

2 – Tap the General menu option.

3 – Tap the Sounds menu option.

4 – Tap the Notification menu option that you’d like to change. Custom sounds can be added the same as a custom ringtone, but must be under 15 seconds in order to show up in the menu to be a custom tone. I use iRingtones (Mac OS X Application) to create my custom ringtones. It worked like a champ to get my Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda, Mario Brothers, and Call of Cuty: Black Ops sound effects onto my iPhone.

Remote Computer Control with Google Chrome

There are times that you need to show someone how to do something on the computer.  It always isn’t the shortest drive to that computer, so one may look for an option of remote access.  While there are many options available, Google Chrome now has an App that integrates with it’s browser to provide that functionality as well.  You will obviously need Google Chrome, but once you have that downloaded and installed download the Chrome Remote Desktop App.  After getting it installed on your and the remote computer, all you need to do is get the remote access number from other computer and connect.

Source: Lifehacker