Category Archives: Internet tips

Internet speed test results for Best Western Oasis, Joplin MO

I am on a business trip to upgrade servers at Weblogs.us. The servers are located in Tulsa OK, but for tonight I stopped in Joplin MO along the way. Priceline negotiator got me a room for $42 plus tax at the Best Western Oasis. 🙂 That price is nice but internet is a big part of my work so I always try to evaluate the network speeds where I stay. So far I’d give them a C+ but speedtest.net rates

Exede Evolution

Intro and Thoughts: Exede has added a new offering in their satellite internet stable: Exede Evolution. This is the first satellite internet plan that I am aware of which offers high speeds and NO DATA CAP on PHOTOS and TEXT (web pages). That means you can view as many web pages and photos as you want. Downloads of programs or videos still count against the 5GB monthly cap, which can result in slowed speeds for non-text non-photos, but even if

Does Exede support streaming audio? [yes]

Yes it does! Here is a photo showing two Android phones simultaneously playing music via Google Play’s streaming audio service: Pandora was also tested with good success. Likewise even two way communications (Skype) worked well. All of this was done via Exede satellite Internet while other users were surfing the web at the same time. This was in an entirely off the grid setting (solar power, satellite internet). Throughout it all performance was excellent. 🙂

Get rid of Google Voice popup notifications in Chrome

Q. I have an issue where my Google Voice Chrome extension now pops up notifications in the lower right hand corner in a balloon-box. It is quite annoying. I also much prefer the little notification bar by the regular Google Voice icon near the address bar. That one is much more useful to me and makes the popups redundant. Do you have any suggestions on how to hide/disable/remove the annoying Chrome popups? Tami Pain A. Thank you for your question

Trying out Google’s PageSpeed service

I always enjoy a good experiment and if it involves a new web service the all the better. Tonight I am testing out the Google PageSpeed service: So far the results look promising. 🙂 As of right now only a small number of visitors are getting the PageSpeed enhanced version of this site. Tomorrow will be the real test, as that will be when the required DNS changes have propagated out to all visitors. As such, if you notice anything wonky with jdhodges.com