said by bbinabox:
Continued from yesterday:
Dang - why can't you just take a compliment and move on. Or does confrontation just happen to be your thing?
.said by bbinabox:
Hughes originally developed their platform for the military and its based on proprietary, non-standard, technologies, the HughesWay. (hey that could be their NEXT name change!)
This proprietary aspect of the DirecPC service as well as the incompatibility of the DirecPC hardware with industry accepted Operating Systems such as Windows 95, 98, NT.4 is what caused an early negative opinion among consumers and enterprises of satellite Internet services which obviously remains today.
I have no idea where you lifted those statements from, but it smells quite like revisionist history to me. Either that, or a complete lack of comprehension. I spent 1970-1991 as military telecommunications controller/administrator/manager/engineer. From 1973 right through my retirement, I was increasingly involved with the satellite end of it. During those years, Hughes majority contributions were "proprietary" for a reason
; national security
. Those "proprietary" systems they built were spec'd BY the government FOR the government. So yes - from an obtuse civilian viewpoint - they would have been "proprietary". But that was on purpose.
But like Don's already mentioned, they've long since divested themselves from that business. Matter of fact, HughesNet didn't sign a government contract until 2005 (»www.governmentcontractswon.com/d···sp?yr=08
) and since then have only done about $707K worth of business with Uncle Sam. I'm thinkin' they probably make that much in a week off of current HughesNet subscribtions.
Plus, the Internet as you know it now - didn't even exist during most of those years. I was still sending email via mainframe long lines right through 1985. The closest thing to an "inter-net
" was a disconnected conglomeration of ARPANET, BBN, and DDN. But it evolved quickly. About 10 years later Hughes introduced their consumer grade (1-way) satellite internet systems, usually referred to here as "the old gray dish". They and the following DW3000/4000 were PC based. Starting with the DW6000 in 2003, all subsequent consumer grade modems have been self-hosted - like your SW20.
Obviously your "source" was writing about something else, because those old PC-based DirecPC systems were in fact Windows compatible. I first used an old gray on Win95, then Win98. The first "gray" modem was a PCI card, the second was USB external. But that one was not backwards compatible, cuz USB wasn't a reality until Win98SE. If you had your thinking hat on, it may have dawned on you that Microsoft was a key player in the consortium that created USB.
Yet here you are now, extolling the merits of the 2009 SW20 - by attempting (poorly) to defame an antique. Just out of curiosity, at what point on the technological ladder was SkyWay in 1995? And I think you'd find it enlightening - surprising more likely - to research just how much "technology" the SW20 actually shares with the HN7000S.
Some folks actually invent stuff, and for that - they earn my respect. Others just buy stuff off the shelf and put their name on it. That's all fine and good. But among this latter group are the few who seem to (unwisely) want credit for what's inside........
HN7000S/98cm Prodelin/2w Osiris/ProPlus - G16/1250H/Germantown - NAT 220.127.116.11/Gateway 18.104.22.168/DNS 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 - Firefox 3 - AV/Firewalled by NIS2009