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Shazam application logo for the iPhone.

Shazam is the closest a cell phone can come to magic. Say you’re in a restaurant, a song comes on, and you can’t quite place the tune. In the past, your options were limited; you could try asking your spouse or the waiter for a clue, but that approach risked revealing your ignorance. (That’s “ Sex Machine,” dumb ass.) Shazam—which launched in the United Kingdom in 2002 as a call-in service and became widely known in the United States last year when it hit the iPhone—solves the dilemma in a few clicks. Press a button on your phone, and in seconds you’ll get the artist and song title. Other than playing video games, it’s the most useful thing you can do on your phone. Read more [+]

HughesNet Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!!!! Germantown, Maryland

Do not let anyone you love rent a HughesNet Internet dish.  They are fast talking, with a lot of false promises, then THREATS to ruin your credit.

They promised us High Speed Internet for $86.99 a month. LIE! They promised twenty-four hour technical support. LIE! They promised High Speed Internet.  Lie!  Lie! Lie!

HughesNet will wheel you and deal you, then hit you with all sort of BIG BUCKS BILL that you supposedly owe them.

I called and set up installation time.  They sent me a email telling me that a “certified professional” has been assigned and he will install your “HIGH SPEED Internet”.  He would be contacting us within three days. True.

Kevin  was the installer.  Very nice young man.  We were told by HughesNet to talk with the installer regarding additional installation charges that may apply based on our specific installation requirements.  Payment is do at the time of installation.  “When the installation is complete, you will be billed the initial one-time fee and the first monthly service fee on your credit/debit card.  I was told get details of items included in installation “see www.installguide.HugesNet.com”.

Kevin gave me a blank INSTALLATION REFERENCE SHEET, one of seven.  There is no amount of money, my signature is not on this sheet (page1), Kevin’s name - Date of installation 7/28/2011 - Time AM was all that is on it.  I never received a copy of pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.  I had no company phone number, or mailing address.

I only had Kevin’s cell.  Called six times, NO RETURN phone calls. I couldn’t stay connected to Internet or I would freeze up.  I wasn’t having this problem with another company and I’m not having any problems with this new company.  MAGICALLY stopped when I disconnected HughesNet!

I had Kevin’s cell number in case I had any problems.  He said to call him first, “because the company uses East Indian representatives who barely speak English”.   I called, left messages but no return CALLS.  Not ONE!

Then attempted to email HugesNet, but I was not able to stay connected to Internet.  Even attempting to get on the Internet took 10 to 15 minutes.  Oh I forgot, “I was on High Speed”!  When I wasn’t being dumped off the Internet my keyboard would freeze.  It took almost a minute to unlock.  I couldn’t get out of the site, I couldn’t even disconnect.  That’s right this is HIGH SPEED!

I googled to get a phone number for HughesNet.  Well that was just as much fun.  I called four times before I finally got someone to answer the phone.  And then it went down hill from there.  The first person be it female or male I couldn’t tell, couldn’t understand me any better then I understood her/him.

It was a miserable 10 minutes for both of us.  She transferred me to technical person.

OH MY! Again an East Indian with a horrible accent, every time I had to ask him to please repeat, he became very upset.  Talking even faster.  Then he tried to transfer me.  I knew then I was lost in no-mans-land.  First static then click, then 30 Minutes of click, static .  But no live person.  By then I was willing to talk to “PEGGY”.

This was August 30,2011.  I went back to Internet, got through to a”Chat” text line, Chelsy tried texting me.  But I kept freezing or got thrown off the Internet.  She got part of a message when I finally said I was canceling my account.

I received another email from “DONOTREPLYHUGHESNET” calling me “Ms. Jakee or Jakee”  I had asked them for a RAM Request number and mailing address to return their equipment.  They told me they would be sending a manual of instructions and a boxes with prepaid label.  But it would be any where from 15 to 21 days after cancellation of service,  to send this to me.

August 3, 2011.  I received another HughesNet love note.  Again calling me MS. Jakee and beginning the paragraph with Jakee.  Well at least they spelled my correctly.  Telling me (Jakee) that they were glad to hear I wanted to return the product.  Oh please, it is a piece of garbage that is over priced to begin with.

September1, 2011 they mailed out the “KIT”.  We got it September 6, 2011.  We disconnected everything on August 21, 2011.

In this “Kit”.  I received a nasty threatening letter.  Stating we needed to return the equipment to them within 21 days of the end of your final monthly billing cycle.  NO DATE or EXPLANATION of when the FINAL MONTHLY BILLING CYCLE begins or ends.

“If you fail to return the equipment to us within this period, we will charge your account ( and your previously provided credit card, if applicable) an Unreturned Equipment Fee of $300.00″.  HugesNet had already attempted to with draw this money, the bank called us”.

“Both the modem and radio transmitter must be returned to avoid these fees.  If only the modem is returned, the amount of the fee will be$200.00.  If only the radio transmitter is returned the amount of the fee will be $100″.

“Further, we remind you that failure to return the modem and radio transmitter to Hughes, or to pay the applicable Unreturned Equipment Fee may result in serious consequences to you, as Hughes may elect to report this incident to credit reporting agencies and to pursue any available legal remedies”.

We shipped their modem, radio, power supply, LAN cable.

By FEDEX September 7, 2011.

They sent us Termination bill $335.54.


Rental Fees HughesNet Residential Rental (L)-PRORATED $-9.02,

OTHER FEES Property Tax Surcharge- Prorated $-0.68,

SERVICE FEES HughesNet Basic-Prorated $-54.18,

Total Charge $336.12.


LEASE TAXES MI State $-0.54. 

Issued August 31, 2011.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/14/2011 06:24 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/HughesNet/Germantown-Maryland-20876/HughesNet-Liar-Liar-Pants-on-Fire-Germantown-Maryland-776867. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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FTP From Mac OS X

Did you know that your Mac has a built-in FTP & FTPS client? You don’t need to download any additional software or apps to connect to FTP sites from Mac OS X, instead you can connect to remote servers directly from your desktop by using an excellent and little known feature. If you’ve never used the Mac FTP tools before, you will find them incredibly simple and quite familiar, because the connection utilities and server browsing are much like navigating through the normal Mac desktop. Let’s get started.

FTP from your Mac
If you want to test this by connecting to a real server, use ftp://ftp.mozilla.org and login as a Guest
From your Mac desktop hit Command+K to pull up the “Connect to Server” window (alternatively, you can access this from the “Go” menu)
Enter the address of the ftp server in the following format: ftp://ftp.domain.com
Optional: If you want to add a bookmark to ‘Favorite Servers’ for repeated connections, click on the + icon next to the “Server Address” field
Click on “Connect” and wait to connect to the remote server
Enter the FTP username and password, or connect as “Guest” if the server allows guest connections and click on “Connect” again
Here is what starting a standard FTP connection will look like:20130915-095605.jpg

If you want to use a secured connection instead you just need to make a tiny modification, which we’ll discuss next.
Using FTPS for Secured Connections
If you want to connect to secured FTPS server, all you need to do is prefix the domain with ftps:// rather than ftp://. This is dependent on the remote server having SSL support and acceping FTPS connections, which most servers do. The minor difference is pointed out in the screenshot below:20130915-095616.jpg

Something to keep in mind is that FTPS and SFTP are two different protocols; FTPS is FTP with a secure SSL layer, while SFTP uses SSH (yes, the same protocol that SSH servers are enabled by with Remote Login in OS X). FTPS connections are supported directly in OS X’s built-in FTP functionality, while SFTP through SSH is not accessible through the same “Connect to Server” menu. Nonetheless, OS X does include a native SFTP client as well, and it’s accessible from the Terminal by typing “sftp username@host” at the command line. Because SFTP and SSH in general are generally command line based, that’s really a topic for another article, so we’ll keep things simple here and stick with FTP and FTPS.
Navigating & Transferring Files with FTP & FTPS
Once you are connected to the FTP server, you can browse the remote server like any other local folder on your Mac, because the server is treated just like a normal file system window in the Finder.
Copying files to the remote server, or downloading them to the Mac, is done easily with simple and familiar drag and drop. Navigate to the file or folder you want to copy, then just drag and drop it as if you were copying or moving any other file, and the items will being to transfer to/from the FTP server to the Mac, or vice versa.


By default the window will show as a minified Finder window, but you can expand the window to your familiar Mac OS X Finder style by pulling down the “View” menu and choosing “Show Toolbar”. The main benefit to expanding the window is that you get the forward and back arrow navigation buttons, in addition to sorting options to browse through the FTP server by icon, name, date, lists, and the search functions.
The FTP features in Mac OS X have been around since the earliest days of OS X, and they’re still around in Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard, you name it, it’s supported. While incredibly useful, they are obviously not as developed as third party FTP clients like Transmit or Cyberduck, but if you’re in a bind and just need to quickly connect to a remote FTP to transfer some files back or forth, it’s more than adequate and it does not require downloading anything additional. If you need more advanced features, both of the aforementioned apps are fantastic and integrate well with other apps.
If you were wondering, I have my titlebars set to display full directory paths which is why you see the path on the remote server in the second screenshot.


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