TotalChoice Hosting Network Upgrade Project Complete!

TCH Family,

The Network Infrastructure Upgrades that have been taking place over the past two months have been completed!  The final phase being completed this weekend with the project being closed as of 5pm EST on 4.26.2020.

We did not expect any outages during the final phase of the rollout, however due to a firmware bug, we did experience an outage to one rack of servers early Sunday Morning.  The issue was corrected approximately two hours later and was actually very difficult to track down. After consulting with Arista’s 24/7/365 Technical Support Team (Switch Vendor) it was thought that there was a possible bug in the firmware version of the software running on Rack 22’s Top of Rack Switching Gear.  A software downgrade was completed and the switching gear rebooted and this brought the switch back online and has been running without issue since.

This upgrade brings additional transit carriers, more bandwidth, additional layers of redundancy and all new Routers, Aggregation and Top of Rack Switching Gear to our network!  This was the largest network project that we have ever done.  I am very pleased to announce that our network is now  stronger then ever and will serve us for many years to come!

Please feel free to test our network by downloading any of these test files :

http://totalchoicehosting.com/speed/1gb.zip
http://totalchoicehosting.com/speed/5gb.zip
http://totalchoicehosting.com/speed/10gb.zip

If you require any further explanations or assistance please feel free to reach out to our support staff here at anytime!

Thank you for your continued business.

8K Phone Camera Video Recording… Useful or Marketing Buzzwords?

Hey TCH-Family,

Today we’re going to talk about 8K video on smartphones and if it’s worth it.

As 4k is becoming the standard there’s been a lot of talk about 8K being the next big thing. 8K video has been around in Hollywood studios since 2016. However the final product from Hollywood is usually 4k at the most since 4K has only recently become the standard. While they are extremely expensive, 8K TVs are starting to be released bringing momentum to the idea of 8K replacing 4K in the near future.

Samsung is pushing for 8K with recently released Samsung S20 being the first smartphone to shoot 8K video. The Samsung S20 can record up to 5 minutes of 8k video at 24fps with a data rate of 80 Mbps so it’s sure to use up a lot of data. At 4 times the resolution of Ultra HD 4K, 8K is a massive resolution of 7,680×4,320. One of the benefits of recording 8K on the S20 is the ability to take 33-megapixel stills from the 8k video. One downside is the S20 only records 8K at 24fps. Depending on what’s being recorded the 33-megapixel still is likely to have a lot of motion blur. Another benefit of shooting an 8K video is you’ll be able to crop in without losing too much image fidelity. Being 4 times the size of 4K you can technically zoom into and crop a video 4 times and still be left with 4k video quality. For most people there isn’t much of a need to crop into a phone that much but it would make a big difference for consumers who may need it.

Apart from taking potentially blurry pictures while filming or cropping into videos, there doesn’t seem to be much use for 8K on smartphones at the time. Most smartphone videos are made to be viewed on other smartphones with 4K being the highest resolution display on the market. Even if they’re viewed on a computer or TV the chances of someone having an 8K display is rare. The Samsung S20 hasn’t been on the market for long so we’ll see if 8K video proves to be useful or if it’s just another marketing buzzword. Let us know what you think about the idea of shooting 8K videos on your smartphone or if you have the Samsung S20 what your experience with it is!

Until next time, thanks for reading and feel free to say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums!

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UPDATE: Network Maintenance Complete!

UPDATE: Network Maintenance is complete. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


TCH-Family,

We are replacing a public switch on our NOC. This may create downtime and network outages. We do not expect any issues to arise from this replacement.  However you can expect brief outages and network slow downs. 

We will update here with further information: TCH-FORUMS

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Meet The Nubia RedMagic 5G, A Gaming Phone With A Industry Leading Display

Hey TCH-Family,
Today we’re going to talk about smartphones again. More specifically gaming smartphones.

Early last month Nubia announced their latest gaming phone, the Nubia RedMagic 5G. On top of two Bluetooth controllers that can be mounted to the phone resembling a Nintendo switch, the RedMagic 5G has separated itself from previous gaming phones with two features that stand out. The first being an internal cooling fan. That’s right, just like a laptop or desktop computer this phone will have air vents on both sides with an internal spinning fan to prevent thermal throttling. We’re not sure how comfortable it will be to use a phone with a vent pushing hot air out or how loud the fan will be but it’s an interesting choice to say the least.

The next feature that sticks out is a 144Hz OLED display, beating the previous fastest smartphone display of 120Hz the display. The 144Hz display is a common and sought after refresh rate for PC gamers because it reduces motion blur making graphics look better. We’re not sure how much of a difference it will make with current mobile games but it’s sure to be a big selling point to gamers.

However RedMagic 5G might not be the only phone with these features for long. Though no details have been announced yet, Lenovo released an ad for their own gaming phone the day after the RedMagic 5G was announced. Lenovo’s ad was a thermal image of their new phone indicating that it will run cooler than the RedMagic 5G. Taking a jab at its new internal cooling system has people speculating that Lenovo will compete with the RedMagics 144Hz display too. We’re not sure how Lenovo’s phone will cool itself but we’re interested to see what they’re going to do differently.

Let us know your thoughts about cooling fans and 144Hz displays on smartphones. Do you think it will make a difference or is it just a marketing gimmick?

Until next time, thanks for reading and feel free to say hi on social media or the TCH-Forums!

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TotalChoice Reseller Hosting Options

Hey TCH-Family,
Today we’re going to talk about our Reseller hosting plans.

Whether you’re a web designer looking to scale or even want to start a web hosting company, we have a Reseller hosting plan that will help you grow your business!

Each of our Reseller servers is hosted in our world-class data centers in Troy, Michigan. Our reseller accounts allow your business to benefit from our industry-leading solutions based on 20 years of experience. The biggest advantage to TotalChoice Reseller accounts is that they come with cPanel’s Web Host Manager (WHM). WHM allows you to control all of your accounts with an easy to use interface. Allowing you to make changes to your accounts in real time!

We offer 4 different Reseller solutions: Simple, Basic, Standard and Deluxe. All of our Reseller hosting plans allow customers to host multiple domains.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our Reseller Solutions:

Simple Resellers:
10GB of Disk Space
200GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $19.99 Monthly Price

Basic Resellers:
20GB of Disk Space
300GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $28.99 Monthly Price

Standard Resellers:
30GB of Disk Space
400GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $35.00 Monthly Price

Deluxe Resellers:
40GB of Disk Space
500GB of Monthly Bandwidth Transfer $45.00 Monthly Price

Each of our Reseller Solutions come with features to make managing your web hosting business easier. Check out the full list of features here.

If those aren’t enough for you, contact our sales team to discuss our Reseller add-on options.

Stay tuned for more on the TCH-BLOG. Check out our Social Media and the TCH-Forums for more updates!
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