New Possibilities For Accessibility To The Internet

Hey TCH-Family,

Today we’re going to change it up and talk about Starlink. Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite constellation that will use thousands of satellites in low orbit communicating with ground transceivers to bring low latency, high-speed broadband internet to customers throughout the world. SpaceX started launching Starlink satellites on February 22nd, 2018, and has worked up to 422 total satellites in orbit since then with the most recent being the 22nd of April, 2020.

As SpaceX sent its latest batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on the 22nd, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk tweeted that a private beta of Starlink will be available around 3 months from the launch and a public beta about 6 months from the launch. Elon Musk also tweeted that these tests will be available in “high latitude” locations of Canada and the United States. With satellite launches still going out and the announcement of beta tests, it looks like the current state of coronavirus lockdowns aren’t slowing down Starlinks plan to provide service across the globe by early 2022.

Not everyone has been excited about Starlink though. Once Starlink satellites started to orbit they caused a lot of concerns over the effect their bright reflection would have on space research. Because of their low orbit to earth and the link of satellites close together necessary to reduce latency the satellites leave a streak of light pollution interference nearly as bright as a meteor in research telescopes.

Elon Musk also tweeted about SpaceX’s plan to reduce the light pollution caused by Starlink satellites by creating “sunshades” for future satellites being launched along with adjusting the angle of the satellite’s solar panel. 

We’re excited to see what’s to come from the private and public beta testing of Starlink this year and what’s next as SpaceX pushes the future of broadband internet connection on.

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

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Interesting New Tech: Glamos

Hey TCH-Family,

Today we’re going to change it up and talk about the new crowd-funded device, Glamos, that aims to make all of your technology as interactive as touch screen devices.

Glamos uses LIDAR technology to detect a user’s hand movements to control whatever device it’s plugged into. The motion sensor can connect to everything from smart TVs to a tablet through Micro USB 5pin or even Bluetooth with the higher end option. With its small size of 1.5 by 1.3 inches it can be placed just about anywhere the user decides. Its design features a rotating mirror that scans for movements at 40Hz allowing it to detect hand movements within a 3-foot radius with very low latency. This radius is much larger than other similar devices on the market meaning it will be easier for users to adapt to whether it’s to control something as small as a smartphone or as large as a tv.

Glamos motion controls will match those for devices with touch screens from tablets and smartphones to laptops. With its motion sensor it will be able to recreate touch screens in the air for users to swipe and “tap” the 3 ft motion range to control their device the same way they always have. What we at TCH think is cool is its ability to control devices that don’t have touch screens. Whether it’s for controlling a presentation with a swipe in the air to move to the next slide to “tapping”  an invisible touch screen in the air to navigate smart tv menus. As motion sensors start to become popular the possibilities are sure to grow.

Though this motion capture technology is still in its infancy when it comes to consumer products and Glamos is still in its crowdfunding phase we’re excited to see how this technology advances and if it becomes as incorporated into our daily lives as touch screens have.

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

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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.