Technology – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/chathamjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/10888465-four-newspaper-pile-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Vector-newspaper-icon-headline-5580d7a0v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 Technology – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com 32 32 Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Technology – Chatham Journal Newspaper Experience the World of Chatham County, NC Technology – Chatham Journal Newspaper http://chathamjournal.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chathamjournal.com/category/business/biz-technology/ TV-G 63016882 Randolph Telephone Telecommunications is bringing high-speed Internet to the Silk Hope community http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/03/randolph-telephone-telecommunications-bringing-high-speed-internet-silk-hope-community/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 02:35:17 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7725 Silk Hope, NC – The wait is over for the residents and businesses in parts of the Silk Hope community. The Randolph Communications Board of Directors met on the evening of Tuesday, June 27 and approved the first step—PHASE 1—to bring high-speed…

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Silk Hope, NC – The wait is over for the residents and businesses in parts of the Silk Hope community. The Randolph Communications Board of Directors met on the evening of Tuesday, June 27 and approved the first step—PHASE 1—to bring high-speed internet to the underserved broadband customers in that area.  We are calling this expansion, Project: Silk Hope.

Who is included in Phase 1?  Phase 1 includes residents and businesses on the Silk Hope Liberty Road (starting at Bowden Road) continuing to the intersection of Silk Hope Liberty Road & Silk Hope Lindley Mill Road (at the Silk Hope Fire Department).  That first phases includes approximately 40,000-feet of construction. Construction is set to begin October 1, 2017, with services being turned by year end 2017 (weather dependent).

Some may be asking what about me?  The entire interest area covers well over 202,000-feet of construction and we have to start somewhere. Phase 1 is contiguous to our boundary and based on sign-ups presents the best business case for our company.  But please don’t worry. We need everyone to continue to submit their applications. We are still lacking the number of applications other areas. Therefore to complete additional phases we need more applications on the designated proposed fiberhood routes. Those fiberhood routes are being updated and will be visible on our myrandolphfiber.net very soon.

Will there be additional Phases?  Absolutely, if we receive enough applications along the designated fiber routes.

Please know that Project: Silk Hope is a huge priority for Randolph Communications. We will be doing door-to-door canvassing efforts in the community and would welcome more meetings for anyone interested in learning more about our services.  We are committed to providing quality and reliable services on fiber optics but we need your help to make that happen. Submit your application today so your area could become Phase 2. (Additional phases would not begin until beginning of 2018.)

If you have any questions, please email *protected email* or call 336-879-5684. You can also sign up at myrandolphfiber.net or get an application at www.rtti.net and click on forms. Thank you!

 

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Chatham County wants to hear from citizens about Internet service http://chathamjournal.com/2016/10/06/chatham-county-wants-hear-citizens-internet-service/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:26:10 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6894 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County continues to be concerned about large areas of the county with limited or no broadband internet service. While the county is restricted in what it can do to promote more options, the county asks residents…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County continues to be concerned about large areas of the county with limited or no broadband internet service. While the county is restricted in what it can do to promote more options, the county asks residents and organizations to complete an important survey to better document the internet barriers of many residences and businesses.

Internet service“We are asking every household or organization to complete a survey to help us better communicate to state and federal officials the severity of broadband access issue in Chatham County, which likely is true in many other rural counties,” said Darlene Yudell, director of Management and Information Systems for the county.

Current state maps showing broadband coverage in North Carolina do not accurately portray the situation, according to Yudell. “It is up to us to show areas that are unserved or underserved. We also have to deal with the fact that several state regulations and laws restrict what counties can do to promote more broadband options in those areas.”

Chatham County is urging every household or business to complete the survey by November 11, 2016, but the county will continue to collect information as long as people will send it. “The  sooner you get your form in, the sooner we can develop effective strategies to bring more internet options to Chatham County.”

To take the survey online, visit: chathamnc.seamlessdocs.com/f/ChathamBroadbandSurvey

Those who want a survey copy mailed or emailed to them should send email to *protected email* or send by mail to Chatham County MIS, 158 West St., Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Using Verizon LTE instead of CenturyLink DSL http://chathamjournal.com/2016/07/12/using-verizon-lte-instead-dsl/ Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:31:32 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6677 By *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – I’ve seen this mentioned as an alternative. It’s already been mentioned that the data caps are an issue, but also a wireless LTE network is not the same as a wired DSL network, some…

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Pittsboro, NC – I’ve seen this mentioned as an alternative. It’s already been mentioned that the data caps are an issue, but also a wireless LTE network is not the same as a wired DSL network, some ways good some ways bad.

I have CenturyLink DSL at home and a Verizon LTE Jetpack at a business I help with. I also use my phone’s LTE connection as a backup to the CenturyLink DSL sometimes so I have done a lot of comparison between them.

Verizon truckThe LTE network is VERY variable, even over a few minutes the speed can range from blazing to pokey.  It’s more affected than DSL by external factors like the weather, how many other users are around, etc.

It’s not just the internet bandwidth that’s variable with LTE, it’s also the radio bandwidth, so your coverage is also affected by how many cell users are sharing your tower right now. The coverage area of a Verizon tower shrinks as more people use it. This is by design and it even has a name, see this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_breathing_(telephony), but we notice the effects more drastically in rural areas where there are fewer towers that aren’t as close together, so when your tower wants to offload you to another one, there isn’t another one nearby to take the load.   The closer you are to the tower the less affected you are by this type of stuff.

At my house, the LTE coverage usually drops to near zero within a few minutes of a DSL outage, as people in the area switch to using it. If traffic is heavy on a nearby highway or there are a lot of Verizon users  in the nearby Jordan Lake recreation areas on a holiday weekend, my LTE coverage is significantly affected.

It’s also harder to keep a connection up with LTE. If you dial in to work with a VPN or if you stream, or do other things that require a steady connection, LTE will be very challenging. Another thing that can be a challenge is a secure site that logs you out if it detects a network change or a network drop.  If you mainly surf the web or download files you may not notice this as much. I don’t know why, I just assume it’s due to the variability and also nature of a radio signal vs a wired one.

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Chatham Community Library is offering free computer classes in May and June http://chathamjournal.com/2016/05/08/chatham-community-library-offering-free-computer-classes-may-june/ Mon, 09 May 2016 04:50:15 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=6245 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in May and June. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below.  You can find a full description of the classes, including topics…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in May and June. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below.  You can find a full description of the classes, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ComputerClassesCCL.

cclaptopUsing the Library’s Online Catalog:  May 9, Monday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance:  May 11, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Computer Basics, Part 1:  May 18, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Computer Basics, Part 2:  May 25, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance:  June 8, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Internet Basics, Part 1:  June 14, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Internet Basics, Part 2:  June 21, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Zinio (digital magazines):  June 30, Thursday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (May 11 and June 8) do not require registration.  For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend.  Register online at the link above.  For more information, call 919-545-8086 or email *protected email* .

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

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Chatham Community Library offering free computer classes in January & February http://chathamjournal.com/2016/01/04/chatham-community-library-offering-free-computer-classes-in-january-february/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:51:27 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5560 Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in January and February.  The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. All classes are free and open to the public. However, registration…

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Pittsboro, NC – Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in January and February.  The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below.

free computer classes at Chatham LibraryAll classes are free and open to the public. However, registration is required unless otherwise noted. Class size is limited. To register for a class, call 919-545-8086, register online, sign up in the library, or send an email to *protected email*.

Click on the name of the class for a full description.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY:

eBook Assistance:  January 6, Wednesday, 1, 1:30, or 2 PM (30-minute, one-on-one sessions)

Drop-in Computer Assistance:  January 13, Wednesday, 4 – 5:00 PM

eBook Assistance: January 21, Tuesday, 10, 10:30, or 11 AM (30-minute, one-on-one sessions)

Internet Basics, Part 1:  February 1, Monday, 3 – 4:30 PM

Drop-in Computer Assistance:   February 10, Wednesday, 4 – 5 PM

Internet Basics, Part 2:  February 15, Monday, 3 – 4:30 PM

Microsoft PowerPoint, Part 1:  February 18, Thursday, 10 – 11:30 AM

Microsoft PowerPoint, Part 2:  February 25, Thursday, 10 – 11:30 AM

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the library’s events calendar. Sign up to receive automatic email notifications when a new class is added. (Be sure to select Library Adult Events.)

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (January 13 and February 10) do not require registration.

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

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Over the air television signals around Pittsboro http://chathamjournal.com/2015/09/13/over-the-air-television-signals-around-pittsboro/ Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:36:27 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=5121 by *protected email* Pittsboro, NC – For more than 20 years, we have lived in a heavily wooded area full of 80 foot plus hardwoods. Some were within ten feet of our antenna which was about fifty feet up mounted…

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Pittsboro, NC – For more than 20 years, we have lived in a heavily wooded area full of 80 foot plus hardwoods. Some were within ten feet of our antenna which was about fifty feet up mounted on our chimney –that didn’t even come close to clearing the trees. Also we live on a ridge at an elevation of 500 feet several miles east of Pittsboro with only one major ridge between us and the Raleigh towers. Because Greensboro is higher than us by more than 300 feet, we get more reliable over the air (OTA) signal from those stations than Raleigh. Regardless, we get about 35 OTA stations (that includes x.1, x.2, etc. and has several with duplicate programming).

TV antennaSo one thing you need to be sure you do is to is use an antenna rotor or at least rotate the antenna manually while watching the signal strength on the stations you want most.  I find a rotor unnecessary as our station towers are either east or west and the newer digital HD antennas pull from both directions and are more multi-directional than older models. In addition, an antenna booster can significantly improve your reception. Also, remember that elevating your antenna by 10 feet (or even more) may result in MAJOR improvement of your reception. I would do any or all of these things before considering the pines. They may be a totally irrelevant consideration.

What you need to provide if you want specific help about those pines is your general location in relation to Pittsboro, your approximate elevation and whether you are in a valley or on a ridge, how high the antenna is, how high the pines are (though I assume 50-60 feet), what is the direction of the pines in relation to your antenna (N, S, E or W), and are the pines on a ridge near you. The reality is that even one large pine near your antenna can cause problems by reflecting the TV signal. Also if all the pines are 50 feet or more away, they may not be causing problems at all. I seriously doubt that selectively trimming pines is going to change your situation.

If you haven’t already, for some really great and helpful information, go to anntennaweb.org.  I just re-checked my location with them and they report that up to 34 OTA stations may be available — remarkably accurate.

As a relevant aside, last year we had to remove the one huge oak closest to the antenna and that did improve our reception. But the major thing was that with the oak in place, our OTA signals from Raleigh were so heavily affected that I had to orient the antenna somewhat toward the NW though, the towers are slightly to the SW. After we removed the tree, I was able to get an even stronger signal by re-orienting the antenna to the SW pointing directly at the Raleigh towers. The channels most strongly affected were channels 5, 50 and 17.  The others from both Raleigh and Greensboro/WS did not change much. (Variations of location, relative position, and signal strength).

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