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Five ways to trick out your work station


If you’re going to be behind a desk for eight hours or more a day, you may as well make the space your own. In fact, one of the best things about being an entrepreneur or start-up hero is that you’re not bound to the cube life and you can create a personalized, unconventional space. Here are a few tech and life hacks to trick out your workstation.

Five messenger apps for business that improve email

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Messenger apps for business communication

Today’s small businesses and entrepreneurs need communications tools that can keep up.

Email and cluttered inboxes are out and streamlined, secure messenger and chat services are in. Where email fails, messenger apps pickup so that businesses can stay connected, collaborate and work efficiently. They also provide affordable, high-tech options that can better serve today’s advanced business culture.

Let’s explore a few messaging apps that enhance communications and help you succeed at work in the digital age.

How fiber optics work: getting down to fiber basics

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Learning how fiber optics work

To those of us who are perhaps less familiar with the practical applications of communicating with light, it can seem almost like magic how fiber optics work. Pictures, videos, emails, phone calls and more, traveling through glass fibers as thin as human hair, all at the speed of light. Fiber optics technology is a marvel of human ingenuity, not to mention physics and design, and with it comes high-capacity digital communications for a modern age.

Historically, copper was used to wire homes to telecommunications networks, mostly for the use of telephones. In many ways, copper was suited for voice signal. However, with the advent of the Internet, copper’s time had come. As with all major technological shifts though, especially when there’s infrastructure involved, the change doesn’t happen overnight. Fiber is the infrastructure that will meet our massive and growing digital needs.

If you’re curious about how fiber optics work on a smaller scale (with big implications), read on. This post will cover how optically pure glass strands are used to transmit information as light as compared with copper, that transmits information as electrical signals.

College basketball streaming: a cord cutter’s guide

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Watching college basketball online and over the air

The 2017 college basketball season is now here and watching as a cord cutter is easier than ever!

We’ve put together a helpful guide to watching college basketball without the high cost and long-term contracts of cable TV. Between over-the-air channels you can receive with an antenna to multiple online streaming services, including some free options, you won’t miss a thing.

Crazy fast, reliable Internet for Charlottesville

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Reliable Internet for families who use the Internet

Everyone in the house doing whatever they want online, whenever they want. Streaming music, sending messages, watching videos and streaming TV on demand. It’s not a pipe dream, as Barracks Rugby resident Charles and the Davis family can attest.

“I think we’re pretty normal, average users by today’s standards,” Charles explains. “We predominately use Internet services above anything else.”

Sounds pretty normal to us, though the family’s previous provider just couldn’t keep up. When Charles saw Ting was bringing a brand new, all-fiber network to Barracks Rugby, the decision to switch to crazy fast fiber Internet wasn’t a difficult one.

Now the Davis family can do whatever they want online without getting in each other’s way. There’s no practical limit to the number of devices or people that can be online in the house at once.

The family loves the Barracks Rugby neighborhood because there’s lots of other families and kids and its close to everything downtown Charlottesville has to offer. The most reliable Internet in town by far is just another reason that Barracks Rugby is a great place to call home.

Interested to see what crazy fast Internet can do for your family? Check out… or maybe just ask Charles.

What to expect when we’re working on construction in your neighborhood

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Here’s everything you need to know about Ting fiber network construction.  When our crews come into your neighborhood, we do our best to make the whole process as efficient and smooth as possible.

This post focuses on the underground work we do in the county easement. It’s worth mentioning, our work on the Charlottesville network is primarily aerial. You may also see us stringing fiber cables from electrical poles so fiber can make its way to homes, businesses, apartment buildings and more.