Benefits of Motorized Shading Systems

Are you considering motorized shades and drapes for your home? Are you fascinated by motorized shades but not quite sure what all the benefits are? If so, you are not alone.

Many homeowners who are considering motorized options for their window treatments have their interest intrigued by some aspect of a motorized shading solution but are not quite sure if that is worth the investment.  Here, we will talk about some of the top benefits that are associated with motorized window treatments, and help you make a knowledgeable decision about what benefits you can expect from your motorized shades or drapes.

Convenience

Swapping out conventional window coverings for a motorized alternative that can be controlled remotely or by the press of a button as the day progresses is a much more convenient way of limiting the amount of light entering the room.  Use one remote or smart device to control all of your motorized window treatments or schedule your shade adjustments to automatically occur throughout the day.

The Right Amount of Natural Light

Some environments such as conference rooms work better in low light.  With the combination of lighting and shade control, you can achieve the perfect setting and make it   easier to see what is being presented.

When the sun beams through your windows, it may provide a comfy patch of light for your puppy to sleep in, but over time it can wash out all the colors that find themselves in its path. While you may not want to live in a dark cave, lowering your shades during the brightest part of the day can extend the life of your furniture, rugs, and even your wall paint. Family photos will also be protected from unintentional aging.

Security

When the shades move up and down throughout the day, your house looks as if someone is there, even when you might be hundreds of miles away.  Most control systems allow the shades (and the lights) to operate in a random pattern rather than on a predictable schedule, giving your home a real lived-in appearance.  This could make your home less of a target and may also prevent someone from taking an unauthorized peek.

Now that you know a bit more about the benefits of motorized shading systems, it makes sense to start thinking about budget, whether you want to motorize all of the window treatments in your home, or just certain rooms, and where this project falls in your home remodel or renovation budget. With so many benefits of a motorized shading system, you will soon love your home even more with these added features.

Enjoy Outdoor Entertainment in SWFL with Landscape Speakers

With an average of 266 days of sun per year in SWFL, we like to bring the entertainment outside.  No matter how you plan to use your backyard, make sure not to forget the most important ingredient to any gathering: the music.

By incorporating landscape speakers into your outdoor entertainment system, you can amplify the fun in every corner of your backyard with the touch of a button.  No matter the size of your outdoor space, properly placed landscape speakers will let you enjoy high-quality sound in any part of your backyard.  From the patio to the hot tub, your music will follow you wherever you go, thanks to evenly distributed satellite speakers and subwoofers that cover your backyard with high-end audio.  Not only do landscape speakers produce crystal clear sound, but they are also designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions and to perform at their best no matter the conditions outside.

Say goodbye to audio dropouts, muffled sound, and uneven volumes.

Hidden strategically throughout your garden beds and foliage, landscape speakers offer stunning sound while keeping eyes on the natural attraction of your backyard.  In addition to properly placed satellite speakers, every subwoofer is safely buried underground, exposing only the cap for a powerful, camouflaged bass.  Unlike dedicated patio speakers, landscape speakers cover every inch of your exterior environment with evenly distributed audio of your choice.

Patio speakers offer decent stereo sound, but that sound is limited only to your patio. Once you walk away to grab yourself a beverage or take a dip in the pool, that sound trails away.  Creating an evenly distributed soundscape in an uncontrolled environment can be difficult if you are unsure of where to best install your speakers and subwoofers.  In many cases, living on the water can even cause the audio to amplify as it travels above the water’s surface, which may result in frustrated neighbors who do not want to hear your music.  When we install your landscape speakers, we will create a sound field that points back to your house instead of out toward the water so that it does not reflect onto your waterfront and amplify into your neighbors’ yards.  Your music will stay within the confines that we set instead of getting lost outside the perimeter of your home.

Our team at Gamma Tech is ready to help you bump up the outdoor fun this season with a dynamic and reliable landscape speaker system that promises future enjoyment for the whole family.

The Importance of Organized A/V Cabling

 

While your A/V equipment rack may be hidden and out of sight, it is important to keep it clean and tidy as this will be your command center workstation.  The benefits of a properly dressed A/V rack go beyond just “looking good”.  It will help make your system operate great as well.  This is where the core of your system lives, and it is important to maintain.  Here are a few reasons to place importance on a well-managed and dressed rack.

-When your A/V rack is installed correctly and organized, the cables and connections will be easier to trace.  This will eliminate any confusion about which source leads to which output, while your tech is servicing or changing out any equipment or making any updates.  This will also help prevent any unnecessary stress due to overwhelming and unorganized cable management.

-An organized rack will also allow your equipment to breathe easier.  Avoiding messy cabling will let the fans do their job and help to keep your equipment cooler.  This will effectively make your equipment cool down and last longer.

-One of the most important reasons in having a well-dressed rack is to avoid electromagnetic interference.  It is very important that the power source is routed separately from your Category wires and audio and video cables.  Separating these cables will reduce interference in your system and allow it to run as smoothly as possible, which is critical, as your system is running 24/7.

Your A/V rack may not be the central focus and wow factor of your home but keeping it well maintained and wired correctly will ensure that your command center operates correctly to allow future enjoyment of your Audio/Video system.

At Gamma Tech, we will help you with your installation from concept through completion and offer ongoing support after your project has been installed.

 

Tech Talk Post COVID19

We have all witnessed the rapid changes during this pandemic and how we all go about our daily lives.  Instead of talking about toilet paper and hand sanitizer, let’s talk about the future of tech and changes we will begin to see due to the outbreak of COVID19.

You will start to notice even more of daily life taking place online as businesses and consumers frequent online banking, video conferencing, remote education, video calls, e-trade and more. People who have been avoiding online services will change their minds as the virus will show how crucial the web is during the lack of in-person interactions. Houses without the internet (yes, there are millions of these) will also give in and get service. And for those who are already tech savvy, their online habits will increase. I would expect that consumers will upgrade internet speeds and even consider backup plans, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot from a cellular carrier. Many people now trying to work from home are experiencing weaker speeds. The answer to this will be a faster plan and new wireless equipment.

Computers, printers and other IT gear will see a longer spike in interest. There was a scramble to buy laptops and monitors for home offices as the coronavirus hit. In some cases, these are must-have purchases for people stuck working from home. Many will want to prepare their home office for both future disruptions and for a future in which remote work is more common.

Demand will soar for telehealth services.  Virtual doctor visits and other forms of remote tracking can help alleviate hospitals, bringing more care to more people.  Biometric fingerprint readers will see a steep decline, since they rely on users making physical contact with a device or screen. That raises huge red flags when there’s an infectious disease that is transmitted on shared surfaces. Even routine deep cleaning won’t be able to convince many people to touch or press shared fingerprint readers.  This may lead to more contact-free facial detection. These are commonly used by law enforcement, border control and at airports.

The use of smartphones and location data will be critical. The country now has had to consider the tracking of people who test positive for COVID19.  Infectious disease experts say that this can speed the recovery and prevent future outbreaks. Google and Facebook are already in contact with the federal government to share anonymous location data, according to reports. Other tech companies, large and small, are looking to innovate with location-tracking technology use. Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple are among the leaders in facial recognition research.

Expect federal regulators to speed up the adoption of delivery drones. Drones can be a vital resource in a pandemic. China has experimented with using drones during coronavirus for shipping medicine, disinfecting public areas and delivering food which has helped to control the spread.  The focus with drones will first be on lifesaving uses, such as delivering medicine and virus test kits. More drones will be sold for surveillance and monitoring by police.  American drone companies will likely take priority over foreign makers for many government contracts, but this won’t be that easy. China based company DJI, controls a large majority of the market. American makers include Impossible Aerospace and Skydio. Also look for systems from Google’s Project Wing and Amazon’s Prime Air to come aboard soon.

As we all struggle with the impacts of this crisis it is encouraging to know that human creativity is a great source of remedies to our problems.

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Cord Cutting (Should you make this switch)

 It’s 2019 and cable is reminding you more and more of Sear’s and Toy’s R Us by not adapting to the times. “That’s it” you mutter to yourself. “I’m taking these cable boxes back and streaming everything!” … but wait, is it really that easy? can you get all of the content you had before? Are hallmark movies and Sunday Night Football still viable without a cable box? The answer is yes but it may not go as smooth as you’d hope. keep reading and gamma tech will break this down for you.
Table of Contents
1. Live TV Options
2. Streaming Options
3. Should you Switch?

 


Live TV Options
So you’re cutting the cord with the cable company but you still need your live TV. Don’t worry, there are actually many options available to you. It all depends on what you want to watch.
If basic local channels are all you need than a simple HD antenna may be a great fit for you. Plug that baby in, set it in a viable location and channels 1-20 are more than likely yours. Fox, ABC, CBS, and PBS are accessible for zero dollars a month. The problems with antennas are their poor and unreliable reception. Remember the old bunny ears you had to move every couple weeks to get a clear picture? These antenna’s are the same technology. Easy to install and easy to cause headaches.
Okay, so the chance of missing the last play of the Super Bowl scares you and you don’t want an antenna. There are other options available although we left the realm of no monthly charges. Live TV streaming services such as Hulu TV, YouTube TV, and Sling allow you to watch live TV over a stable internet connection. These services average about $35 per month. Still much cheaper than cable. The list of channels usually include your local channels and extended basic. Think of your 1-100 channels from standard cable. The faults are that you’re still missing out on your premiums likes HBO and Showtime and you’re losing your ability to channel surf. If tech isn’t your thing, streaming may not be as easy as you’d hope. All of these streaming options come in the form of apps. These apps can be downloaded on a smart TV or a smart device such as a Roku or apple tv.

 


Streaming Options
Live TV
Hulu
Hulu allows you to watch a wide variety of shows the day after they’ve aired. They have multiple levels of subscriptions including a commercial option for about $10 a month. (Ah commercials, didn’t think you’d entirely avoid those, right?) Hulu also provides a live TV option for $40 a month. If you’re a sports fan, Hulu is my choice for streaming due to its easy to use layout and included channels. (BIG TEN NETWORK, SEC NETWORK, ETC)
YouTube
Youtube is the classic online video source. A wide open database of user created videos. Recently Youtube has expanded to a different market, Live TV. similar to the others, Youtube offers a $40 paid subscription that allows you to watch live TV channels from a separate YouTube TV app.
Sling
Sling is another Streaming Platform that has made a pretty big name for itself due to its a-la-carte options. Sling starts at $25 a month for its “blue” or “orange” packages. Each with different channels. Users can add on “sports” or “entertainment” packages and see how it adds to their channel list and bill. Sling top package with all the bells and whistles maxes out at $60 per month.
DirectTV Now
A newcomer to the streaming circle. DirectTV now boasts the highest amount of channels available and starts at $45 per month. Like most streaming services, you have the ability to upgrade your package for additional channels. A bonus for HBO and Cinemax fans, due to their long lasting relationship, DirectTV’s add on price for these networks is only $5 a piece.
FuboTV
Fubo is a streaming service focused on sports especially soccer. While including some cable channels they certainly focus on sports giving you access to many soccer channels that other companies don’t provide.

 


The Rest
Netflix
Every time you see your nephew he raves about Netflix. so much so that you want to give it a try. Netflix has rapidly grown into a household name and a juggernaut of content. While Netflix doesn’t show live TV, it has a robust library of previously aired shows and box offices movies. Recently, Netflix has been producing their own suburb content as well. Netflix subscriptions include but are not limited to a base, one TV option for $12 per month and a ultra HD that allows for 4K and HDR streaming for $14 per month.
Vudu
Vudu is a popular app that specializes in movies. Blockbuster movies range from $5 to $10 to rent and $15 to $25 to purchase. Purchased movies are stored in Vudu’s system so you’re able to watch them from any platform. If you want to take advantage of your new 4k TV note that most are available in 4k and HDR. Vudu also has a selection of older movies for free that rotate throughout the year.
 
Hulu’s non live TV
Hulu started back in 2008 as a way to watch your favorite TV shows the day after they air without a cable subscription. Hulu’s basic plans still do just that. If you don’t need to watch live sports or shows then Hulu’s commercial plan at $10 per month would by far be the cheapest option for you.

Premium Networks
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New Problem, Game of Thrones is your favorite show and you can’t miss it. There are streaming solutions available for you as well. Mostly all of the premium networks provide their own streaming services. Download the respective app, sign up for there paid monthly membership and press play. These memberships can range in price and the price depends on the network and streaming service you go with. Some streaming services such as Sling and Hulu allow you to add these premium networks into their plan. This provides you with a more cohesive service and combines your bills from both.

Sports
NBA
NBA League Pass is a standalone product that once you subscribe and pay you’ll have access to all NBA games league wide.
 
NFL
Unfortunately, NFL does not have a stand alone plan so you’ll need one of the above streaming services to watch. The good news is that all live streaming options will allow you to watch football is some aspect!
 
MLB
Similar to NBA, MLB has their season long subscription dubbed MLB.TV.
SOCCER
Most streaming companies don’t allow for much soccer. If you’re a fan, FuboTV is the best way to go.
 
NHL
NHL is similar to NBA and MLB whereas you can pay a set amount and receive access to all NHL’s league wide during the season.

Should You Switch?
Are you a tech savvy and wallet savvy? Cutting the cord might be the right option. Do you care about ease of use and simplicity? A traditional cable box may be the best choice.
The answer can only be determined on a person by person basis. Let Gamma Tech help you figure it out.
Reach out to us here we look forward to serving you!

What Does Gamma Mean?

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Many people ask what Gamma means. Some think it’s for the Greek letter. Others just think I chose it because it sounds cool. But, it means “God Anticipates My Many Actions.” It’s something I came up with as a kid and something that always stuck in my mind for any business I started.

To me it always meant that God is there, waiting on us to make decisions that honor Him and He therefore anticipates our faithfulness. I guess it’s more of a reminder of the fact that although we have free will, God expects our faithfulness. It’s anticipated.

But recently I’ve been introduced to another angle on the meaning. The reality is that my life is full of choices that I can’t be proud of. Certainly choices that God wouldn’t approve of. But these choices are nonetheless anticipated.

By that I mean, God expects my faithfulness but He also expects my unfaithfulness. It’s the reason He sent His son and why we are not worthy of His love or care. It’s encouraging to me at this point in my life to know that God waits for me to return to Him and when I do, He has glorious plans for me.

I’m reminded of the story of the prodigal son. It’s a story in which a rich man has a son who asks for his father’s inheritance early and leaves him. A famine hits the land and the son is quickly out of money and realizes the mistake he made. In humility he comes back to the father and before he can even say anything to his father, the father embraces him and celebrates his return.

It’s a story that quite honestly brings tears to my eyes because I know that son is me. So many times I take matters into my own hands and when I have no where else to turn, I turn to Jesus and He’s there to embrace me and celebrate my return.

If you haven’t yet experienced the peace and the joy that comes from finding Jesus, you’re missing out! God is waiting for you and truly is anticipating the moment you come to Him so He can begin the celebrations.

He knows you’re a screw up, but He loves you because you’re his child.

Our Customers Can’t Stop Talking about Us

Gamma Tech Services is on the rise and we have our customers to thank. Reality is we rely on word of mouth advertising for growth and the growth has been stunning to say the least.

If you haven’t checked out our reviews page, you should. It’s filled with customer after customer writing about their experience with Gamma Tech Services and the overall theme is very positive. Glowing is probably a better description.

The reason is simple: a customer first mentality and treating people as we would want to be treated.

Of course, being good at what we do in our field is very important, but to us it’s secondary. Customers understand that we don’t know everything about everything, but they are comforted in that they are in good hands with techs that demonstrate first class service and excellent competence.

So if you’re looking for technology services ranging from simple computer repair to complex corporate networks to a whole home automation system, look no further that Gamma Tech Services. If you need a further recommendation, just ask around. We know you’ll find that our customers just can’t stop talking about us!