Windows 8 Review

When it comes to using the new OS, Windows 8, There can be some confusion even with experienced windows users. The new interface is set up to be more efficient for tablets and touch screens which can be very frustrating for laptop and desktop users. The greatest complaint Windows 8 has had is, everyone wants their start menu back. Good news for anyone who misses it, you can download it online and get it back. It is called Start Windows 8/StartMenu8, it is free to download and use.

Windows now has a lock screen also, this can be confusing to new users, but it’s as simple as tapping the space bar, touching your screen upward and moving your mouse to show the login screen. All in all windows 8 is faster and more convenient for internet users.There have been a few drastic changes but nothing that can’t be changed back. A great thing to remember is to keep your computer up to date and have updated software compatible with windows 8 for better service.

 

Free Windows 8 start menu: http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

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cat.man.du GREEN – Earth Day 2013 [VIDEO]

I have a confession – I didn’t always care about the earth and the environment. In my 20’s I was of the opinion that I could do whatever I wanted to the environment and not make a significant impact. I am much older and wiser now and I know – just like a drop of water in a lake will create a ripple that will reach the other shore – everything I do has an impact.

When I first started cat-man-du nearly a decade ago we would only have around 10 computers come in for repair in a week. Of those, maybe one would be either abandoned or not worth repairing and we store it in a closet. After a few months would go by, we would take the computers and do what I learned to do with them from the computer company that I had work for in the past – we would do exactly what computer repair companies all over Texas do with eWaste every day – we tossed them in the dumpster. Even writing this now makes me cringe.

 

It wasn’t long before cat-man-du began to grow and we opened additional locations in Canyon, TX and Dumas, TX. Our 10 computers became 20, 30 and so on. It was (and still is) perfectly legal to dump all of the scrap PC’s and laptops into the dumpster. However, I had a change of heart and spirit. I knew if cat-man-du was to continue to grow we would be filling the local landfills with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic chemicals that pollute the soil and contaminate our groundwater. I made a decision that we would not only stop our computers that we built and sold – our eWaste – from going into the local landfills but we would also take in our competitors PCs, Macs and laptops.

 

Today all 3 cat-man-du locations have well over 100 PCs, servers, Macs, laptops and tablets come in for service every week. Many of these are too old to repair, not worth the cost to repair or they are abandoned by their owners. We are also left with hundreds of pounds of network cabling (and other cables/ wires), network switches, routers, mice, keyboards and more.

 

We are committed to operating off of a Zero Landfill policy with all of our eWaste. That means no piece or part of the technology that we sell and service (as well as many items that are brought in for us to dispose of) will go into our local landfills. We also recycle our cardboard and paper with KB Recycling of Amarillo. These are just a few ways that we make every day Earth Day at cat-man-du.

 

Please enjoy and share this video promoting Earth Day 2013. It was created for a school assembly promoting green initiatives – Happy Earth Day.

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Social Media For Breaking News

In the wake of the recent Boston Marathon Bombings, there have been many people who realize that social media might not be the best place to receive breaking news. I’m sure that you probably saw a report of the bombing suspect come through your newsfeed.

The thing you might not realize is that the reports were wrong, and many times are. The moment that something breaks it is instantly tweeted, facebooked, google+’d, and posted to every form of social media. Then, sometimes, there is a correction or the information turns out to be wrong. Then you have a person who has been wrongfully identified as having to do with something, who has now been de-famed and slandered all across social media.

While social media is a great place to keep up with friends, or see what’s going on that night. Be careful what you take as true when it comes to breaking news. Maybe do a little research before re-sharing or re-tweeting a piece of “news” that might not be completely accurate. It can do harm.

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Yahoo Killing Certain Smartphone Services To Make Way For New

Yahoo is cleaning house and that means you can say goodbye to some of the apps you might be accustomed to using by the provider. These service include, but aren’t limited to, Yahoo Deals, Yahoo SMS Alerts, and the Yahoo Mail and Messenger apps used on feature phones.

It can be debated about the reasoning behind this move, but Executive Vice President Jay Rossiter says that it’s all about getting rid of the old to make room for the new.

“We want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day,” Rossiter wrote. “That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits. As part of that ongoing effort, today we are shutting down a few more products.”

Most of these shut downs will take place before the end of the month.

 

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Tips That Will Help Keep Your Computer Running Great

Many times clients come in with a laptop or desktop that is down or having issues and wonder what happened. Finding the root of the problem can sometimes be a difficult task. Sometimes it’s virus infection from an unsecure site, email, or download, or a dropped computer. Maybe the inside of the computer is coated in lint and filth. Below are some tips that you can do to keep your computer running and performing properly.

1. Ventilate your computer properly.

Many times our desktop computers are stuffed under our desks or pushed back into a cramped corner. Yeah, it’s great for keeping them out of site and out of the way, but it also makes it easy for them to get filthy and hot. Proper ventilation is crucial to having a computer that works, and continues to work.

2. Keep your computer clean.

Whether it’s blowing out your keyboard regularly, or cleaning your fan intake, dirty computers just don’t want to work as well as clean ones. Plain and simple. If you have ever gotten something stuck underneath your keyboard key, you know how big of a pain that can be. Keep a duster can handy and use it regularly.

3. Don’t visit un-trusted sites.

This should go without saying, but you would be surprised how many people come in with a virus that is unleashed while on the internet. A good practice is, If you have never heard of a company or service and you land on a site that offers downloads that you aren’t familiar with, leave that site. You never know what you’re downloading and what it might do to your computer.

4. Be careful when opening email.

If you receive an email that is from a person you don’t know. DON’T OPEN IT. Many people unknowingly infect their computers because they are curious what an email is about. Better safe than sorry. Also, if you receive an email from someone that you do know, but doesn’t seem like the type of email they normally send you, then be ware. Their email might have been hacked and you are receiving a piece of spam that might harm your computer.

These are just a few guidelines to keep in mind when your working on or protecting your computer. If you take care of your computer, it is sure to be reliable, quick and secure.

 

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IRS Using Social Media To Catch Tax Cheats

The deadline is Today and the IRS is out in full force. With the advent of new technology, they have now began to use different ways to catch on to people who fudge the numbers a little here and there. You guessed it, social media.

The IRS is now trolling through people’s facebook pages as well as other social media in order to see if they can catch on to anyone who might be trying to pull a fast one. They look for people bragging or mentioning how they pulled one over on Uncle Sam. Now I’m sure none of our clients do anything like this, but it might just be a safe idea to leave any mention of the IRS off of your facebook page.

I mean, no-one wants to get that letter in the mail about an audit or anything. So, here’s a peice of advice. First, pay your taxes. Second, don’t talk about them on any social media. For more information, watch the video below.

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