It’s Back-To-School In Amarillo, Canyon & Dumas – 10% Off Labor On Computer Repair Services

It’s time to get your kids and yourself ready to head back to the classrooms and cat-man-du wants to help you out. It’s time to get those glitchy, slow, and infected computers running great for class. We know how expensive back-to-school is, so we are offering a limited time only discount for those heading back to school.

Our Amarillo, Canyon, and Dumas locations are offering 10% off labor ONLY to all college, high school, and even middle school students. College and high school students must provide school IDs and middle school students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We are offering this discount through the end of September.

Schools:

Colleges: Amarillo College & WT

High Schools: Amarillo High, Caprock High, Palo Duro High, Tascosa High, Canyon High, Dumas High and Randall High

Middle Schools: Travis, Mann, Houston, Fannin, de Zavala, Crockett, Bowie, Bonham, Austin, Canyon, Dumas and Westover Park

Also, don’t forget that we offer every piece of technology that you or your student could possibly need to make this next year the most productive year possible. Whether you need a screaming fast Lenovo laptop, powerful desktop with tons of storage, a tablet for doing research, or even a new monitor, cat-man-du can get you set up.

Feel free to stop into one of our locations and see exactly what we can do to help get your year started off right.

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The Benefits of 3D Printers

The Benefits of 3D Printers

By now, most of you know what a 3D printer is. But do you know exactly how they work? A 3D printer uses material like ceramic, glass, metal, and even human flesh to make three dimensional objects from a digital file. With every passing day people are finding ways to put the printers to good use and here are a few:

 

Bioengineers have spent decades trying to invent a way to grow organs from a patient’s cell. Making a mass of flesh was simple, but scientists needed a way to create blood vessels in order to pump nutrients throughout the flesh. By using a 3D printer, scientists are able to create a mold out of sugar in order to grow stable blood vessels.

Photo via YouTube.

 

The power of 3D printing has the capability of helping millions. One way that 3D technology helps people is by creating affordable prosthetics. Prosthetics are often expensive and most insurance companies won’t cover the cost of receiving an artificial limb. YouBionic is a company who is the process of creating affordable prosthetics out of printed material. Instead of using cables and wires that run on a pulley type system the YouBionic hand will operate by muscle movements. Jose Delgado was born without part of his left hand. Jose was using a prosthetic hand that had cost him $42,000,of which a fraction of the cost was covered by his insurance. Jose needed a prosthetic that was inexpensive and could lift heavy objects without the fear of breaking a part. The YouBionic hand was his first choice simply because of the technology and the ability to print off spare parts.

In this video provided by 3D Universe, Jose compares both prosthetics:

 

Chinese company,WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, creates buildings with the use of giant 3D printers. The company mixes different materials with GRG  to create different colors and textures. GRG is glass fiber reinforced gypsum that is able to mold into any shape. The buildings are designed in way to withstand environmental forces in a cost effective way.

Photo via Youtube.

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Facebook and Its Many Apologies

Facebook and Its Many Apologies

Mark Zuckerberg,CEO of Facebook, lives by the moto “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission”.  If you haven’t checked out Zuckerberg’s “Calm down. Breathe. We hear you” blog, you should. In between the personal success stories are multiple apology letters to the public.  Of course there are going to some unhappy people considering that FB has over 1 billion active users.  But there are legitimate reasons to become angry at the tycoon when it comes to privacy.  

First up, on September 5 2006, Zuckerberg pre-apologized for the changes would be made to Facebook.  Users felt that the mini feed and news feed would reveal too much information.  But he assured the public that “None of your information is visible to anyone who couldn’t see it before the changes.“  Which he was wrong about.  By September 8, he had apologized yet again claiming that he “Somehow  missed this point with News Feed and Mini-Feed and we didn’t build in the proper privacy controls right away”, and immediately updated the privacy controls.

In November of 2007, FB released a new feature called Beacon that allowed users to share information that they find on the web.  It was a good idea, except that Beacon shared information even when the user denied access.  On December 5, Zuckerberg released another letter stating that they “did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it”. And of course changed the Beacon settings to allow users to opt out on the feature.

In February of 2009 Zuckerberg decided to change the privacy settings once again.  Zuckerberg said “Our philosophy is that people own their information and control who they share it with. When a person shares information on Facebook, they first need to grant Facebook a license to use that information so that we can show it to the other people”, which means that all information is double copied. For example, if you send a message to a user two copies of the text is created, the one that is sent and the one that is received.  Even if the user deactivates their account, the message is still accessible.  Many users were upset with this new change and wanted the old privacy settings back.  Facebook listened and did just that, but after blaming Government regulations on their mistake.

When Facebook first started, there wasn’t a whole lot when it came to the privacy settings.  At first applications could access all information that was already visible to the public like contact information and photo albums.  On May 26 2010, Zuckerberg didn’t really apologize, but instead explained how they are going to fix this problem by adding more options to the settings.

In November of 2011, FB ran into some problems with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) over an app called Whatsap.  The settlement was over how the company lied to users claiming that their information was private when it wasn’t.  The FTC demanded that FB made it clear to get prominent consent before they shared any information.  Along with the new demand, FB will be obligated to “Biennial privacy audits for the next 20 years”to sure that privacy is being maintained. 

Several apologies have been issued throughout the years including the recent psychological experiment. Facebook secretly manipulated posts that users would see by including negative or positive words to see how emotions are transferred through social media. Over 700,000 users were tested without giving consent or receiving a notice that the study was taking place. This is a serious problem when it manipulating peoples emotions. The manipulation could have caused users to relapse or remember tragic events that happened in their lives. “This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Both Zuckerberg and Adam Kramer, a co-author of the study, issued an apology but explained that it was necessary.  They also included that ALL users agreed to sign up for study’s when they agreed to the user agreement policy. Which leaves one question: How many studies have taken place without our notice?

In earlier days FB would provide content based on what the user liked or shared. But now, FB is using content tracking information that the user looks at outside of the site. For example, if you liked a single rock band page and then liked five different country band pages, FB may only provide content on country bands. This limits the information that brands can share with people who (by liking their page) have indicated that they are, in fact, interested in those posts.

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