As an Apple and Dell authorized retailer, Cat Tech specializes in providing the full line of Apple products and select PC items. K-Staters are eligible for exclusive bundles and educational discounts on hardware and software.
Cat Tech now offers Apple education pricing for K-State alumni! Take advantage of educationally priced and End Of Life (discontinued) computers after you've graduated! In-store only, ask an associate for details. Does not apply to promotions.
Switching out your hard drive for a solid state drive (SSD) can seem daunting, but it’s often worth the time. SSDs are faster than traditional hard drives, as well as less likely to fail. They are also much less expensive than they used to be. A solid state drive may still cost more than a traditional hard drive of the same storage size, but you’re also purchasing speed, reliability, and a longer lifespan. Come into Cat Tech and talk to us about upgrading to an SSD today!
The myth that Macs are resilient to viruses may have been accurate 10 years ago, but due to the growing prevalence of the operating system, the number of malicious programs has grown as well. Mac users can’t simply browse anywhere on the web and expect to be immune simply because of OSX. Cat Tech encourages all computer users to frequently scan their computer with an antivirus of choice. Another excellent way to help stop viruses is to download an ad block extension for your web browser. Ad blocks are designed to block all ads, whether they are simply advertisements or lead to malware. If you are struggling with viruses on your computer, bring it into Cat Tech! We can get you fixed and on your way as well as show you how to prevent future infections.
Many different browsers are used to browse the internet and today we’re focusing on three major browsers.
The most popular browser right now is Google Chrome. Users love Chrome for its customization and clean interface. Chrome has a seemingly endless suite of extensions available so individuals can personalize their browsing experience. Chrome is compatible with nearly every device that can browse the internet. Linking Chrome to your Google account allows your information to be shared across every device you use, including browsing history and password management. The only notable downsides with Chrome include memory usage with numerous tabs open and giving more information to Google (if you’re concerned about that).
Microsoft Edge, the new web browser for Microsoft 10, is very lightweight and won’t use up large amounts of system resources. However, Edge does not yet have support for many extension. If you’re looking for a simple, snappy experience that melds well with what Windows 10 offers, then Microsoft Edge might be right for you.
Safari is the Apple branded counterpart to Microsoft Edge and default browser on all Apple computers. Safari functions smoothly on these devices, however Safari’s support for extensions is extremely limited and it’s very difficult to get anything beyond a basic ad blocker. Essentially Safari is a very simple, lightweight and stable web browser that functions exceptionally well on MacOS and iOS.
iCloud is a useful tool that Apple provides to all customers. At its most basic, iCloud is used to back up your personal data such as pictures, documents and applications. Putting data in the cloud makes it accessible from any one of your devices, as well as protecting data from device failure. The most common items that are stored on iCloud are pictures, videos and phone backups, all of which can be configured to automatically update in iCloud settings. iCloud is not limited to these kinds of files as anything can be stored in the cloud, assuming space is left on your account. All iCloud users get 5 GB of storage by default and can pay a small fee to greatly increase available space to 50 GB for only $0.99/month. Visit iCloud.com to set up your cloud storage today.
Computers are made up of multiple parts working together to make something cohesive - we all know this. What many people don’t know however, is what each part is and what it does. Computer users should possess the basic knowledge of computer components as it is invaluable when troubleshooting.
In an everyday desktop computer, components are divided into two categories: internal and external. One of the most common mistakes people make when talking about their computer is referring to their display as the computer. The display is what, well, displays what information is being transmitted from the rest of the computer. Other external components can be mice, keyboards, or external storage such as flash drives or external hard drives. Devices that interact with the computer in some way can also be called collectively “peripherals”. Most desktop computers have the actual computing parts in a box off to the side usually called the case.
Inside of the case we can find the working parts of the computer, which take input, decide what to do with that input and then create output, usually to the display. The part that holds everything together is the motherboard (or logic board, or system board depending who you ask). Each part of the computer plugs into the motherboard in some way. The “brain” of the computer, called the processor, is attached directly to the motherboard. The processor processes all information the computer receives at the scale of billions of cycles per second. The processor pulls what it needs to work on from the Random-Access Memory (RAM), which stores processes that are actively being worked on. The bulk of the computer’s information not actively being used is stored in the hard drive/solid state drive.
Cat Tech hopes this information helps you be a more knowledgeable user. If you’re ever having trouble with any components come in and talk to one of our techs and we’ll gladly help you out!