Panther Bytes Blog
April 01, 2020
Microsoft Outlook is familiar and reliable, but also often taken for granted. Maybe it’s time to show some added love to this communication lifeline for working and learning remotely.
March 27, 2020
The Pitt community is now spread far and wide—with technology playing a central role in keeping us all connected. If the device you’re using doesn’t have the software you need or your bandwidth or compute power is limited, then doing your work can be a challenge. So Pitt IT has introduced Virtual Labs and Virtual Desktops.
March 26, 2020
With the sudden shift to online classes and working remotely, many in the University community are learning to host Zoom video conferences on the fly. Here are some tips to ensure a positive experience for all your participants.
March 24, 2020
Now that most Pitt faculty, staff, and students are working and learning from home, there is a different set of cybersecurity considerations to keep in mind. Take an active role in keeping your data and the Pitt network safe with this five-point plan for making your living room as secure as your on-campus office, lab, or residence hall room.
March 20, 2020
With classes moved to a remote learning format for the remainder of the semester, instructors and students are eager to maintain the academic rigor and intellectual vibrancy of the classroom. Live video with interactive participation is one of the best ways for instructors and students alike to replicate the classroom experience.
March 19, 2020
The PittNet VPN service—widely known as Pulse Secure—provides students, faculty and staff the ability to remotely connect to restricted University resources that otherwise only can be accessed from the University’s network, like departmental file servers and workstations located on campus.
March 18, 2020
March 16, 2020
The University’s measures to control the risk of the COVID-19 virus will require students and faculty to engage in online teaching and learning for the remainder of the semester, with most operating from off-campus. Many faculty and staff are already working remotely, and even more are making plans to do so.
March 11, 2020
During HR’s recent Shaping the Workplace sessions, alternative work arrangements and working remotely were identified as significant areas of interest. The first thing many people think about is getting a computer to work on. But there’s a lot more to consider when working remotely than just having a machine in your den.
March 04, 2020
Teleconferences have come a long way from the days of speakerphones and “dialing in" with a toll-free number, followed by an impossible-to-remember meeting code. Today’s online meetings can be conducted through smartphone, tablet, or laptop apps—or any device with a web browser, really—leaving phones themselves an option rather than a necessity.
March 01, 2020
February 26, 2020
With the new A5 Microsoft 365 license, Pitt faculty and staff have access to a variety of programs that go way beyond Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. MyAnalytics is a personal productivity tool that can help you work more effectively and efficiently.
February 19, 2020
OK ... maybe they won’t change your life. But these 9 tricks and tips are fun, easy, and useful—you’ll wonder how you never thought of these yourself!
February 12, 2020
Sometimes, walking as fast as you can to escape the wind or rain takes priority over monitoring your surroundings. But it’s crucial to stay alert. Fortunately, there are some great security tools that can help.
February 05, 2020
When Rey kissed Kylo Ren upon her revival in Rise of Skywalker, terrified, happy, and confused gasps filled the theater.