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October 02, 2019

I would love to be the person that has military-grade, uncrackable, missile-proof defenses on all of my online accounts. The reality is that pretty much every username I’ve ever had is some variation of my fifth-grade email account and my 2007 Poptropica username.

September 25, 2019

The Fall semester schedule of Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP) workshops has just been announced. There is an array of professional development workshops, including Technology Training seminars, that seem really interesting.

September 18, 2019

If you’ve used the search bar on, then you’ve used AskCathy, which is also a standalone site at AskCathy is a “service discovery tool,” which just means that it’s a tool to find other tools.

September 11, 2019

The Student Computing Labs have a lot of cool features. But let’s be honest—sometimes you head to a lab just because your phone or tablet battery is dying, to print something out, or to do something quick between classes. There are more convenient options when you don’t need the whole “workstation” experience.

September 05, 2019

When I came to Pitt, I assumed I wouldn’t use the Student Computing Labs much. I had a computer and thought I’d rather just work in my room. I ended up using them all the time. Turns out, it’s really convenient to just pop into a lab between classes.

August 26, 2019

Welcome back to campus, folks! In last week’s blog, I pointed out the free software and mobile apps you can get for no cost. So, before the semester gets too busy, here are the 10 apps you should definitely get this week! After each one, I note where to get it:

August 21, 2019

You may have noticed a Network Fee on your tuition invoice. Implemented in 1989 to provide students with equal access to a wide variety of technology services, it has remained at $175/semester since the 2010-11 academic year. But what exactly does that include these days? A lot of good stuff, it turns out.

August 16, 2019

Publishing is central to your success as a faculty member. You no doubt dedicate countless hours to your research. But your work truly makes an impact only when other people see it, value it, and want to be a part of it.

July 23, 2019

A few months ago, I needed to schedule a meeting for 10 people from different divisions. All I had to do was magically find a time when everyone could come. I remember thinking, “Yoy, this is gonna be like herding cats.”

July 09, 2019

The great online course offerings from Lynda just got even better. In July, Pitt’s On-Demand Training service transitioned to LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning combines the best of Lynda—expert content, convenient access, and personalized collections—with the advanced functionality of the LinkedIn professional networking service.

December 21, 2018

Your source for free software at Pitt has just received a fresh look. The update is more than just an aesthetic change though; you'll be able to find and download the titles you need quicker than ever before.

November 15, 2018

Are you tired of emailing back and forth when editing documents? Do you wish you could work on documents with others, online, in real time? Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to worry about running out of storage space on your devices?

October 25, 2018

Were you one of the 14.2 million people exposed to credit card fraud last year? How about one of the 158 million people whose Social Security numbers were compromised?

October 10, 2018

Nowadays, almost everyone has at least one social media account. It’s a fun and easy way to stay connected with friends and family. It only takes a few clicks to post a status or photo though, so it’s easy to forget to proceed with caution when uploading something to your profile.

October 08, 2018

This October marks the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Pitt Information Technology is pleased to join this collaborative effort between government and industry by providing the University community with resources to stay safer and more secure online.