Throwback Thursday: Tamagotchi


Remember that annoying beep? That sound that interrupted everything you were doing because your Tamagotchi was begging to be fed? We do. Most of my friends back in the day had one of these little guys and goodness was it fun but annoying at times.

Feeding and playing games with it to see what it would turn into was incredibly fun for all ages and annoying for all parents too.

Bobbing For Credentials: What An Suspicious Email Could Mean

Let’s play a little situation out here today. So you’re getting ready for the day and you decide to check your email. Then you see something that catches your eye. “IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UW STUDENTS!!!” It reads, so you open it because it’s in bold and begging for your attention. It reads something along the lines of your account has a problem with it and you need to sign in to fix the error. There’s a link highlighted in blue, you click on it and it brings you to a sign in page that looks 100% identical to any old UWYO sign in page. But you notice that the URL in the search bar doesn’t look right at all. There’s no .edu in it at all. It looks like a garbled mess of characters and symbols. But you figure this is a special occasion right? So you enter your credentials just like normal but to your surprise, you get a 404 error or something similar to it.

You’ve become a victim of what is called a Phishing email. That basically means that your account credentials have been stolen. Luckily for you, our UWIT Security Team has put some safe guards in place to know when someone is logging in that isn’t you. But that doesn’t guarantee the safety of your account. So if this happens to you and even if you’re not sure if you gave your credentials out or not, Call the Help Desk anyways at 307-766-4357 option 1 and we can help you protect your account and make sure it’s safe!

Malware: You Don’t Wanna Catch Em’ All

sad chu Pikachu doesn’t like finding malware on his computer…

Malware, it’s all over the internet and has grown rapidly recently. Something that seems so easy to avoid is still finding it’s way on a lot of computers recently. Why is that? Because a lot of installations have become VERY sneak y with the tactics they implore. Also, it depends on what your downloading and from who. This is where you need to use your best judgement and if you get a funny feeling about a site, Don’t risk it.

One method they like to use is while you’re trying to install some innocent program that is legitimately not malware, in the installation screen it will have multiple check boxes that are auto check them. So you click  through and before you know it, you have random pop-up boxes on your home screen and your computer begins to move PAINFULLY slow. It’s a very dirty trick, but can be avoided if you simply pay attention to everything in the install process.

But let’s say you do accidentally install some malware. luckily there is a very nice and effective program out there called Malwarebytes. It’s a free program that clears out any and all malware on your system. It may ask you to pay for the premium but I wouldn’t. You can use it unlimited times and all the paid version does is it stays up to date automatically and runs daily scans in the background.

Hopefully this helps everyone out there stay a little safer and avoid traps like these! Have a great day everyone!

Nasa’s picture of the day and your wallpaper

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Now I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Nasa’s photos of the day. They’re usually fantastic and astonishigly beautiful. Now wouldn’t it be cool if every day your background changed when they posted their photo of the day to that picture? Well these days you can! I’ll show you how on Android and iOS!

First, for both you’ll want to install an app called IFTTT. Sound familiar? For those of you who read my How to automate your car series will remember this app fondly. Now this is where the two don’t match up. In IFTTT you can save a recipe for android here that automatically sets it. As for iOS you’ll want to go here so it automatically saves it to your camera roll and from there, you will either need to manually set it yourself, or find an app that has access to your photos and settings and can do that for you.

Well there you go! You now can have your phone’s background set to Nasa’s picture of the day everyday no problem!

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3D Printing at UWIT.

One of the cooler services we offer here at the University of Wyoming is 3D Printing. “But how does it all work?” You ask. To put it simply, you plug in a flashdrive that has a .obj, .thing or a .stl and the person who’s running the machine will configure all the proper settings. A more in depth guide to how this all works and how to get it set up can be found here! You can easily request this service online here.

A few things to keep in mind; this is a first come first serve basis! Also it will cost $1.50 per hour.

We hope you enjoy our printing service here at UWIT!

Got a tech issue but can’t call? Chat with us!

It was a dark and stormy night at 3 in the afternoon. Suddenly you can’t access wyocourses! You’re roommate is asleep and you can’t wake them but you need help because that paper is due tonight! You can log in, but for some reason, whenever you tried getting into a course, it errors out! But it’s not over yet! Over here at the IT Help Desk we have a chat system in which you will get into a que and one of our representatives will take it and will be more than happy to help you through the issue! We can even remote in and see your screen if you want us to! In your search bar in your browser, type to get connected with a representative!

Here at UWIT we are open from 7:30-4:30 for summer and 8-5 during winter. You can chat with us about any tech problems you run into at that time! Keep in mind though, if you need to reset your password you will still have to call us so that we can confirm a few things about your identity. But most things we can help you with no problem! So next time your in a pinch, feel free to get into a chat session with us! We’re more than happy to help!

Nursing Students Rejoice! Latest Fitbit Blaze Update Adds Fully Functioning Analog Clock Watch Faces!

If you’re a nursing student who wants a Fitbit but is discouraged by the lack of devices that use the second hand? Be discouraged no more. A recent update went out for the Fitbit Blaze and it’s so far pretty awesome. It gives a lot more variety in watch faces and now features all three hands in analog clocks. So now you can use your Fitbit at work or school to track your activity and read those pulses efficiently! But as previously mentioned this only works right now for the Fitbit Blaze. None of the other models have a fully functioning analog clock sadly. That doesn’t mean we’re going to lose hope for the Charge HR 2!


Fitbit has goals you can aspire to reach and they can be completely customized too!

Fitbit isn’t really known for listening or being quick to acknowledge customer’s needs. So here’s hoping this is a sign of change and improvements from now on! I can personally testify that the Fitbit Blaze is an amazing smartwatch. Now with the new update I can get notifications from ALL of my applications and it’s made me fall in love with it more and more.

The price of the Fitbit Blaze? Depends where you look. Right now on Amazon it’s below $200. Since the release of the new Charge HR 2 it’s brought the price of the Blaze down a little bit. So if you’re interested go ahead and take a look at it!