Monthly Archives: September 2010

Hidden perks of EDU e-mail

A couple of websites are offering attractive discounts to those with EDU e-mail accounts. I thought I would share them here:

First, Dropbox is doubling their referral bonus to 500MB, and it works retroactively. By confirming my e-mail I have gone from 4.5GB of free storage to 6.8!

Second, Amazon has a new program called Amazon Student. This means a free year of Amazon Prime just for providing them with an EDU e-mail, school name, and major. This means free shipping on lots of items, which can really add up.

Henning Room upgrades

Henning

We are proud to present the new presentation equipment for the Henning Room!

A new 54″ TV, VCR/DVD player, wireless presenter tools and a Mac Mini have been installed.

We expect similar carts to be installed in Shaw Hall and plan to evaluate them for use in the New North classroom building.

We still have a lot to learn about newer HDTV technology (I don’t even have HD at home) but so far with a few adjustments it is working well.

I recommend learning some Zoom In/Zoom Out keyboard shortcuts. Video and presentations look great in their native sizes but web text can look pretty little on a screen with this much real estate!

Are you getting email from yourself that you didn’t send?

Are you getting email from yourself that you didn’t send? It is likely that

someone you have e-mailed has a virus on their computer and is sending

e-mail as you. Viruses are like that – they love to share and spread!

Has your account been hacked? Probably not. If you’re really worried,

change your password by logging into MyIWU and clicking on My Account in the

upper left hand corner of the screen. (Remember that any email client like

Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora, Mail, etc. you use to check your mail will

need its password changed too.) It is a good idea to change your password

on a regular basis anyway.

What should you do or not do?

**DON’T CLICK on any links in the email. Chances are they include an

“executable file” that will try to install the virus on YOUR computer.

**DELETE the email. You didn’t really send it to yourself so go ahead:

Delete it! You can run a virus scan on your computer to be sure it is free

from viruses. (IT Services Help Desk can teach you how to do this – just

give us a call.)

Should you block the sender? Probably not because you will be blocking

yourself. Why? Sometimes people use email to move information (like a

document or a picture) from one computer to another. If you block yourself,

you won’t be able to get those things you really DO want.

Have more questions? IT Services is here to help! Contact us!

In Person: IT Services House – 1311 Park Street

Phone: (309) 556-3900

Instant Message: Use the Meebo Widget under the Resources tab in MyIWU

Email us: helpdesk@iwu.edu

Log a call with your question: help.iwu.edu