Lab Info

All our work will be done on computers, so you should bring your laptop to class each day. If you choose to (and you may have to) use the computers and software in the SILS Computer Lab to do your work, you may.

During the semester, one can usually find a computer available in the lab. However, Manning 117 (the lab classroom) is often unavailable due to classes or special events being held there. Look at the schedule to see what classes are being taught in the lab classroom. Also check the lab classroom schedule posted by the classroom door because the classroom is sometimes reserved for special events.

Mac users

As stated by the IT staff at SILS:

Windows is the current standard as a platform, but alternatives, such as Macs, are widely used and accepted on campus and in Manning Hall. We encourage you to choose the operating system with which you are most comfortable.

Accordingly, we will use Windows computers at the instructor desk. On occasion, the interface in Windows will not match the interface in a Mac. While we will try to have examples for all operating systems, it will be useful if, when you find that the Mac view is different, that you take a screenshot of the Mac environment and send it to the instructor. The instructor will ensure that the Mac screenshot is integrated into the class pages pertaining to the situation in which the screenshot was taken.

Macs will work easily for everything we will do in INLS161, except for task 05 which uses Microsoft Access as the database tool. You have several options for using Access on a Mac. You may wish to look into using Bootcamp to install both Windows and IOS on your Mac so you can use Access.

Again from the IT staff at SILS:

Mac users can install Windows virtualization software (such as Virtual Box, Bootcamp, Parallels or VMWare) in order to run Windows-only programs on their computers. Using virtualization software, students can install a Windows operating system on their Mac and then install the necessary Windows applications. It is expected that students will have virtualization software installed BEFORE it is needed in classes. Please note that the process of installing virtualization software and applications can take several hours.

You do, however, have other options.

Remote desktop assistance

ITS' Virtual Labs The best alternative is ITS' Virtual Labs, which advertises "Your Windows desktops and apps on demand - from any PC, Mac, or tablet." This will require you to load a Java application on your laptop, but it will provide you access to programs you may need, but may not have on your own laptop.

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