Rapid Development for Singular Purpose Mac Computing Environments

Matthew Tilney, Australian National UniversityPart of XW13

With a change in IT to consumer BYO devices, there are still new and emerging areas for system administrators that can provide positive use of resources and add value in universities. This workshop is a hands-on session on creating the follow niche environments:

  • public movie display (using an iMac)
  • photo display feed from PhotoBooth
  • initial design for computer-based exams (replacing the exam paper pad with Word)

The focus is upon quick, flexible, re-usable and modular design to rapidly develop the above and similar environments.  All attendees are welcome, only broad background in Macintosh usage is required.

Matthew is a Macintosh system administrator in the Managed Operating Environments team for the Division of Information at ANU.  His primary responsibility includes installing, updating and maintaining the student Information Commons (IC) Macintosh fleet of over 500 machines along with Adam Reed.

His other tasks include the management of staff Macintosh based machines (and other Apple devices), setup of specific learning facilities, and day-to-day support of Apple and Microsoft and other IT based products as required.

Recently he has taken ‘personal development time’ to investigate the idea of creating ‘fun’ minimal user environments using spare iMacs for use by both staff and students such as photo-booth and image displays.

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