School of ICT computer-lab T3078 for iOS app dev

This page describes the configuration of the School of ICT computer-lab room T3078, for iOS app development.

 

Mac mini info

The Mac mini is a compact and inexpensive system unit. Just add a display, keyboard, and mouse.

mac-mini-view

 

Mac mini configuration and power-on

Each desk has a Mac mini mounted in a bracket that’s just below the desk surface.

mac-mini-installed

 

The system may already be powered on. Press a keyboard key, and/or look underneath the mouse to see if its red sensor is illuminated. If it is, and the display is blank/off, then power on the display.

Otherwise, you will have to power on the system.

 

Power on the system

The power button is on the back right corner of the system. Here’s what the back panel looks like:

mac-mini-back

 

When you are facing the system, as noted above, the power button is on the back right corner of the system. Here’s a photo:

mac-mini-power-button

 

Facing the system, with your right hand, reach to the back right corner of the system, and feel the power button. It is near the power cord (which is white in the photo above).

The power button is flush with the system, so it’s a subtle feel.

 

Starting Xcode

Xcode is the developer tool that we use to work with native iOS apps.

You can start Xcode in different ways. It’s probably in the dock, so move your mouse to the bottom border of the display, so that the dock appears. Here’s what you’re looking for:

xcode-icon-v8

You can also just use the macOS Spotlight feature. Mouse plus keyboard, or keyboard only.

Mouse plus keyboard – Click the magnifying glass (on the right side of the top menu bar) to show the Spotlight search box. Type all or part of xcode and press return (the enter key).

Keyboard only (the better way) – Press Command+space to show the Spotlight search box. Type all or part of xcode and press return (the enter key).

 

Saving your work

Yes, you can save your work. Where?

  1. USB flash drive (memory stick)
  2. Work Drive on the Mac Mini system
  3. The cloud

 

USB flash drive (memory stick)

On the left side of the display, there are two USB ports, which you can use for many kinds of USB devices, including a flash drive (memory stick).

mac-mini-display-usb-ports

 

When you insert a USB flash drive, it appears as a device in Finder.

When you are finished using the system, use Finder to eject the USB flash drive, before you remove it from the port.

 

Work Drive on the Mac Mini system

The Mac mini has a “Work Drive” volume. You can use this to store work-in-progress.

Data on this volume survives a system restart. So, when you are finished using the system, delete the work that you don’t want another user to see, and empty the trash.

 

The cloud

You can use any cloud provider for which you have an account. OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Use the browser to access your account.

When you are finished using the system, choose the Restart command on the upper-left Apple menu. That will refresh the system and prevent future users from using your browser-cached credentials.

 

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