Mac.iLab soon to retire

Due to the limited use of Mac.iLab, it will be removed from the iLab offering on Sunday 24 May 2015

iLab is Macquarie’s personal computer laboratory on the internet, which enables staff and students to use Microsoft Windows applications to complete university work remotely.  

Many applications, including SPSS on Windows.iLab remain available, with the exception of the Adobe Creative Suite of tools.

View the full list of applications.

For personal use, Adobe Creative Cloud is available to students at a discounted rate.

If staff require Adobe or OS X specific software for University use, please contact your relevant IT team, or the HelpDesk (onehelp@mq.edu.au) or call ext. 4357 (HELP).

iLab is Macquarie University's personal computer laboratory on the Internet. It's the place to go for your coursework related software.

New apps include:

  • iPrint.mq.edu.au - Macquarie University's united approach to greener printing throughout our campus.
  • @Risk6 - Risk analysis and simulation add-in for Microsoft Excel.

  • ARC32 - a statistical scientific package based on the XLISP language. 

  • BOSS - Blue Ocean Strategy Simulation software.

Upgraded apps include:

  • MiniTab 17
  • RStudio 0.98
  • R for Windows 3.0.2
  • Gretl 1.9.14

Escape the lab and download iLab onto any device and study anywhere, anytime, on anything.

Explore the apps available in iLab.

MATLAB arrives in iLab

MATLAB is a suite of mathematical computing software for engineers, scientists and other researchers, is now available in iLab - Macquarie University's personal computer laboratory on the Internet.

MATLAB is used in a wide variety of teaching programs including economics, engineering and other disciplines.  It also has wide spread application in research activities.

To find out more about MATLAB visit http://www.mathworks.com.au/academia/ where you will find tutorials, user documentation and other learning resources.

New to iLab?

Check out the iLab Resources section where you will find instructions to quickly get you started in iLab.   

Take a look at all the apps available in iLab.

Ready for session two, win.iLab is packed with bigger and better apps enabling greater access to crucial course related software.

Available from anywhere in the world, download iLab onto any device, at anytime, on anything and get started.

New apps include:

  • EViews - Statistical, forecasting, and modelling
  • MYOB AccountRight Plus - accounting and bookkeeping
  • SAP - business management
  • Shazam - Data Analysis

Check out iLab today at http://products.mq.edu.au/ilab

New apps now on iLab

We’ve listened to your feedback and now iLab has more coursework related apps than ever before!

Escape those waiting times at the computer lab and download iLab onto any device and study anywhere, anytime, on anything.

Check out these great apps on iLab today:

  • Smartreader and AMOS – SPSS essentials
  • Gretl – open source statistical package
  • R for Windows - statistical computing and graphics software
  • Jmulti - time series analysis program

iLab stats

One more round of stats for iLab, following are some usage graphs to show the trend.

Unique users for Mac

Number of sessions by the Mac users

Number of Concurrent sessions by the Mac users

Top 10 Mac users

Unique users for Windows

Number of sessions by the Windows users

Number of Concurrent sessions by the Windows users

Top 10 Windows users

iLab stats

iLab continues its good reception and uptake pass the first week, following are some usage stats to reflect the trend.

Unique users for Mac

Number of sessions by the Mac users

Number of Concurrent sessions by the Mac users

Top 10 Mac users

Unique users for Windows

Number of sessions by the Windows users

Number of Concurrent sessions by the Windows users

Top 10 Windows users

iLab stats

iLab has received impressive uptake during the first week of semester 1 for 2012, following are some usage stats.

Unique users for Mac

Number of sessions by the Mac users

Top 10 Mac users

Unique users for Windows

Number of sessions by the Windows users

Top 10 Windows users

iLab Stats-Semester 3

iLab stats

Now that semester 3 is behind us and with first semester for year 2012 fast approaching, following are some stats for iLab usage.

Unique users for Mac

Number of sessions by the Mac users

Top 10 Mac users

Unique users for Windows

Number of sessions by the Windows users

Top 10 Windows users

iLab stats for 2011

Last week of iLab for 2011

Once again it is time to do the iLab stats, as  this is the last working week for 2011 and Session 2 is also finished we will be looking at the over all numbers for  iLab..

  • 454 unique users login in to iLab and used it 2058 times (Across both Win and Mac desktops)
  • 291 Unique Student used the iLab 1417 time for average duration of 120.5 Min each time. (Across both Win and Mac desktops)
  • Median duration for the windows sessions ware 121.7 min
  • Mac median session length ware about 120 min
  • Average number of session per day

    Day

    Win

    Mac

    Monday

    19.7

    11.8

    Tuesday   

    23.3

    12.5

    Wednesday  

    27.3

    14.3

    Thursday  

    19.1

    8.0

    Friday   

    16.2

    7.1

    Saturday   

    14.8

    3.9

    Sunday   

    19.8

    5.7

Below are the statistics broken down in to Windows and Mac Desktop . The events counted are logins to new sessions.

win.ilab.mq.edu.au

Total number of unique users since launch: 294

  • Staff: 85
  • Students: 209

Total number of sessions: 1419

  • Staff: 277
  • Students: 1142

mac.ilab.mq.edu.au

Total number of unique users since launch: 160

  • Staff: 78
  • Students: 82

Total number of sessions: 639

  • Staff: 364
  • Students: 275

Following are  weekly users and session graph

20111209 iLab report

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays continued to be the most popular days for iLab sessions, although overall usage of the product fell steadily from mid November to early December as Macquarie University students undertook examinations.

Before the understandable drop in iLab usage that coincided with the three-week examination period, students users of the Microsoft Windows 7 desktop peaked at 98 and students sessions peaked at 213. With the Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard desktops, student users peaked at 23 and students sessions peaked at 42. Interestingly, staff usage of the Mac OS X Snow Leopard desktops was consistent and, at times, even higher than that of students.

Usage statistics

HelpDesk statistics

From 30 October to 8 December, HelpDesk handled seven requests for assistance with iLab.

20111202 iLab report

Launched in October 2011, iLab has been live for three months. With Macquarie University's examination period about to end, the demand to use its computer laboratories – both physical and virtual – is about to experience its annual end-of-year drop-off. So we thought that it was a good time to do some number crunching and report how iLab has performed since being unleashed on the university community.

Below are graphs that illustrate the usage of iLab's two desktops – Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It is worth noting that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays are the most popular days for users of the iLab Windows desktop and that, understandably, overall usage of the product began to fall at the start of the exam period.

Everything is going well and according to the iLab team's plan. There have no major issues reported regarding iLab's systems, infrastructure and capacity.

20111006 iLab launches

After several months of development and testing, today marks the official launch of iLab.

What is iLab? It is Macquarie University's computer laboratory product that enables students to use the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X applications they require to do their University work from anywhere on most common platforms.

What are common platforms? You can connect to iLab if your personal device has one of the following five operating systems - Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android.

What is the process? To get started with iLab, you need to take only three simple steps:

  • download a client
  • install it
  • launch it

The iLab wiki space contains everything that you need to know about the product, including lists of the available Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X applications, answers to the most frequently asked questions and step-by-step instructions to download, install and launch clients.

The iLab journey starts right here, right now. iLab 1.0 simulates the University's general-purpose computer labs. And it is only the beginning. Future iLab releases will deliver course- and unit-specific applications.

If you have any questions about iLab, either post them in the iLab community forum or, if you are the shy type, email the iLab team directly.

The launch of iLab means that the days of being bound by physical labs are coming to an end.

Escape the lab rat race. Embrace iLab.

20110818 iLab beta testing

You have heard a fair bit about iLab over the past few months. Now is your chance to experience the computer laboratory project for the first time and, in doing so, help the LookingGlass4 team make sure that everything is set for its release.

Today the LookingGlass4 team is releasing a closed beta version of iLab to a select group of Informatics and faculty information technology staff members. The team invites you to test the product and to report any bugs that you find on your travels. The team is seeking your feedback regarding the user experience as a whole.

iLab 1.0 will simulate Macquarie University's general-purpose computer labs, providing overflow capacity for them and laying the foundations for future releases that will deliver course- and unit-specific applications.

Please take some time over the next few days to test iLab. At ilab.mq.edu.au you will find step-by-step on-screen instructions that explain how to access the Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard desktops from the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android operating systems.

Submit your feedback by sending an email to the LookingGlass4 team to ilab.feedback@mq.edu.au.