Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 11:03 UTC
Windows Raymond Chen's The Old New Thing - one of the best Windows blogs on the web - has a very interesting item up about a certain bit of behaviour in Windows 95 I was unaware of. Basically, there's a neat little trick where you can close and move the Start button. It wasn't a feature, but a bug.
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RE[2]: Depends on your perspective
by edvim on Sat 18th Feb 2012 06:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Depends on your perspective"
edvim
Member since:
2010-03-12

I was a tech support contractor at an inner city public school for several years. The central administration has to take extreme measures for content filtering and in the classroom computers I had to use the group policy editor on a master install image to lock down the systems so tightly they were barely usable. The teachers complained but understood the reasons why the kids' computer and online access was so crappy and restricted -- it only takes one or two kids who think their own needs are more important to wreck it for everybody. So yeah, I'm trite and meaningless to you but I at least grew up respecting others.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It was a quote from Office Space that popped into my head, not a personal attack. As for "growing up respecting others", one screenshot prank that everyone laughed at and several good-natured bouts with a teacher who not only approved but strove to one-up us all the time means I lack respect for others? Sorry, but that was a disrespectful thing for you to assume about me. Look to thine own self, my friend.

I have a feeling you are not a fun person to hang out with. You may want to consider that life isn't black and white; there are infinite shades of grey and you don't have to be Mr. Serious all the time. Color outside the lines once in a while, you might be surprised how much fun life can be if you actually live! ;)

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edvim Member since:
2010-03-12

That's a typical approach you're taking to demean me but it's not like I care. Yes, everybody laughed and had a great time in your example but you're only looking at the world through what happened in your class, it just doesn't apply everywhere. In a real world situation, a kid who does something like disabling a handful of computers in a classroom as a 'prank' may be a riot in his/her eyes, but to the adults who live with responsibilities you're not aware of, that prank is a problem. The teacher at that point will either have to double up some kids on the same computer, changing that day's lesson plan on the fly. Of if enough computers are out of service, cancel hands-on lessons for just book lessons. So while it was great fun for people like yourself. it was at the expense of others.
I also contracted with several community centers, and there were actually numerous instances when evening ESL or GED classes had to be rescheduled because some kids thought it was funny to do something like steal all the rubber balls out of the computer mice in day classes.
So yeah, your rose-colored idealism about what life SHOULD be is great, but reality always requires compromises when you grow up and get saddled with responsibilities, and that's the point I guess I failed to make clear about 'perspective'.

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