Moving this account 

I am going to use the "Move to a different account" feature to move to my current account, @crash.

I'm pinning this toot so as to hopefully mitigate confusion should anyone see they are following a username and avatar that they have not seen before.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

It's my understandiing that a lot of schools have been holding onto their Win7 images for dear life. Things are going to get interesting soon, and by that, I mean scary.

(I'm not as concerned for my own school, as we'll likely be converting computers too old for Win10 into Chromebooks.)

Microsoft 'Confirms' Windows 7 New Monthly Charge

Trying out the solo instance thing over at

It was only a matter of time before I gave admin stuff a try. I enjoy pressing buttons too much.

(Also my employer's web filter has blocked but not my own domain, so that'll give me more opportunities to be active on Mastodon.)

Copyright subtoot 

@Downes It's not an either or situation. The main difference between the two is that the big company won't be able to tell the difference between one person's theft and a rounding error, but the revenue of the artist that partnered with said company as an inexpensive distribution method? They'll feel it intensely.

Blame it on how we got here if you want, but it doesn't make it hurt the small artists less if you tell them you're hurting the big companies too.


Today it was reinforced that I get more upset about things that could hurt my students than I do about things that could hurt me.

Copyright subtoot 

And honestly, it's the culture that promotes anti-artist crap (including the variant disguised as anticapitalism) that will keep many of my students from ever earning enough to eat and pay rent by doing what they love.

If you don't like the method of compensation requested by the content creator, so therefore you steal and boost toots that encourage others to steal, then maybe I was wrong about this place.

Because you don't care at all if people steal from my students.

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Copyright subtoot 

It is in the domain of the artist to decide how they wish for their art to be distributed.

Creative Commons? Sweet!

Public Domain? Awesome!

Patreon required? Good for you!

Some form of distribution involving copy protection? It's still THEIR CHOICE. Don't like it? Don't watch/listen/otherwise consume it.

You cross the line from fan to thief when you decide to take that choice from them.

But yay, anticapitalism, right? Way to stick it to the starving artists.

Domain block 

The instance at has been blocked from Scholar Social

They appear to be data-mining and sending spam follows using an unmarked bot

My opinions of Microsoft and education 

It's unfortunate that schools require closed source software like Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Flash player. Why can't I use LibreOffice and Firefox? Why do I need to go spend money to get a windows computer, when my computer works just fine, arguably better, with Linux? Why do we have to force students to spend more Money!

"Haven't you read that book before?"
"I'm sure you have."
"No, that was a different me."
"Why, what's changed?"
"I read this book."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Internet of Things that Don't Really Belolng on the Internet When You Think About It

uspol education news 

Arizona teachers devastated, as state supreme court blocks ballot initiative to fund education – ThinkProgress

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