Dear Year 7

Changing your fellow students’ desktop background to My Little Pony without their knowledge is only amusing in exactly one circumstance.

That circumstance is “when I do it.” *

If you decide to ‘borrow’ their password, log on in the Library when no-ones looking, and muck around with their account, that is what people in the real world like to call “an offence under section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990”.

Stop it.

(And while you’re here, enough with the Wikipedia vandalism already.)

Love and kisses,

* as a friendly reminder when they forget to log off.

About The Angry Technician

The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

10 responses to “Dear Year 7”

  1. TheCrust says :

    Were you the BOFH in another life AT?

  2. ScottishTech says :

    I find any unattended PCs and send themselves an email along the lines of “just think who and what I could have emailed under your name if I’d been so inclined. Next time LOG OUT WHEN YOU ARE DONE!!!”.

    I also save a text file in their home folder with much the same thing.

    I did contemplate moving all of their files to a folder called NEXT TIME LOGOUT, but thought that might be deemed a bit too naughty.

    By the way – You let your kids have their own desktops? You kind-hearted person – I have the desktops and folder customizations locked and reset to a blank at each login (in case they figure out how to change them using an application).

    Am I just too grumpy?

    • AngryTechnician says :

      I’ve been trying to encourage a bit more enthusiasm for the subject in our pupils, so I’ve let them have almost full access to alternate themes in Windows 7 to allow them to feel like it’s ‘their’ computer and not just a generic piece of equipment that they have to do Excel on over and over. ICT use is quite heavily supervised in our school, and the pupils have it drilled into them at the beginning of the year that if they are caught abusing this privilege, they get Windows Classic with a nice plain blue backdrop.

      The exception is that I don’t allow them to change the mouse cursors. I’ve seen that goddamn walking dinosaur TOO MANY TIMES.

      • Gerard Sweeney says :

        Ironically enough, when we made the move from 2K to XP (oooh!), switching off all of XP’s crappy toy town themes and gubbins was first and foremost on the request list of pretty much all staff members.

        So everyone gets classic shell and a plain backdrop. Staff can change the desktop wallpaper, pupils can’t.

        Mind you, it’s still more flexible than our corporate sister dept who have mandatory wallpapers of the Authority logo and slogan.

        • AngryTechnician says :

          I think reverting them to XP’s ‘Fisher Price’ theme would actually be more of a punishment than Windows Classic, but Microsoft wisely left that theme out…

  3. AlsoAngryTechie says :

    Wikipedia -Our students have been soooo creative. Elton John is deceased, the Queen mum isn’t, Elvis is alive in my street etc. Our IP range is now blocked by Wikipedia from amending/posting to the site.

    Don’t you just love the little cherubs.

    • Giles says :

      We’re blocked too although the log of changes were a bit better than that.

      Take That ceased to exist :)

      • AngryTechnician says :

        In my last school we would normally be unblocked from anonymous editing for about 1 week in between 6 month bans, then during that week we’d rack up enough infractions to get us another ban.

        I enquired about making the ban permanent but Wikipedia’s admins tell me that bans can only be for a maximum of 6 months. Pity.

  4. ChrisCubed says :

    I fear we are a little more draconian than your school – not only do we block student’s ability to change their themes or desktop backgrounds, we treat the staff in exactly the same way!

    I don’t know about you, but when asked to help someone with their computer, I don’t want to see it set to 800×600, pink background with animated green cursors, whether you’re 14 or 40!

  5. Dai says :

    You see Mr Grumble, they will do as you do and not as youI say.

    Dear Y7, do your worst. ;) Then use the ‘I was only doing what the teacher man was doing to teach them a lesson in the importance of logging off’.

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