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At my school we have internet access and computer access (duh) which we have to pay to use. You get your account topped up by giving them money. For every Mb you use some money comes off. All good there!
Since my school is fairly new the IT guys have only had a few years to experiment.
The first things they blocked us from using were porn sites, illegal sites etc.
Then they moved onto game sites and sites like NG here.
Now that was fair enough, I'm OK with that (even though I love NG)
What followed on from then pushed me and everyone else at school over the edge.
They started blocking sites for really stupid reasons. Sites were blocked for having advertisements on them. My friend tried to access his own site and it said it contained alcohol content! His site was made for a paint company. It contained nothing of the sort. Not even the word 'alcohol' could be found on the site.
Thats when we decided it had gone too far. We started using proxy's to get past these firewalls. That lasted a month until they found a way to block proxy's.
How could they go any further you ask? Hmmm....
Around a month ago they decided that they would block ALL search engines. Funnily enough, the school homepage links to search engines to help students. Yet now.....all of them are blocked!
The IT guys have also decided that they would buy some software that logs all of your actions and a program that takes screen shots of what your looking at when using the computer.
Its very hard to find a site now that isn't blocked and you cant search through sites that are similar because the search engines are blocked.
At what point does protecting the school turn into an abuse of power?
I've come up with this theory that I would like some opinions on.
I believe that school is a complete waste of time.....Well high school is at least.
In primary school you learn all of the essentials like; how to read, count, spell, add/subtract/multiply/divide.
Then you move onto high school and you learn things that you probably will never need. Subjects that will probably only help out one or two of the twenty plus students in the grade. You know the ones that end up having a really strange careers that requires Pythagoras knowledge.
I believe that those students who are classed as "nerdy" and take in EVERYTHING that is taught in class cant find a career that requires the knowledge they have so they end up becoming teaches.
It is one big cycle. Sort of a conspiracy probably made by the government so there are more jobs available, lowering the unemployment rate and in turn, making the country richer.
If you want to succeed in life you need to learn things at home, by yourself. Or take a university course, do something where you can learn things specific to the job you WANT.
Then there is the dilemma you are faced with. You want to do a uni course but you cant because you haven't completed high school! What a world!
What do you think?
I'm 16 today! Say happy birthday you bastards!
In 2 days it will be my 16th birthday. (22nd of August) Put it on your calendar and all send me something to Australia on the day. It doesn't have to be too big but we don't have many high class import cars in this land of mine (HINT HINT!)
So write a comment telling my what you will be giving to me on my special day!
For a few months now I have been searching for other Australian NG members. I have no idea why, I just thought it would be a cool thing to do. Here is the list so far. If you are an Aussie or know someone who is and isn't on this list, leave a comment and let me know!
So...........BIG! 103 at the moment infact!
Does anyone else find my profile header extremely sexy? Almost......orgasmic!
Ok, I have had the time to adjust and fully understand how to 'work' the new NG. It took a while to understand all of the stuff I had become used to and had now changed but I have.
The overall look of NG is quite impressive. The colours are great (I love orange) and they have added some more detailto give it more of a 'glossy' effect now. I love the way everything stands out in FULL ON colour and I really like the far background for those with wide screens.
A new feature I like is the fact that you can control who leaves messages on your profile and what you have on your profile. The News post is a great feature and I hope to use it a lot more. I am scared to put this on the front page though!
I have noticed that it takes a while longer to load at the moment but I am sure Tom and the gang are working on the speed as they are always thinking about us!
The FAQ is great, I love the way it scrolls down to the bit you want and its fairly detailed as it was previously.
Another great feature is the way the submissions in the portal open. THAT IS COOL!
I think the level icons are also brilliant. The pictures and background effects each level has are beautiful and really make me WANT to level up.
This list could go on forever but I will stop now, I will say though that I have probably missed 1000 things I love at the moment in this post but thats what makes NG soo great. There is so much good, you cant name it all.
Now I will move onto things I dont like.
Firstly I was a little dissappointed that there wasnt any change in a few things I had hoped.
1- Blam/Protect levels - Still the same levels and points needed.
2- Whistle levels - No new levels
3- Secrets - Why aren't there any more? They said there would be didn't they?
4- As far as I know there is still no bit that tells you your TOTAL b/p points.
5- Its too hard to view peoples profiles
6- The UJ submissions pass/get deleted too quickly with the new VP's.
7- The UJ submission text is a bad colour, you cant see a change in colour when you have clicked on the link. Therefore it is hard to tell what you have voted on and what you haven't.
8- They didn't add some of the things I suggested :(
I really hoped that there would be a few more things NG would provide me with.
Overall thought I am really REALLY happy with the way NG and I am going to love surfing the net on this site for another 10 years (hopefully)
Thanks to everyone involved in making the redesign happen. It was a great success in my books!