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Hi all on mastodon.oeru.org - there's going to be a brief shutdown (5-10 minutes, I hope) of this server in the next hour or two, as I shift it from Sydney to San Francisco (to better hosting)... So if it stops responding, it's nothing to worry about! Try it again after a few minutes. Thanks!

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@oemb1905 interesting looking at Schaefer IT Consulting... I ran my own FOSS bespoke dev and IT integration shop (99.9% , of course!) for many years... looks like a solid outfit! Out of interest, if you haven't come across it, BitWarden might be of interest to you and your customers - here's how we use it: tech.oeru.org/setting-your-own

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Wanna learn about and Creative Commons? It's free, open source and good opportunity to explore 's . New cohort starts this week. Join us: oer.nz/lida103eoi

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I get frustrated when people in industries who could benefit hugely from better use of tech bemoan the inequity in tech (I agree!) but justify their own inaction & non-participation (or defend persisting with crappy corporate proprietary software that tramples their interests) by saying adapting & learning is "too hard"... It especially bugs me to hear educators say this... sure, learning *is* hard. If it was easy... we wouldn't need educators. Get involved now to make it easier for others!

Righto, what do you think about these new polls?

Ok, we're back with Mastodon 2.8.4, but I need to tidy up one thing, so it's going to go down briefly again...

For everyone paying attention to this server - I'll shortly be doing an upgrade to it... so be forewarned if/when it stops responding (very briefly, I hope).

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Look what arrived today... My second copy of Charlie Reisinger's great story, The Open Schoolhouse. It's essential reading for anyone in secondary education & *vital* for anyone making digital learning decisions.

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Jeremy's a lovely fellow... if you're in Chch and want clever jewellery - and he always has time and a kind word for dogs, including letting them test out his own dog transport system (for his very large, lovely Bernese Mountain dog, Ruby) including our Luna :)

Hello all on mastodon.oeru.org - we've just done an upgrade to version 2.7.4 - push notifications should also be working better, and a few places where "styles" were wonky should now be working correctly...

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Most NZ schools have a "BYOD" programme for student-provided devices. The gov't has got this "free" Microsoft Office365 licensing as a perk of paying many $millions/year for an all-of-gov't agreement: education.govt.nz/school/runni Schools are starting to require MSO365 for students... but it doesn't run on all devices (Linux comps or Chromebooks). This creates a major problem with BYOD policies: the schools don't know what they're doing & students are being disadvantaged by their legit tech choices.

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What's more, the Min of Ed, with this MSO365 "free" license programme is creating a huge imposition upon all students. Their digital works/creativity is being locked into a set of formats that can only be reliably read by MS-blessed software, which is because MS controls the formats & changes them at their whim (often to set back would-be competitors who're trying to offer compatibility). Our gov't is effectively (probably out of ignorance) mandating the of one foreign megacorp's software.

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What's worse, all of these students' digital creative content is, by virtue of adopting this proprietary Microsoft solution, being stored in "the Cloud" outside NZ. What're the privacy implications of that? "Don't worry about it" our Privacy Commissioner says, despite the fact the data is outside our jurisdiction. Remember how Facebook laughed at his requests to honour NZ privacy legislation for NZers? Microsoft is bigger than Facebook... Our gov't is making a major blunder with our kids.

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This is especially true when our students could all be using open source software that does the same things as MSO365, without committing their data to MS-controlled file formats, and it could all be stored here in NZ, in our jurisdiction. Plus it would cost a lot less for schools & anyone interacting with them, because then they wouldn't need to run MSO365 to be compatible (but they could stick with it if they wanted). What's the value of our kids' data not being held hostage by US interests?

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And I should credit my gorgeous wife, Jos, with the tasty rice paper spring rolls.

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Now & again I regret that I work from home... But today isn't one of those days. 5 min from fridge to plate, leftover home made spring rolls from last night & some of my rendang from the weekend, with an egg cracked over it... Lush.

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