My Evil Teacher

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I have been able to set up an FTP server at my home computer so I can access my files from school. Today, I was at the computer room opened the DOS prompt and started making a simple transfer.

Mr. Leer (the computer teacher) came by and asked me: "What are you doing?"

<"some of us can't stand the Win interface, ya know" I should have said>

"Transfering my work to my home computer." I said.

"Well, I don't want you to use FTP." he said.

"Why?" I asked.

"Cause that protocol is often used for hacking." he replied.

"WTF?" I thought. "Then how am I supposed to transfer my files to my computer?"

"Well, bring a floppy" he said.

<"That outdated, obsolete technology?" I should have said>

"I don't have a floppy drive" I told him.

"Not my problem" he said.

WHAT AN ASSHOLE. Seriously, why wouldn't he let me use FTP? Why does he prefer a FLOPPY??????? If it is related about virus infection, well I can bring a virus in a Floppy too! DUH!!! Can't you see MISTER that I am accessing my OWN computer? I am not hacking!!! Is it because I am a Mac user??? JERK.

I am going to talk to the head of the computer department and ask him what the real problem with FTP is and demand him a reasonable explanation.

By the mean time, do you know what other protocol can I easy install in OSX and use for file transfer to my home? Any ideas?

Thank You.

[ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: soulcrusher ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 17
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    WebDAV using iDisk?
  • Reply 2 of 17
    [quote]Originally posted by applenut:

    <strong>WebDAV using iDisk?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I disk is too slow for me, it would take ages. I would prefer to be able to browse my files from school and/or transfer directly.

    I think maybe the DOS Prompt scared him. How do I upload stuff to an FTP server using the Internet Explorer?

    [ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: soulcrusher ]</p>
  • Reply 3 of 17
  • Reply 4 of 17
    You could use OS X websharing.

    You could burn CDs.

    If I were you I'd bring in a floppy with a virus, play dumb, then ask again about the ftp...
  • Reply 5 of 17
    Many FTP clients like FTP Explorer (free) look like the Windows Explorer.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    Email the files to yourself as attachments. Don't check your mail again until you get home.
  • Reply 7 of 17
    The best protocol is to kick Mr.Leer's ass.
  • Reply 8 of 17
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    Sounds like a perfectly reasonable policy to me. As a lab proctor, allowing the non-initiated to set up FTP is just begging for trouble.

    It's not your computer, it's the school's.

    You shouldn't do things on computers that aren't yours that you aren't allowed to do. If they don't have some form of removable media then they shouldn't be asking you to do any work outside of school.

    If you're transferring files that have nothing to do with schoolwork then you have no grounds to complain.

    Simple explanation: You could easily leave the port open or just be allowing anonymous logins which would make the computer/network vulnerable.

    [ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: groverat ]</p>
  • Reply 9 of 17
    I don't think he was setting up and FTP server. Just using FTP to move files off and on. Something that I do every day.

    Get one of the FTP apps with the GUI. That will fool 'em.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    Ah fuXor that sob. I was in my creative writing class and the stupid computer wouldnt work and basically destroyed my floppy, then I say "I can't print this the computer messed up" and she goes "Oh well. Not my problem" and so I got a zero on the assignment. Also they have threatened me in the library cause the p.o.s. computer wasn't on the school network. "If I see you not on the red screen again you might not be able to use these computers." I was like whatever I will screw these things to kingdom kong if you mess with me. Then she said "I don't want you downloading anything to the hard drive" when I was reading these boards (and another message board and she said "We don't want any viruses." First of all, HTF am I gonna download stuff when I was on the school network (blocks it) and second, HTF is going on a message board gonna give the computer a virus? LMAO What a joke. We also got in trouble for going in that "restricted" computer lab once so we could actually hear sound!
  • Reply 11 of 17
    Computer illiterates are always more scared of stuff like that than people who actually know a little about how computers & the internet work.

    OH MY GOD, don't look at that message board, what about viruses!?!!
  • Reply 12 of 17
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    Aha, I did not read carefully enough!
  • Reply 13 of 17
    I would recomend the e-mail route. On the week day of school, when we got the lecture on the computer rules, I asked the lab person (privately) about using e-mail to send documents back and forth, and I was granted persission to do so.

    I suggest that you do something similar. I think that unless he's a total jack***, he'll be much more agreeable if you just ask permission beforehand (so he understands exactly what it is that you're doing).
  • Reply 14 of 17
    Haha, we can't even use email at my skool. I still do I just open 2 windows and have it underneath if I need to check mail. Can you believe they had blocked at one stage because people looked up HS Sports?
  • Reply 14 of 17
    This is the e-mail I just sent the Head of the IT department.

    Hi Mr. Turner. My name is Alvaro Chavarria a Senior 7 student.

    My problem is that I do not have a Floppy Drive at home so file transfer from home to school is somewhat difficult to me (and my brother and sister for that matter). I had been able to establish an FTP server in my personal computer at home inside Amnet's private network so I could access it from school and make a direct transfer of my files.

    Today in english class I was transferring my work this way (I thought there was no problem with it, of course) and the other computer teacher Mr. Leer (or whatever his last name is) told me I couldn't do that. Still I do not understand the reason why.

    If security holes are the problem then it is my computer which is at risk NOT the school computers as I am running the server in my *nix system and the school computer is just a client for a few minutes while the transfer is happening, secondly all transfers are done inside Amnet's own network making the transfer not exposed AT ALL to the outside, public internet world.

    If viruses are the problem let me tell you that I DO NOT intend to cause any harm to the school computers and I do not hold any Windows viruses in my *nix system and even if my computer was infected, the virus wouldn't be compatible with Windows causing no harm to our school computers. Also, Floppy disks can carry viruses too, and even if you want I can virus scan any file I download before opening it.

    Is there any reason for NOT using FTP that I didn't mention please let me know. I do not want to cause a conflict and I do not intend to harm the school, I just want to know justifiable reasons for not implementing technology in my student life.

    If you want to take a look at my server.


    Name: anonymous

    Password: Not Required

    (It asks for the email address just to keep a record of who visits the server, it is not compulsory though)


    Yes, I could use e-mail, but I would rather use FTP, I like being able to browse my home files form school. I find it pretty neat

    Anyway, next time I'll access the FTP server using Internet Explorer. Maybe that way he won't get scared.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    Most of the people running schools just figure all students are bad and up to no good. Pretty lame but I suppose so much crap happens that they must be vigilant. I was accused of hacking a computer in high school as well, by some idiot who didn't know jack about computers.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    My school allows anything. I am actually asked on how to fix the macs, which I am good at, becuase the computer guy knows shiate and I am the only one in school who has at least basic troubleshooting information on Macs.

    We can do anything we want on the computers, except play games <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
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