I took my school laptop in to be re-imaged – a second time. I was expecting Steve to give me the gears about this, and he didn’t let me down. I explained that I’d put the wrong drive to be imaged last week, so it must be done again, and that I wiped the first drive. He noted that he would prefer that he change the drive to make sure it was wiped. “What’s to stop you from using that drive after school is done next year? You could be using all that free software.”
Frankly, it never dawned on me that I could do that. I believed that none of it would work because it would all expire. I would not be able to update the license for most software, and I wouldn’t be able to use the rest because I wouldn’t be connected to the school’s servers.
“I tried to find way not to bother you about this because I know you’re busy. But I couldn’t.” I asked a classmate, “T“, if I could image mine from his – a kind of carbon copy from his to mine – but he hasn’t gotten his done yet; T is out of the country until the very day of school.