Addiction, remember, is part of the vendors' plan. Bill Gates says so
We actually have a case study of what happens when people use OPM vs.
having to use their personal wallets:
R. Scott Belford wrote:
that far too often good-willed and well-intending education advocates
fail to fully understand the extent of OPM addiction in the American
education system. More successful advocates have learned to enable the
use of OPM within the schools. They fund this addiction with enticing
technology trinkets and strong-armed contractual agreements.
OPM, Other People's Money, is a delight to use. It feels so good, and
it spends so well. It is not to be confused with what most of us are
left with, Money. It is hard to come by, painful to spend, and there
never seems to be enough of it. When using OPM you'll take two of
whatever, and make it a deluxe. When using M, you clip coupons.
If you would like to succeed in helping most schools and education
systems, experience shows that they need you to facilitate their OPM
use. You must appreciate their appetite is voracious, and that if they
do not use their entire hoard of OPM each year, they don't get more
next year, as promised. Successful vendors succeed by supplying
schools with OPM on a consistent and reliable basis.
This is where the conspiracy lies, so take it for what it is worth.
Some vendors offer luscious, enticing hardware that everyone wants.
Though they use some fruit as their name, they still succeed in getting
schools to eagerly adorn themselves in their regal iJewelry.
Understanding how important it is for the children to see their schools
wearing only the best, the public eagerly supplies sufficient OPM
without question. Some is sold off to Vendors who in turn build more
eye iJewlery. It could be, and it does get, worse.
Sometimes the OPM trade is a bit more ugly. For those with squeamish
stomachs, please put down your bialy. Some Vendors have managed to
enslave our schools in barbed chains of sophisticated contractual
agreements. In order to get the DEHLENIB hardware necessary to adorn
themselves, they must commit to consecutive years wearing the same
undergarments. In the past they could at least change these
undergarments or add new hardware trinkets. Now they are contractually
forbidden to make such hygiene changes. This becomes smelly.
It is true that there are some schools that are trying to Free
themselves from this OPM addiction. All the OPM abuse has given them
very bad teeth, and now they need FLOSS. They are looking for the
kind-hearted souls out there willing to help them stay OPM Free and
well FLOSSed. This is where many of the more benevolent among us have
invested our passions. However, we must appreciate that these
recovering schools are usually the least capable of stopping the abuse
of OPM in their districts, regardless of how noble and economical their
So to you I say learn to use OPM, but find a way to ween our blinded
and addicted schools. Forgive them for they know not what they do.
Instead, show them how FLOSSing can actually help them to spend their
OPM on other things, like more counselors and educators. While they
too may be OPM users, perhaps they won't be. If properly educated, our
youth don't have to be OPM users.
By reaching out to our youth and our college students in non-academic
environments(1), they can see the benefits of FLOSSing instead of using
OPM. They will eventually be hired by those schools you have taken to
lunch, intoxicated with OPM, and adorned with your own FLOSS filled
Trinkets. You never know when they may want to open them up for a