Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Coding : I've spent most of today working on coding a real site (as opposed to this weblog or the main CMS-driven McGill ContEd site). We're hosting the Connections 2005 conference this year, and I volunteered to, among other things, code the web site. It's a fairly simple site, and I had a base of PHP code for the proposal submission form. Still, I decided to take my time and make sure I got things right the first time around (instead of having to debug and recode).

Overall, it has gone pretty well. I was reminded of how good TopStyle Pro is as an editor. I was also reminded that I should probably try to do more coding on a regular basis, even though it isn't my main job.