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.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Coming soon: E-Commerce Wiki : The link above points to the hosting space I've been given at McGill to set up my e-commerce wiki. My plan is to try to work with the other lecturers and eventually our students to build an information resource that can be shared by all (instead of developing these separately in each of our closed WebCT sites). My plan is to get those interested parties to begin work on it in the spring, and promote it to students in Fall 2005.

Before then, I have to figure out how to get the darn thing set up. I've decided to use MediaWiki, which is supposed to be installable by mortals. I'll try to document my trials and tribulations here for those who dare follow.

I'll also be sharing my experiences with the IT group here at McGill, along with the relevant committees and user groups. I also plan on giving an open talk on the subject on the site is up and running. Should be fun!

One thing I've learned so far: while it may be really hard to get a new technology integrated into the common infrastructure of the Univeristy, it is relatively easy to get support to run an experiment!