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.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

IBM looking to ditch PC *and* Thinkpads : I wasn't too interested in the story that surfaced last week about IBM wanting to get rid of its PC business, until I read this post that points out that the Thinkpads are rumored to be on the block as well. What isn't clear is if they are getting out of manufacturing them themselves, or if they are getting rid of the them altogether. Not that I plan on buying another laptop anytime soon, but it would be a shame to see such a solid product disappear.

It is also hard to believe that IBM can't make money off their Thinkpads, given the large premium you end up paying. If they really are money loosers for IBM, maybe they should get out of that business.