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, February 28, 2005

McGill morning - Feb 28, 2005 :
McGill morning - Feb 28, 2005
Originally uploaded by ebilodeau.

I'm testing Flickr-Blogger integration. Oh, and my camera is working again. The short version of the story is that it took me over two years to figure out that I needed to replace the batteries...


Ouch. I applaud your public admission on your camera, Ed. That reminds me of the pickup truck I had as an undergrad. One day it wouldn't start and I tried to repair it off and on over two weeks. It was out of gas.
I think what happened was that when I dropped the camera, the rechargable batteries were damaged. I tried them in my walkman, and they worked, but the power drain prob isn't comparable.

Then I came across an article in Popular Communications on recharageable batteries, how they are not made the same, and how you need to take care chargin them, etc. It got me to thinking that maybe that's where my problem was (since the camera worked ok using the AC adapter). So I bought some new non-rechargable batteries, and voila! it works!

I'm just glad I didn't spend a few hundred bucks on a new camera!

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