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

Still thinking about Google Toobar : At the beginning of my post on the legal issues surrounding the Google Toolbar, I noted that I hoped that writing the post would allow me to move on. It hasn't worked out that way.

Why? Because I'm reading more posts that in my opinion continue to skirt this core issue and potential solution. Framing the conversation in terms of "that's evil!" or "that's bad" is about as useful as say that war is bad. Yeah, OK. I think we can agree on that, but we can we do about it?

The deeper frustration is the realization that my posts here are not really part of the conversation. I'm part of the Long Tail. Heck, I'm the tip. As such, my ability to influence the head is limited if not non-existant.

This, in itself, isn't bad or wrong. What is wrong is my expectation that it could be otherwise. That I could post something to my blog and that it would somehow resonate so strongly that the head would notice. Ahh, maybe it just takes time.