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.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Switching to RSS Bandit : I'm about a third of the way through moving my RSS feeds over to RSS Bandit. Although this solution will not allow me to view my feeds from any machine, it will (hopefully) keep those feeds up to date. I was noticing that with the My Yahoo RSS aggregator it would sometimes take hours for a post to show up, which in my case, defeats the purpose of using RSS at all.

Of course, My Yahoo doesn't have an OPML export option (which should have sent up a red flag for me), so moving to RSS Bandit is a longish, manual process. Better get back to it.

[10:00am] Update: Done. Back to work.