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.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

So close : This morning I stopped by Camelot in PVM to get a 1GB iPod Shuffle. I was punching in the purchase, and without looking up from the keypad, asked, "If it doesn't work, I can bring it back, right?"

The cashier looked at me nervously, "I've never heard of one not working." Oh oh.

"Oh, I'm sure it will work, but if it doesn't, can I bring it back?"

"Uhhh, yes..." Too much uncertainty in her voice. This was going to be a problem.

She flipped the box around, pointing to the system requirements, "It says here what you need."

"I know, but I've checked online, and sometimes, with older Windows PCs, there can be problems."

"Well, I know we aren't allowed to take back the mini. You need to deal with Apple directly. So it is probably the same thing with this one."

"So, I can't bring it back."

"No... No, you probably can't"

"Oh. Ok, forget it then."

The search continues.