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, May 09, 2005

I came into work to find that my laptop's hard drive had died. No boot, no safe mode, even the build in IBM Recovery wouldn't work. Had to bring it into support. They are going to give me an update tomorrow (TOMORROW!) as to where things stand.

Fortunately, I did a data backup on Thursday afternoon, and I have a hard copy of the one document I worked on all day Friday. So the data loss will be minimal. Unfortunately, I have class tonight, and no slides. I guess I'll have to borrow a laptop to make it happen.

It is times like this when I feel my dependancy on technology the strongest. Not just as a way to access/create files, but as a critical component of how I frame my work, my day. Take away my PC, and I don't even know where to start. None of my routines are useful. It is like starting at zero.

Tomorrow... *&^@#&*$^!