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.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Over the summer, McGill will be migrating from Novell to Active Directory. Part of this introduces a policy that each user will have a home drive with 1GB of space. I'm already over this for my backups, so I have a problem.

(My current backup procedure is to use SyncBack to mirror my /My Documents folder to my network drive. I have a reminder in Outlook that pops-up everyday reminding me to run the process. Eventually, I'll figure out how to have the process run automatically on a regular basis, although part of the problem is that I'm not always connected to the network, so the automatic process kicks up a bunch of errors, sometimes without letting me know. Anyway, blah, blah, its a problem to solve.)

I'll need to go through and clean up my documents. One potential solution is to clean out a bunch of PDFs that I downloaded and saved. Rather then store references, I've had a habit of storing the whole PDF. Not very efficient, and, as I am finding out, it puts a load on my backup procedure. They'll need to go.

Other then that, I'll probably do a search and see what the big files are. In most cases, I'm expecting to be able to gain some space there.

But in the long run, is this going to work? As I make more extensive use of Camtasia, including more screencasts in my lectures, where am I going to put those files? Where am I going to back them up? I can't be the only person on campus for whom 1GB is insufficient.