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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Last night I tested using my Muvo N200 to record the audio from my lecture. I hit the record button and dropped the player into my shirt pocket. No extra microphone, just the crummy little built-in mic. Here's a sample of the resulting audio, where I'm explaining to a student what podcasting is about.

audio-test-podcast.mp3 (~ 4MB)

My plan now is to record all my lectures and post them to my class web site for students to listen to. Will students not bother to come to class? I don't know. That's a challenge for me to deal with. Besides, my goal isn't to get students to sit and listen to me for 3 hours a week. My goal is for them to learn the material, and if I can do that in a more flexible way, all the better.