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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

This morning I was talking to a professor here at McGill about an online course I'll be helping put together over the summer. We were talking about... well, actually it was more like lamenting the fact that WebCT (Campus Edition) isn't much of a student-writable environment. That is, it does a really poor job of facilitating collaboration between students and allowing them to add content to the site outside of the well-defined limits of the discussion groups and student presentation sections. WebCT Vista is a *bit* better, but out of the box, not by much.


Anyway, I mentioned to her that there were a few folks working on a instant outliner, when she broke in saying, "I love outliners! Have you ever heard of MORE? I've never, ever found anything as good as that..."

Same guy, I told her. Same guy.