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 01, 2005

Today I was able to spend some time with WebCT Vista, and overall, I've very pleased with what I saw.

Iron monument

Two problems that have not been solved:

1. You *still* cannot sort discussion topics to display new posts at the top.

2. You *still* cannot create relative items in the calendar, i.e. Create an event in week 2 of your course and have the system figure out the date each semester. FPITA.

But, BUT, it looks very good, and much better then before. I'm one of the few faculty at McGill who will be using it for their courses in the fall. If I experience anything truely noteworthy, I'll be sure to post a note here.

On an unrelated note, why, if my laptop has access to a weak 10Mbps connection and a wired 100Mbps connection does it insist on using the weak 10Mbps connection? Why do I have to manually slap it and force it to do the smart thing? Not that it makes much of a difference, since the network speed has been abysmal all day.