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.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Lifehacker: "The Hipster PDA movement is so much fun and, well, hip because it rejects gagdet consumerism and repurposes a common object in useful ways" (emphasis mine). Anyone who has followed any of the Hipster PDA movement (see: Flickr tag = hipsterpda) knows this statement is not all that accurate.

The gadgets may be low tech, but they are still all gadgets. Inexpensive, maybe, but all high-margin items that the Staples store manager loves to sell. They almost certainly make more money off a HipsterPDA-type buying a basket of index cards, clips and pens then they do off someone who buys a Pocket PC.

What about the overpriced Moleskines and space pens favored by the HipsterPDA crowd? No consumerism there. No, sir!