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, August 02, 2005

A few updates on the computing front:

1. The support group I brought my laptop to can find nothing wrong with my laptop's hard drive. "Its a software problem." Which of course means [update]next time the problem happens[/update] I get to bring it to another group. Lovely.

Update: They were able to restore the factory drive image, which means I get to call ICS so that they can set up Office and Active Directory on my machine. But that will wait until next week, since I am under a lot of pressure to finish correcting my students' reports by the end of the day tomorrow.

2. The PC I set up yesterday is temporary. Not temporary as in, "until we buy you a new one," but temporary as in "we'll be taking it back in a week or two." Fortunately, they have offered to find me another PC, depending on when my laptop will be fixed. That bit of information is going to be hard to come by, I expect, as the various tech support groups at the university play hot potato with my laptop. Ugh.