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 09, 2005

Yesterday, I noticed two things re: my student status that need looking into:

1. I'm being charged international fees. It turns out that because I switched programs, Banner (our main info system) flags me as international. Never mind that I have already supplied the supporting documentation twice. Thankfully, I keep copies of my birth certificate in my office, so I can drop one off at the Registrar's office later this afternoon. (Update: paperwork submitted)

2. Looking over my transcript, it looks like if I take four courses over the coming year (as advised) that I'll still be one short course from graduation. Yikes! Imagine the rude surprise I might have had next spring had I not looked into this. I need to go talk to the department to get a definitive list of courses I need to complete in order to graduate. My guess is that I'll have to take five courses instead of four. (Update: There was a paperwork error; I'll only have to take four courses as originally planned.)