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.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Email archive update : I've managed to get my mail folder down to < 10 MB. I created a local .pst with two folders: sent, received. I then copied all messages from the Sept 10, 2004 to Sept 10, 2005 timeframe to the .pst (Sept 10 was my start date at McGill, so I use it to tick off the years).

I copied the .pst to a normal CD (i.e. not an archival quality one) in case I need to refer to anything over the next few years (after which point I expect the CD data to be toast). I also left a copy of the .pst on my local HD in case I need to access old mail. Its in the /temp folder, though, and isn't part of the regular mirroring to file server. The next time my HD gets hosed, I just restore from the CD.