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, October 06, 2005

Selection readers : Mentioned by Jensen Harris, one of the UI developers on Office in this post: "Selection readers are just what they sound like: people who select text in a document as they read it." I do this myself as well.

Unfortunately, the post doesn't talk about ways to address the need faced by selection readers: assistance keeping our place in the page. I guess its a bit like reading and using your finger to keep place, which we were always taught is bad, but which speed readers tell you is good.

The post does talk about a new UI feature called the Minibar, which, as described, leaves me with only one question: can I turn it off?


Actually, the very next line of the blog entry after the part about selection readers is: "Of course, if you think having the MiniBar come up on selection would annoy you no matter what, you can turn it off."
What can I say? In addition to being a selection reader, I'm also a skimmer... :)

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