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, October 04, 2005

Yahoo clones delicious : My Web 2.0 BETA. The problem with apps like delicious and a lot of the other bare-bones apps from the 37 signals school of keep-it-simple-and-easy web development is that it is trivial for anyone to duplicate the app and generally do a better job of marketing and supporting it. At best the original developers can hope to get bought out and given a job by the BigCo. But in the medium and long term, they aren't really viable.

Update: After writing this, I think to myself that its a good time to backup my delicious data. I click on the delicious bookmark... waiting... "delicious could not be found. Please check the name and try again" Ugh.

Update 2: A few minutes later, delicious is back.