It’s Alive!

For all intents and purposes, the “new” blog is alive! Thanks to my visitors for hanging in there as I made the transition from one domain to another. I say that as if I have a league of Twitter followers like Kim Kardashian when in actuality I don’t. I mean, I’ve only gotten just over 100k hits since I started blogging here at WordPress so that should tell you something.

But to those who do stop by and read this, thanks again. I hope the transition was as painless as possible.

So aside from that, what’s new? Well, that spiffy new banner for one. And I’ll have you know that I created a single block in Photoshop then copied it to make the ground. Need proof?

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There it is in all its glory. I worked hard to make it look so good. Ahem.

Anyway, yeah, a new banner. More will be coming, that’s for sure. Also, my old domain will redirect here for as long as I own it which I intend to do so as not to leave anyone hanging.

Also new is my Instagram feed widget which is something that WordPress added recently. Or maybe not so recently, I don’t know. I figured that since I was changing domains I might as well do some housekeeping while I was at it. I’ve also made a widget for my Disclaimer so that it is a little more visible than the page it is on.

That about sums everything up. The blog lives into 2014, the year marking my 10th anniversary of blogging. I’ll try to make it better than this year when I sort of fell off the wagon…

Onward!

Gone Daddy Gone

godaddyFirst, I’d like to say that you’ve got me for yet another year of blogging as I have renewed the holographicmeatloaf.com domain name. And unless I decide to hang them up, simply walk away or am killed in some kind of bizarre gardening accident, I’ll still be here.

Everything will remain the same save for the occasional theme change for when I think things need some refreshing. But the one thing that has changed may not be as obvious.

For years, I had my domain registered with GoDaddy simply because a) they advertised and made it seem easy to do and b) renewing with them was the obvious choice since everything was already done for me. All I had to do is pay.

namecheapBut this year I’ve decided to move away from them and for good. The reason is simple: SOPA. In case you’re not familiar with the acronym, SOPA stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act which Congress intends to pass and in essence, will cripple the Internet for everybody in their efforts to protect the intellectual rights of artists. And much like DRM on MP3 files, all a bill like this will do is harm the little guy.

Basically, if you love your freedom of speech, you should not like SOPA. There are very few arguments for it and plenty against.

And how exactly does any of this have to do with my former domain host?

GoDaddy supported SOPA. I say “supported” because once it was known that they were on the side of this bill, there was a huge outlast against them and hosts such as Namecheap offered discounts to potential clients for domain transfers.

Feeling compelled to do my part against censorship, I used one of the many discount codes Namecheap was advertising and made the switch. And despite GoDaddy’s later rescinding of their SOPA support (after a mass exodus of users leaving them), I stuck to my guns.

The transfer was completed on December 30, just one day short of Namecheap’s “Move Your Domain Day” promotion. Better late then never, it seems.

If you are currently a user of GoDaddy’s services and haven’t made the move to another domain host, then perhaps you should consider another host for the sake of showing GoDaddy what you think of their one-time support of the bill.

Then  you can be like the many (including myself) who have said, “So long, GoDaddy. I’m gone.”

Not Yours

A few posts ago I bad mentioned that I was going to soon be getting dave_at_this domain_dot_com for my e-mail address.

Well, at least I tried to.

I signed up through Google Apps in the hopes I would make this little nicety become a reality. Turns out that despite everything I did to make it come true, nothing worked.

Apparently there is some sort of conflict with Google Apps and Yahoo! Small Business that prevents things from being configured properly. I didn’t learn this until after my first try when I was told to wait at least 48 hours until things were worked out.

Two days later I get a notice that no, it’s not working because I didn’t configure things right on my end. So I tried again—and waited another 48 hours. (Note: each time you make a change/configure things, it’ll take 48 hours to find out if things worked as they should. Nice!)

Once again, I got nothing. I even tried to configure it using AOL’s free e-mail service and, you guessed it, nothing worked that time as well.

My last glimmer of hope was to create the address as an alias through Yahoo! Small Business (which hosts my domain). Any messages sent to dave_at_this domain_dot_com would be forwarded to my Yahoo! Mail account.

I have sent three, the first of which was over 30 minutes ago. And as of this post, I have yet to receive one of them.

So, much like the LightScribe dilemma I say fuck it to this one, too. I am keeping my current e-mail address as listed on my Contact page.

(Special note to tech geeks out there: please don’t bother explaining how to resolve this issue in the comments. I’m done with it—seriously, I don’t care!)

Coming Soon…

I have signed-up with Google Apps and as such, I will soon have an e-mail address with my own domain! Yeah, big deal I know. But at least now I can look and sound like I know what I’m doing.

Pending Google and Yahoo! verification, my new address will be dave_at_(this domain)_dot_com and chances are that will be the only address for that domain since, you know, this is a one-man show here.

I will update this post when it is finally active (which, according to Google, could take up to 48 hours). In the meantime, don’t eat a Costco muffin 🙂