Domains are back

I had to change registrars….this was fun…and adter the behavior of the previous one I’m glad I got away from them.

For the last few years I’ve had my domain at Netfirms. The prices were agreeable and I never had an issue. That however changed over the weekend when I went to renew my domains.

The first thing that happened is my credit card wasn’t accepted. The only reason I can think of is some kind of block on international transactions since the registrar is based in Canada. But what got me is this suspended my account every single time. This required me to email in a copy of my driver’s license.

I did this…they told me to try again. Same thing. Account locked. Resubmitted payment…failure and suspension again. I tried PayPal…instant suspension.

No matter what I did…they didn’t want my money and didn’t seem to want me as a customer. I already emailed them my driver’s license several times..I was getting sick of it.

So I decided to transfer over to Namecheap. I had them for a WordPress blog back before I bought this server and…it was ok. So I got my auth codes…paid Namecheap…and submitted the transfer.

This is where the previous registrar went total asshole. The very first thing they did before notifying me about the pending transfer was cancel my account. Then they sent me some badly worded and confusing email. What thrys sent me was a confirmation of transfer…what they told me is that it was a link to cancel and that my domain would auto transfer on Thanksgiving.

In the meantime…they malformed my DNS entries…effectively hijacking my domains. While my IP was still showing up…they had added theirs to it. All of my resources were unavailable. Things kept running and if I happen to want something on a port they didn’t have on their parking server…I could still get in. But all the web content was locked away.

Anyway…turns out the page thry linked me was a confirmation and cancellation page. Oncr I clicked the confirmation link…they transferred in five minutes.

Some have told me the DNS stuff was normal when using registrar basic domains, others have said its hostile. I think if anything, NetFirms was trying to make it as difficult and confusing as possible; as a customer that’s a bit shady and a reason to never use them again.

I have high hopes I won’t have these problems with Namecheap.

Routing Tunneled IPv6


As great as FiOS is (and no, this isn’t running on it), one of the major flaws is that Verizon has acted like IPv6 doesn’t exist. For such a “next-gen” fiber-optic network, the only thing we’ve gotten from VZ is talks of it “coming soon”. But after 6 years, soon still hasn’t come. It looks like if I want IPv6 support on my network, I’m going to have to tunnel it. So why not just set something up to make IPv6 available on my network like it was native, but it’s all running through a tunnel.

That’s just what I did, and in a long roundabout way; here’s how it’s done.

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Android Music Players: My Running List (Updated: 9 Apr)

This is going to be a continually updated list of music/media players I’ve tried for Android, along with my successes, failures, and opinions of the application. My only main requirement that I cannot flex on is that it must support Ogg Opus. It is, for this reason, many of you may find your favorite “best media player ever” got a pretty negative review.

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It’s Time To Retire My iPod

It’s time to face the music…my iPod has to be retired. Though they’ve served me well for 13 years, it’s time to bite the bullet and change, once again, how I listen to music. In fact, it’s been close to 20 years since my serious musical journey started. So I’m going to take this time to reflect upon all my previous methods, why my I made my iPods last so long, and what’s next.

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Mountain Dew “Ice” – Branding Gone Nuts

So I was in the grocery store last night and saw yet another version of Mt Dew on the shelf. I decided to give it a try.

Now I’ve been drinking this stuff for much longer than I should admit to, though during my impressionable youth I suppose I got hooked in to the branding. I’ve cut way back on my soda cosumption as I got older and sometimes I don’t reach for a Dew anymore, but it still holds a place as an old standby.

I remember when Code Red came out. I was disappointed. It didn’t taste like Mountain Dew and more like carbonated Hawaiian Punch. Livewire was a surprising change and Baja Blast was the flavored Dew I’d been expecting since 2002. I found that despite brand influence, I’d come to get used to and prefer the original flavor. Even when throwback came out…it took a while to realize it just wasn’t the HFCS version I’d come to love…which is interesting because I love the real sugar Pepsi.So I get this Ice not knowing what to expect.

Its a Sprite/7-Up clone. A typical lemon lime soda. It has a very limey aftertaste, more than Sprite. Almost seemed to be more tart. But it’s obviously not Mountain Dew. The biggest thing is it has caffeine whereas most Lemon/Lime sodas don’t.

I can underatand variations of a soda…but this is entirely different. It tastes like Mt Dew is trying to become its own brand entirely.

Now if only get Pepsi 1893(or is it 1892) in a 12 pack for the price if regular Pepsi.