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Hey all. This is just a quick note to say sometime in the week or so I'm going to change my website over to Squarespace 6 (it's currently still running on 5.) That should in theory be seamless but I know theory and I know my friend Murphy and his law. So if you see something weird going on please go ahead and drop me a line. Hopefully at worst there will be a day or so of whatever DNS disruption we need and then maybe some fiddling about as I settle in. (I'm not 100% sold on the theme I'm using, for example.)

Anyway, should be a fairly minor issue and then things should work a little better.

Another year, another Registrar

I'm switching domain registrars again. In all honesty the fact that you can read this probably means it works, but I guess maybe part of it could work but not other parts. At any rate, if you see anything odd drop me a line. There's a contact box at the right, down at the bottom of the sidebar.

For the curious/technically inclined I switched to Hover. I was reasonably happy with EasyDNS but there were a few things that bugged me, in order from most to least aggravating:

  1. No privacy options. I don't think I've ever been contacted via my WHOIS info but there's no real reason to have that hanging around out there. EasyDNS has help pages that seem to say this isn't possible but that's just patently false. Yes, a contact must be listed. But it doesn't need to be me and there are plenty of registrars in the sea that will do this. It's free at Hover and in fact is defaulted to on.

  2. Couldn't set the @ A record for I pretty much want everything for hiddenjester to dump into Squarespace except for mail, which goes to Without the @ A record if you did a dig on you got back nothing. Hover will let me send that to Squarespace. This is one of those "does anybody really care" things, and the A record for covers 99% of the cases but still … it was weird that the option was not available.

  3. EasyDNS got a little spammy about renewals. I received seven total emails from them about renewing, going all the way back to late July. That wasn't really a huge deal but it was slightly annoying. And it's poorly timed right? They start annoying me right when I can jump ship and go somewhere else?

  4. The EasyDNS dashboard/configuration/whatever-you-want-to-call-it page is confusing to me. Some things are off my account, some things are managed in the domain, then when you get into the domain there are several little subpages, etc. It worked but in comparison when I log into Hover I get a screen listing my domains, click one, and there's a "Domain Details" name for setting the name servers and the WHOIS stuff, then there's a DNS tab that has all of the DNS records listed for easy tweaking. (There are other tabs, but ones I can safely ignore. The Easy DNS separation between "account" and "domain" was less clean to me.)

The thing is at the end of the day I don't need complicated DNS stuff, and I don't need fancy options. I don't want a lot of handholding, I just want to drop in, set the things that need to be set and then not worry about it until I need to renew. At that point I'd like one email about it, maybe a month or so out. If I don't mess with it, ideally it would just roll over and charge me another year. I liked EasyDNS overall, and they certainly were head and shoulders above a Network Solutions or a (shudder) GoDaddy, but it seemed like there were both more knobs than I wanted, and a few knobs I did really want that were missing. Luckily switching registrars is much easier than it was in the Dark Ages …

Bring me your comments, yearning to be free!

In the comments thread over on the X-Com post Tony mentioned that there was an annoying CAPTCHA that you had to pass in order to post a comment. I don't see that because I have an account on the site so I'm not considered an anonymous commenter. I can't find a setting to turn off the CAPTCHA but I can have up to 250 accounts on my current plan. I can make accounts that let you login and post comments without hassling about who you are. Tony beta–tested this and it seems to work well. However, what I can't provide on my current plan is a form where you sign up for an account. So. We don't' see a ton of traffic on this blog and I suspect I can keep up with requests for accounts. If you'd like to post a comment drop me a line and I'll get you squared away. If you don't have an email address for me there's a form in the sidebar on the right that you can use to contact me.

I should note that I'm not doing anything to remove the old "anonymous" comment system, so if you're posting a one-off comment and would prefer to use that go ahead. It just turns out that if you're likely to make multiple comments over time that it's a bit friendlier to get an account here and avoid the rigamarole. It's a new option, not a replacement of the old system.

Err … Yeehaw?

So it turns out I was able to twiddle my DNS in such a way that my email was mostly but not completely down. I was getting just enough email so I didn't notice. If you've been getting bounce messages I apologize and you should try resending.

Also, it wasn't clear but I don't think you need an "account" on this blog in order to post a comment. I removed the superfluous "login" link since that only applied to me. Hopefully this is a little clearer to everyone