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... and the original UFO, Terror from the Deep, the UFO remake, UFO aftershock, XCOM Interceptor. I got them all.
Did you hear the little easter egg in XCOM Enemy Unknown? In the background, someone complaining about some Commander Straker and his S.H.A.D.O. operstives[^]? It's not a secret that this old TV show was one of the inspirations for the original UFO game.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
For those of greater intellect, higher financial positions, and who wish to delve more deeply into the sociological and psychological implications with an eye to the future economic changes which will accrue, there is this science documentary: Plan 9 from Outer Space - YouTube
As far as renewals and DNS settings at your registrar, there's really not much to it. Unless you are changing your webhost you shouldn't have to mess with DN registration with renewals. If you are changing webhosts, just point the appropriate DNS records to the new IP address...simples.
One other thing, the company you lease your domain names from would probably love to sell you on a hosting plan, but that's up to you. You can even self-host if you have broadband and a static IP.
I've been self-hosting a domain for over 15 years now with 2 different ISPs and no problems. My current plan is called 'business class' and has been pretty reliable. The server is actually sitting here in my home office and functions as:
0: webserver for our secondary domain and over a dozen customer applications
1: database server for all web applications
2: sql reports server for a couple of Azure web apps/databases (not very efficient and going away soon)
3: fileserver holding all development files...backups are to external drives or a local drive on my main development system. A secondary backup system I have is my laptop which has the development folders synchronized/available offline. I fire it up at least once a week as a safety net.
4: secondary ftp server for exchange of data/files from customers and consultants
5: mail server
It sure is convenient and cost effective but there is the risk of h/w failure, ISP outages, and even worse, power outages. In over 15 years, I've only had to deal with 1 data disk failure (a 6 y/o spinner, replaced by SSD) and 1 major power/ISP outage last year w/Michael. (the hurricane, not MM!)
Due to that experience, I recently got an Azure VM setup last month to start offloading some of the customer facing stuff. I finally got to use the really cheap domain name ending with .software...actually it reads pretty well in the browser, but it sure seems hard for people not to assume .com even when you explicitly leave it out. I'm considering another email server but haven't checked whether an email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org would even be accepted everywhere...I totally expect that it might break a few validation rules! Sorry for running long!
It really irritates me to spend the $70/month on it though...maybe I'm cheap!
...1 major power/ISP outage last year w/Michael. (the hurricane, not MM!)
But I was the Hurricane, or actually Cyclone as I'm southern hemisphere based.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
I used Network solutions for years, but when I recently moved to a new server, I used the server's registrar. The transfer was easy, once I got NS to release the lock on the registration.
The only complaint with NS was the price, but I registered with them since 1991.
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Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
Originally on GoDaddy, I am moving everything off their services as they expire. For a combo of a domain + low-cost web hosting, I moved to NameCheap BUT I had a need for the free email forwards included - if that's of no concern to you then other registrar options become viable.
I'm not sure what is making you cagey about asking the questions you need to ask.
My own experience:
Got tired of having to give out new emails every time I changed jobs or some email company went out of business. And I was worried about potential clients being able to follow me every time I had to change email addresses. And friends and colleagues as well. This was before Gmail and Linkedin existed. Got a sudden inspiration for a 6 letter domain name. Bought it from GoDaddy and have used them since. My wife and I both have been using webmail since 2001 because it was easier to use while we were doing a lot of contract work and would switch jobs frequently. This was also pre-smartphone and the tendency of people to carry an email client in their pocket.
My most heavy use and interaction with GoDaddy and domain use is still around email.
I have one full domain dedicated to my job hunting. I send all recruiters and job boards to emails there and that allows me to dedicate a single separate Gmail account to read all the crap that comes down that pipe.
I have an account I use for signing up for websites that insist on an account to move forward, which allows me to catch their future "marketing efforts" into a garbage bin. My virtual secretary, Mags.
I have a set of forwards and accounts that do dedicated jobs for me. On-call alerts, game sites where they email me my turn, that sort of thing.
And any other companies I do business with I hand them their company name as the user and they go to the catchall account. e.g. email@example.com
I never hand out an email that isn't a forwarder. It reduces successful hacking attempts if the hacker tries to log into accounts that don't exist.
For domains: I never buy a domain for more than a year at a time. I never agree to have all the domains renew on the same day. I do use auto-renew. The credit card is dedicated to a set of auto-pay accounts, so if it gets compromised my other credit cards are insulated and if we see something inappropriate on the bill it will stick out like a sore thumb.
Godaddy has been adequate. Never exceptional but they do their job and usually don't create problems which is what I look for in a vendor of this kind of service.
A logician deducts the truth.
A detective inducts the truth.
A journalist abducts the truth.
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