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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 email@example.com 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
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