Ch-ch-ch-changes

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed a hitch in the virtual gitalong here over the past 24 hours or so.

My website/email hosting provider, Hostcentric, must have been starving the hamsters again, because my main email account went away for the umpteenth time, and I finally got pissed.

My first move was upgrading this free WordPress.com blog to a paid item and redirecting my DNS signposts here. The original, a self-hosted WordPress.org deal parked for years at Hostcentric, had become an archaeological curiosity, a sentimental attachment and something of a pain in the ass.

That rearranging of my digital furniture took a while to draw the attention of Teh Innertubez, but now you can get here via the old URL (maddogmedia.wordpress.com) or the new one (maddogmedia.com).

Resolving the email problem will take a little longer, but I hope to get started on that bright and early tomorrow morning. I’m thinking Google Apps. Anyone have any experience with it? Holler in comments or send me a note via Gmail.

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7 Responses to “Ch-ch-ch-changes”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I made the switch to Google mail from Hotmail about 5 years ago and never looked back the spam filter works much better for one thing IMHO

  2. khal spencer Says:

    I’m clueless on the Innertubes stuff, but did see the URL difference. Glad to see you are clawing your way to better times.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    For me Gmail is, well, better than anything else I’ve tried, but that’s like saying the firing squad is better than the electric chair? In any case it’s good you’re back on the innertubes and I hope your Interbike bug is on the way out?

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning!
    Sorry, can’t help with the email question. Our email service, up to 5 mailboxes, is provided by our ISP, Cox cable, and it is very good along with good internet speeds. Don’t know if they serve your area or not.

  5. Jeff Cozad Says:

    Hi Patrick – Yeah… I’ve had my domain hosted by Google for a few years now and I’m using Gmail and a few other of the Google Apps. I’d be happy to try and help. Shoot me an email

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Jeff. I just repointed my domain (maddogmedia.com) to this WordPress blog, and now all I need to do is arrange to revive my email address (ogrady@maddogmedia.com). I have a metric shit-ton of others, but am partial to that one.

      I have a Gmail account, but had thought about adding a Google Apps-Business account, because it lets you use your own domain in the email address instead of “@gmail.com.” Simple, right?

      Well, not so much. Google Apps won’t let me sign up using my old email addy, saying it’s in use somewhere. Could be; I’ve been on Teh Innertubez since Heck was a pup. But if I have some Google account that uses that email addy, I’m goddamned if I can remember what it is, or what the password might be, or what the confirming email address might be. Could be an old Blogger account. I had Blogger, and TypePad, and God knows what all running more or less simultaneously for a while there. Jeez, I’ve used more servers than Hillary.

      I have a note in to Google’s tech support, but they ain’t exactly Johnny on the spot. Worse comes to worst, I can just sign up for an account with my domain registrar, or with Zoho Mail, or whatever. Hell, I can just use one of the Nine Million Names of O’Grady already on record.

  6. Peter W. Polack Says:

    Help me, Patrick!

    Ever since your i-problems began or since you tried to i-fix them, I can’t access your blog either directly through either web address or through an RSS reader.
    Heck; I can’t even subscribe to your feed because when I click on the confirmation button in my e-mail, I get the same error message:

    “The connection was reset.

    The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

    The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few
    moments.
    If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network
    connection.
    If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure
    that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.”

    You don’t want me, do you?!

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