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Why I Finally Switched From GoDaddy.

2.20.2015

I'd been using GoDaddy as registrar and host for several years. But a few months after I wrote Why I Still Use GoDaddy, For Now., I switched most of my stuff away from GoDaddy.

I had started having more technical problems with the blog hosting (some URL re-writes were failing). I'd identified that the cause was somewhere in the domain's configuration (not in my .htaccess file) by deleting .htaccess. I contacted GoDaddy's tech support (usually quite helpful), but after a few go-arounds, they declared that it was a code problem. I did technical support for years; I know when I'm being flushed.

As a female human, I'd felt un-valued by the company for a while. Then LifeHacker ran a DreamHost promo which brought the costs down to something that my inner cheapskate could deal with, so I said so long to GoDaddy. Getting everything set up at DreamHost was a breeze, and naturally, there were no URL rewriting problems over there.

PS - here's my referral link for DreamHost, if you're into that sort of thing: http://www.dreamhost.com/r.cgi?1495678.

The Little Things in iOS 8.

12.8.2014

I wasn't interested in any of iOS 8's "big" features in iOS 8, but there are a few small enhancements which are pretty useful:

Q&A Anti-Patterns.

8.5.2014

Here are some patterns to post-speech question and answer sessions that really ought to be avoided.

In fact, it seems like the vast majority of questions asked at these times are a waste of time to everyone but the asker. Thank you to those who organize sessions with questions via Twitter or "at the pool" only.

Messages to a Girl.

7.22.2014

Watch this video of some messages a girl hears while growing up. Please watch it.

Here's a rough transcript of the messages she hears growing up:

"Who's my pretty girl?"

"Sammi sweetie, don't get your dress dirty."

"Sam, honey, you don't want to mess with that. Let's put it down."

"Samantha, this project has gotten out of control."

"Whoa, hey, careful with that. Why don't you hand that to your brother?"

Is it any wonder that she goes for the lipstick instead of the science fair? A lifetime of small changes can have huge results.

Additionally, here's an article about the creation of this video.

HTML Reprieves.

8.14.2013

There are a few HTML tags and attributes which were deprecated in HTML4, but got a second life in HTML5. Among them:

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