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Archive for March, 2009

18
Mar

Some domains registered through Google/GoDaddy are inacessible

Lovely:

Setting up a Google Custom Domain, and publishing your blog to a non-BlogSpot URL, is an exciting prospect for many bloggers. Part of the excitement, after using the “Buy A Domain For Your Blog” wizard, includes receipt of an email from Google Apps, giving instructions on logging in to Google Apps, and giving us access to the DNS Manager wizard for the domain registrar (eNom or GoDaddy). And providing positive proof that he / she is now the owner of the domain.

Recently, we've been seeing reports from unhappy bloggers who report

I have only received the mail of confirmation of the purchase and of spending the $10 USD, but nothing else.

This discovery is made generally when the blogger reports a problem with the domain, and when advised to correct it using the Domain DNS wizard, replies that he has no access to the DNS wizard, and in some cases, no access to Google Apps either. In other cases, the blogger may have access to Google Apps, and an account / password to the registrar's DNS Manager, but the DNS Manager access doesn't work.

If people knew better, they wouldn't set up a Google custom domain AT ALL. Avoid Google at all costs – set up shop with the pros at WordPress.com orTypePad. And don't even think of turning to GoDaddy or one of their resellers/subsidiaries for domain names. Try Hover instead.

14
Mar

The beginning of Leave Google Behind

Welcome to Leave Google Behind.

One soggy day in March, this website was created by concerned consumers who couldn't stop wondering why more people aren't watchdogging and criticizing the activities of the giant online search behemoth that is Google, Inc.

The objective of this site to help people who have decided they want to live a Google-free life online. That may sound funny, but it's actually a pretty serious decision. Google is so dominant and so omnipresent that purposely avoiding it can actually be a very difficult task. And finding alternatives to Google products with the same featureset that Google offers is sometimes difficult. However, it's a challenge this site has willingly embraced. The front page of LGB contains dozens of links to other companies and services that compete with Google in almost every product category. Many of these alternatives are actually better than what Google offers, and not just in the privacy department.

Besides providing a directory of alternatives, LGB will also keep an occasional eye on Google, posting additional articles of interest and must read posts from other Google critics here on this blog. LGB will also aim to add more tutorials for users who want to block/screen out Google and keep its grubby virtual hands off of their desktops, laptops, netbooks, and phones.

LGB invites visitors to submit tips and legit links of interest using the Contact link above.