Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Domain crash course

I bought my 2nd domain only a few days ago. I've been using it heavily to learn all about DNS. I must say I've greatly demystified how they work. I've even gone deeper and understood how the Nginx Web Server uses domains and subdomains to act as a reverse proxy.

A
CNAME (Masking)
TXT
MX
Masking
301
302
HTTP to HTTPS redirection
TTL
SSH
SSL
80
22
443
Path Forwarding
Dynamic and Static IP
Azure VMs
Azure App Services
Azure Functions


I understand them better now.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The end of an era

I remember how excited I was when I bought my first domain (deepanjannag.com) in 2007. It was like owning a priceless property on the Internet. I renewed my domain in 2013 for 10yrs. The asking price from GoDaddy was good and I had no complaints with the way they had handled my domain. 

But the prices for GoDaddy domains began to skyrocket alarmingly and this attracted a lot of bad press for them. The premium they charged seemed exorbitant and they didn't even offer user privacy protection for free. Google had by then jumped into the fray. Like all of their other products, Google Domains was simple, elegant and user-friendly. They also threw in free user privacy. All this coaxed me into making the switch from GoDaddy to Google today.

I was a bit jittery because I use G Suite to handle my domain email addresses and I didn't want anything to mess things up. Thankfully, the transfer was smooth and most the DNS records now appeared within Google...except for my subdomains. As a precaution, I had recorded all these entries from GoDaddy prior to the transfer just in case. It proved to be a wise decision. I manually entered the missing records and everything seems to be fine now. My mails seem to be working fine.

Just for comparison, my domain would cost me $18 from GoDaddy and $12 from Google with free privacy.

Correction: When I had bought my domain for the first time, it was through Yahoo. But they dropped a bomb later by suddenly by quadrupling the cost. I took my business elsewhere and transferred to GoDaddy.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Spiderman: Far From Home

I really have no liking for superhero movies.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Blogger Android app

I'm trying out the Blogger app on Android after a long time. It's worse than I expected. You really can't get a more vanilla experience.
Google, please show some love for Blogger.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tesco's 24hr misnomer

How do you proudly flash a huge plaque saying that you're open 24hrs a day when you're closed till 11am on a Sunday? I wasted precious time and had to make 2 trips to the store owing to the misleading message.

HTTPS

I decided to make the switch to https on Blogger yesterday. I was getting tired of Google constantly complaining about the lack of SSL certificate. They should have made the documentation a little clearer though.
It seems Google, the blogging world and I have effectively forgotten all about Blogger! Blogosphere is all about Wordpress now. I'm wondering if people have abandoned Blogger because of Google's neglect or Google has abandoned Blogger because of people's neglect. Either way, Blogger has seen better days. I hate to see good code languishing in some forgotten alcove of an abandoned server.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Cricket

Remember those days in the colony when not every house had a TV but no one wanted to miss a cricket match? Friends, and sometimes even strangers, would gather at someone's house with a TV to watch the match progress. Everyone was opinionated, everyone knew best, everyone had a strategy, everyone ridiculed someone, some became supremely superstitious, no one agreed with the batting order or selection committee, everyone agreed with the umpire when the decision was in favor but some suspected a conspiracy and invariably blamed him for being 'partial' when an unfavorable decision was reached. By the end of the match, everyone sulked or rejoiced together. But no matter how it ended, a few strangers had now become friends - unified by cricket.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

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By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, Link

Have been listening to this album for the past couple days. Miles was at his creative best before the fusion and funk bug bit him and ruined jazz forever.

No one understands life better than a comedian or a musician.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A thought

Universal literacy has still not been achieved. Far too few people can read. On the other hand, thanks to the near-ubiquity of the Internet, far too many people write. Most of what I get to read is of such poor quality, I wish we could levy a tax on such overconfident but underqualified 'writers' for wasting our time.

Who foots the bill anyway?

It's hard to use the oven when you're accused of causing an inflated gas bill.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Returning to the blogging fold

I'm sick of social media. It's a needless distraction that we can do well without. I'm not abandoning social media altogether though. I'm obliged to using FB because of the Telco Colony group that I had created 9yrs ago. It's a flourishing and enriching forum that has been carefully cultivated over the years. I simply can't forgo it. Thus the refusal to abandon social media in its entirety. I think blogging is far more enriching and creatively challenging. I'll blog for the love of it, not for projecting my ego over others. I don't care who reads or responds to my posts. There is no pressure to agree or disagree with others. It's my universe, my rules. Getting back to some creativity may not come easy though. Age inevitably takes a toll, the fire in your belly rages less intensely and the world just doesn't astound you as much. Still, it's better to wander through my backyard than jump on a stage where everyone is screaming for ephemeral attention.