Company Sold

The product in the company for which I work has been purchased by Sedo, one of our larger competitors. Overall, I think this is a good thing for the RevenueDirect product and its customers, it can finally get the attention it requires to be truly successful.

As far as my employment, I will still be employed with Dotster. I will be put on and given ownership of other projects, and I truly feel as though now I can be free to pursue some things that will allow me to mature more as a Software Engineer. It has been an amazing learning experience, and I’m ready to move on.

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Transferring Domains FROM Godaddy to Mydomain

I’ve used Godaddy to register my domains for some time. The only reason I used it was because it was cheap, I didn’t really enjoy their interface or the company as a whole. So, when I found someone cheaper (or comparatively priced), I jumped on it.

So let this be a guide on how to transfer domains FROM Godaddy. I used Mydomain.com as an example.

First step, go to your Godaddy control panel and ensure that
a) Your administrative e-mail is correct.
b) Your domain you will be transferring is unlocked.

Next, go to MyDomain.com and login (signup as necessary). Once logged in, you will see on the bottom of the main page “Transfer Your Domains To Us”. Click that then put in the domain name in the following page. Just follow the steps until you can place the order. Two things that really appealed to me were the fact that
a) Coupons exist for a $5 transfer, which INCLUDES a year renewal. If for no other reason, this makes it much cheaper than godaddy can do.
b) You can use paypal for payments. You can do this with Godaddy but it’s just not as seamless.

Next with the Godaddy control panel, select “Authorization Code: Send by Email”. You will get an e-mail containing a code which you will need later.

Next you will receive an e-mail from Mydomain entitled “Confirm Domain Transfer”. There will be a link in there to confirm the transfer, click that. The page you go to requires you to put in the authorization code obtained from Godaddy. Once you enter that code, the transfer process has begun.

Next (a few hours later), you will receive an e-mail from Godady along these lines:

Dear %NAME%,

GoDaddy.com(R) received notification on %DATE% that you have requested a transfer
to another domain name registrar. If you want to proceed with this transfer, you do
not need to respond to this message. If you wish to cancel the transfer, you must do
so before %DATE%+4.

Followed by a bunch of “incentives” to try and keep you. I’ve tried to hasten the 4 day period, but they won’t have it.

After the 4 days have passed, the domain will be copied. Fortunately, they keep your NS records in tact, so the transition can be seamless insofar as there should be no transition-downtime.

Overall, yes it’s a lot of steps, but it’s worth it. Domains are expensive, and they really shouldn’t have to be.

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Goodbye GiftTree, Hello Dotster

I’ve been at GiftTree for 9 months, and it’s been a great company to work for. I really like the people and the environment.

Today I accepted a position at Dotster Inc as a Software Engineer. They are located 1.9 miles from my house, the perfect distance for biking or walking. I’m amazed to be living so close to where I will work, it is definitely not what I planned or expected, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

I’m going on a 2 week cruise, then I have my final 2 weeks at GiftTree. My last day at GiftTree is May 18th, and I start at Dotster May 21st.

Exciting times!

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Dotster, a Vancouver, WA company, has some openings right now for a Software Engineer. They are only 4.1 miles away from my house! Talk about luck…

Where I currently work is 6.9 miles away from where I live. If I were to go on commute time alone, it would be hard to beat Dotster :).

Edit, I had their location wrong, their correct location is actually only 1.9 miles from my house.

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25 free .info domains from dotster

Dotster is offering for a limited time 25 free .info domains. Very good deal, can’t beat free. The rest of my domains are on GoDaddy, but they are selling .info domains for $1.95 each… why pay when you can get for free, eh?

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