http://roostersrail.com Yep I Own It!

I bit the bullet today and purchased http://roostersrail.com! I knew that it has been available for some time but up until now I have not bothered to purchase it. But now I have become sufficiently attached to it I decided that I didn't want anyone else to have it.

So I now own another domain and I'd like to think that I will hang onto this one. I guess that it makes the Rail seem more like mine. In addition to that if ever I move the blog I don't have to get everyone to change their bookmarks, I just redirect the forwarding from my domain administration. This is a very convenient feature of having your own domain for your blog or website.
So update those bookmarks! Why not head on over to the good guys at Go Daddy and get a domain of your own, it is cheap too!

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Updated the Webpage

Nothing major today, I have made a few changes to the Global Geek Podcast Homepage.

Because the web-page for the Global Geek Podcast was such hard work I have avoided changing anything for fear it would all be ruined. But I can say that now it is all set and basically the way it will be for a while, editing it in a minor way was easy. I just cut and paste the HTML our and into Nvu which is an open source WYSIWYG editor for web pages. It is excellent because as you would know from the podcast Sebastian and I do not try to pass ourselves off as HTML guru’s at all. Quite the opposite; we suck! Nvu is highly recommended by myself, especially if you don’t want to spend any money – it works!

As you might know from Sebastian’s blog, he purchased a domain name: sebrt.com for his blog page, which he has “masked” with that domain. So I thought it only fair that the link to his blog be that, so that done he should now be happy.

The other change is that you will notice that there is a link to The Knightsite. There is a bit of a story behind this one. Another great story of networking, Skype and the community of podcasters, bloggers. Turns out that this Belgian dude called Joe (a.k.a Knightwise) was cruising around the Skype “search for contacts” option in Skype. I don’t know what for but eh, he was there. He happened across Sebastian’s Skype id which detailed his podcasting involvement. So Joe called him up, as it happens Sebastian and I were talking at the time and we invited the Knight into the conversation and we all hit it off. Joe is a top bloke and he has a podcast called the Knightcast. It is a great quality podcast; hell he uses VBR encoding at high bit rates – bandwidth must be cheap in Belgum! Plus I think his accent is cool.

The KnightcastSo Knightwise should have a place on our Podcast Homepage. We often talk now and encourage each other with our projects and we are planning some joint ones coming up so that will be fun. It is true that the internet does not know borders or nationality. I am stoked that I have yet another person added to my own community that is mutually moving towards bettering our “space”. There is no way in the world that my own universe would have opened up as much as it has without this wonderful medium called the internet, which is starting to reflect real world interactions and ways of meeting new friends. And that is just plain cool.

By the way please have a listen to the Knightcast, great quality and very impressive editing, he deserves a bigger audience and he is a top bloke.

So that’s about it for the web-page update, but as usual I can talk about anything for too long!

Slow Progress & A Steep Learning Curve

Another day and my brain is yet again straining. I am tackling the whole domain thing, how to use them and how to manage them. Which if you are like me is not an easy concept. So for me this whole exercise is quite slow, but I am learning heaps along the way.

So I’ve got these two Domains now what; I say to myself. So after a bit of digging and a phone call to my brother (a real geek), I think I have most of what I want to do sorted out into what I have to do to make it work. I have one domain that I want to use as the domain for the website where the podcast is being hosted. The other domain I want to be able to “point” to the one that I chose. For those asking why; the second domain has a slight variation to it, I want to catch those people putting in that slight variation into their browser. This equates simply to: if a person puts X into their browser then they end up at Y (Y = the podcast homepage). They won’t see what happened but they will be where they intended to go. Plus I don’t want anyone stealing the domain by just making a small change.

Then I go to Libsyn and click on the Sign up page to have a look. It is then I discover that there are name servers to assign a domain if I own one to use on the site. It is here that the phone call to James comes in. Currently my domains are “parked”, I own them but they are not being used for anything. So what I have discovered is that I need to “activate” the domain, and I do this by assigning it name servers, or is that assign it to name servers? So anyways, I see on my administration for my doamins that I can do this. So thats the last job that I have to do tonight. That will take about four to six hours for the .com domains (which mine are) to become active. I am not sure what happens behind it all but this means that when people visit the podcast page they will see the domain as a URL in the address bar. Very cool.

So then the other thing that I need to do is set up domain forwarding for that other domain that I own; this is the X & Y thing. The administration screen for my domains calls it forwarding but apparently for the more geek of you that’s not actually correct, but as I said I am new to all this. That in itself seems a simple process, I can change it back or modify it if I find something isn’t working, which is good. But according to James domains are serious mojo and you can really stuff things up if it isn’t done correctly, so I am checking and double checking everything before I do it. It still scares the hell out of me though.

So the state of The Roosters brain is somewhat mashed up, but I think I am understanding a little bit more as I go on. I hope that this might help anyone else that is trying to get their head around domains and how to use them… Oh crap I was going to talk about web 2.0, oh well time for that and I really want to talk about it – stay tuned.

Lastly, for any errors I apologize in advance, I am not a geek rather just trying my best. So if the terminology is wrong or something is not quite right let me know.

Thanks to Rob Irwin who was the first person that was not family to post a comment, you made my day to think that someone else was reading my blog!

I Purchased Two Domain Names

Well this something that I have been meaning to blog about for the past week! As you know my family lost our dog Amos last Friday and in the middle of that I had purchased two domain names. So you might understand why I have not blogged about it until now. That does not however change the fact that I am very excited about it.

Basically, I purchased two domain names through GoDaddy. I will say a few things about GoDaddy though and one is that the biggest problem with the site was that is was very confusing. That comes from the simple fact that they offer so many services and products. Somehow in my brain all these products etc, got mashed up and it took me some time to decipher all the information. But with a little effort I worked it out. Basically you have to register as a user, or I think they called it creating an account, that was fairly easy. Then I was off to search for a domain name.

Just as a side note there is a very interesting article on Dennis Forbes’ Blog about domain names, their popularity and their availability based of what has already been registered and therefore available. Really worth the read, if for nothing else but curiosity.

So I search for the name and found it it was available and added it to my “cart”. It is then that I was bombarded with more options than you care to poke a stick at! This was difficult for someone that has never done it. Anyways I ended up purchasing an extra option of making the registration private. And I was twenty odd dollars worse off. That’s for a year.

At this stage I am not telling you what the domains are, only that you should keep reading and all will become apparent. I will also say that it has something to do with a very imminent podcast; that is if my co-host decides not to take on anymore projects! The time is coming when I should talk about him also…