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Stuff that cheeses me off

I couldn't get into the blog all day yesterday -- but why I am telling you this, because you couldn't, either -- and so I come home last night to find an email from the hosting service telling me that they were "having issues" with their "upstream DNS Servers" and that my account "has probably gotten caught up in the upstream service DNS migration that took place yesterday which is not under our control." 

The remedy for this, I was told, was to "update your Domain Name Servers (DNS) settings in your domain registration account."  After that, I was advised to "leave a ticket in our Client Support Center" and that they would "make sure that the domain propagation takes place immediately."

This made as much sense to me as it does to you.   I won't bore you further with the details, which involved several calls to Customer "Support," and a lengthy if ultimately useless conversation with someone who, through a thick Indian accent, identified himself as "Steve."  Still, I managed to do what I was supposed to, then sat back to await the propagation of my domain, which, somewhat unsettlingly, I found vaguely reminiscent of the "master of my domain" Seinfeld episode.  It was then that I learned that, for the blog hosting company, "immediately" meant "when we get around to it, probably within ten hours or so." 

Well, at least they didn't reach the levels of suckitude that AT&T has achieved, as I've lovingly chronicled here, here, and here.  Then again, that's setting the bar pretty high; my dealings with the phone company have led me to conclude that they hire only those too incompetent or morally bereft to find employment as used car salesmen.

Needless to say, if I can't get into my blog, I can't write anything for it, so I don't have a post for you today, other than this.  (And it won't take a lot of time figuring out whether this should go in the "Rants" category, will it?)  You can read my post from yesterday, which you didn't see anyway, on the Ohio Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday on sex offender residency laws.  That's right below this one. 

Actually, there were several significant decisions from that court last week, and even one from their counterparts in DC.  I'll talk about that on Monday, and then other stuff during the week, including the possibility of a US Supreme Court decision on using dirty words.

On that last point, I certainly explored that territory fully last night.

See you next week.

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