Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Here's A Transcript of the Chat.

I didn't use his real name (obviously). I terminated the chat because 1. He clearly didn't want to accept responsibility on GoDaddy's part that the problem was on their end.. He might actually have to do some work. 2. I had to reboot my gateway to prove it wasn't my network.

As of 7:55 CST, it's still down.

Down AGAIN.....

Once again, my website is DOWN!

WTF is wrong with GoDaddy! They have gone from being the best webhosting provider - back when Bob Parsons owned it - to a worthless piece of crap! Last Friday evening it went down, and it took 3 phone calls and a non-productive 'chat' with some idiot who didn't have a clue. "Well, it comes up for me," he said... Yeah, of course it does when you're on THE SAME NETWORK as your server, you moron.

They finally got it working Sunday night - for a while. Tuesday morning it was back down for a while, then it was back on line. Now today, Wednesday, it's down again. I called their tech support, and was basically told "The agent you talked to last time said the ticket shouldn't have been closed." No S##T, Sherlock! Apparently it's not down everywhere - he had me bring up a site called Geopeek, and the site seemed to come up in Singapore, India, Austrailia, and a few other places. It came up in California after a lengthy delay, and never appeared in Virginia. Or here.

I was told the server responsible is being 'blocked' by certain ISPs for some reason, and a "major update" was being rolled out tonight. Beyond that there was nothing they could do.

Well, there's something I can do... First is put out the word everywhere I can. GoDaddy has become extremely unreliable, and beyond the phone techs, completely unresponsive. I faxed a letter to their Phoenix headquarters Sunday afternoon. I have yet to get any kind of response.

I also just received an email from them asking me to take a short survey.... "So they can be sure I received the excellent service they are known for..." My responses on the survey did not reflect that. I'm sure that will make a difference....

Anyway, I'm going to be looking for a new provider very soon. It will be a giant PITA getting everything moved and configured, but I've had it with GoDaddy! For anyone reading this missive who is considering finding a GOOD hosting service, don't waste your time with GoDaddy. They USED to be good. Now they aren't worth the powder it would take to blow them to hell.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On Again, Off Again...

I noticed my website was down again this morning. It seems to be back up now, but I'm getting tired of this nonsense. I'm seriously considering finding a new hosting provider. GoDaddy has really gone downhill since Parsons sold it off.

Taking a short break.... Another "fun" day at work.....

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Catching Up.... Again....

Well, once again I have let this blog lapse for a long time without any updates. So – again – it's time to play catch-up. So here we go…

First, I want to update you on what is been going on this weekend, and then we'll go back into a little more past history. It is now little after 8:30 on Sunday night, August 21. This is the first time since Friday night that I have been able to access my website. The website went down Friday night, and it has taken until just a little while ago for Go Daddy to get things working again. It took three phone calls to their so-called tech support, one useless chat episode with some clueless idiot that didn't have any idea what was going on, and numerous posts on Go Daddy's forum to finally get something accomplished. This is not the kind of service I received in the past from Go Daddy and right now I am seriously considering another web hosting service. We'll just see how it goes over the next few days and weeks. I'm paid up until 2018, but at this point. I'm not entirely sure I'll stay with Go Daddy. This whole episode is left a very bad taste in my mouth.

Now on to other things…

My job is still pretty much the same as it was last time I posted here. I'm still working on printers at Children's Mercy Hospital. I had mentioned several times to my manager that I was much happier working on copiers than on all these printers. I was told that a third person was going to be joining our team, and he would be taking over the printers and I could go back to working on copiers. But of course, that never happened. I find it rather interesting that I am expected to keep my word about things, but when it comes to the road running the other way, there seems to be no requirement to keep one's word. Yes, I realize that when you get paid to work for a man, you do what he asks you to do. But I guess my mistake is being somewhat old-fashioned in that when a man says he will do something he should keep his word. But that's all I am going to say on that.

For the most part, it's not too bad – I have a good work partner to work with, and as John Denver used to say, some days are diamond, some days are stone. I guess they balance out in the long run.

In other news, my old Acer laptop finally gave up the ghost on me a few months ago, and I decided to replace it with something a little bit more powerful, as I wanted to install and start using the new version of DAZ studio, version 4.9. It has a real world render engine based on the Nvidia IRay system, and I have to say it does an amazing job in creating a photoreal image. I will be posting a few of those images in the sidebar on this blog. Anyway, I ended up getting a pretty powerful laptop from Origin,and it runs DAZ Studio quite well - and the images are awesome!

I have finally finished chapter 5 in my Girls From T.N.A. story, and I am presently taking a short hiatus to learn some things about DAZ studio, and the new version of Photoshop, which is absolutely beyond amazing! I am working on a short trailer for chapter 6, which I hope to have online fairly soon, assuming my website is still working properly.

As I approach my next birthday – number 68 – I have to do some serious thinking about how much longer I want to work. Frankly, I would like to stop working and retire about two years ago LOL! Seriously though, I am putting some plans in place, but I'm not going to say a lot about that here, as anybody could be reading this blog. And I don't want certain people to get the wrong idea. My manager wants me to give him around six months notice before I decide to retire. He wants this time to be able to train somebody to take my place – it's interesting that it takes six months to train somebody to do what I do. If only my paycheck reflected that…

Well, in order to keep this from being any longer than it already is, I'll sign off for now. And once again I am going to seriously tried to keep this blog updated at least every weekend. Wish me luck!

That's it for now.