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By: Ashton Sanders

Network Solutions Rant v2.3

Sep 5 2007

Network Solutions continues to amaze me. I have a client who bought some very good domain names early in the domain rush, and she purchased them at Network Solutions for $35/year (as opposed to $9/year at godaddy.com or $6/year at 1and1.com).

Can Network Solutions Get Worse?

I wanted to forward one of her domains to 301 redirect to another domain, and after a couple clicks I found that it costs $20/year to forward a domain… and if you didn’t know… that is normally provided for free.

But Network Solutions Can’t get worse than that… Can they?

Yes they can. If you buy a domain at Godaddy, you get 100 email accounts free (or something ridiculous like that). If you want to get email with your Network Solutions domain, it costs $1.34/month for each email account… If you actually ended up using 100 email accounts with Network Solutions, they would charge you $134/month! That’s $1608/year for what you normally get for free at any other registrar…

-If you use network solutions, you obviously haven’t opened your eyes.
-Ashton Sanders

(P.S. If you are someone who actually likes Network Solutions, please shoot me a message with why that is. If you don’t exist, I wouldn’t be surprised.)

By: Ashton Sanders

Internet Explorer 6 and 7 on the Same Computer

Aug 10 2007

Yes, in the world of Website Designing, you must make sure your website looks the same in every major browser. This means having all major browsers available: IE6, IE7, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. You may even want to go as far as checking it on the Netscape, MSN or AOL Browsers. (Although I recommend never downloading anything from AOL, as I’ve observed legal but slightly malicious coding from them.)

If you’re a PC guy, that means you’ll need to find a friend with a Mac to check your Safari websites. Also, since when you install Internet Explorer 7, it deletes, Internet Explorer 6, you’ll need to have two computers…. right? Wrong!

We can thank TrendoSoft for this beautiful program that will allow you to install multiple versions of IE on your PC!

Now your task bar can look like this:
My Task bar

And if you are using Internet Explorer, I recommend switching to Firefox for a even safer and user-friendly experience.

-Ashton Sanders

By: Ashton Sanders

First Post – Internet Service Difficulties

Feb 26 2007

Filed under: Century Tel,Review

Internet Service in Montana

Welcome to the first post of the website design in a flash blog.

I’ve had CenturyTel DSL Internet Service for a while, and I liked them. I got Digital Phone and 1.5 MB DSL connection (nice and slow….) for about $100/month… But at least I got free long distance, and a pretty good phone number. I stayed with them for about 10 months. I left town for 5 weeks to visit family of the Christmas Break, so since I wasn’t going to be using my DSL or phone, I decided to turn it off.

Unfortunately, I ran into a small problem: I signed up for a year-long contract, so I couldn’t turn it all the way off. I thought that was reasonable enough; I had said I would stick with them for a year, so I would. I turned the Internet down to the lowest possible setting: Dial-up with 300 minutes of Internet time: $9.95/month. This brought my bill to about $30 for the month that I was gone. Great. That’s not that bad.

This is where everything started going down hill: my cellphone died. So I called back, and the girl I talked to said that my account hadn’t been updated, so we would have to do the whole process again. And this time, she said the cheapest Internet I could reduce down to was $19.95/month…. Weird. I just got off the phone with you guys and you said you could do it for $9.95/month. What happened in the last 5 minutes?

Anyway, I ended up with a promise of a bill that would be about $40 for the month, and they would help me forward my home phone to my cell phone. (Which to make a long story short, never worked. Until I called the 5th time and had them manually do it.)

My vacation time comes to a close, and I go home. I get the CenturyTel bill: $110.00…..

WHAT? Are you serious?

After an hour on the phone with these guys, I finally get my bill back to $40.00. So I decide to get cable Internet and just leave the dial up with 300 minutes in place for the next couple months until my plan runs out.

I get Digital Cable Internet, and I still have never used the dial up that I pay for $9.95/month for. I get the bill this month…. $110.00…. WHAT IS YOUR OBSESSION WITH THIS NUMBER?!?!?

Apparently, I used the dial up internet for over 1000 minutes last month…. Oh, wait… I haven’t installed the dial-up software! I have been using another company’s Cable for two months now…

Ending Thought: Don’t use CenturyTel.

-Ashton Sanders

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