Category Archives: Personal Problems

looking at my heart

I have not blogged about personal stuff in a long time. Sometimes the only thing that will listen in the way that I want to be heard is with a pen and a piece of paper.

It is clear to me that I am an introvert. When it comes to personal matters, I like being by myself and working out my own problems. With that comes cut-throat prioritization and intense moral struggle.

The exception to my independence is when I fall in love with another person. The act of falling in love happens rarely, because it takes a long time for me to identify someone with a mix of characteristics and mannerisms that I thoroughly and thoughtfully enjoy.

When I do fall in love, I fall quickly, and I fall hard.

When I find this person, I think that I know what to do. I actively demonstrate care, humility, and respect. I become super attentive and reactive. I do all of these things because it is what I want:

  • It is how I want to be mutually treated by this person.
  • Because it is an outlet for positive emotion, one that I understand, which makes me happy.
  • And because I need to create feedback loops to–in my opinion, help–verify the integrity of our feelings.

Sometimes one or more of these things scares people. It makes them question their own emotional depth, which creates uncomfortable rifts. I then get frustrated because these people do not seem to be patient with themselves or with me–or is it truly irreversible?

Password Reset

Hello Company,

Can you please assist me with resetting my account password for the company customer portal? I don’t know how I answered my “security questions”. I never use the same answers since answering the same question at multiple locations (like my bank, etc) is no different than using a password twice, just these ones an attacker could actually figure out just by finding the right information.

If security is important to you, you should look into multi-factor authentication, and not simply increase the amount of passwords a person has to type in. Please forward this suggestion to Jane Doe, your CIO, who apparently designed the company customer portal.

By the way, when you disallow web browsers to remember my randomly-generated passwords, it gets in the way of my workflow. I must have saved the password in clear-text somewhere but instead now I’m spending my employer’s time emailing you for help.

Cheers

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My entertaining and educational experience with immi.us

This post is a short story about my experience with the domain, immi.us. I was attracted to the idea of owning immi.us because I wanted my own platform to share information about the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative. I try and talk to anyone who will listen to me about the IMMI and why I think it’s so important.

December 2010

The story starts out with me inquiring about the cost of the domain since it was parked at the time and owned by a company dedicated to domain squatting. I hate companies that do that so I don’t feel sorry for how things have turned out.

I received two messages with the same content but was not interested in dealing with the ridiculous price. So I left it at that for a few months.

July 2011

I felt anxious again and decided to email them directly, ignoring their previous communications.

Still being frustrated by the high price for immi.us, I noticed that the domain was expiring soon. There was no harm in waiting to see if they’d let it go, especially with their last message sounding like they were willing to let it go for less than their imaginary asking price.

I also noticed that it was registered with GoDaddy. Gross, I know, but one of their services was clearly worth it considering the outcome. I signed up for GoDaddy Auctions (godaddy.com) so that if the domain were to not be renewed, I could try to bid for immi.us.

August 2011

This was my best move ever with regard to domain management, because, it turns out, the company who was parking it didn’t pay for renewal. And I was the only bidder for $12! So much for 2,000 GBP (~$3,000).

So I was a happy little camper. I used (and still am using) immi.us to host a WordPress blog for documenting the news about the IMMI. I even spoke about the IMMI and the immi.us website in October at InfoCamp (infocamp.org) 2011 at the University of Washington, which was successful because I ended up getting feedback from one person who is now a good friend.

December 2011

The tides turned as I became even more educated about politics and the internet when the SOPA and PIPA bullshit became hot topics. GoDaddy helped develop the legislation (thedomains.com) and I couldn’t tolerate using them as a company anymore.

While netizens were sharing information (reddit.com) about who to avoid, who to use, and why, I learned quite a lot and discovered that Dyn is a registrar. Dyn was both transparent and educational about SOPA which I have a lot of respect for:

April 2012

I finally got around to starting the process of a domain transfer.


In the mean time, I received an unexpected email from the company who formerly owned immi.us. The timing was really weird.
LOL? I didn’t bother responding.

May 2012

The transfer was taking longer than any transfer I’ve experienced before. I inquired but didn’t get anything useful.

But something completely unheard of to me had happened during the transfer process. It failed, and at this point in time, neither GoDaddy, Dyn, or Dyn’s registrar-parent Tucows knew why. More on this further down.

May 2012

After a couple of weeks, speaking to GoDaddy support and Dyn support, I finally had my issue escalated to Tucows since WHOIS was correct and they were listed as the registrar (the .us TLD affiliate of Tucows). A gentleman by the name of Paul had called me to inform me about Tucow’s relationship with  Dyn. Here’s a partially redacted transcript of the nice voicemail he left me:

Hi, It’s Paul from Tucows returning your call. Christopher, it looks like DynDNS is a Tucows affiliate, so they are a reseller of ours, so whereas you may not see them when you query WHOIS, they are indeed your first point of contact. But because Tucows runs a wholesale model, you’ll see us in various parts of the Internet, and you may see them in various parts of the internet. This probably isn’t making much sense. But, can I invite you to send me an email to [redacted] at Tucows dot com and I’ll try to clarify it a bit better for you. Thanks.

So obviously Paul at Tucows wasn’t fully aware of my situation, so I sent him an informative email to help the situation.

And here’s what had happened according to Dyn!

…there was a problem on there end due to DNSSEC being enabled on the domain. This caused their system to believe the transfer failed and subsequently fail in our system (including cancellation of payment).

So if you ever have DNSSEC (wikipedia.org) enabled on a site before transferring, be mindful of this possible issue! To the best of my knowledge, I did not disabled DNSSEC on GoDaddy’s’ end prior to transfer. GoDaddy did, in fact, successfully transfer the domain away. Tucows had a problem receiving the domain because of the DNS key signing.

Upon investigation, it looks like ICANN was looking into the issue:

DNS/DNSSEC and Domain Transfers: Are they compatible? (PDF)

Further, it looks like (dnssec-deployment.org) GoDaddy is not a competent DNSSEC operator.

There is a downside, of course, and that is that it will be hard to move away from an incompetent DNSSEC provider. However, you can do that by removing the DS completely from the parent (i.e. going insecure), in which case none of the checking by the registry is needed.

Had I known, I would have just removed my DS records prior to moving. Cheers!

Brainstorming tangents

I wonder if I am more or less emotional about varying topics because my brain has greater or fewer neural networks that integrate said topics into correlating responses. After all, depending on how much one cares about someone or something, they are probably more likely to spend more time thinking about said idea, reinforcing a larger, more diverse, and heavily integrated neural network.