May 04, 2020

Transfering My Domain...

I'd been relatively happy with (registrar and email host) for over a decade, but in recent months too much of my incoming email from friends and family never arrived, and godaddy was unhelpful. Then godaddy stopped allowing catchall mail.

That was the deal breaker.*

After asking people and the web, I found which includes a catchall option at no charge in their Private Email packages.

I transferred my domain and got email running despite a few hitches in less than 24 hours. Not bad.

The hitches and solutions:
  • Server addresses and ports for both POP and SMTP from support pages didn't work with Eudora, but late-night (yay!) support agents came up with:

    • POP port 110
    • SMTP port 587

  • Secure Sockets setting names differed, support agents recommended STARTTLS. So far, these socket settings work: 

    • If available, STARTTLS
    • Required, STARTTLS — this is the one I'm using
    • Never
  • A broken server certificate, imported and trusted, made it possible for two subsequent certificates that were good, so email is arriving smoothly.
Other notes:
  • Namecheap regularly has coupons aka promotion codes, and the best one for email was buried in a collection. I used the obvious one and spent $4 more than necessary.  

  • DNS setup was automatic and took effect very quickly. Once that happened I was able to create a mailbox and opt for catchall.

  • The transfer process had a few annoyances (aka new procedures in the last decades) but it worked. 

  • My gmail addresses and Stunnel settings required no changes, though until Eudora had good settings for my dominant email address, gmail was stalled too.
Future concerns:
  • Relying on gmail being around** strikes me as being naive. People relying on Google Reader for atom/RSS feeds got burned.
  • I worry that catchall email will be harder to find. I've paid in advance for a year of email hosting on namecheap, but who knows what their policy will become? Not me.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Thanks for "listening!"

* I use Eudora filters on From addresses to manage my mail. When I give my email online, theirdomain@mydomain is the template used for most sites. Out of the daily mass of incoming mail, filters find the mail I'm likely to want and put it in the right mailbox. Leftovers get checked for a few things (including a specific signature phrase) and the rest goes to trash. This system also reveals when an address gets adopted by spammers.

** I use several gmail addresses because they're short and easy to give to my students and activity friends. I get and send gmail via POP/SMTP and they were more reliable that my domain email when that was losing messages. One of my options for email management would be to ditch the domain and use a handful of gmail addresses for stores, banks, crafts, genealogy, and other categories.

February 09, 2020

Don't Throw Out Holey Socks! Or Sweaters Either...

As a sock lover and sock knitter, I find myself reluctant to toss socks with holes, so I darn the hand-knit ones and make things out of the rest.

Today I ran across this tutorial for making a bottle cozy from a holey sock. Skip the decorations if you like. LOL

What else can you do with these socks-turned-sleeves? Let's count:
  1. Wrist warmers, ideally from a pair of tubes, but mis-matched works as well (think gardening, etc). 
  2. Add a thumb hole to make a hand warmer.
  3. From knee socks, arm or leg warmers.
  4. Boot toppers.
Instead of making the tube, sew the bottom closed to make:
  1. Phone cozy.
  2. Glasses case. 
  3. Case for small tablet.
  4. Add a drawstring to make a bag for small items such as earbuds, cables, charger, etc.
  5. Sachet using herbs, potpourri, or soap, tying the bag closed with a cord, ribbon, or drawstring.
What to do with the toe or heel that doesn't have a hole? Especially if the sock contains some wool, make a dog or cat toy, filling it with a squeaker for dogs, and catnip+stuffing for cats. Stitch the opening closed by hand or machine. You can get at least one toy per sock.

This same technique works on sweater sleeves to make:
  1. Cozy for larger bottles or jars (soup for lunch?). 
  2. Lunch bag.
  3. Case for larger tablets.
  4. Larger drawstring bags.
  5. Tube slippers.
  6. Wrist, arm, or leg warmers.
  7. Maybe even a hat or several for babies, stuffed animals, or pets.
Oh, no! Now I'm having a bazillion ideas for un-mendable sweaters too. Must stop!  Please share your questions, ideas, and sock projects in the comments.