GoDaddy Apologizes

.me dot me godaddy fiascoI wasn’t expecting to regain my faith in GoDaddy by attempting to use them to pick up a few .me domains yesterday but it’s interesting to note that suddenly — despite having provided erratic and questionable service in the past with little or no recourse — the company has raised the red flag and today appears to be calling each and every failed .me registrar individually (listen to the audio):

Only a week ago, I was shocked to find that I couldn’t register a .tv domain thru GoDaddy because the site’s use of Silverlight crashed my FireFox Browser, and I’ve long been appalled by their archaic control panel and hosting modules, which I used and quickly ditched years ago (for Bluehost) but appear to be the same. I mean, c’mon, even Evite is finally updating its UI. If you’re looking for a good, reasonably priced registrar for .me names, I recommend Gandi.net — which offers a rather transparent and straightforward signup process (based in France) and only a few dollars more than GoDaddy.

.me Domain is On Sale, But Will GoDaddy Swipe the Good Ones?

I sure hope not. I’m not-so-patiently waiting to process my order and have been for about 30 minutes now. Have I reason to worry? Well, it was not so long ago that a VP at GoDaddy was caught bidding against prospective buyers of highly-desired domain names on GoDaddy’s own auction site. Don’t let me down again, GoDaddy.

UPDATE: Order finally went through via Safari browser. I’ll be a little late to work though, so excuse.me, sue.me, and dew.me cause it’s all about me.meme.me

UPDATE 2: An hour later I found out that all six of my “registrations” FAILED.

just got e-mails confirming that all SIX of the domains I

The Schwaggin’ Wagon Rides Again

schwaggin wagon at mashable summer mash la and twiistup4

Not three months after midwiving the The Schwaggin’ Wagon, today we’re proud to announce it’s grand return. We’ll be taking to West LA and Santa Monica tonight and Friday night for Twiistup 4 and SummerMash LA, where we’ll be collecting unwanted schwag and discussing/powwowing/brainstorming new, resourceful ways to be sustainable and green in the world of tech/media/PR with the world.

If you’re at either of these events, please stop by and say hi — and feel free to drop off any and all unwanted tshirts/pens/keychains etc that you’ve accumulated in your closet. Special thanks to sponsors Eco-Limo, Jambase, and GeoGraffiti.

SummerMashLA

Google Goes Open Source & CC for Radiohead’s ‘House of Cards’

Google is hosting open source and Creative Commons-licensed code for everyone to remix Radiohead’s latest video from In Rainbows, “House of Cards.”

“In Radiohead’s new video for ‘House of Cards,’ no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects,” according to the band’s YouTube channel.

After hearing about Radiohead’s first-of-its kind video, Google:

[A]greed with the band that it would be great to give you a deeper look into how all of this was done, and even a chance to play with the data yourself, under a license that allows remixing… You can view the video, watch a short documentary about how it was made, interact with the video in 3D, download some of the data, and download an iGoogle theme and gadget – all at http://code.google.com/radiohead.

Radiohead – ‘House of Cards’

Watch The Making of ‘House of Cards” below:
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EA Scrabble Goes Live for N. American Facebookers. Scrabulous Killer? Hell No.

I’ve been toying with EA Scrabble on Facebook for the past week or so as a beta tester and I must say, I’m underwhelmed. It is slow, clunky, overly stuffed with graphics, and in many ways reminiscent of a Flash landing page that just slows everything down. Mattel launched Scrabble for Facebook over 3 months ago, and obviously it wasn’t a priority for EA (who licensed the games digital rights in North America) to put up a practical solution that would appear to be not just taxing on any old computer, but most definitely on a mobile device.

ea scrabble on facebook

That said, I haven’t had much opportunity to play against anyone *I know* so if you’re interested, hit me up on facebook and i’ll invite you into a game!

Until then, I maintain that the simple, straightforward and more Scrabble-like interface of Scrabulous is superior. And I’ll keep playing my current standby, the Boggle-like game Scramble.