Network Solutions [sic]

Back last year, I revealed here that I’d spent more than $4000 over the years for domain name registration services, all of it to Network Solutions.

Network Solutions used to be a godawful horrible company. When I went to register my first domain name with them back in 1995 — digitalisland.com — it took weeks for them to update their files. Their customer service was unusually horrible. They’ve gotten better on the speed front — most domain name changes happen within an hour or so now — but their customer service has slid even further into a hole of unhelpfulness.

Mostly this hasn’t bothered me all that much, and when it does, it’s only at the yearly rewnewal time. But recently they’ve “updated” [sic] their website — perhaps because they’ve been consumed by VeriSign — and it’s now such a non-functional, poorly-designed mess of a tool that I can’t abide being their customer any longer.

So today I started the process of switching all of my .com and .net domain names to a small Edmonton called Trinic that a reader of this site suggested. I used them earlier this year to register Reinvented.info and I got a good feeling. Their system is simple and uncluttered: most operations can be performed in a click or two. And when I ran into a small snag — turned out not to be their fault — with my .info registration and emailed them, they actually emailed me back.

My only complaint with their systems is that their credit card payment gateway has a tendency to throw CGI timeout errors, which is disconcerting. Their website explains that this means that your payment has actually ben processed. But I’m always left wondering. I hope they fix this problem soon.

In the meantime, I’m much happier dealing with a small Edmonton company than the Behemoth that Network Solutions has been become.

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Johnny Rukavina's picture
Johnny Rukavina on November 4, 2001 - 19:48

What does [sic] mean?

Daniel Burka's picture
Daniel Burka on November 4, 2001 - 20:40

sic (sk)
, adv.


Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 4, 2001 - 21:27

I feel that my website has now taken that important step to a whole new level of respectibility now that a Burka has graced these pages. Thanks for your input.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 4, 2001 - 21:28

BTW, if memory serves, both Johnny and Daniel are twins. Weird synchronicity.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 4, 2001 - 21:29

I prefer: Note: This word is sometimes inserted in a quotation [sic], to call attention to the fact that some remarkable or inaccurate expression, misspelling, or the like, is literally reproduced.

Alan McLeod's picture
Alan McLeod on November 5, 2001 - 13:06

I think it is latin for “so” as in “sic transit gloria mundi” — or “so go the glories of the world” — which is a line in the Anne of Green Gables Musical tune “Summertime”. [Note: I am not indicating a position on that musical or musical theater in general. I, though not a twin, was in the play in grade nine at West Kings and sang in the chorus.] I think “sic” can also be used a bit smugly to imply reading in implications that the speaker or writer did not see. A priggish tool soometimes or a useful device depending on the moment. Hence “sic” properly following “solution” where the service provides no answer.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on November 5, 2001 - 14:31

Although not formally a twin myself, I as well was in the chorus of Anne of Green Gables, The Musical in grade three.

Johnny Rukavina's picture
Johnny Rukavina on November 5, 2001 - 21:14

I am a twin, but have never been involved in a musical production of Anne of Green Gables, at least, not to this point in my life. But I hold out hope for the future.

Daniel Burka's picture
Daniel Burka on November 5, 2001 - 22:19

That was a “longtime listener, first time caller” post. For the record, like Johnny, I am a twin and I have never been involved in a musical production of Anne of Green Gables. Though I readily admit to being involved in a theatrical rendition of Waltzing Matilda in grade 5.

Alan McLeod's picture
Alan McLeod on November 6, 2001 - 02:50

I can also sing a few lines from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” in which I played the Pirate King to rapturous applause in grade four at Kingston Elementary in 1973 or so. The Annapolis Valley Schools system was apparently out of its mind over musical theatre during the 70’s as I played the aforementioned King, then Pharoah in “The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, next Schubert in “Lilac Time”, then chorus in “Anne”, chorus in “Oliver!” (with a few lines of my own) and finally backstage prop hand in Camelot all before grade nine was over. Soon thereafter I discovered team sports, warm beer and, concurrently with the backstage work, the ladies, thus ending what can only be described as a magnificant prodigal stint on the boards soon thereafter replaced by sullen disspirited and shiftless years hunched over fastfood kitchen tables assembling a variety of blandments for others like myself…excuse me…I need a moment to compose myself…

stephanie's picture
stephanie on April 19, 2004 - 23:11

anne of green gables is presanted drama prodaction.

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