Aug 18, 2009

[Solved] Frustating experience with blogger for custom domain

We found an existing order for this domain. Please contact support.

This error message have been killing for the last couple of days(Solution here. Last weekend I finally managed some time to sit with this blog and customize the design and everything that I was supposed to do way before ago. As a first step, I tried to purchase a domain name for my blog, so I can switch to a new custom domain leaving *.blogspot.com subdomain. So when I picked a domain name, checked it's availability and found out it was available, I was very happy. But the happiness didn't last for long. As soon as I proceeded to enter billing information in order to purchase the domain, one of my friend knocked at the door. So I canceled the process for that time hoping to do it again sometimes later. But little did I know what was waiting for me!

After a while when I was free again, I tried again to buy the domain, and got the above error message. The funny thing was, there was no other mention of how to contact support or which support it is. Since the problem arouse while I tried to purchase domain from my blogger dashboard, I went to seek help from blogger help forum only to found out that this has been an issue of Google Apps. And even funnier thing is, I still see that particular domain as available. I frantically started searching the internet and found out that I am not the only one facing this problem. I asked in some of the threads which is like 2-3 months old, to know if anybody have this problem solved and found out that none has this problem fixed. But I tried to search in GoDaddy and Enom separately to see if those domains are available, and found out that they still are. I am pretty much sure that if I purchase it from them directly I will get the domain, I desired. So the problem is definitely within Google Apps. Also I sent an email to customer support and also still waiting for a reply from them. I will wait until next weekend for customer support to respond after that I will purchase it from GoDaddy itself. Unfortunately I had to go through the process of creating Cnames and other records which I was trying to avoid desperately.

So please help me spread this word, so that Google fixes this bug. If you also face this problem or you want blogger to fix this please click this link to re-tweet this.

Update 1: Experiencing the power of twitter, caught the attention of a PM at Blogger.

Update 2: Steps to reproduce the problem
1. Go to Blogger.com to your dashboard -> Settings -> Publishing -> Custom Domain.
2. Check availability of the domain and perform step 1 and step 2 and click "I accept. Procced to Google Check out" at the end of step 2.
3. Close the window. Restart the process. You cannot anymore buy the domain from blogger, as it's already gotten into some sort of deadlock.

Update 3: Solved
Finally the problem solved for me. I didn't have to do anything, just waited for 7days. Yes on the 8th morning I found out that I can register again, so I registered my domain under my name, Wohooo. Meanwhile if you don't have the time to wait, just go to Godaddy, purchase the domain you desire and follow these steps to obtain your desired domain redirected to your blogspot blog. I hope this solves the problem and you don't have to wait without any hope for a week like I did.
Happy blogging !

Aug 16, 2009

Watch Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI highlights

This was an intense match which showed epic innings from coventry of Zimbabwe scoring 194* and then in reply Tamim iqbal made 154. And then finally Bangladesh won and as a Bangladeshi that's the best thing that could happen. Anyway I searched the internet and found the highlights of the whole match. So sharing it with you all. Enjoy :)

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI highlights part 1
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI highlights part 2
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI highlights part 3
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 4th ODI highlights part 4

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Aug 15, 2009

The arsenal pledge

EPL has started and I just found this advertisement made by Nike featuring prominant players from Arsenal. If you are an arsenal fan, it will surely make you wow! Here is it ...

Aug 12, 2009

Watch meteor shower from USA

There is a possibility of catching a dazzling treat on Tuesday and Wednesday, (11th and 12th August, 2009), with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower if weather permits. Meteors are bits of dust or rock that collide with Earth's atmosphere and heat up gas particles to produce a glowing trail. A handful of meteors can be seen each hour on any clear night, but during a meteor shower dozens may be visible.

The Perseid shower occurs each year when the Earth passes through a stream of debris shed by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 130 years or so and last passed through the inner solar system in 1992.

The best time to catch the shower may be around 4:00 a.m. on August 12, when meteor numbers may get a slight boost as the Earth passes by an additional stream of debris left by the comet in 1610. On a clear night, an average of 60 meteors can be seen per hour close to the Perseids' peak. This year, the number may be lower because the moon, which is approaching its last quarter, will rise at about the same time as the shower is expected to begin. Every evening this week, the shower should start around 11 p.m. local time as the Perseus constellation rises, and the number of visible meteors should increase as the evening progresses to peak before dawn.

The meteors will appear all over the sky, so the best strategy for viewing the shower is to lie down and stare at as large a patch of sky as possible. Observers will want to point their gaze away from the moon to reduce its effect on night vision.

Although the best Perseid viewing is in the northern hemisphere, some viewers just south of the equator may also be able to catch a glimpse.

In the UK, the best times to see the Perseids are likely to be on the morning of 12 August before dawn and from late evening on the 12th through to the early hours of the 13 August.

Aug 10, 2009

Prison Break new episode or what might inspire it

We all know how Michael Scofield was planned the perfect escape from the tv series prison break. But we (I should say I) didn't know that there are other episodes of prison break that are wandering on the internet. Well luckily from a friend, yesterday I received this classic piece and the rest you should see it yourself...
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