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After A Long Hiatus Some Well Earned PRAISE For GoDaddy!

by Anura Guruge


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GoDaddy & I go back a long time, a very long time — 22-years or more.

GoDaddy of OLD was a GREAT, incredibly customer-focused company. GoDaddy & I, in the 1990s, grew up together when it came to the Web. We were both new and we learned together. — helping each other. I kid you not. I started using their Web hosting with Microsoft ‘FrontPage‘ and, truth be told, they didn’t have that many folks using ‘FrontPage’ at the time. There were issues BUT they worked with I to resolve them. Their support was outstanding. They had a group called the ‘Tiger Team’ that tackled the more complex problems. I dealt with them often. Yes, I had issues but GoDaddy always came through.

I was a HUGE fan and endorser of GoDaddy — with reason.

In 2013, the day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation my ‘popes-and-papacyWordPress Website, hosted at GoDaddy, got 160,000 hits in like 4-hours. It was NOT hosted for that level of traffic. Somebody from the GoDaddy CEO’s office stepped in, unasked, and took over ‘provisioning’ my Website. He made sure that my Website wuld cope with the spike without going down. As I said, he did this without me asking! That was support.

Then came bloody Blake Bloody Irving. He ruined GoDaddy! There is no other way to say it bluntly.

GoDaddy became customer hostile.

I moved all of my Web hosting away from GoDaddy.

Just kept my OLD domain registrations and e-mails at GoDaddy.

And then LAST WEEK!


My e-mail (i.e., anu@wownh.com) has been hosted at GoDaddy for over 20-years. It gets renewed in late December. I am used to that. Over 20-years you get into the routine.

However, in 2017, I transitioned my e-mail, still at GoDaddy, to the Microsoft ‘Office 365 Professional’ e-mail and paid $400+ for that transfer (which they, to their credit, handled very well).

Well, early December I get the usual e-mail from GoDaddy saying my $119 AUTO-RENEWAL will be activated on December 28. I have e-mail, I have been paying this for years, so I just let it go.

But, just ahead of Christmas I had a few minutes to spare and thought I should check my GoDaddy account — which I no longer check that often.

I did.

I noticed I had TWO e-mails — a new one and an OLD and the $119/year was for my old. Hhmmm!

Strange.

Called support. IT WAS AN ERROR. They had NOT closed down my old.

They cancelled and that took out the AUTO RENEW.

But, I had paid $119 in 2017 & 2018 though I was NOT using the old e-mail.

It took a few e-mails and a second phone call, BUT GoDaddy, to their credit, refunded both amounts, on the FLY. They refunds were hitting PayPal while I was still on the phone.

I was impressed. I was pleased.

And I wanted to share that with you.

They did GOOD and I am happy to say so.

Happy New Year.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card2016 card & 2017 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Catholicpresslogo

Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card & 2016 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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by Anura Guruge

I Pull The Plug On My Once High-Flying “Popes and Papacy” Website/Blog.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and marvel. These the stats for February 10, 2013 to March 30, 2013 — viz. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election. 168,000 hits during those 6-weeks. 14,702 hits on the day of the resignation. Those were the glory days.


I gave up and pulled the trigger way earlier than I had planned.

I had been trying to migrate all of the important content, for posterity, to this blog. But, tonight, I gave up. I just don’t have the time. So much to do and this was just another distraction.

Yes, I do realize that I just destroyed quite a bit of valuable, cannot be found anywhere else data! C’est la vie. I guess if we get desperate some bits of it might still be available on the Internet archive. But, as of now it is ALREADY gone.


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by Anura Guruge

Errors In ‘The Next Pope’ by Peter Hebblethwaite.

by Anura Guruge


<<  <<  Transferring over from my “Popes and Papacy” Website  >> >>


‘The Next Pope’ by Peter Hebblethwaite

(revised and edited by Margaret Hebblethwaite)
 ISBN: 0-06-063777-3, 2000



Page 4: “Moreover, conclaves did not happen in the Sistine Chapel until after the collapse of the Papal States in 1870.”

Ah! I have tried to parse that statements all which ways until Christmas to see if I was missing something here. But, I am sure it says what it says!

Yes, the 1846, 1831, 1829 & 1823 conclaves were held at the Quirinal Palace and the 1800 conclave in Venice.  But the prior 38 conclaves, going back to 1484, were centered around the Sistine. During the first twelve of these, 1484 to 1559, all the cardinals were even billeted inside the Sistine. Thus, in my opinion, that statement is dead wrong.


Page 27: “In the first millennium, popes did not emerge from the college of cardinals, since the cardinals in the modern sense did not exist.”

Ah! Well YOU could play games with the caveat ‘modern sense,’ and say that the ‘College’ didn’t come to be until 1148-1150. But even with that, the spirit of this sentence is SO WRONG. Let us just refer to the 769 Roman Synod convened by Stephen III (IV) and its stipulation that popes must be elected from among cardinal priests and cardinal deacons.


Page 165: “… William Wakefield Baum …, he is the only U.S. cardinal to have ever voted in a conclave — in fact two — having become a cardinal in 1976.”

That ‘ever’ in front of ‘voted’ makes this statement false as it stands. If the caveat ‘living’ is added after the ‘only’ this would work (given that this book was published in 2000). The way it reads is misleading and wrong. James Gibbons voted in the 1903 conclave. John Murphy Farley voted in the 1914 conclave etc. Eight US cardinals participated in the August 1978 conclave and nine in the October 1978 conclave. This should have been caught by an editor. But maybe this book was not edited. That would explain all these fundamental errors.


Page 139: “And after all, the pope lives in Italy …”

This is is post-1929. The pope lives in the sovereign city-state of Vatican City — with even Castel Gandolfo falling within the extraterritorial bounds of the Vatican City. This was obviously meant to be a ‘cute’ statement, but it is inappropriate, misleading and worst of all, wrong.


Page 57: Talking about the voting process says “… the whole process is repeated …”

Not so. The second ballot of each morning and afternoon session is different from the first. For a start there is no need to elect new Scrutineers, Infirmarii and Revisers, or to take a new oath.


Page 32: There is a poem here by the Polish poet Juliusz Slowacki, prefaced by a claim that it forecasts that there would be a Slavic pope [i.e., John Paul II] in the 20th century.

I think it is more than a stretch to make that claim. It sure says, in the first line “… will not — Italian-like — take fright.” Yes, the poet was Polish. But that doesn’t mean that any non-Italian has to be Slavic. This one is not as grave as the prior two, but it still gave me pause. 


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by Anura Guruge

Finally End-Gaming My Once Highly Popular “Popes and Papacy” Website/Blog.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the “Popes and Papacy” Website while it is still up.


Click to ENLARGE and marvel. These the stats for February 10, 2013 to March 30, 2013 — viz. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election. 168,000 hits during those 6-weeks. 14,702 hits on the day of the resignation. Those were the glory days.


This during 2012 — 2013 was my PRIMARY blog — as opposed to this one. I put in a TON of work into it, working on it 4 – 6 hours a day. It had nearly 1,500 posts — and over 760,000 hits.

But it was really my “Next Pope (after Benedict XVI)” blog — to go with my “Next Pope 2011” book.

Once Francis was elected — and I did correctly identify him as a potential next pope — I kind of lost enthusiasm. My job was done. I wanted to move onto other greener pastures, e.g., orgasms, meditation and chronic pain. Plus, this blog was ‘taking off‘ — with around the same number of hits per day.

So, as I have done with so many other blogs I basically abandoned it. So for the last 4 years it has been ticking along because of the wealth of posts that were already in there.

But, keeping it going is becoming an issue — and cost is NOT one of them, though bloody GoDaddy charges me two arms and two legs for it. A lot has to do with security and I just am not willing to expend the efforts needed to button down all the hatches that I am supposed to.

So I am in the process of closing it down.

Hence the flood of ‘papal’ posts you have seen in the last week. {Smile}

I am transitioning over all the valuable, in many instances unique posts. I have also already deleted nearly 200 posts. Hopefully I will be done by October 2017.

So, now you know what all the new papal posts are about.

Enjoy.


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by Anura Guruge

GoDaddy Support Is Insufferable — Over 80 Minute Wait Time; No Online Chat.

by Anura Guruge


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I can relate to all of the above, except my issues were on Monday, January 30 & 31, 2017 rather than ‘3 days’ ago.

So this has been going on for days.

This is CRAZY and crazy bad.

I tried for 80 minutes — i.e., 1 hour 20 minutes — to get hold of GoDaddy support starting at 8:15pm (Eastern) on Monday, January 30, 2017. I just gave up. NO online chat support though this would still have been early in Arizona. Not good.

I only have one site at GoDaddy now — my “Popes and Papacy“. It is the WordPress BLOG that is down.

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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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       …..

If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
“In Christ appeared the grace, mercy, tenderness of the Father: Jesus and Love made flesh
— Father Francis”

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2010 card, 2012 card, & 2015 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


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by Anura Guruge

Google’s “This Site May Be Hacked” Warning Too ‘Pessimistic’!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access Google’s HELP page on dealing with this — from BOTH sides.


Getting an e-mail from Google (if you happened to be registered with them via ‘Google Webmaster Tools‘) that one of your sites may be hacked is akin to getting a very hard kick to your ‘goolies’

Well I got that kick in the goolies in mid-December. Google insisted that my semi-retired ‘Popes-and-Papacy‘ Website had been hacked! Wow.

They cited two pages with pornographic page names (i.e., URL addresses) — the names even more graphic than I, with my liberal views on such matters, would consider. But I could NOT find these supposed newly inserted pages! They were NOT there and from what I could see were NEVER there.

Basically it was (and I am trying to be nice) a ‘False Positive‘. Google claiming the site was hacked when it never was.

I checked and checked and checked again. Those two pages did NOT exist. Site had NOT been hacked. Site was clean. Site was good.

So I appealed using the prescribed procedures. A few days later Google confirmed that they too could not find the supposed hacked content — BECAUSE it was never there. It took about 3 weeks but eventually the ‘hacked’ warning was taken off against ‘Popes-and-Papacy’. That was a relief. Luckily I don’t do much on that Website these days. But this could have been devastating IF it had been on one of my active Websites or blogs.

So a heads up. IF you get this kick in the goolies IT may not be as bad as Google made it out to be.

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My latest search results with NO mention of any hacks in sight. Click to ENLARGE and read.


by Anura Guruge


‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2015.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is
“Wishing you a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year
in (this) Extraordinary Jubilee (Year) of Mercy”

Catholicpresslogo

Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.

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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2008 card, 2009 card, 2010 card, 2011 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The image depicted is that of Pope Francis pushing open the special big bronze door to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on December 8, 2015, to commence the Jubilee Year.

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See more pictures and read about it in the U.K. “Telegraph” by clicking on image


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


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by Anura Guruge