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How to transfer domains from GoDaddy to DreamHost

I wrote the following text a few months back, and in an effort to publish some long-neglected drafts, I decided I’d dust it off and share it.

My Web host is DreamHost, but a while back I registered several domain names at I’m happy with Dreamhost and figured I’d consolidate my domain names and hosting with one service.

While others have various complaints with GoDaddy, I simply found their Web site and user experience to be unwieldy. So here’s what I did. Note that some steps might be slightly different now, but I think the process is mostly the same:


  1. Log in to your account at using the fields at the top of the home page.
  2. Mouse over the Domains tab on the top left, and click Domain Management under My Account, on the right.
  3. Click on the domain name itself (not any of the icons to the right), which will bring you to the Domain Details page.
  4. If your domain name is locked, click the Manage link to unlock it. If you use private registration, turn this off.
  5. You will receive an email from Go Daddy several hours later called Item Cancellation Confirmation. You don’t need to wait for this email, though.
  6. Meanwhile, you will receive, in a few minutes, an email called Domain Status Change Notification. You don’t need to do anything. Just review it to make sure it says your domain name has been unlocked.
  7. Go back to the Domain Details page, and to the right of Authorization Code, click Send by Email.
  8. In a few minutes, you will receive an email called “DOMAINNAME>>Information you requested.” In the email, copy the authorization info.

To Dreamhost

  1. In a new tab or window, log in to the DreamHost control panel via the home page, and click Reg. Transfer, under the Manage Domains heading on the left side. You will be charged $9.95 for each domain you want DreamHost to manage, but that includes a one-year renewal.
  2. In the box labeled “Transfer domain registration(s) to us,” enter your GoDaddy domain name and click request transfer. This will take you to a new page that will ask for your transfer authorization code.
  3. Go back to GoDaddy’s domain manager. Move your cursor over the Domains tab in the upper left corner and click Pending Transfers. Click the box next to your domain name and click Accept/Decline above. Click OK twice.
  4. In 15 or 20 minutes, you’ll receive an email from DreamHost with the subject line Domain Registration Transfer COMPLETED for DOMAIN NAME. The email will contain a link to your domain name. You can visit the site now, but it may take a few minutes to bring up the DreamHost parked page.
  5. You should now see the domain name listed in your DreamHost panel. You can now add hosting, if you want.
  6. You will receive an email from Go Daddy with your domain name in the subject line telling you that the transfer is complete. You will receive a second email with “Your Recent Domain Name Transfer” in the subject line saying “sorry to see you go.” You don’t need to do anything.

Thailand flooding: maps and details

Note: This post is from March, 2001. For more posts about flooding in Thailand as of Sept./Oct., 2011, see the Thailand Flooding tag.

First, here are maps of the affected areas, as these seem to be in high demand. This is from the Bangkok Post:

2011 03 31 krabi map

And there’s this more detailed graphic, from the Nation:

2011 03 31 thailand flooding nation

The details:

AP: “Floods trigger southern Thai landslides; 15 dead.”

Southern Thailand faced more torrential rain after heavy downpours caused at least 15 deaths and forced the Thai navy to help evacuate hundreds of tourists stranded on some of the country’s famous resort islands.

Reuters: “Flooding in Thailand kills 21, strands thousands”

Severe flooding and mudslides in southern Thailand have killed 21 people, stranded thousands of tourists and threatened to delay shipments of rubber in the world’s largest rubber-producing country, authorities said on Wednesday.

Trains to the region have been cancelled and three airports have been shut, including one on the popular island of Koh Samui. As well as Koh Samui, foreign tourists have also been stuck at resorts in Krabi and Koh Phangan.

Bangkok Post: “Krabi mudslides kill 3 villagers; Death toll from southern storms and floods hits 15.”

At least 3 people have been killed and six others are reported missing as mudslides swept away villages and heightened the southern flooding crisis. The overall death toll has risen to at least 15.

Mountain run-off and landslides hit villages in tambon Na Khao in Krabi’s Khao Phanom district yesterday and washed away up to 50 homes, provincial governor Prasit Osathanont said.

Hours after the landslides struck, rescue workers were still sifting through the mud in a desperate search for other victims.


In Samui, hundreds of stranded travellers scrambled for air tickets at Samui International airport, after two planes managed to take off for Bangkok.

The Nation:

Massive landslide destroys 100 households in Khao Phanom district; many still missing; Floods continue to wreak havoc; 710,000 now affected; Satun and Phuket get warning

Days of downpours yesterday triggered a leviathan landslide that swallowed up an entire village of about 100 households in Krabi’s Khao Phanom district, leaving 10 residents reported dead and many more missing.

Today’s Bangkok Post has this item: “Airlines resume flights to flood-hit Samui.”

Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways International have resumed most of their regular services to Koh Samui as stormy weather starts to clear, relieving frustration among passengers.

Bangkok Airways operated 19 flights yesterday to carry about 2,000 passengers off the flood-stricken island.

Thai Airways made three flights to Samui and transported 600 passengers who were stranded on the island after heavy flooding closed the island’s airport.

Bangkok Airways, which operates the largest number of flights through Samui, on Tuesday cancelled all 53 incoming and outgoing flights.

The affected routes by the carrier included Bangkok-Samui, Chiang Mai-Samui, Phuket-Samui, Krabi-Samui, U-tapao-Samui, Hong Kong-Samui and Singapore-Samui.

Todays’ Nation front page:

2011 03 31 thailand flooding

And here’s a YouTube video of Krabi flooding:

(Nation front page image: Twipic by LeroyNewsDesign. YouTube video via GlobalPost.)

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11 links

Some Thailand related, some not…

  1. An election will not fix Thailand’s woes — Pavin Chachavalpongpun at East Asia Forum
  2. The Challenges of Working Remotely —
  3. Lessons from Late Night — Tina Fey in the New Yorker (Subscription only. Worth seeking out and reading.)
  4. How Many Americans Have a Passport? The Percentages, State by State — Grey’s Blog
  5. Sordid politics in Malaysia: Hitting below the beltThe Economist
  6. Airline ‘disregarded safety’ prior to Phuket crash — BBC News
  7. Interview: Raul Gallego Abellan on reporting wars and how technology is changing the role of a journalist — Online video journalism blog
  8. Happiness Engineering — Scott Adams
  9. Cracking coaching’s final frontier — “brain centered learning” in soccer — BBC Sport
  10. — ambient music mixed with LAPD radio chatter.
  11. Above: USA Inc. – A Basic Summary of America’s Financial Statements. Backstory is here.

Tourists stranded on Koh Samui

Today’s Bangkok Post:

Flights to Koh Samui were cancelled for the second day in a row, and ferry services stopped, as worried residents and trapped tourists stayed indoors on the island, being battered by prolonged heavy rainfall.

At 1.55pm, Bangkok Airways flight PG 103 took off from Suvarnabhumi airpotl with passengers bound for Samui but was not able to land and had to return to Bangkok. Strong winds made it unsafe for flights in the island.

Officials of Raja Ferry also said they suspended services due to waves measuring three meters high between Samui and Surat Thani.

Thousands of tourists are stranded in Samui, waiting for the first possible flight back to their homes. Worried tourists are beginning to express frustration at a relative lack of information from airline operators.

New Asia Foundation survey on Thai political attitudes

2011 03 28 thai politics

Yesterday the Asia Foundation released a new survey on political attitudes in Thailand. The full title is “2010 National Survey of the Thai Electorate: Exploring National Consensus and Color Polarization.”

Here’s the full survey (large PDF file). From the press release:

[The survey] is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive public perception surveys conducted since the tumultuous political events of April-May 2010. The survey explores the depth of color divisions in contemporary Thailand; key topics covered include the state of democracy in Thailand, elections, conflict and security, and options for reconciliation.


The survey results suggest citizens are not as politically divided as politicians, analysts, and the media frequently suggest. In reality, the mainstream Thai population (76%) professed no color attachment to either Yellow or Red movements. The data also reveals that there was considerable internal diversity or factionalism within these movements, with no consensus in citizen understanding of the primary objectives of the Yellow and Red movements.

(Emphasis mine.)

(Graphic: The Asia Foundation.)

TMB bank ad: Thailand’s Panyee FC and the floating soccer pitch

TMBbrand on YouTube:

TMB bank have launched a new brand vision “Make THE Difference” by making a film to inspire people to start thinking differently. With a hope that they will start to Make THE Difference to their own world. It doesn’t have to be big, but a little can create positive changes. This film is based on a true story. In 1986 a football team that lived on a little island in the south of Thailand called “Koh Panyee”. It’s a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. They challenged the norm and have become a great inspiration for new generations on the island.

(Via Kottke.)

Notes from Thai PM Abhisit’s FCCT speech

2011 03 22 abhisit

As promised, here are some quotes from Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s annual Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand speech last night.

But first, a few general observations. This has been been noted many times before, but I just want to reiterate: Abhisit is quite a skillful politician. He is a highly articulate English speaker, making him well-equipped to deal with the foreign media; he stays on message; he remains calm and is not easily provoked; and he is gifted at using humor to take the sting out of difficult questions and engender sympathy with his audience.

In his speech, Abhisit seemed to focus on pocketbook issues: The country’s economy is improving, he said. His administration wants to focus on stability. And the “silent majority” of Thais feel their voices have been drowned out by noisy red shirt demonstrators.

The crowd — journalists, diplomats, members of the business community, etc. — seemed fairly receptive of the speech, and the few times he received serious needling from reporters, the crowd seemed mostly on the PM’s side.

In roughly the order that he touched on these subjects in his speech and in the subsequent Q&A, here are some snippets:

On his future:

“Maybe you’ll be wondering if I’ll be here next year. I’m wondering, too.”

On his tenure:

“The point I’d like to make tonight is that it’s time for Thailand to move forward. We’ve improved so much over the last two years during my tenure, and a few years before that we were in turbulence and (had) political challenges. But at least over the last couple of years, there has been a government focused on moving the country forward.”

On the economy:

“It’s not just about the macroeconomic numbers that you see today,” such as a move from a contraction in the economy to growth. Tourists and export numbers are improving, and “we have been able to keep fiscal and monetary stability despite the scale of the financial crisis that hit the global economy.” The debt to GDP ratio is good, and unemployment is low.

But “the Thai people still deserve more, and despite the fact that we’ve moved on from the economic crisis, Thai people face new challenges like rising prices, and the cost of living is going up.”

“We recognize that the number one problem now is to help people fight high prices.”

On education:

The government is focusing on “free basic education for 15 years, so that families are now comfortable about having their kids in school.”

Questions for voters and the timing of new election (June or July):

“Do you want to move forward with the policies that we have initiated and will build on, or do they want to stay in this cycle of conflict and violence? Do they want a government that will continue to put their interests first, or do they want people who are still tied to one person’s interests and wouldn’t allow the country and the Thai people to move beyond (it)? That’s the choice that will be facing the Thai electorate in the end of June or at the latest the end of July.”

Elections “will be an opportunity for the silent majority to be heard…for the majority of Thais, a lot of them feel their voices have been ignored” while demonstrators have been noisy.

“I hope that by the time next year’s FCCT dinner arrives, I shall be here to report further progress on delivering the people’s policies…”

On his legacy:

“I hope that these last two years…the government (will be seen as having) steered the economy through crisis, allowed the political institutions to work again since they were in paralysis…and most significantly…to create greater security and welfare for the Thai people.”

On the strengthening baht:

“We don’t have a baht problem, we have a dollar problem.” “All regional currencies have appreciated,” as well.

On his citizenship — and football:

“It was never a secret” that he is a British citizen. “I was born in Newcastle,” he said, and he is a Newcastle football supporter. He’s never had “divided loyalties” between the UK and Thailand. “The people who are questioning my nationality are not doing so because they are suspicious of my (citizenship or loyalties), they just want to take me to the ICC.”

“In fact,” he said, “I recall that the former British ambassador was very disappointed to learn that during the World Cup I supported Argentina.”

He also discussed Thailand-Myanmar relations, the Rohingya issue, and tourism in Phuket. But these passages stand out, for me, as being the most memorable.

Thai PM Abhisit’s FCCT dinner tonight

Tonight is the annual prime minister’s dinner with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). Details on the event are here.

Just as I did last year and the year before, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on the evening. Stay tuned…

More Japan links

2011 03 20 tokyo radiation levels

A few more Japan-related links to share, and then I’ll likely turn back to Thailand and other subjects:

(Chart via

Japan crisis: aid groups, Asian manufacturing, and Thai elections

Three items that have caught my eye of late:


Aid Groups Temper Their Contribution

International relief organizations are raising donations, delivering water and blankets, and setting up children’s centers to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

But compared with last year’s earthquake in Haiti or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people, they are holding back much of their most ambitious aid-giving.

They say that is partly because Japan, one of the world’s wealthiest nations, has the ability to deal with the disaster’s aftermath largely on its own—and partly because the government hasn’t asked for much aid from many groups.

Still, harsh conditions, including destroyed infrastructure and fears of radiation, are hampering relief efforts, and despite Japan’s considerable skills, many needs aren’t being met. Nearly half a million people are camped out in about 2,500 refugee centers that have been set up in public buildings such as schools and are surviving on basic rations.


What the Japan crisis means for Asian manufacturing hub

Across East Asia, people have been on edge over the risk of deadly radiation spreading from Japan. While that possibility is still remote, the ripples from a severe economic blow to Japan may prove more lasting for developing countries that depend on Japanese trade and investment.

Economists say it’s too early to know the full financial impact of Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, given the evolving nuclear-plant crisis. However, Barclays Capital has estimated that the total cost could exceed 3 percent of Japanese GDP. This would mean an increased burden on Japan’s government, which is already heavily indebted, and on Japanese companies that must replace destroyed assets.

Bangkok Pundit:

How will Japan disaster affect the upcoming Thai election?

As we know, an earthquake and then a tsunami hit Japan last Friday causing the death of thousands and the displacement of hundreds of thousands, but this is a blog about Thai politics so ultimately the question is, what is the impact on Thailand and particularly the upcoming Thai election? (the election will most likely to be held on June 19, June 26 or July 3 after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced that parliament will be dissolved in the first week of May).

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