Sunday, May 23, 2010

GoDaddy Hints for Cheap Domain Name Registration and Renewal Prices

In the last couple of years I have found two very convenient ways to achieve lower prices of .com domain names at GoDaddy. Over the time they are saving me quite a lot of money. Some people probably already know them but I suppose there are many others that are not familiar with these hints so here they are.

How to register cheaper .com domain names?
While you may use some promo codes to lower your .com registration prices there is a way that has been working for years (although I cannot guarantee that it will be working forever) and enables you to buy .com names for $6.95 (+$0.20 ICANN fee). In order to achieve this, you simply have to open Google and enter GoDaddy in the search bar. You will get an adsense advertisement that offers you .com domains for the above mentioned price. Just click on the ad and you'll be sent to GoDaddy site where you will receive the discount in your shopping cart at the time of checkout. I don't know if this option will stay available forever but it has been for quite some time. So, if you cannot find a promo voucher when trying to register some new .com names just try this method.

How to renew .com domain names cheaper?
Another cool possibility is to renew your .com domains for a lower than regular price. It changes over the time but generally it is another big saver. The current price I'm talking about is $7.50 (+$0.20 ICANN fee) and it could be changed in the future. Again, you may use some discount voucher code and get a good price on a renewal but here is another method that works and I have used a lot. When the expiration date of your domain name approaches you will receive notification(s) from GoDaddy to renew your domain. You should just ignore them until you get a notification email with a GoDaddy link inside that allows you to renew the name for just $7.50 (+$0.20). Usually this email will come 5 days before the expiration date. I am renewing all of my .com domain names at GoDaddy this way and it's quite a good saving. This hint is also valid for .net domain names usually.

While for the first hint the obvious reason for its existence is a promotion I am not quite sure what is the reason behind the second one. My guess for it is that GoDaddy makes an assumption that if you have not renewed your domain name until 5 days before the expiration date, your intention is to drop it and that's why they are trying to bait you with this final big renewal price discount so you keep the name registered.

The above two hints practically means that you may permanently register and renew .com domain names for very decent prices without being dependable on the current availability of promo codes. It's a good constant discount and it should save you a good amount of money if you are an owner of a big domain portfolio at GoDaddy.

P.S. Currently you may get the $6.95 (+$0.20 ICANN fee) promotion by going directly to GoDaddy and entering the promo code OYH3 at the time of checkout.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Il piccolo diavolo (1988): Roberto Benigni's Little Devil

Il piccolo diavolo
Have you ever thought what you are going to do if the devil comes to your home? I have not but I guess I'll be quite confused. I would be even more tangled if I were a priest. But frankly speaking it might be somewhat interesting. It seems such an idea has been visiting the head of Roberto Benigni for quite some time cause twenty years ago he created another one of his funny even though not so original movies. Il piccolo diavolo (The Little Devil) is not very popular around the globe or at least it is not so famous as Benigni's 1997 multiple Oscar winning film La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful) but it is still a signature effort of the Italian director.

The story of Il piccolo diavolo (The Little Devil) is about Father Maurice / Maurizio (Walter Matthau), a priest in Roma who recently has fallen in love with Patrizia (Stefania Sandrelli) and who is confused about his feelings for her. While he tries to clear up his relation with Patrizia, they call him to exorcise a demon from a woman. While Father Maurice is not completely convinced he has just exorcised the devil from that lady, he is soon forced to believe by the "dark" creature himself. He is called Giuditta and he's in the form of a naive, laughing and funny looking man (Roberto Benigni). The last thing you'll think about him is that he is the devil. Or a devil. But he is although he's a young and inexperienced one. Maurizio has no choice except to believe what he sees and soon that little devil is going to change Father Maurice's clerical life.

While Il piccolo diavolo is not the most original film and it bears the signs of a typical Roberto Benigni's comedy, it is still a very funny movie with lots of comical situations. The easy-going, fun-loving and disastrous little devil is a perfect counterpart for the steady, respected and helpful Father Maurice. Still, we have to believe that a stoic priest could live together with a clownish devil at least for some time. Matthau and Benigni are a great choice for the parts and their interactions are incredible. From their every day look to their acting abilities the cast hardly could have been bettered.

You are not going to see any devil's horns, tails or other specific attributes in Il piccolo diavolo. There are no money wasted in glossy special effects and there is not any need of such. All of the film's devilish features are presented through dialogue, acting and a couple of mirrors. In fact, the movie needs no devils to entertain but the presence of a "hellish" creature brings some fresh nuances to the plot.

The film shares the common "problems" of Roberto Benigni's pictures. His acting is not the most varied and if you've seen a movie made by him you know what to expect. And of course, Benigni's real life wife Nicoletta Braschi is as usual here. To be honest, Braschi does quite a good job in the role of playful Nina and Benigni is born to perform parts of little devils like Giuditta. Add Walter Matthau and you'll get another reason to see Il piccolo diavolo. Finally, the ending is moderately surprising giving this balanced movie a good finish.

Il piccolo diavolo could be also looked at as a subtle satire of religious and other social beliefs and habits but it is better appreciated for its fun side. The movie by no means is a must see feature and it is clearly not in the league of Benigni's La vita è bella, yet it is enjoyable effort and brings plenty of laugh if you are in a mood for a comedy.

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