So that’s it – all my sites / domains are moved off gradwell now. Just waiting for them to action my request to cancel my outstanding services. I’m in two minds whether to reconfigure Thunderbird to use Nildram for usenet or whether to just wave goodbye to NNTP entirely. I was really only using it for the gradwell private groups and haunting long abandoned places as a by-product. Hard to let it go totally though, I moved from FidoNet to Usenet and it was that which got me involved in lots of things which eventually led to where I am today.
So yeh, hard to let it go.
Gradwell have re-branded (personal opinion of their new website is that it looks horrible) and appear to be far more focussed on servicing businesses than individual technical users. I’m sure there’s a much better future in that direction, but it would have encouraged me away even had the service not stunk and had I not received sales calls at the same time.
Gandi have been great, and 1and1 have been entirely invisible, other than a single brief outage a couple of months ago it’s been fine. All-in-all it took longer than I hoped (near 4 months) but less time than I feared and wasn’t painful at all. The only complexity was related to the .com registrations and changing owners (from me, to me).