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Internet Domain Names

While I realize that this is not going to be a part of most people’s planning process, being the Internet guru, I started looking for BsAs domain names as soon as I decided to make the move. I figured, who knows what I’ll be doing or what’s going to interest me, but it might make sense to have some localized domain names. Now of course, having limited Spanish (at this time), I decided to only focus on English domain names. Also, since every possible decent combination of names in the .com space is most likely gone, I looked for expiring domain names. SnapNames is a great place to do this. They keep a list of expiring domain names and try to secure them for you once they expire and are released. They set up an auction for the domains and the highest bidder gets the name. If you do not get into a bidding war (which I did on one of them – more on that later), then you can end up with a good domain at a decent price.

I was able to register these domains so far: (bidding war on this one – yow!)

They all point to this site for now, but who knows what they may become in the future. Keep your eyes on them!


Postal Mail

UPDATE (10/25/10): Please check out my newer post on mail forwarding services.

When I decided to make the move to Buenos Aires a few months ago, I also decided to start switching as many of my accounts to e-bills as I could.  This resulted in an immediate reduction in the amount of mail I received (other than junk mail and catalogs). However, not everyone has an e-bill option yet and there are many other important things that may come via the postal mail too – tax notices, random checks, bills, etc. I needed to find a solution to deal with those.

Myfirst thought was to forward mail to my mother and ask her to open it for me, but I didn’t want to put that responsibility on her. Luckily, a quick Google search turned up an even better solution – Earth Class Mail. With Earth Class Mail, you sign up and then forward all of your mail to one of their addresses – a PO Box or an actual street address for a few bucks more. When they receive your postal mail, they scan in the envelope and then put it up on the web for you to view through a secure web site.  When you login, you can view all your scanned mail and choose from the following options: open it and scan the contents, recycle it, shred it, archive it, or forward-ship it. You can even wait and batch all your mail into one shipment. The pricing is very reasonable too. I chose the $19.95/month plan which allows me to use one account for up to five different addresses (personal and business), and scans up to 100 mail pieces and 100 pages of mail per month.

The online setup is easy, but you will also need to mail them a notarized Form 1583, so make sure you give yourself enough time to do this.  Your new postal address will then look something like this:

Your Name
PO BOX 55071 #12345
Boston, MA 02205-5071

Their security and privacy procedures are pretty strenuous too. And, this year they are adding electronic check deposit too!  Definitely check them out for a great expat postal mail solution.


Google News Alerts

I’m a firm believer that one should know as much as possible about their new country before they move there. A great way to keep on top of local news and stories is to subscribe to Google News Alerts for Buenos Aires. Google News Alerts deliver all the top stories related to your search term directly to your email and you can select immediate, daily or weekly updates.

I’ve been subscribed for the past couple of months, and every day I get an update on what is being reported about Buenos Aires. I’ve been able to stay on top of travel articles, the economy, news, etc. It’s been a great resource and one that I’d recommend for anyone planning a move.