A “thank you” note goes a long way

There are many ways to show gratitude to others, and share your appreciation with them. In the case of strangers that never made it into each other's life, a "thank you" note goes a long way. A few weeks ago I shared a story about how I found a USB drive on a flight, located its owner, and arranged for its safe return. On that USB drive there were important documents, and even GoDaddy account credentials. It's a good idea to password-protect your USB drives in case they get lost! Mailing back the item was not the end of the story. It was a nice surprise to receive a card in the mail with a thank you note on it - such gestures of appreciation truly make my day.   … [Continue reading]

Domain price increases : Gave ICANN a piece of my mind, and so should you

Domain prices increase, and that's a fact of the industry's regulatory direction. A contract renewal by ICANN has given extensive rights to Verisign, managers of the .com and .net TLDs, to jack up prices at rates unseen before. Normally, ICANN is expected to regulate prices so that the public's interest in domain names is safeguarded. Alas, the latest .com contract opens the bag of Aeolus, and Verisign won't blink twice before increasing the .com prices as seen fit by its shareholders. So how much does a Registry spend to operate its domain name space? Estimates on the infrastructure and management cost vary between $2.50 to $2.90 per domain name, per year. The current base price that Verisign charges is $7.85. On top of this, ICANN gets $0.18 and therefore $8.03 dollars is … [Continue reading]

Domain registrar journey across two decades

Having registered my first domain in early 1997, I took a minute to recall what has changed in the domain registrar industry since then. Network Solutions remained the only registrar during the first few years of the commercial Internet, but that changed quickly. As with every industry, once monopolies end and alternate options are introduced, consumer loyalty is easy to be lost. Consumers gauge their options on a number of parameters: price, features, ease of use, and customer support. So what has been my domain registrar journey through these two plus decades? In the beginning, there was NetSol. I registered less than 10 domains with them. Once new registrars began to operate, I started using GoDaddy in the late 90's. The GoDaddy interface was not complicated at the time, but … [Continue reading]

Domain security : Password protect your USB drive

When traveling, whether it's to attend domain name conferences or for leisure, make sure all your digital devices are safe and secure. At the turn of the new year, I took a trip to Puerto Rico; a … [Continue reading]

‘Tis the season to reprice your domain names

Happy holidays. 'Tis the season to be jolly, and while you allow the spirit of Christmas empower you, it's your own initiative that will carry you into the new year, 2020. In this time and era, … [Continue reading]