Duane Forrester is up for grabs

Meeting Duane Forrester, Bing's search engine guru, during NamesCon was an empowering moment. Duane's not just a remarkably intelligent professional, he also possesses the interpersonal skills to deliver his knowledge and wisdom, in powerful blasts of information. As the closing speaker at NamesCon, he delivered the facts with a charming eloquence that big comedians possess, and yet, he was 100% serious. The sad news, is that Duane's position at Microsoft has been eliminated. Any professional losing their job of several years faces an initial shock that soon becomes the driving force for bigger and better things. Duane Forrester is up for grabs, and any company with a sane plan to achieve a breakthrough in the domain industry, or in the technology sector, would love to snatch … [Continue reading]

Rust Consulting delivers again as manager of the LCD class action lawsuit settlement funds

If you don't remember who Rust Consulting are, let me refresh your memory; they managed the settlement and rebates from the infamous "Hank Alvarez" scandal for SnapNames in 2009. Rust Consulting has been involved in managing the settlement process and funds for several other class action lawsuits, including one for Nutella that's been pending for more than two years. Following class action lawsuit settlements is important, because as consumers we are potentially entitled to millions of dollars from settlements that are the result of corporate violations at a large scale. If you qualify and don't ask for your entitlement, the money goes to the lawyers that are already paid handsomely. Today I received a hefty check for the LCD Flat Screen TV, Monitor and Laptop class action … [Continue reading]

Domain registrars: The good, the bad and the ugly

ICANN accreditation of domain registrars requires both a strict adherence to the standards mandated by ICANN, and a business approach that understands the complexities of the market. With that in mind, not all domain registrars are created equal. This is not a registrar ranking diatribe, however; I'm not judging registrars by anything other than their ability to satisfy urgent and vital registrant requests. The subject of domain theft is very important, and security varies among domain registrars. A modern, secure domain registrar would implement not just the basic security layers, but would enhance them according to current, ongoing cyber threats. Unfortunately, when it comes down to domains being moved from Registrar A to Registrar B as the result of domain theft, there are … [Continue reading]

When you inquire about a domain, don’t pitch your own

It's common sense: When I go to a store to buy a product, I don't turn around at the checkout to sell my services instead of paying for the item. This exact, unprofessional behavior applies to … [Continue reading]

The Internet, 20 years later: Party like it’s 1994

Around this time this week, twenty years ago, I connected to the "real Internet", using a borrowed 9,600 bps modem. There is one word to describe the experience: Slow. It wasn't just the already … [Continue reading]