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March 24, 2008  6:24 PM

The death knell for domain tasting?

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No more free nibbles! ICANN is doing away with the exemption for a twenty-five cent transaction cost on refunded domain names.

Which can add up when you register a bazillion domain names. Like spam, domain tasting has to be done in volume to be profitable.

According to Jay Westerdal, ICANN’s act will end the practice within the year.


In his blog, CEO of GoDaddy.com, Bob Parsons wrote about the magnitude of the problem:


bob-parsons.jpgEver wonder why it seems more and more difficult for you to get the domain name you want? Quite often it’s because the domain name tasting and kiting industry is alive, well and running rampant. The practice of domain tasting and kiting continues to rage out-of-control. In February 2007, 55.1 million domain names were registered. Of those, 51.5 million were canceled and refunded just before the 5 day grace period expired and only 3.6 million domain names were actually kept. With the exception of just a few names, 93.5% of those names were registered simply to see how much advertising revenue – paid by big search firms like our “do no evil” friends at Google – will generate when they are associated with a one page Web site and related links.

March 19, 2008  4:38 PM

Video: Google Android talk in London

GuyPardon Guy Pardon Profile: GuyPardon

This video captured Dave Burke, an engineering manager within Google’s mobile team, at the Future of Mobile conference in London talking about Android and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

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March 19, 2008  3:26 PM

Video: Defense-in-depth with end-to-end network security

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Network security expert Omar Santos presents material from his latest book, End-to-End Network Security: Defense-in-Depth — Best practices for assessing and improving network defenses and responding to security incidents.

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March 19, 2008  3:17 PM

Video: Project Blackbox Tour

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Sun Microsystems uploaded this tour of their “data center in a box” to YouTube.

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I have to admit, I’d be a bit more excited if KITT rolled out of this thing rather than multiple racks of servers. Data center managers may feel differently, of course.

March 19, 2008  2:52 PM

Overheard in the Tech Blogosphere: Project Blackbox = a “data center in can?”

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“All told, I really like the idea of my brand new datacenter rolling in on the back of a tractor-trailer truck. It kinda reminds me of the setup the bad guys had in latest Die Hard movie. I just hope nobody buys one and hires only one person to run it.”

Cliff R. Pearson

Project Blackbox (now officially called the “Sun Modular Datacenter S20“) is a modular virtualized data center housed within a shipping container.

For more, head over to our sister site, SearchDataCenter.com, whose writers and editors have been covering the development of Project Blackbox since its introduction:

March 19, 2008  9:58 AM

Video: IC Innovations at the Design-Manufacturing Interface

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This lecture from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley describes how the manufacture design of integrated circuits (ICs) has evolved and improved over the years.

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From the show notes on YouTube:

As IC’s routinely include more than a billion transistors, the interactions between the design and the manufacturing communities now must handle atomic-level variability, dozens of new materials, and patterning techniques operating at their theoretical limit.

In this talk, we will present several facets of this problem and discuss emerging innovations at the IC design-manufacturing interface.

March 17, 2008  10:20 AM

Video: Sony’s flexible OLED

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This clip demonstrates a prototype of Sony’s flexible OLED display. The color screen is only 0.3mm thick and fully flexible, even while content is being player upon it.
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HowStuffWorks has posted a helpful explanation for how OLEDs work.

While the above video shows Sony’s prototype, the technology is actually licensed from Kodak. The Eastman Kodak Company, in fact, has been busy signing licensing deals with a number of electronics manufacturers, including an agreement with LG this past week.

GE’s announcement of a successful demonstration of the world’s first roll-to-roll manufactured OLEDs lighting devices (press release) spurred the normal engaging commentary on a Slashdot thread.

Kyoto Prize winner Hiroo Inokuchi, whose organic chemistry work led to the development of OLEDs, is bullish on the techology. In this interview with Wired, he forsees applications in photovoltaics and improved energy conversion.

Will these thin, cheap and green color displays be embedded in surfaces around us within the next ten years? Maybe. Toshiba engineers are reporting problems with high OLED power requirements. In other words, cereal box cartoons may take a bit longer than that to play at a breakfast table near you.

March 14, 2008  1:40 PM

Happy Pi Day!

GuyPardon Guy Pardon Profile: GuyPardon

Yes, today is March 14, 2008, abbreviated as 3.14. Mathematicians everywhere celebrate today as Pi Day.

You can join the fun over at PiDay.org.

March 14, 2008  11:39 AM

Video: Scott Forstall demonstrates Touch Fighter at the Apple SDK launch

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Two weeks and less than 10,000 lines of code result in this demonstration of a starfighter action game on an iPhone that takes advantage of the device’s accelerometer, touch screen and high contrast display. This is a great use of the interface and should inspire some creative thinking the software development community.

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My immediate thought upon seeing Steve Forstall’s demo is that there could be a lot of flying iPhones, similar to the stories we’ve heard about the Wiimote. Remember those videos of plasma screens when the Wii debuted?

Now just imagine it’s a device that costs more than $500 direct from Apple in the U.S. and often much more than that in Europe.

That being said, I’m excited to see how software designers take advantage of that new Apple iPhone SDK.

That and Spore. Given more than two weeks to work on this game, I think this could be a killer gaming app for the device.

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March 14, 2008  10:10 AM

Video: gOS installed on an old IBM Thinkpad.

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This video from a 15 year old UK student demonstrates a successful installation of gOS on a laptop nearing a decade of service.

He installed some snark in his YouTube video notes as well, noting that:

I managed to install gOS on a 9 year old IBM ThinkPad 600E laptop. This video shows just how well Linux will run on pretty much any hardware. Vista doesn’t look much better than gOS and would never even boot on old hardware like this, let alone run demanding applications such as GIMP.

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You can download and try gOS from ThinkgOS.com.

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