TLD Explosion

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, June 27. 2008 in Technology

Oh joy. ICANN has decided to accept an explosion in the number of TLDs. The reason, of course, should be obvious: money. Now even more people, companies and organizations will be obtaining these new TLDs to protect their marks or, more than likely, grab them so to be able to sell them to others. I realize I'm old. I recall a time when obtaining a domain name actually required some justification. For example, you couldn't just "grab" a .org; you had to actually show you were a non-profit. If you were an ISP, you were allowed a .net, unless you could prove that your business was more "commercial" and thus be allowed a .com. This maintained some sense of sanity and consistency in domain names. Now it's all catch as catch can. And all in the name of cashing in, even more, with this whole Internet thingie.

Undependable Power Supply

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Tuesday, May 13. 2008 in Technology

Through the years, I've used lots and lots of UPSs. Lots. I have never had such troubles as I have had with the Cyber Power units. They are basically worthless. They have a lifetime of maybe 1 year (with basically NO usage at all... Maybe a total of 3 cycles, down to only say 75% capacity) and fail without warning. Power hiccup and they simply die. You plug 'em back in, run the diagnostic tests and "Lordy Lordy All is in perfect operating condition!"... unless, of course, you unplug the unit from the wall at which point it will go belly up and die with nary a whimper. I can see UPSs failing... it happens, sure. But with every other UPS type I've ever used I've gotten advance notice when the unit is starting to go south. Not with these. You have absolutely no idea if it's good or bad. It will fail at the drop of a hat and with no warning at all. Avoid 'em.


Posted by Jim Jagielski on Friday, April 18. 2008 in Technology

As a true geek fanboy, with the Iron Man movie coming out so soon, this story about a "super transistor" has quite a synchronicity factor, doncha think?

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