Choosing a domain name (e.g. dm93.org or yahoo.com) is a lot like choosing a piece of real estate to invest in. While there are almost infinitely many domain names, there are only so many good, short memorable ones. So there's a form of scarcity. There are good neightborhoods and bad neighborhoods; different jursdictions, and so on. If you have AlwaysOnInternet, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) almost certainly lets you use some of their real estate. But be careful not to invest too much there; you don't want to constrain your choice of ISPs for the future. It's a pain for all your peers to change the email address they use to reach you, too. You can get your very own piece of real estate, your own domain name, for about $15/year (for example from <a href="http://www.gandi.net/">gandi</a>). It's a bargain! DNS configuration is a pain; I really like using <a href="http://www.zoneedit.com/">ZoneEdit</a>. But I suggest you study the <a href="http://cr.yp.to/djbdns/third-party.html">Costs and benefits of third-party DNS service</a> before you go that way. Mar '99: <a href="http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/9903webtechs-snafu.html">webtechs.com falls victim to Network Solutions</a>. It's 2am. Do you know if your domain is safe? From connolly Thu Feb 10 21:11:26 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 21:11:26 +0000 Subject: some DNS tools and such Message-ID: <20050210211126+0000@dm93.org> <a href="http://www.dnsstuff.com/">DNS Stuff: DNS tools, WHOIS, tracert, ping, and other network tools.</a> From connolly Wed Nov 9 17:19:32 +0000 2005 From: connolly Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2005 17:19:32 +0000 Subject: godaddy is amazing Message-ID: <20051109171932+0000@dm93.org> I bought one domain, for $9 or so, and a human being called me just to make sure I was happy, in addition to glossy surface mail.