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Domainer's Magazine - Volume 4, Issue 4 (PDF)

Cover: From the Old World to the Virtual World

Also in this issue:

Online PR: An Asset for SEO by Dizzy Heights, Ltd.
: The Next Geo-Targeting Solution
What Domainers Want: AutoDNS 3.0
by Petra Stubenrauch
Building a Registrar
.de - Top of the ccTLDs by Frank Michlick
Pictorial: 2010 Geodomain Expo at New Orleans photos by Ron Jackson of DNJournal.com
Gadget Corner: Giving Linux a Shot
by Jerry Nolte
DomainConvergence 2010 preview: Meeting in Montreal
Moving Offshore: Jurisdiction in an Internet World without Borders by Deborah A. Logan, Esq.
Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality, and Another Business Model by Joe Callan

by Ron Sheridan

Domain Convergence Returns This Fall PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Michlick   
Monday, 26 July 2010 16:05

Once upon a time – about five years ago a group of people on a private domain forum discovered that a bunch of them lived in the same city, Toronto. Frank Michlick happened to be the one to organize the first get together and hence the “Domainer Dinner” was born.

So far there have been nine domainer dinners and some of them were even hosted in other cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles, Boston and even as far as Berlin Germany. In order to expand the event, Frank decided in 2008 to try his luck organizing a conference – Domain Convergence was born. The event remains focused on the networking and personal exchange aspect of the dinners, but expands on the program by adding speakers to the event and having it last two days.

The DomainConvergence EventThe first event in 2008 was held in Niagara Falls with a beautiful view of the falls directly from the conference room. Many attendees took the chance to add some sightseeing to their visit. The program included a wine & cheese tasting and dinner at a winery in Niagara Falls and many discussions on domain development and monetization.

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Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality, and Another Business Model PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Callan   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:46

Where our technology will take us in another generation is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for sure: we are eating up mobile media like crazy. Programs from pointless games to organziation solutions fully-integrating scheduling, GPS, contacts, and location reporting are flying off digital shelves in the Apple, Android and Blackberry app stores.

android, augmented reality, layarMany of these applications are even free, and in exchange for their utility or entertainment value, a user only has to put up with a small text pop-up in some part of the program.

Something I’m beginning to notice: the advertisements are actually starting to become relevant. Just a couple of days ago I saw an ad for a local restaurant on one of my apps. That means at least two things. First, it means even small-time phone app developers are benefitting from more accurate visitor targeting. Second, it means that local businesses are starting to become convinced of the power of the web.

Whether that restaurant specifically knew they were signing up for mobile traffic, I can’t say—but seeing such an accurately targeted advertisement makes it clear: the web in undergoing a revolution in market relevance, especially through the world of mobile devices.

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Moving Offshore: Jurisdiction in an Internet World Without Borders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah A. Logan, Esq.   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:39

One common question asked by domainers is as to the advantages and disadvantages of moving their domain portfolio or business “offshore”.  Offshore, in this context, is simply meant to imply a location outside of the United States.

domain legal, offshore domaining, trademarkObviously, one of the seeming advantages to moving a business or domain name portfolio to an offshore location is to protect it from the reach of the U.S. judicial and alternative dispute resolution system.  Keep in mind that if you operate a website that engages in contacts within the United States (i.e., through online sales of products or services), you are not sheltered from the long arm of the courts.  Further, if personal jurisdiction is what you are looking to avoid, don’t plan on seeking to set aside an unfavorable UDRP decision or attempt to reverse a seizure of your domain names by a court.  Doing so will directly submit you to such jurisdiction.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 19:40
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Freedom in an Open OS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Nolte   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:35

Why every domainer should at least "play" with Linux.

I know, I know...  Linux is a “4 letter word” to all of the Mac/Windows users out there that like their pretty GUI’s (Graphical User Interfaces). But I want to take a minute or two to show you some of the things that you can do with Linux without diving in head first. Basically there are two popular methods to try Linux without having to change your existing OS. They are “CD/DVD Live” or “USB Pen Drive Live”.  First, let me begin my discussion by explaining why you should care.

As you probably know, domaining requires a lot of text manipulation.  For example, you may have a list of keywords you want to add .net, or .com to.

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Germany: the country of Fussball, Beer, Bratwurst, Oktoberfest and .DE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Michlick   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:25

First of all let me clarify – even though Germany is known for it, not all of Germany celebrates Oktoberfest. The different areas of the country have different customs and dialects. One thing they do have in common is the widespread use of the .DE ccTLD.

In the late 80s the Group that operated the Computers in the Computer Science Department germany's ccTLD is once again the top seller(“Informatikrechner-Betriebsgruppe”, IRB) of the University of Dortmund set up a nameserver for the use by the German Internet community, which was very small at the time. A service like this was known as Network Information Center (NIC), which lead the group to name their service DENIC. DE stands for Deutschland and is the two letter abbreviation for the country as per the ISO 3166-1 list.  DENIC remains the name of the registry operator today.
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