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Domain Name Values

Friday, May 19th, 2006

LeapFish.com has released a tool to calculate the worth of domain names. I don’t know what kind of preposterous ego-boosting crap they are trying to pull here, but they value all kinds of junk domains at way beyond their real worth. One time I registered tornadoeshittingtrailers.com just for shits and giggles and they seem to think it’s worth about fifteen hundred bucks. Please.

<h3>Things I would sell tornadoeshittingtrailers.com for:</h3>

<ol>

    <li>10 Pounds of Beans</li>
    <li>A Kiss on the Cheek</li>
    <li>An Ice Cold Soda Pop</li>
    <li>A Fake Plastic Plant for my desk</li>

</ol>

The Big Move

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Some of my hosting packages are coming up on their renewal dates. I decided a few weeks ago that I would buy a VPS (Virtual Private Server) from my hosting company and move my sites on to that. I consider myself a little above the curve as far as technology goes, but I’m far from a super-hacker network nerd. This is only day one of trying to get it all set up, so I’m not too worried yet, but I fear I might have gotten myself in over my head.

I own three hosted accounts through iPower that I administer through their vDeck program, including this one. I’m not going to mess with those just yet until I successfully set up a less important site.

This is my first attempt at moving a site onto my new VPS:

<ol>

    <li>"Unlock" the domain (chriscoyier.net, an owned but not hosted domain, empty)</li>
    <li>Add Name Servers to that domain (ns1.chriscoyier.net & ns2.chriscoyier.net)</li>
    <li>Update the domain to use those new Name Servers</li>
    <li>"Lock" the domain</li>
    <li>Set up domain in Plesk (program that administers my VPS)</li>
    <li>Cross fingers that the domain will now resolve to correct place on my new server</li>
    <li>Wait impatiently</li>
    <li>If it works, then hopefully FTP will resolve to the same place and I'll be able to log in and upload my files.</li>

</ol>

I understand that I can use those same name servers for all of my sites. I'm not sure how that works but that's what I heard. If anyone out there has experience with this type of thing and has any input, or would be willing to answer some questions, contact me through the email link below. I'm a bit concerned that this is a stupid security risk, that is, telling people what sites I own ,on what hosting company, running what software, and where my name servers are.  Is it?

Knowing From Search

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I started to write a post today about search. I wanted to emphasize that it is not only important how you search but where. I ended up going on and on and the results were way too scattered and rambling. I’m going to try to explain this simple concept more clearly here.

<h3>What you are searching for and where to do it:</h3>

<ol>

    <li><em>A Definition or Explanation.</em><br /><br />
        Use <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org/">Wikipedia</a> or the <a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/">Dictionary</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Buzz.</em></strong><br /><br />
                     Check the blogs with <a href="http://www.sphere.com/">Sphere</a> or <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">Technorati</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>A Product or Review.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Use one of <a href="http://froogle.google.com/">The</a> <a href="http://shopping.msn.com/default/shp/">Big</a> <a href="http://shopping.yahoo.com/">Dogs</a>, or<a href="http://www.bizrate.com/">one of</a> <a href="http://www.nextag.com/">the</a> <a href="http://www.mysimon.com/">competitors</a>. Read the <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm">consumer report</a>, check the <a href="http://www.technorati.com/">blogs</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Basics.</em></strong><br /><br />
                      Just need an address or phone number? Try the <a href="http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/yellowpages/">Yellow Pages</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>The Scoop.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       Searching for news? Try <a href="http://www.newsvine.com/">Newsvine</a> or <a href="http://search.msn.com/news/">The</a> <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/">Big</a> <a href="http://news.google.com/">Dogs</a>. Technology Specific? Search <a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a> or <a href="http://www.digg.com/">Digg</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>Like-minded People.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://groups.google.com/">Search</a> <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/">through the</a> <a href="http://groups.msn.com/">newsgroups</a>.</li>
    <li><strong><em>An Image.</em></strong><br /><br />
                       <a href="http://images.google.com/">Google images</a> might turn up something you can use, but <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/search">Flickr</a> is king for finding tons of great images.</li>
  • Anything movie related.

    Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb are probably all you’ll ever need.

  • The Web’s Big Dogs

    Monday, May 15th, 2006

    The Washington Post has posted a table showing the biggest 50 websites, as judged by total unique visitors, compared from February 2005 to February 2006. I hear fairly often that MySpace is the most visited site on the internet, well, it’s not, yet anyway. It has shown the craziest jump in the one year span, showing over 300% growth in one year. Topping the list, Yahoo! at 115 million visitors in Feb. 06, with a full 25% lead over Google, it’s nearest competitor.

    <h3>The Web's 10 Biggest Sites:</h3>
    
    <ol>
    
        <li>Yahoo!</li>
        <li>Google</li>
        <li>MSN</li>
        <li>AOL</li>
        <li>eBay</li>
        <li>Microsoft</li>
        <li>Passport</li>
        <li>MapQuest</li>
        <li>Hotmail</li>
        <li>MySpace</li>
    
    </ol>
    
    <h3>Most Surprising Sites (To Me) on the Top 50:</h3>
    
    <ol>
        <li>Wikipedia</li>
        <li>Blogger</li>
        <li>Tripod</li>
        <li>CheapTickets</li>
        <li>BizRate</li>
        <li>Real</li>
    </ol>
    

    Cities Egosurfing

    Thursday, May 11th, 2006

    Google Trends launched this week, giving average folks the chance to explore what people have been Googleing for the past few years. Along the timeline, there are markers with significant news events that may (or may not) explain spikes in traffic.

    <h3>Cities that don't search for themselves:</h3>
    
    <ol>
    
        <li>Most "Portland" Searches: Beaverton</li>
        <li>Most "Green Bay" Searches: De Pere</li>
        <li>Most "San Francisco" Searches: Pleasanton</li>
        <li>Most "South Park" Searches: Budapest</li>
        <li>Most "Dallas" Searches: Richardson</li>
        <li>Most "Los Angeles" Searches: Van Nuys</li>
    
    </ol>
    
    Of course, New York searches for itself more than any other place.
    

    Scratched DVD

    Thursday, May 11th, 2006

    Reasons that DVD is scratched:

    <ol>
    
        <li>Were trying to wipe off the grease</li>
        <li>Lent it to Edward Scissorhands</li>
        <li>Push Pin and DVD closer than pen and paper</li>
        <li>Did a tour in your car's passenger side floor</li>
        <li>Last person who Netflix'd it was sadistic bastard</li>
        <li>Used it as emergency ice-scraper</li>
        <li>It scratched your back, so you scratched it's</li>
        <li>Research paper on DVD archiveablility too broad, were just trying to scratch the surface</li>
    
    </ol>
    

    You Think You Know Me, Google?

    Saturday, April 29th, 2006

    Text from Google Ads in my open gmail window right now:

    <ol>
    
        <li>Learn the "Secret Psychology" To Getting A Man Hooked For Good</li>
        <li>Howard Stern is giving away free Sirius radios. Limited Supply.</li>
        <li>Get a powerful plan for restoring your relationship with your ex. $24</li>
        <li>Get Your Ex Back With Four Simple Secrets Which Always Work!</li>
    
    </ol>
    

    B4BY N4M35

    Friday, April 28th, 2006

    Awesome Baby Names For Tech Nerds:

    <ol>
    
        <li>Metadata</li>
        <li>Prson</li>
        <li>4d4m</li>
        <li>Dell</li>
        <li>subpage.php</li>
        <li>Darth</li>
        <li>Gary</li>
    
    </ol>
    
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