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Domain World and Other Stuff

Here goes with news from the world of domains, which probably is very dull, but it’s what I know about…

The 2nd-largest registrar in the world, Namecheap, recently announced it will not allow Russian customers to register domains for the time being, and is asking current customers with Russian addresses to move their domains & website hosting to other companies. This was seen as rather extreme, because domains are global, and it’s not good to isolate a country from communication. (Otherwise you end up with a situation like China’s, where the people are behind a wall, and it’s hard to know what goes on there. They practically use a different internet.) But then it was discovered that 95% of Namecheap’s employees are Ukrainian. This was a surprise, since their headquarters are in Phoenix. But now we understand — over 1000 Ukrainian workers.

This situation makes me worry about cutting off so much of social media and other things from Russia… already the people there can’t access news outside their country. Unless a lot more Russians learn how to get around the government blocks by using a VPN, the average person will remain in the dark.



My friend Mike explained to me a lot about the current weapons that you see mentioned in all the news articles — so now it’s considerably clearer to me why this weapon or that one matters so much. I take notes when he talks. He's the one to blame for my reading so many spy novels and watching so many action movies in the old days. I was able to appreciate even Tom Clancy, whose plots are exciting but his prose makes you mentally shriek, "When will I get out of this sentence? I'm wading through mud!"

About 5 or more inches of snow fell overnight, and I am delaying picking up my shovels and getting out there to deal with it.

posted on Mar 12, 2022 9:16 AM ()

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My 93 year old brain can't cope with much tech but revels in the movies made from L'Amour books because Sam Elliot stars in them sometimes and I love his style...Mustache, gravely voice and all.
comment by elderjane on Mar 25, 2022 4:12 AM ()
That's funny about Tom Clancy. I feel that way about Louis L'Amour's writing. The only novel of his I've read was about time travel, one of my favorite themes. There was a little glimmery rectangle near the sandstone cliff, step through it and you're in Anasazi/cliff dwelling time. Every 10 pages or so, Louis would recap the entire plot of the book, as if he either couldn't remember what he'd written, or was trying to pad out the word count to make it look like a substantial work of literature.
comment by traveltales on Mar 15, 2022 3:32 PM ()
I like the glimmering rectangle thing. Not sure if I've read an entire Louis L'Amour or not. Time travel stories are some of my favorites too, but sometimes they end up as alternate-timeline stories.
reply by drmaus on Mar 23, 2022 4:45 PM ()
I actually value your tech posts. I still don't understand how these domain name companies came to be. As in, what gives them the right? I understand the very basics of bitcoin, BPN and other internet jargon, but that's it, just the very basics.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 12, 2022 12:50 PM ()
I don’t know a lot of the governance of the internet, except to say it’s still mostly the U.S. government through ICANN. But ICANN has an international board running it.

Registries and registrars have to be chosen and certified by ICANN. They pay huge amounts of money as part of the process.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2022 5:38 PM ()
I am far from a IT and seem to be 'lost' in my own little world on the Internet---the thing is I believe very little of what I read (regrading politics) on the web!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 12, 2022 9:44 AM ()
It gets more difficult all the time, how to tell what is NOT true online. Even seasoned surfers get fooled constantly.
reply by drmaus on Mar 12, 2022 5:45 PM ()

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