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.