Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Computer Made Me Do It

Not entirely on point to the committee, but I couldn't help but share the story from our local paper about the guy who got ticketed for making a left turn notwithstanding an extremely well-marked 'No Left Turn' sign (and barriers, etc.). (Scroll down a bit for the story.) His excuse? Mapquest said it was OK. My favorite line in the story? "So while digital technologies are making it easier to find your way around, there's something less newfangled that you should always bring along: Your brain."

Actually -- Not bad advice for much of what we do with our toys here in Cyberspace.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Domaining Featured in the Gray Lady

From the NYT...

Mr. Buck and other domainers profit when inexperienced Internet users type those names into their Web browsers, and once on the site click on related advertisements. In the longer term, they hope to resell their domain names for large profits to companies that want to build real businesses with those Web addresses.

Domainers have generally had a negative reputation. Domain-name trading takes little of the actual effort needed to build a business on the Web, instead relying on clicks from people who simply guess at a site’s name or are too lazy to use a search engine. In its early years, the field was dominated by offshore players and secretive, if not illegal, tactics.

Props to Trademark Blog for flagging this.