Google is now a Domain Registrar

Google is now an ICANN-accredited registrar of domain names, providing it with yet another potential line of expansion. The fast-growing search provider is approved to sell names in seven top-level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz., info, .name and .pro.

Google’s registrar status, first noted by LexText, is likely to prompt speculation about its ambitions in web hosting and blogging. Google operates Blogger, the free blog hosting service with a huge user base. Cheap or free domain names could prove useful to Google in the notoriously price-sensitive blog hosting sector, where most bloggers use subdomains (i.e. rather than full domain names (

Domain sales have also become an important tool in the business hosting market, where domain registrations have surged in the past 18 months, even as prices have dropped steadily. Hosting providers like Hostway, EV1Servers, Interland and Yahoo have used cheap domains to attract hosting customers.

Those four hosting companies are not domain registrars, however. All buy their domains from wholesalers like Tucows, Go Daddy or Melbourne IT, and have a minimum per-domain cost, usually at least $6.50. Rather than viewing domains as a for-profit business, these providers have approached domain sales as a marketing cost. A recent survey by The Web Host Industry Review found that the keyword phrase “web hosting” was selling for $7.70 per click on Google AdWords and $9.02 on Overture. Not all of those clicks will become new customers, either, making a $1 or $2 loss on a domain sale seem like an affordable way to acquire a customer.

The greatest domain cost efficiencies are available to hosting companies that are also ICANN-accredited registrars, such as 1&1 Internet of Germany, which offers .com domains at $5.99, the lowest non-promotional price of any major hosting provider. As a registrar, Google could have similar flexibility to aggressively price its domain names.

Definately interesting. I’ll be happy to transfer my domains to Google if they have good prices and a good web interface.

The End of an Era

AT&T and SBC announced today their intention to merge. AT&T, founded in 1875, is only a fraction of the massive company it once was.

“Together, SBC and AT&T will be a stronger U.S.-based global competitor capable of delivering the advanced network technologies necessary to offer integrated, high-quality and competitively priced communications services to meet the evolving needs of customers worldwide,” said Dorman.

SBC plans to retain the AT&T brand for its business/enterprise unit.

K-Meleon 0.9 Released

K-Meleon is another browser based on the Mozilla/Gecko engine, but runs a bit faster than Firefox. Sorry Linux guys, it’s Windows-only. They just released version 0.9, which is based on Mozilla 1.7.5.

K-Meleon 0.9 Released

K-Meleon 0.9 is the latest release of the fast and customizable browser that can be used instead of Internet Explorer on Windows. Powered by the same Gecko engine as the Firefox and Mozilla browsers, K-Meleon provides users with a secure browsing experience. K-Meleon features include:

* Support for Bookmarks, Favorites and Hotlists
* Layers(Tabbed Browsing)
* Integrated search tools to search Google or configurable to use your favorite web resources
* Enhanced privacy and security features to protect against spyware and viruses – block pop-ups and web sites that try to change your home page or download spyware!
* Unique right-click toolbar buttons allow quick access to additional features and settings
* Complete customization of all menus and toolbars
* Configurable to use your mail and news programs

K-Meleon 0.9 can be downloaded from:

Releases Notes:

Additional resources are available at:

K-Meleon – It’s Your Browser

I downloaded it from Sourceforge, and after playing with it a little, I really don’t see much of a difference on this computer. From what I’ve heard, it may be an ideal choice for those out there with a slower processor. I’ll continue to play with it over the next few days and revisit it after I’ve had more time to play around with it.


Gaim 1.1.2 Released

version 1.1.2 (1/20/2005):
* MSN ‘HTTP Method’ fixed (Felipe Contreras)
* Better handling of MSN’s Individuals group and buddy status updates
(Felipe Contreras)
* Fix a crash inviting MSN user to a chat when they’re already there
* AIM SecurID login support
* Fix configuration of Jabber chat rooms on some servers
* More MSN bug fixes (Felipe Contreras)
* Fix queue messages to Docklet when not globally away (Robert McQueen)
* Fix some leaks
* The Autopackage now builds both the mozilla-nss and the gnutls
ssl plugins, and requires at least one of those libraries.


Check out this site – it’s got some great stories of custom small boxes using the Mini-ITX standard. In addition, they have a picture of the new Mini Mac’s motherboard on their site right now. Very cool stuff.

Enjoy! –Jeff


I’ve been using FastMail for IMAP e-mail service since around September/October, and I’ve been very impressed. I had been using Fusemail, which has a few more features, but was having downtime issues and was losing my e-mail constantly, so I decided to switch. I read lots of good things about FastMail online, and I have had nothing but luck since switching.

FastMail is a bit more expensive than Fusemail when you factor in all of the domains I have and the 2 GB of storage space I need. But, I think it is well worth it. FastMail is really, really fast. They also offer a free service that will allow you to try before you buy, which makes the decision that much easier.

FastMail also has three diverse MX servers for e-mail, so if one has trouble, the others pick up the load. Very nice for me, since I have control over my DNS records and can utilize them.

If you like reliable e-mail service, check them out. It’s really worth it.



I’ve been utilizing the services of EveryDNS for quite some time now, and have found them to be extremely reliable. I would highly recommend checking them out for primary or secondary DNS services. They have four DNS servers spread out over the world, and best of all, their services are totally free! They do request donations to help defer the costs of operation, and I think that a donation is well worth the quality of service they provide.



CNET: Redhat tries again with Linux enthusiasts

Among the changes coming to Fedora:

� Red Hat has opened up the source code repository–governed by software called Concurrent Version System, or CVS–so outsiders can see the latest software that’s in the works. Later, outsiders will be able to approve software submissions into CVS, Dekoenigsberg said.

� The company has also begun a project called Fedora Extras, through which others can maintain software packages that are outside the Fedora Core projects Red Hat is responsible for. Red Hat likely will lighten its own load by transferring some projects in Core to Extras, Dekoenigsberg said.

� Red Hat will hold its first-ever Fedora User and Developer Conference–FUDcon–at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Feb. 18 and 19, right after the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Boston. The conference will be used to hash out issues such as who may commit code to CVS and what qualifications are necessary for packages to be accepted into Extras.

� In addition, the company is offering publicly accessible servers to automate the process of building Fedora Core and Extras software–and ensuring that components don’t conflict with each other.

This article is an interesting read. I look forward to see what actually comes with the changes that Redhat has announced. Fedora has really not impressed me much, as I’ve expressed before. I am still a big Redhat fan, but I miss the days of the original Redhat. Redhat 6.2, 7.3 and 9.0 were some of the best operating systems I’ve ever used.

Although, I’m pretty partial to SUSE 9.2 Pro right now… 🙂


PowerLabs High Speed Exploding CDs!

Have you ever loaded a faulty CD into a high speed (30X or higher) CD-ROM player, heard it spin up to incredible speeds, rattling and whining, and thought to yourself: “this thing is going to explode”? When CDs came out they were heralded as the solution for the need for high storage-high speed information devices, transferring data at a whopping 150kb/s, but like all technologies, 1x CD players quickly became obsolete as the need for higher and higher transfer rates pushed for faster players, and, with them, higher rotational speeds. As we advance into the 21st century CD players are reaching the ultimate speed limit: we are getting to the point where the CD player simply can not spin the CD any faster or else the CD will literally fly apart.
On the interests of the advancement of high speed computing PowerLabs brings to you:
WARNING: This page is written for amusement only: These experiments are VERY hazardous!; A high speed rotating CD Rom is a bomb ready to explode and will send razor sharp plastic shrapnel in all directions when least expected. Do not attempt to replicate any of the experiments described below!

Saw this on one of the mailing lists I subscribe to. Needless to say, I want to try it some day with some spare AOL discs (kidding).

Enjoy! –Jeff