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I’ve decided to test the auction waters for domain names, putting up one of a large collection I have, most of which were active at some point in time including CelebrityNews.tv.
Formerly a celebrity news blog, I realised after a few short months that I just couldn’t keep up with the content (and get around to launching different ideas for it) so the domain went into hiding until last weekend.
I signed up for GoDaddy.com’s auctions, listing CelebrityNews.tv. The domain, I feel, would be ideal for someone looking to start a celebrity media site – blog, magazine, audio, video, or the whole lot together. The bidding on the domain, ending approximately 8pm Irish time tomorrow (Friday October 31st) currently stands at US$200.
If you’re interested and would like to place a bid, check out the auction listing here.
I’ve got a .eu domain, more as a novelty than anything else as it is used simply as a redirect to kenmc.com and the name itself (kenmc.eu) certainly isn’t promoted in any circles. Tens of thousands of people applied over the Sunrise period for .eu registration a year ago or so. A lot of people got the domains they were looking for. Of course, hundreds of domain registrars were created and used during the landrush once the gates opened for public registration and many people lost out on domains and the whole registrations process turned into one big farce.
Without any decent controls in place from the outset, what was deemed a good TLD and a good idea at the time for European businesses and individuals has become a domain joke.
In an effort to correct or prevent further disputes and also guide the public on choosing a .eu registrar, the .EU Code Of Conduct has been launched.
In broad terms, the .eu registrar Code of Conduct describes what principles subscribing registrars are to adhere to when registering domain names on behalf of their customers. It also details the level of service quality they are to provide, the data privacy policies they are to adhere to and the conditions surrounding the use of the official Code of Conduct Affiliate logo.
Home come this wasn’t laid out at the very start? EURID has already lowered the base cost of registering a .eu domain, supposed to be 5 Euro but I’ve yet to see a registrar bending to this price.
The document in full, the .EU Code of Conduct can be downloaded here (.pdf) or view the website.
An Irish website RateYourSolicitor.com, which aims to let clients find and rate solicitors has received an Irish High Court injunction to remove defamatory material about one such rated solicitor. The site is hosted by a US provider, gmax.net, which has reportedly been served notice by lawyers acting for the defamed solicitor.
Has / had anyone actually seen or used this website before its closure? Turns out that GoDaddy, as the domain registrar were challenged from Ireland to get the domain locked for access. Interesting…
Google’s search listing…
RateYourSolicitor.com enables people in Ireland to find quality legal representation by showing the best and worst solicitors in each county.
With the site now removed (or at least you couldn’t access it this morning anyway), here’s a link to Google’s cache of RateYourSolicitor.com.
For anyone who is interested, the site is a sister site of ‘Victims Of The Legal Profession Society’… also known as CrookedLawyers.com.
Three sites of mine including Devious Theatre and World Cup Access have been out of action for almost three days while browsing with an Eircom conntion. Anyone with a Chorus connection, or Eircom connection outside of Kilkenny want to try those sites?
Or anyone know how long it takes an Eircom DNS server to refresh?
Anyone got a big stick I could be the nameservers with?
Update: Works grand on an Esat connection…. just looking like an Eircom issue.
Resolution: Found the details for Eircom’s old DNS servers and used those. So changing from the current 213* variety to 126.96.36.199 (primary) and 188.8.131.52 (secondary) does the trick. No joy in trying to force the nameservers to update though! Anyone else, bar me, had a similar problem in the last two days?
So 74,000 domain names (.eu domains) were effectively registered by 3 companies who had set up 400 registrars “as a front” to snap up .eu domain names as soon as they hit the market at landrush stage.
Pavlos has some details with the full story via BBC.
Keith’s domain auction has hit â‚¬305 and there’s still a good 5 days left on the auction. Think that should pay for his dinner when attending the IT@Cork Web 2.0 (ooooooh did I say that?) conference…. 🙂
How do the Irish stand out?
Seemingly kenmc.com will fetch me $14,702 if I’m lucky (any other Ken Mc’s interested in blowing 14k on a domain, email me)…. KilkennyMusic.com should fetch me â‚¬16,854….. Damien Mulley is looking at over $48,000 for his domain (happy days…)
Fancy pricing your own, with yet another domain appraisal service – though this time its a freebie…. Check out LeapFish.
April 7th I attempted to register a discretionary (non-trademarked) .eu domain, was told by a particular US registrar that I was successful only to find out yesterday that the domain had outstanding pre-registration attempts with other registrars and eventually slipped to one of them and not me.
Not happy to have forked out good money for a bunch of domains I would have used (legitimately I might add) I promptly emailed their customer support to explain my case. Low and behold Paypal informs that my credit card has been refunded for each domain I brought a case for… Makes my Wednesday morning that much better!
As of this morning there have been over 1.3 million .eu domains registered – and fair play to the Germans, they’ve managed to register half of them alone!
Registering my own name went though in a few hours but three discretionary names I’ve attempted to register (and have paid for) are still pending since Friday. The mind wonders…
Update 1 : For your information, as of time of posting, Irish users have registered a total of 17,283 .eu domain names. (Via Eurid)
Update 2 : Kenmc.eu is now live… (and pointing right back here)
So the .eu domains were unleashed yesterday and I’ve already started shopping. Nice to have a chance at taking a domain to play with that was previously unavailable. Registration process is quite simple and my first domain, kenmc.eu (which will simply redirect to here) was approved within a few hours, being a natural resident of the EU. Outside of that you’ve either got to be a business or have your trading offices in the EU.
Sean McNamara came up with a nice swoop and picked himself up Sean.eu… go figure. No doubt the registrars will be having a fun time with the new wave of domains being rolled out across the web.