The Owners Of Sex.Com Forced Into Bankruptucy While Trying To Sell Domain

How much is a domain name worth? When Escom LLC bought the domain name they paid a whopping $14 M. They were planing on selling the domain name and in order to be invited to bid you needed to put up $1M as security. But just when Escom LLC was about to auction the name off, up popped 3 creditors that stopped the sale because, guess what? They funded the money that Escom LLC used to buy and hadn’t been paid back.

But there is more to this story. According to one article it states that:

Richard Maltz, vice president of David R. Maltz & Co. Inc., which was handling the auction, said there was “considerable interest” in the domain name sale.

Maltz declined to give specifics on the interested parties. One of them was People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which sent a letter to the lender’s lawyer asking him to urge his client to donate the domain name to them.

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Males who consume meat, eggs and dairy products often suffer sexual side effects, according to PETA.

“Donating the domain to us is a win-win situation for everybody: Your client will enjoy an enormous tax write-off, and people will learn how to help spice up their love lives while helping animals,” wrote Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

You must admit that this is humorous. PETA just doesn’t remind me of sex! LOL

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Apple’s Steve Jobs – Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is ‘Bulls**t,’ Adobe Is Lazy

Steve Jobs appear to be getting more grumpy as he ages, or is it that he may be suffering from health issues, that has caused him to sling mud towards Google and Adobe. After his introduction of his newest table computer called the iPad, he went on the offensive in a blitzkrieg of attacks. In his take no prisoner attacks, he stated that Google is evil and Adobe is just plain lazy.

Jobs, characteristically, did not mince words as he spoke to the assembled, according to a person who was there who could not be named because this person is not authorized by Apple to speak with the press.

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bulls**t.” Audience roars.

About Adobe: They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

I always laugh when I read these corporate types get all huffy and puffy and resort to name calling. It is obvious that they place to much emphasis on this life and they do not understand that it does not really matter.  What really matters is how you prepare yourself for the next life and that people is not bulls**t!

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Domain Name Thefts Are Going Unreported

A New Jersey man has been arrested on felony charges of theft, after he stole the domain name from its lawful owners. To add insult to injury the thief than sold the domain name to an unsuspecting NBA player for $110,000. But that is not the entire story. What is amazing is that the domain names owner didn’t even know it had been stolen for some 13 months.

Here is what happened:

Marc Ostrofsky, one of the legitimate owners of, estimates that the ownership group spent 30 months and $500,000 trying to reclaim the domain name. They have a pending civil suit against Goncalves and his brother, Madsen and Go Daddy Group, which runs the system Goncalves allegedly hacked.

Madsen, who did not know was stolen when he bought it for $111,000, retains the domain name to this day. Madsen did not comment in response to a reporter’s calls.

“The reason this case is so important is that it brings to light the lack of specific laws protecting domain name owners,” Ostrofsky said, insisting that Go Daddy Group was slow to respond to the ownership group’s theft report.

Laurie Anderson, Go Daddy Group’s disputes manager, said safeguards exist. They include a 60-day waiting period before a transaction is finalized, during which time owners are sent an e-mail informing them of the pending sale.

The owners of didn’t report its alleged theft in May 2006 for 13 months, she said. That’s one month after Goncalves allegedly sold it to Madsen.

It appears that someone was asleep at the switch when the lawful owners were told of the ownership change, even after being properly notified. The owners made it very easy for the theft to happen. Now that the case is being brought to public attention, it makes one wonder how many others have had their domain name stolen behind their backs.

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Microsoft Says That The Term ‘Netbook’ Should Be Abandoned

When Intel first introduced a scaled down processor called Atom for a new version of scaled down laptops, they coined the phrase ‘Netbook’. But Microsoft feels that the term ‘Netbook’ should be abandoned. The company cites that the first versions of the pint sized computers were basically designed for Internet use only. They state that the newer ‘Netbooks’ are more than just devices to access the Internet.

In a recent statement from a Microsoft representative it states that:

Microsoft plans to redefine mini-notebooks that Intel has categorized as netbooks with a new term – low cost small notebook PC, according to Steven Guggenheimer, general manager of the Application Platform & Development Marketing Division at Microsoft.

Guggenheimer pointed out on June 2 in Taipei during Computex 2009 that since some of the mini-notebooks already feature capabilities more than just purely Internet browsing – which is the main purpose of the netbook – therefore the term netbook should be abandoned.

Some market watchers speculated that the renaming strategy will help Microsoft separate the mini-notebooks with regular notebook capabilities from netbooks, so that it can reduce the number of its low-end Windows shipments.

The new definition will require mid-range to high-end mini-notebooks, which may fall into the netbook category because of their size, to adopt higher-end versions of Windows 7, added the market watchers.

Microsoft declined to comment on the speculation, saying Guggenheimer would provide more details of the strategy while delivering a keynote speech at the company’s Computex forum on June 3.

Microsoft has recently decided to lift the restriction on Windows 7 Starter Edition being able to run only three concurrent applications on a PC at a time, and it has also decided to make the Starter Edition available worldwide instead of only in certain regions.

OK. The question I have is does it really matter what the midget computers are called?

In this day and age where users are more sophisticated and now know the difference between a small laptop and a large laptop, is renaming the little computers really going to matter?

What do you think?

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Intel vs Intellife Travel – Do They Sound The Same To You?

Intel seems to think that a travel agency in Santa Clara, CA., by the name of Intellife Travel, is infringing on its trademark name. Apparently Intellife Travel has received a grouping of letters from Intel lawyers, indicating they feel the travel agency and its name may confuse the public into thinking that it is a company owned by Intel.

On the flip side, the smallish travel agency, which caters to American-Chinese travelers visting mainland China, states that this is not the case. In a recent article it also states that:

About a year before the compliant was filed, in August, 2007, Intellife’s president and owner Faith Zhang received a seemingly routine letter from one of Intel’s outside lawyers, Raffi Zerounian, who wanted to learn more about what products or services the small firm markets under the Intellife name to determine whether Intel’s trademark was being damaged.

Apparently, Intel’s brand covers everything from luggage to golf balls. Who knew? This time Zhang decided to get his own lawyer, who sent a strongly worded defense of Intellife’s right to keep its name (the third embedded document below). Among his arguments were that the two companies don’t offer similar products or services,, their respective logos look nothing alike, there is no evidence any consumer was actually confused, and that marks need to be “viewed in their entirety, and not ‘dissected’ into components.”

In should be interesting to see how the courts rule. I recall when Linux maker Lindows had to change their name to Linspire after Microsoft sued. This could be the outcome in this case as well, since the name Intel is a part of the name.

What do you think?

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Password Bird

One of the things that people sometimes have a hard time with is creating passwords. Any online account that you maintain is probably going to require you to use a password, so you better have a collection of good passwords that you can easily remember. If you think hard enough, you’ll eventually come up with some good passwords to use, but if you need some help, a little bird told me that you can use Password Bird to get some suggestions.

Instead of generating completely random and complicated passwords that you’re sure to forget, Password Bird uses a special name, word, and date that you provide to construct a password that you’re more likely to remember. If you don’t like what you see, then you can continue to generate new passwords based off of the information that you provided before or entirely new information. Even if you’re confident in your ability to create your own passwords, you may still benefit from getting some hints about passwords that you might be able to use in the future.

Windows XP SP3 Causing Routers To Crash?

So we now have the latest rumor that upgrading to SP3 for Windows XP is causing routers to crash. In fact this headline ‘Windows XP SP3 causing buggy home routers to crash‘, since the term ‘routers’ was used. Most of you know that English is not one of my strongest qualities, but I even know that ‘routers’ is plural, meaning more than one.

So in reading the article, it goes on to state:

Broadband modem/router maker Billion says XP SP3 has been causing its BiPAC 5200-series routers to go into a constant crash and reboot cycle.

The company has produced firmware upgrades that solve the problem, which relate to a bug in Billion’s code, not Microsoft’s. It relates to the fact that Microsoft has started issuing “flag 43” as part of DHCP messages to the modem — something that has been built into the DHCP specification for 11 years, but not actually used in Windows until XP SP 3.

Although Windows XP SP3 has been available for manual download from Microsoft since May 6, it has just hit Windows Update as an automatic upgrade, which will cause unexpected problems for owners of “unpatched” Billion BiPAC 5200 routers, and possibly other brands or models of router.

Interesting. What the heck is a Billion router anyway? So I go to Newegg, Amazon,  Best Buy, Circuit City,  and Tiger Direct. Nothing. These must be a big seller! Sorry to anyone who owns one of these but it is not exactly a known name brand.

‘possibly other brands or models of router.’

Has anyone else had this experience with a  name brand router? Let us know.

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Windows – Why The Next Version Is Lucky '7'

Just a quick note:

In one of the forums it was asked why the next version of Microsoft’s Windows was being called ‘7’.  Taking the first number of each version, Windows XP is 5.1.2600 and Windows Vista is 6.0.6007, the next version of Windows will start with the number ‘7’.

I wish I had something more exciting to say, but that’s it. :-)

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Microsoft Willing To Pay You To Search

In a move that will have some people shaking their heads and other filling their wallets, Microsoft will announce a new Live Search feature coupled with online retailers. The program will apy cash back for certain online purchases. Microsoft is hoping that this may stimulate the use of their search engine over the other guys. You know. The other guy Google.

In a sneak peak from Todd Bishop at, he states that Bill Gates will make the big announcement on Wednesday, May 22, 2008. Bishop states:

That is the idea behind a new Microsoft program that will return money to online users who find and buy selected products through its Live Search engine. It’s an unusual move that illustrates the lengths to which the Redmond company is willing to go in its struggle to gain ground on the Internet search king.

Microsoft’s “Live Search cashback” site, set to be unveiled Wednesday, promises to pay back a portion of the purchase price — ranging from about 2 percent to more than 30 percent — to people who use it to find designated products and buy them online from participating retailers.

The company has signed up a long list of merchants to participate in the program – including the online sites of large retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Sears, Home Depot, J&R Electronics, Office Depot and others.

Interesting proposition.  You know there has to be a question taht all of us will have to ask? Will we be willing to switch search engines to save a few bucks? This may be a lucrative venture for Microsoft since people are tightening their belts during this recession, oops, I mean economic down turn.


Google Toolbar – Browse By Name Feature

Google Toolbar offers the ability to find web sites on the Internet without having to type in the complete URL of the specific site. This Browse By Name feature is described on the Google site as:

Want to save time online? Type names instead of URLs into your Internet Explorer address bar. The Browse by Name feature of the Google Toolbar will automatically take you to the site you’re looking for.

  • Instead of typing the URL,
    Just type
    toyota camry into your address bar.

  • Instead of typing the URL,
    Just type
    windows support into your address bar.

When you type a name without a clear match, Browse by Name performs a Google search for you – for example, try digital cameras.

While Browse By Name is working, the mouse cursor will momentarily change to . Browse By Name does not take effect when you type in a valid URL, internal site name, or local directory listing.

Some bloggers are calling this an infringement on our search rights since they ascertain that Google is dishing up only what they want is to see. Give me a break! Where is it written that any of us even have to use Google Toolbar to begin with? On one web site the writer stated that when you enter in the term ‘football’ Google’s first site lists the ‘NFL’ web site. Gee. That seems logical to me.

What do you think?

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Why You Don't Want To Be Anonymous On The Internet

Back in 1939 when the classic movie Casablanca was released, and before the Internet was even a daily word, the world was already getting to be a smaller place. One of the lines spoked by Humphrey Bogart was something like ‘of all the gin joints, in all the world, she has to come to mine.’ Today with the advent of the Internet this little mud ball we call planet Earth continues to shrink in size. So when I see posting comments here or other areas of the Internet using ‘anonymous’ I always wonder why? What is the purpose of doing that?

I am not saying to post your full name, home address, phone number or other personal information on the Internet for all to see, but to seek a moniker or nickname that identifies you. In the forums or other areas where I post comments, I always try and use one name as my sign in name and to identify myself to others. I also note that others do the same whether they use their real name or nickname, they are readily identifiable no matter where they go on the Internet. Last week I posted A story of one mans adventure using Linux that had been written on one of the forums by V.T. Eric Layton. Eric latter stopped by and posted a comment. How did he find my article among millions of others? Think about that for a minute as I explain further.

This next part is mainly directed at those of you who are trying to be Beta testers, or seeking recognition, or trying to share your expertise and become noted on the Internet. You would be amazed at how many people and companies watch the Internet for comments about their products and services. In my posting of several articles about Dell computers, Dell representative actually stopped by to post their comments. Or as in the case of V.T. Eric Layton, he was able to locate my article.

My point is this. If you wish to establish a presence on the Internet sit down and develop a name that you use when either posting comments in forums, posting comments in blogs or where ever you choose to post anything on the Internet. I recognize other people on the Internet by either their names, nicknames or monikers. If I note this information you can be assured that others do as well.

So instead of hiding behind the word ‘anonymous’ get yourself known. Try this. Do a Google search for your name. If nothing comes up than you are already anonymous and it might be time for a change. :-)
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Cell Phone Users – In Case of Emergency

I got this from a friend and I thought it was a great idea so I’m passing it on.

A recent article from the Toronto Star “the ICE idea”, is catching on and it is a very simple, yet important method of contact for you or a loved one in case of an emergency. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is program the number of a contact person or persons and store the name as “ICE”.

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn’t know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name to file “next of kin” under. Following a disaster in London , The East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national “In Case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign. The idea is that you store the word “ICE ” in your mobile phone address book, and with it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency.”

In an emergency situation, Emergency Services personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number programmed under “ICE”.

Please forward this to everybody in your address book. It won’t take too many “forwards” before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, etc.

A great idea that will make a difference!

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