Wednesday, June 21, 2006
eDNS - Top Level Domains gone Invisible
In September of 1995, NSI, the company which operates the Internic, started assessing fees for domain registrations. At about the same time, the policies of the Internic radically changed with regards to dispute resolution within the namespace. Many individuals and organizations took exception to these changes. eDNS along with many others, petitioned the IANA to permit them to enter the domain name marketplace under a free-market model, competing openly with NSI for registrations. The IANA took a set of applications, but never acted on any of them. Mr. Postel of the IANA, along with many others, published a set of Internet Drafts (IDs) discussing possible alternative solutions to the problem of monopoly control and assignment of domain names. Mr. Postel himself, in a step which many felt was unprecedented, was pushing a plan which would have assessed what amounted to a 2% sales tax on the sale of domains -- with the funds going back to the ISOC for unspecified uses.
Needless to say, this plan met with much controversy. During this period, two organizations were born -- eDNS, which began marketing and distributing its own set of top-level domains, and the IAHC -- the organization which recently published its own set of recommendations.
On March 4, 1997 The Enhanced Domain Name System (eDNS) announced the consensus agreement for the implementation and development of a different infrastructure for creation of additional top level domains (TLDs) and the governance of name assignments within those TLDs by Karl Denninger, eDNS founder and president of Chicago-based ISP MCSNet. eDNS was founded in January 1997. His agenda was that no corporation, organization, or individual had the right to monopolize the top-level domain namespace, either effectively through accumulation of market power or by edict.
eDNS never did gain widespread support, but it proved that alternate, free-market solutions could work from a technical perspective, and that there were no barriers to their use. Many ISPs switched to eDNS root nameservers, and in 1998 no operational problems have been recorded by those organizations as a result of that change.
eDNS has great potential in many venues.... several being 'ORGANIZED CRIME' and TERRORISM!
BAsically, these are invisible TLD's (top level domains) that only certain ISP's include in their DNS servers. So, all the criminals have to do is use isp's that suppor eDNS and walaaa.... they have a little subINTERNET FOR DREGS!
I wish it was that easy for me. When i cancelled...(lets see) 5yrs ago... They basically told me they would cancel and then never cancelled my account. I denied the charges like 5 times.
Good News.... They fired the guy at Aol!
Domain Appraisel for Aol.com --> $1.59 Down from $10,000,000.00
Although this happened back in 2004, I think this guy learned a great lesson in dealing w/ reputable registrars. Some of these cats are 18yr old kids that live at their parents house and sell webspace and domains IN THEIR UNDERWEAR! Research People.... Research!?!
The guy prolly took the customer's 50 bucks and then only registered him for a 1yr subscription. geeesh!
I am the webmaster for our church's website. We're not big, but we get
about 50 hits a day. Our domain name is our church's proper name. In August, I
paid $50 to our hosting company for a special they were offering to have our
domain renewed for the next 5 years automatically.
It was up for renewal
in November, and I didn't get any notices and assumed renewal was taken care of.
According to the hosting company, they sent the information to their registrar,
OnlineNIC, who had a "system breakdown" (hosting company's words) and didn't get
the domain renewed. That's when I discovered the problem, but by then, the
domain in a pending delete database and couldn't be restored.
within seconds after it came out of the pending delete database, someone else
bought it through namewinner.com.
So our domain has been down for a
month and now somebody else has it in their control. The whois hasn't been
updated in a week to show who now owns it, and I don't know when it will be
updated. How long does that normally take?
OnlineNIC is not returning my
emails. We are all concerned about what can happen to our domain that is on all
of our advertising and stationary and loosing patience.
Does anyone have
any idea what I should do? This doesn't seem to be a typical cybersquatting
case. It's not the new domain buyer who's at fault, but OnlineNIC, right?
Thanks for any advice or help! Let me know if you need more information.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Join Date: Sep 2003
Here's the background information:I do a web site for a RC flying club.A couple of years ago, a (now ex) member who was a webmaster renewed the club's domain name in his name. When some friction occurred with the club, he basically held the domain name 'hostage' and then proceded to obtain all other appropriate TLDs too.The club was forced to get a much longer domain name to maintain its identity.The 'ex-member' must have gotten tired of the 'game' and let the domain names expire, which just occured.We have been watching them like a hawk! Lukcily we were able to re-register the .org TLD. However, for some reason the .com TLD was not becoming available. It still showed as 'pending-delete' even though the 5 day period seemed to be past.Each morning I would get up and check for the domain name to be available.This morning I found that a domain-name buyer had picked up the domain-name and now it is for sale.The company seems to be in south africa.Is this just a coincidence? Or do some of the 'who-is' companies out there watch for multiple domain name checks and then try to buy the domain name before you get it?I find it ironic that I was checking this each day (even a few times a day on the expected expiration day) and before I could catch it, it went from 'pending-delete' to 'active' and now a domain-name seller has it.So how do they monitor domain name 'marketability'? Or do they simply buy expired domain names thinking that the pre-owner may want it back?Or did someone pick it up and broker it with this company?
Monday, June 19, 2006
Domain Name - IP Address - What did I pay for?
When I purchased my domain, did I actually buy the domain http://www.mytheo.com ??? One one think so. In actuality, Domain Names and Web Addresses are 2 completely different identifiers. In actuality, I didnt own either one of them. I rented the hosting space which included an IP(Internet Presence) Address and then I purchased a lease on the service of maintaining the 'RECORD' or DOMAIN NAME FILE on their server. I owned nothing of the sort.
According to www.w3.org
There is the commonly held belief that names and addresses are different
and distinct. We learn the importance of the difference between identifiers in a
programming language and addresses within a computer memory. We learn the
difference in properties between fully qualified domain names on the internet
and internet protocol addresses. This can lead us easily into imagining that
there are two types of objects: Names, which once attached to an object follow
it for its life wherever it should reside, and "addresses" which change
frequently whenever an object moves or is copied or replicated from one
"location" to another.
I dont have the full scoop on this area of domains, so any comments or additions to help me out would be appreciated.
The Domain Game
In the spirit of domain sharking, my domain got skooped by some opportunists when I went out of town. He wanted to sell the domain back to me for 100.00. I laughed and told them to keep the domain. This blog will hi-light all the domain scoopers and attempt to inform individuals of their potential lose. In reality, my domain means nothing to anyone except me. It was a blog about me and my wanderings and because of some laziness.... I lost it. I hope this blog turns into something meaningful to individuals that will potentially be in this boat.
btw partake in this humble experience. I came home w/ a great story to tell the world on my blog. I went to my laptop, powered it up and immediately drove to http://www.mytheo.com and this is what I found.