Out of RegisterFly.com in the Nick of Time – eNom are crooks too

February 28th, 2007 § 0

My main registrar for five years was registerfly.com.

I’ve had trouble renewing domains with them over the last year. It would take me four to six support tickets to get a single domain renewed at times. Sometimes, I would be charged two to four times for a single renewal. Finally in early January, the inconvenience and risk culiminated in taking all my domains and fleeing to DynaDot.com.

It looks like I got out just in time:

While the two 50% shareholders fight for control, the company’s hundreds of thousands of customers are getting angrier and angrier. In a normal situation they would be leaving the company in droves. The only problem is their domain names are locked up, and their authorization codes are being withheld preventing transfers to alternative registrars. Domain names reaching their expiry date are simply being lost. With many of these involving Web sites a large number of customers are losing complete businesses or at the very least, important business tools. Compounding the problem is that many of RegisterFly’s customers are managing domains and Web sites on behalf of others.

What’s worse is that it appears enom was actively participating in attempts to destabilise RegisterFly.com and to steal RegisterFly.com customers’ domains:

Enom.com who Registerfly.com was the reseller for and enom was actually the registrar, must stop selling the names in dispute. There is fraud here. It it is just Registerfly.com taking money for renewals and not sending it on to Enom for registration but showing customers it was renewed. Enom must have know the problems but keep selling domain names thru their auction. One of mine is for sale right now for $5,000.00 by company who bought it from enom.com. I predict that Registerfly.com, enom.com and icann will be in court for many years along with all of us.

A bit hypocritical of eNom as they sent a mealy-mouthed pitch to help RegisterFly.com customers to save their domains in January, by switching to them but at $20 or $30/domain instead of the $7 to $10 RegisterFly normally charges:

Subject: Notice regarding your RegisterFly account Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2007 15:35:47 -0800 MIME-Version: 1.0 X-OriginalArrivalTime: 06 Feb 2007 23:35

Dear Domain Holder:

This is a formal notice to owners of domains which have been registered through eNom via its reseller, RegisterFly.com.

YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO RETAIN FULL MANAGEMENT RIGHTS TO YOUR DOMAIN NAME.

Although you purchased your name at RegisterFly, eNom is the actual registrar of record for your domains. As we are severing our relationship with RegisterFly, we are aware that this may have an impact on you as the domain owner. Therefore we would like to offer this opportunity to assist you in securing control of your domain name directly with eNom.

Over the last year, eNom has become aware of an increasing number of complaints from dissatisfied RegisterFly customers.

As an eNom reseller, RegisterFly is contractually bound to adhere to certain standards of customer service in a speedy and diligent manner. Therefore, effective immediately, we have terminated RegisterFly as a reseller of domain names through eNom.

Hyenas all of them.

Dynadot has just started offering bulk pricing to those who qualify ($500 spend or more per year). So the last reason to consider any of these other Registrars is gone.

The best registrar in the world just got better.

Web Development Teams – Offshore or not?

February 21st, 2007 § 1

Ryan Carson the creator of DropSend has decided to start third-worlding his development. Astonishing. There he is sitting in his deluxe studio in Bath, organising international conferences at $1500/head with hotels starting at $369/night and he’s decided that he’d rather not pay for a developer’s time.

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Ryan Carson and UK team enjoying his gorgeous studio

If the above sounds critical, it’s not necessarily entirely so. Ryan Carson is actually sending the work to Russia which is not at all third world but a strange mix of brilliant minds and upside-down economics.

Still if a successful small UK house won’t employ local talent, what does that say about the future for programmers?

A number of people suggested that quality control would be an issue.

Slobodan Kovacevic answered that it was a question of paying over market (golden chains) in your targeted labour market.

Claim that long term cost is higher might be true in some cases – usually when you get extremely cheap developers. If you pay someone $7/hour (like most Indian Elance developers ask for) of course that you can expect that, as the project progresses, any quality that was in the code will disappear and you will end up paying someone to fix it or lose money since your product won’t work. On the other hand if you find a trusted developer and pay him properly (or even a bit above usual price for an offshore developer – which is still a lot cheaper than hiring an UK developer), he’ll be happy and you’ll be as he will produce quality code.

Of course as a project leader for an offshore team, that’s what Slobodan would say. But he may be right.

Happily enough, the discussion led me to oDesk.

oDesk review

February 21st, 2007 § 4

Just discovered a great new service, oDesk. It’s pretty technical/business so I’ve posted an extended review of oDesk to the foliovision website. If you are into outsourcing and programming, check it out.

What’s cool about oDesk is that the programmers/providers earn a living wage. oDesk also takes a fair cut (10%) instead of a bunch of hideous fees.

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oDesk home page – links to review

Sometimes technology can make for a better world.

Sometimes capitalism can lead to constructive innovation (as opposed to A-Bombs exploded over Japanese/Iranian cities).

BBC 2’s “The Conspiracy Files: 9/11” – A Time Capsule

February 19th, 2007 § 1

The BBC showed a new “exposé” of 9/11/2001 on Sunday.

Alas it was a set up – more a freak show than investigative reporting:

I found Thursday’s Jeremy Vine show on 9/11 utterly excruciating. Insane nonsensical bunk about “Lizard men running the planet” and “Holograms hitting the Towers” completely destroys the valid, fair and reasonable concerns of millions of people. There are literally hundreds of far more credible points that could have been discussed, namely the blatant and troubling omissions and distortions in the 9/11 Commission Report.

It seems the most ridiculous nonsense was selected for discussion yesterday, none of which is advocated by 99% of the people in the 9/11 Truth Movement. Madness about “no planes hitting the Towers” is actually regarded as something so ridiculous that it might even be something deliberately circulated to discredit everything else that’s credible. Also David Shayler is a very unpopular figure for spouting damaging nonsense. Why not have the people who are actually respected by the 9/11 Truth Movement like Michael Meacher MP or Tony Benn? Both of whom have called for a real investigation into the attacks.

Why indeed?

Discussion on the BBC weblogs even before the show aired was heated and fascinating.

Right at the beginning a bunch of hush-hush statusquoers stopped by:

4. At 02:24 PM on 14 Feb 2007, Mark wrote:

The biggest conspiracy question is why those in Parliament who oversee BBC have allowed it to degenerate from a respected news organization to the lowest level of tabloid press trash possible. The 9-11 attacks a conspiracy staged by the US government? There’s only about fifty thousand reasons to not believe it. First there were the eyewitness accounts who saw the planes crash into the buildings. Then there were the eyewitness accounts of those on the plane which crashed in Pennsylvania, people who were on their cell phones to their relatives during the hijacking. And then there was Osama Bin Laden’s admission and gloating over the plot on videotape broadcast around the world. BBC should be emptied of its entire staff and actual journalists should be hired to replace them. The janitorial staff can stay.

There were at least ten more such vitriolic postings in this vein. Somehow it all reads like right-wing hack and Bush speechwriter David Frum to me (I lived in Toronto for awhile while Frum was writing for Conrad Black’s own wretched National Post so I became well-acquainted with Frum’s tone).

After reading through the comments carefully, it’s clear that there are media monitors out there in government offices, paid to slap down 9/11 discussion where it appears.

It’s a small thing but British spelling for organization should be organisation. An American really shouldn’t permit him/herself an opinion on BBC funding and organisation, as he makes no contribution to their budget.

There were also a few wacko comments about lizard people. I can’t make up my mind if they were made by the genuinely delusional or just more misinformation.

But later in the comments, cogent discussion took place. Intelligent consensus is this – that the 9/11 story just doesn’t make sense.

Here is a small time capsule of what people were thinking about 9/11 in the middle of February in 2007.

82. At 06:42 AM on 16 Feb 2007, Sandman wrote:

Arthur Schopenhauer stated, “Truth passes through three stages; first, it is ridiculed; next, it is violently opposed; and finally, it is self evident.”

The tipping point in regards to the 9/11 truth movement has risen to supernova status. We are in the second stage of of Schopenhauer’s prophetic quote.

Cognitive dissonance is a necessary element in the awakening of society at large. The BBC, even in the happenstance of a “hit piece,” has done its part. The advent of the internet with it’s unfiltered news has caused this conspiracy to be exposed in quick fashion. This would not happen in China today.

My son was born on that fateful day. I spent duty time at Ground Zero shortly thereafter(state police). I want him to know that I did my part in restoring the Republic that this great nation once was.

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, ” There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel,”

and

“Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.”

86. At 08:00 AM on 16 Feb 2007, Nick wrote:

It’s amazing how by blowing up a couple of buildings you can deceive the whole world into believing that the attacks were instigated by someone operating out of a cave in Afghanistan. Perfect excuse to have a bogus War On Terror. It’s like Hitler said the bigger the lie the more people will believe it! With any conspiracy ask yourself who benefits and also follow the money? Insider trading on 911 leads back to the CIA. Did anyone notice how they where blaming Osama before the second tower collapsed. This was a setup from the beginning. A psychological operation and the first great hoax of the 21st century! If you want proof the towers were demolished then just watch all the footage on that day. And the smoking gun is the time it took for the towers to fall which was at freefall speed, which requires explosives. And then there’s building 7 just suddenly collapsing later that day. The wealth of evidence contradicting the official version is simply overwhelming! Im sure this program will be an attempt by the BBC to confuse and muddy the waters like all good counter intelligence intends and to label those that question the official conspiracy theory (which it is) as paranoid conspiracy nutters who dare to break loose from the herd and question our media guided reality? I will not be expecting anything new or good on the BBC this Sunday! Wake up to the truth people.

87. At 08:56 AM on 16 Feb 2007, Erika wrote:

I come from a country that largely suffered from a completely fabricated image CNN and BBC most than others portrayed in order to justify bombings and murderings of civilian population and years of economic sanctions in which thousands perished from sickness and famine. At the time, it was incredible to us to watch what was being said about us and yet know that it is a complete bag of lies and fabrications. The question we asked was “WHY?”. After learning more about the NWO agenda which made me forcedly mature and open my eyes to exactly those “WHY?” there is no doubt in my mind and in my heart to who are the TRUE global terrorists. I don’t see why would killing a thousand people or so be an obstacle for earning billions out of a war alone. I just cant comprehend how can the rest of humanity refuse to acknowledge what is staring them right in the face. It is sickening but real and present and becoming more and more radical and more and more dangerous. We have to wake up.

88. At 08:58 AM on 16 Feb 2007, Smith wrote:

Ockham’s razor

I initially was sceptical about the 9/11 Conspiracy crowd. I thought to my self how would it be possible for the government to cover this up something this big, I thought about how many people would be needed to cover up and execute the plan…. Then I thought about how How Harry S. Truman kept the Manhattan project secret from the entire nation for years, and even from his Vice president. That involved a heck of a lot more people.

To believe the official 9/11 Story you have to believe that on 9/11 Four civilian aircraft evaded the most secure and complex air defense in the history of mankind. You have to believe that three steel and concrete buildings fell down primarily from fire on the same day when it has never happend even once before. You have to believe that all three buildings fell at almost free fall speed meeting little to know resistance from the support structures on the way down. You have to believe that the Secret Service failed in executing routine procedure in protecting the President by letting him sit in a school reading my pet goat knowing the nation was under attack. You have to believe that a War game about the World Trade Center getting attacked by hijacked civilian aircraft just coincidentally happened to be being practised on 9/11 leading to massive amounts of confusion about real world problems or exercises. You have to believe that It was fluke George W. Bush ok’d Invasion plans of Afghanistan on Sept. 10th one day before 9/11. You have to believe that the removal of authority for Generals to issue shoot down orders of hijacked civilian aircraft was taken away in August by coincidence. You have to believe that The President and Vice President were both accidentally removed from the Chain of command just long enough for the two trade center buildings and the Pentagon to be attacked. You have to Believe that building number 7 Containing the New York offices of the CIA and the Operational Emergency Command for New york isn’t suspicious. I could go on. These are things You can’t find suspicious if you are to believe the official story.

To believe in the “Conspiracy Theory” all you have to believe is that George Bush and a few Cronies with the help of a former CIA asset who just happens to belong to a family that was VERY close to the President, and perhaps less than 1,000 military or intellegence people executed an enhanced version of Operation Northwoods. To execute a plan to gain control of the Caspian Sea Natural Gas and Oil Reserves.

Ockham’s razor Says the “Conspiracy Theorists” Have it right.

At the end of the day, after reading much of the evidence on both sides over the course of years, I’m still asking myself a lot of questions. What brought the towers down and whether a plane or a missile flew into the Pentagon (plane – the plane or missile debate is a red herring to catch people out and discredit the insider theory) are the least important among them.

Anyway, here are some of my questions…

How could a guy in a cave in Afghanistan stand down NORAD?

Answer: he couldn’t.

What do I believe?

9/11 began as an Al-Queda initiative but that it was shepherded by the Dick Cheney and cohorts to success. Probably with Mossad support. Mossad seems to be a lot better at keeping secrets than either the KGB, the CIA or the FBI, so it would make sense to bring them in where possible and involve a minimum of loose-lipped American operatives.

Why do I believe this?

History is full of such false flag terror incidents. Hitler’s Reichstag fire. Standing down air defences at Pearl Harbour before the Japanese attack. The Gulf of Tonkin incident – on President Johnson’s watch. Operation Northwoods (against Cuba but not put into action). The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty with the support of President Johnson.

None of this is to mention the overt meddling involved in the Pinochet Coup, Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra incident.

American statecraft has a greater history of such false flag incidents than any nation I know of. The whole country was built on disenfranchising and dispossessing whole peoples (American Indians). When one reads the PNAC documents, one can see that the PNAC group desperately needed an incident like this to begin their campaign to rearrange the Middle East. If such an incident didn’t occur by accident, it would have to be created.

It’s up to you to decide for yourself whether this incident was fortuitous or artificially abetted.

The more modern history that one reads the more astonishing and sinister the world. Don’t click on or read the links above. Once you know who the game is played, you will are like Alice falling down the rabbit hole – but there’s no way back.

Great description of Trance

February 17th, 2007 § 0

Just found this description of trance on the internet.

I quite agree about the German/Austrian scene. And I am here.

I am a trancehead, I like it, and I believe the German scene has come close to getting it perfect, would love more than anything to go there. I also do like mainstream house, DnB, Goa, Acid Jazz, and most every type of techno. I even had a discussion with my father, and got him to understand that it’s more than just **thump*thump** He sees it as a natural regression to when we were all in our mothers womb, listening to the heartbeat. It’s all soothing, calming, exciting, and thrilling all at the same time.

I like most of what’s on that list.

I was actually trying to find out something about the intellectual level of people who listen to drum & bass.

The DnB crowd seems quite deliberately anti-intellectual. I would even say that they are not classless or anarchistic but deliberately proletarian, in a pro-active sense.

Somehow reminds me of Mayakovsky’s poetry at the beginning of the Soviet Union.

Alas there always seems to be a surfeit of guys at a DnB event. Strange proportions.

Unhappy sort of aggressive young men. The dancing can be very good though.