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.mobi landrush begins

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 16:53:05 EST
The landrush period for .mobi domains begins, which means that you can now register
.mobi domains at a premium price for the next two weeks.

Hostgator hit by 0-day Cpanel exploit

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:31:28 EST
Hostgator was recently hit by a 0-day exploit in the popular control panel Cpanel.
The exploit was used to redirect websites to web pages that contained code for exploiting
an unpatched security hole in Internet Explorer and infecting unsuspecting surfers with trojans.

Consolidated revenues of the second quarter ended March 31, 2008 were $3.6 million, compared to $2.3 million for the same period of 2007, an increase of $1.3 million or an improvement of 56%. Without taking in account the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar against the U.S. currency, growth in revenues would have been even better since 75% of Company’s revenues are generated in U.S. dollars.

Twitter is Misbehaving and I Blame Joyent! (Or, Hosting Providers as Venture Capitalists)

Wed, 14 Mar 2007 20:25:00 -0400

Dave Young from Joyent recently blogged about Twitter's use of Joyent Accelerators. Accelerators are Solaris Containers on Sun Fire X4100s with Sun Fire X4500s (also known as "Thumpers") for storage. Joyent promises on-demand, no-leash computing and offers virtual servers for as little as $45/month (includes 256 MB RAM, 5 GB storage, 15 GB bandwidth). It sounds pretty cool - and check out the video of Dave and Jason on Sun's website!

The problem is, after reading Dave's post, I think of him every time Twitter is down. Which, as many of his readers pointed out, happens often. Dave says us complainers are missing the point. Twitter is growing like crazy! It serves 4,000+ requests per second! That's a lot - and Joyent helped get them there! Unfortunately (or fortunately?), Twitter users' demand seems to exceed its already-substantial capacity.

If I were Dave, I'd move Twitter to as many XXL Accelerator Sparcs as it takes. Having come a long way just doesn't make good enough PR fodder when you've got John Edwards live blogging from the campaign trail ("About to make remarks at the Int'l Assoc. of Firefighters. Then remarks at the Boilermakers conference.").

A few months ago, I was telling Steve Kahan over at The Planet that he ought to turn a couple of his sales reps into venture capitalists, of sorts. These folks would scan the customer database for major brand names as well as up and coming influencers. They'd proactively monitor these VIPs' infrastructure and offer free scalability advice and migration assistance. They'd set up an invitation-only beta program and strong arm Dell into providing test units of its latest gear. They'd research these customers' industries and make introductions if they come across people in similar markets...

More recently, RedMonk analyst James Governor suggested something much more radical. Forget that beta program; how about long-term loans for future movers and shakers? And instead of my idea of creating case studies out of The Planet's great working relationships with today's news-makers, take a great leap forward to the open source hardware business model. Put your tools in the hands of tomorrow's innovators. You need to do this quickly, because you're competing with Jeff Barr. In Joyent's case, I have no doubt that last part is true...

PS - It just occurred to me that SoftLayer, in particular, might have much to gain from being a patron to soon-to-be influencers. Softlayer announced a private meet me room a few weeks ago, where developers of different SoftLayer-hosted applications can interconnect without incurring bandwidth charges. So if someone's created a community that many others are eager to extend and/or leverage, wouldn't it be worthwhile for SoftLayer to make itself that community's home base?

PPS - Hosted Solutions, too! It's cool that they're spearheading the Carolina SaaS User Group, but I think what would really enhance their appeal is if they hosted the most-mash-upped apps.

Tips for Choosing a Domain

Mon, 12 May 2008 11:02:19 GMT
Selecting a domain name is an important step in establishing a web business. Take your time and think carefully about selecting a domain, as it will be the hallmark of your online presence.

Web hosting has grown bigger than it used to be. With more companies getting into this business and finding the many benefits it can give them, the demand for web hosting has never been higher. These seem to be the trend of today. Cheap reliable hosts are readily available.

How do you determine which Website hosting service is best? One easy way is to search for and read reviews about the particular hosting services of interest to you.

UI / User Interface Specialist

Wed, 28 May 2008 11:20:30 EST

We are a Denver based, ICANN accredited, domain name registrar and provider of various Internet services. We are currently seeking an experienced User Interface Designer. If you're a critical thinker with good design sense, a strong technical background, and an eye for making things better we want to talk to you. This is a full-time salaried position. Our company is a small team of individuals working closely together with each of us filling an important role. Our office is casual and the work environment is fairly relaxed and enjoyable.

The Responsibilities:

• Help define and create the user interface for new and existing products and features. • Develop high level and/or detailed storyboards, mockups and prototypes to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas. • Evaluate the usability of new and existing products, and making informed and constructive suggestions for change.

The Requirements:

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