Own thy domain

, posted: 31-Jul-2012 16:08

Domain names are the street addresses of the internet.  From google.com, to nzherald.co.nz to geekzone.co.nz, most of us will easily identify our favourite sites by the address we type in the bar at the top of our browsers.

If you want a website, whether it's for personal reasons or for your business, having a domain name is a must.  They are also very popular - Verisign counts 233 million domain names globally, a growth of 23 million since Q1 2011.  New Zealand's .nz namespace is popular as well, with nearly 490,000 domains at the end of June this year.

One technicality that most newcomers don't understand is who owns their domain name. In their minds, they paid a hosting company/web designer for it, so they must own it right? Maybe not.

A recent thread from Geekzone user networkn reminded me of this issue - to summarise, a client paid a developer for their website, however instead of registering the domain in the client's name, the developer registered it in their own name.  It may seem like a subtle difference, but it is a big problem.  Legally, the domain belongs to the developer.  If the client ever wants to move away from that developer, they won't be able to, as they don't technically own their domain name.

We see this issue that networkn describes often, as new clients have no idea who owns their existing domain name.

How can I be sure who owns my domain?

Check with whoever registered your domain name that you are the legal owner, or if you can, register the domain yourself.  With every domain you can check the ownership and other technical details by doing a WHOIS - I tend to use Godaddy for .com's and the Domain Name Commission for .co.nz's.  A sample whois record, from our main domain name 3bit.com, is below:

3Bit Solutions Ltd
Level 1, 6 Railway St
Auckland, Auckland 1023
New Zealand

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: 3BIT.COM
Created on: 14-Aug-08
Expires on: 14-Aug-13
Last Updated on: 30-Jun-12

Administrative Contact:
Dunn, Nathan hostmaster@3bit.com
3Bit Solutions Ltd
Level 1, 6 Railway St
Auckland, Auckland 1023
New Zealand

Technical Contact:
Dunn, Nathan hostmaster@3bit.com
3Bit Solutions Ltd
Level 1, 6 Railway St
Auckland, Auckland 1023
New Zealand

Domain servers in listed order:

Registry Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Status: clientRenewProhibited
Registry Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Status: clientUpdateProhibited

The registrant is who owns the domain.  The registered through is the registrar, or who you used to acquire the domain.  The administrative and technical contact are self explanatory.

Hopefully this helps keep you from being unnecessarily held to ransom by your web designer or hoster.

Clever tech and social media

, posted: 23-Jul-2012 12:14

I spoke at Gather earlier this month about some of the technology and social media we run at Tuihana Cafe. I've since had a few requests for copies of the slides which I've uploaded to Slideshare.

The cafe blog has a full run-down about my presentation.


(hat-tip to @DaveBremer for the heads up about Slideshare)

Game Masters Exhibition

, posted: 19-Jul-2012 22:59

Three weeks ago I said I would blog about this the next day (epic nate fail).  I've been away on holiday so apologies for my tardiness.

I was flown over to Melbourne courtesy of Alienware, for their FIFA Euro 2012 publisher Game Off and to see the opening of the GameMasters exhibition in Federation Square - joining me was Geekzoner Stuart (stuartgr) who won the competition thread.

We turned up around lunch-time to an array of Alienware machines (which were very, very nice), and told we were team Italy.  I'm not a big gamer, and Stuart hadn't played FIFA before, so it's not too hard to guess how well we didn't do - the winners taking  home two brand new Alienware M14x laptops.

The most exciting part of the day for me was going through Game Masters - it's a massive exhibition filled with all the different gaming platforms and consoles from over the years.  It starts off with arcade gems Pacman and Space Invaders, and finishes off with more recent offerings, such as Dance Central Kinect for Xbox 360.  The most amazing thing is you can play each of the games, they aren't just locked away in glass displays.  The wall display near the entrance sums up the sheer awesomeness of it all:

(it was not long after I took this photo that I was told we weren't allowed to take photos, and I had security following me from then on in)

If you are in Melbourne or have plans to get to Melbourne soon, I really couldn't recommend Game Masters more - it's a fascinating walk through game designers, platforms and games, and it is very worth while.  I would allow a full afternoon so you can get to play all your old favourites. It closes end of October so there's plenty of time.

Sorry MySky. I have TiVo now

, posted: 9-Jul-2012 06:00

Today marks me having a TiVo, and not having MySky, for about a month.

As someone who grew up with Sky, not having it was very strange at first.  I've had a MySky since they first came out, and I always watched recordings (never Live TV), and fast forwarded the ads.  Even when visiting friends and family who didn't have it, I would praise how amazing the mighty MySky was, and that they should get one as well.

Once I started watching Netflix and Hulu Plus, my opinion of Sky changed.  I was able to source much better and more up-to-date content, for half the cost of my Sky subscription.  It was a no-brainer - I dumped Sky, and TiVo was the natural choice as a DVR for Freeview.

I'll admit that the TiVo has taken some getting used to.  The remote is very different from the MySky remote, but after some practice, I don't look back.

The TiVo does lots of things better than MySky, my favourites include:
  • Like a particular program, say Top Gear? You can setup a recording so when it appears on any channel, the TiVo will record it.  With a MySky, you have to select each and every recording, and if a new one appears on another channel, you'll miss it.
  • Rewind/fast forward - the TiVo shows you a few frames ahead/behind as you fast forward, so when you realise you're past the ad breaks, and click Play, TiVo will stop at the right point exactly. Clever.
  • You can setup particular shows (like the news) to delete after one show, so instead of filling up your hard-drive with old news, you only keep the latest (you can do the opposite for sitcoms you want to keep for longer).  There's no option for this on MySky.
  • If you have multiple TiVos, you can watch any recording from any TiVo on any of them, plus you can export recordings.  MySky can't even do anything close to this.
  • Bigger hard-drive - four times the capacity for HD content of MySky.
  • No monthly subscription.
MySky still has the upper hand with mobile apps for remote recordings (both iPhone and Android) and if you really like sport, there's not really a good alternative.

If you aren't a big sports fan (I'm not) TiVo works well, and we all know most of the stuff on Sky is repeats.

Game Masters Media Preview

, posted: 28-Jun-2012 13:48


I'm currently in Melbourne about to head across to the Game Masters Media Preview.

I'll be tweeting and posting pics as much as I can from my twitter account if you want to follow along (@nate), or I'll give a complete summary on my blog tomorrow.

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