July 31st, 2003

Loon

... and now for something completely different ...

I've been trying to write a post about last night (Tuesday) but haven't been able to get a coherent thing together ... went out to the suburbs for a Unicity meeting ... the "big dog of the big dogs" Todd Smith was in town to tell us about the new "Lean Control" weight management system (which is really amazing, but I'll spiel about that later) ... and about some of the changes at the company (the ownership changed a couple of weeks back, but that's a long story which I'll spare you at the moment).

Anyway, I decided that I needed to get myself a spiffy new URL to use to drive traffic to the site (since I really hate having to use the "official" address ... http://unicitynetwork.com/brendantripp/udiets ... which is awfully clunky) and spent a chunk of the day plugging possible variations of "lean" or "diet" into a domain search box. The health/fitness market is pretty deep into the web, and it's always a challenge to find something in that ballpark that's not already taken ... but I finally settled on one (which I'll hold off mentioning until the DNS gets set up for it) and registered it tonight.

What I'm really writing this post for, though, is to rave about my new favorite registrar ... it's a group out of the UK called active-domain.com, which offers $9.95 registrations, and with a HUGE list of free services. Not only can you get free re-directs from them (which was my goal), but you can manage your own files on their system as you like, plus you can set up 250 mailboxes and/or subdomains on your domain, for free! I'd recently used them for another domain (http://deoxy.net ... it's another long story) and was very pleased with them, so I think they're my new "registrar of choice"! Thought I'd pass along the tip ...


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Loon

new diet stuff ...

I am just itching to start using the new URL I got to use as a re-direct to the info on the new Lean Control™ weight management line! It's such a bitch trying to find a good catchy domain name having anything to do with health or diets ... I went through hours of cranking out name concepts to filter down to a list of about a half-dozen that were both plausible and available ... and I ended up registering a real good one which just popped into my head later!

While the order has processed through Active-Domain.com, they say it can take up to 48 hours for the "whois" to reflect the registration (and so I can quit being paranoid about the URL showing up as "available" in the search things) and up to 72 hours for the DNS data to get settled so the domain will actually work. Needless to say, I want it working NOW ... I am being as impatient as my 3-year-old on this!


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Battle of Hastings ...

That last entry was number 1066 for my journal ... I guess I have to credit my various teachers and professors that dates like that stick well enough in my head that I recognize them for "significant numbers"!


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