Monday, April 17, 2017

Crossing the border

I have transferred domain name registration from Network Solutions to Hover in Canada (a division of TUCOWS). The greatest complicating factor was that Network Solutions' database allows for middle name / initial and Hover didn't. Oddly, for one domain somehow my last name got changed to "A Lamb" which may have been someone's idea of a bad joke. Oh, there were some other minor details like my admin email address wasn't up to date, so I wasn't getting the transfer authorization. Hopefully all is well now.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Big Guns

Ruh-roh... Had a conversation with a programmer in Seattle, who broke the news to me... There was a rather lackluster site called thinklocal (just like mine but no hyphen). I didn't really see the site going anywhere, though it did have a few random listings (but why would anyone go there, with just a few random listings?)

Gulp! What was that? That was the sound of that site being purchased by Network Solutions (huge company). So now, Network Solutions offers not just domain names, but also they'll create an e-commerce site for you AND they'll list your site in thinklocal. That's why Network Solutions bought thinklocal.

That also means if I do anything similar with think-local, I might have a legal fight with Network Solutions, and I'm sure they have more attorneys than I do!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

dot-biz in England

Yes!! The web developers I shared my goals with in England have at least done something that makes me happy to see. They are no longer using think-local.biz, and are now re-directing that URL to a new one.

Some Tenderloin streets updated

I have updated the business listings on the following Tenderloin streets:
Fell
Golden Gate
Grove
Hayes

I also fixed my scripts so businesses that don't exist any more won't leave blank spaces on the list. If you go to this page, and select one of the streets listed above, you'll see a complete listing of businesses in the Tenderloin neighborhood for those streets.

Note: this script doesn't seem to work on iPads and many smart phones. I have made another script that does, but haven't connected it to the updated database yet.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Australian interlopers

Crap. I discover that the government of Queensland has registered think-local.com.au to use for posting jobs in Queensland. When you think of think-local.com.au do you think of Queensland? I don't. I think of the entire nation.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Back in the Tenderloin

Fay and I walked the streets of the Tenderloin to verify which businesses still existed. We only covered a few streets, in the worst parts of the Tenderloin. I had the silly notion she might come back and do some of the less urine-soaked, crack-infested streets on her own.

Ha. She has no interest in walking around the Tenderloin with a clipboard.

Friday, July 10, 2009

think-local.biz

Upon discovering that think-local.biz has been acquired by someone in England, I try to find out their plans. It turns out a borough is planning to use the site to promote local businesses - only for their borough. Good idea, but a waste of a good domain name.

I discuss the issue with the government officials (who make decisions at a snail's pace), and find out the name of their web developer.

I share my ideas with the web developers, and they respond with over-the-top enthusiasm. But the talk is of writing a business plan and venture capital - top down, instead of my more organic grass roots approach.

I am hoping that I just might hire the developers myself, but they seem to have their hands full re-vamping the government site.