Directnic acquires

Directnic announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire domain name registrar from Dark Blue Sea Pty. Limited. The transaction is expected to close later today. I was expecting this will happen since I wrote in September about Mike Robertson was returning to Fabulous. Mike’s LinkedIn page had not been updated …

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Sedo weekly sales led by

TheDomains TheDomains: Sedo released their weekly sales and led the way at 50,100 Euros, ($58,355). sales 13 cctld sales 3 other gtld sales 9,999 Euros ($11,646)   Domain name Price Currency .COMs 50,100 EUR 24,990 USD 17,500 EUR 20,000 USD 15,000 USD 8,995 GBP 8,880 EUR […]
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Website plans, features, and hosting – oh my!

I Want My Name I Want My Name: In my previous post, we looked into archiving content and/or entire WordPress sites, whether you’re looking to freshen things up or totally start fresh with your web presence. Now we’ll dive into what’s next.
I’ve archived my old WordPress site, so I need to figure out what I want for my next site. Or do I even want a site? I’m leaning toward a one-page presence with contact links, and maybe a plugin for Instagram photos or something.
I don’t need a whole portfolio, though. I also don’t sell anything, and I don’t see myself returning to blogging. That narrows things down.
Before you start researching and playing around, I’d recommend making a list of your needs and wants. I’d also recommend making a checklist of things to look for as you see what various platforms offer.
How much are you ok spending? What do various pricing tiers get you? What are must-have vs. nice-to-have features? How easy is it for you to cancel your account and connect your domain to a different service?
The simpler your needs, the less you’re likely going to want to spend. There are still some free options that may do very well depending on your needs. Online, like everywhere else, you get what you pay for. A monthly or annual plan tends to get you more features and functions, fancier templates, more sophisticated plugins, better support, etc.
Many hosted web and email services offer free accounts or basic plans, but being able to connect your own domain to the site is usually a paid or upgrade feature. Some platforms only let you connect domains that you registered through them. And some come with bundling, e.g., domain, website, and email (or other features as well). Do your research.

If you’re just starting out, this kind of one-stop shopping may be of interest, but it’s not helpful for someone like me who has a domain and email set up already. Or if you’re someone who likes to keep domain hosting and website building separate. (Which we strongly recommend.)
Annual plans tend to save you some money compared to monthly subscriptions, but you also pay up front, and what if you end up wanting to change platforms before a year is up? Take a tour of the provider before you sign up, and play with as many features and functions as you can. It can also be useful to ask around and see what friends and colleagues use and recommend.
With self-hosting (like my old WordPress install and third-party hosting account), you do have additional control and flexibility. You can add your own code, and there’s an endless number of plugins for everything from photo portfolios to e-commerce.
It’s more work on your part, which some people like, but if you have never set up something like that, it can be tricky, though many platforms have extensive documentation. It helps to have a web-savvy friend, though. (iwantmyname’s support team is awesome, and we do our best to help with questions if it’s something we have personal experience with, but we can’t provide support for third-party platforms.)
With some services, hosting is a requirement, like if you want to add an SSL certificate. iwantmyname doesn’t provide web hosting, so we can’t store/host certificates for you. We recommend these hosting partners, but you can use any you choose.
It can be difficult to know before you even get started what size of hosting plan you will need, but for most of us, the smallest one is usually ok. Check on what that includes, what overage charges are like, and how easy it is to switch plans if needed.
So which option am I going to go with? I have a short list that I need to research. And hey, what’s perfect for me may not be what you’re looking for. But keeping these considerations in mind should help you make a great choice.
The other big aspect influencing my new setup will be content management. Not just creating and editing posts, but once upon a time I had a personal blog and a professional one. Plus, like many people, I have social media accounts with plenty of content that I might want to pull in. And what about using subdomains to separate and brand things?
We’ll tackle that next time.

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Security Researchers are Warning About a New IoT Botnet Storm Brewing

CircleID CircleID: A brand new botnet, dubbed ‘IoTroop’, is discovered evolving and recruiting IoT devices at a far greater pace and with more potential damage than the Mirai botnet of 2016. Researchers at the security firm, Check Point, are warning that "a massive Botnet is forming to create a cyber-storm that could take down the internet. ... Our research suggests we are now experiencing the calm before an even more powerful storm. The next cyber hurricane is about to come."

— A far more sophisticated campaign: "While some technical aspects lead us to suspect a possible connection to Mirai, this is an entirely new and far more sophisticated campaign that is rapidly spreading worldwide. It is too early to guess the intentions of the threat actors behind it, but with previous Botnet DDoS attacks essentially taking down the Internet, it is vital that organizations make proper preparations and defense mechanisms are put in place before an attack strikes."

— Attack spreading by IoT devices: "With each passing day the malware was evolving to exploit an increasing number of vulnerabilities in Wireless IP Camera devices such as GoAhead, D-Link, TP-Link, AVTECH, NETGEAR, MikroTik, Linksys, Synology and others. It soon became apparent that the attempted attacks were coming from many different sources and a variety of IoT devices, meaning the attack was being spread by the IoT devices themselves."
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Interview with Mike Robertson on the acquisition of by Directnic

Mike Robertson is the Director of Business Development at Directnic, new owners of domain registrar, We asked Mike to share with us some additional details about the acquisition, a substantial expansion of Directnic into managing the extensive domain portfolio of Here are his responses, in an exclusive interview. : Mike, congratulations on […]

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Why 5G Is in Trouble (and How to Fix It)

CircleID CircleID: I have a somewhat unconventional view of 5G. I just happen to believe it is the right one. It is trapped inside a category error about the nature of packet networking, and this means it is in trouble.

As context, we are seeing the present broadband Internet access model maturing and begin to reach its peak. 5G eagerly anticipates the next wave of applications.

The 5G Difference: "Purpose-for-Fitness" to "Fitness-for-Purpose"

As such, 5G is attempting to both extend and transcend the present "undifferentiated data sludge" model of mobile broadband.

Firstly, it pumps the "undrinkable" mucky bandwidth harder and faster, to give a modified version of what we have today with 4G. We will gloss over the minor miracle that needs to happen with backhaul, or that the mobility protocols today with 4G struggle when you get on the train (and 5G makes it worse).

Secondly, its other goal is to deliver differentiated "drinkable" access for different enterprise cloud and industrial applications. This essentially is a generic version of the very specific VoLTE solution developed for voice telephony in 4G, extended to any cloud application. It can be expressed as being for low-latency applications, or packed in a variety of other guises.

The Slow Evolution Towards General-Purpose Assured APP Access

The conventional wisdom is that packet networks enable networked computing ("join devices"), and networks do "work". As such, the job of the network is to forward as many packets as fast as possible, and what matters most is "speed". 5G fits this.

The unconventional wisdom is that packet networks enable interprocess communications ("join computations"), and networks don't do "work". As such, the job of the network is to trade resources around to deliver the "just right" quantity of quality to optimise the trade-offs of QoE risk.

The former model is "pipe", the latter is "futures and options trading". The former works with TCP/IP, the latter needs new packet architectures (RINA). The former can extend radio network protocols from 2G, 3G and 4G; the latter needs new ones. The former has a low-frequency resource trading model, the latter a high-frequency trading one.

A Paradigm Change in Engineering is Needed for 5G to Succeed

5G is making the network far more dynamic, without having the mathematics, models, methods or mechanisms to do the "high-frequency trading". The whole industry is missing a core performance engineering skill: they can do (component) radio engineering, but not complete systems engineering. When you join all the bits, you don't know what you get until you turn it on!

The result will not be pretty.

In particular, 5G is primarily delivering into the tail of the last S curve of generic unassured broadband Internet access; it is not on its present path fit-for-purpose for assured cloud application access (inc VR/AR and IoT), which is the new S curve of growth.

Telephony is virtual reality. VoLTE wasn't solving the problem of how to extend the life of the past; it was solving a corner case of how do we communicate in future. Understand this, and the future and fate of 5G makes more sense.

The key question is whether 5G is aimed at extending the VoLTE part of 4G (fit-for-purpose voice) or improving the rest (purpose-for-fitness Internet access). It is trying to serve two strategic masters, the past and the future, at once.

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So, what to do about it? I see three key industry actions.

Firstly, we need to narrow the intentional semantics. 5G is trying to do too many things.

The focus of the generic broadband access should not be peak speed, or even "antipeak" latency under ideal conditions. It should be to establish a consistent quality floor under real-world conditions with graceful degradation in overload. That floor should be adjustable so that you can segment the market by quality.

This is a precursor to a 6G, where the two sides of unassured and assured can be unified through a shared framework for managing the quality floor.

Whilst we need a "generic VoLTE", only about 5 people on the planet know how to do it (and we're all busy on other things). So for the assured access part, it should not attempt to make the leap from singular VoLTE to a generic offer in one go.

There needs to be a series of smaller and less ambitious steps that allow the coexistence of a modest number of managed services with different latency and throughput needs. However, the real issue is to assure complete supply chains, not just one part (the access) or sub-part (the radio link).

Which brings us to the second issue, the denotational semantics. As an industry, we've yet to agree on the standard units for broadband supply and demand (if you can believe it). So the next thing 5G has to fix is the lack of a shared requirements specification language for performance.

The good news is that this is a solved problem.

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Finally, the operational semantics. If 5G is going to be of any use to anyone but equipment salespeople, it has to demonstrate the difference it makes. That implies it needs to have improved mechanisms that allow for high-fidelity measurement of what QoE was being delivered, high-frequency control to deliver it, and new architectures that appropriately join these together.

This QoE control is a paradigm change. Today the radio people constructing a bandwidth supply, and the packet people chopping up whatever is there, using whatever transport protocols they inherited from the IETF.

The future is a demand-led model that is the antithesis of the IETF's "rough consensus and running code" approach. That means a deep rethink because at present the radio folk are running the show, as they have always done. It's a supply-led industry.

The problem has to be reframed as a distributed computing one that makes the radio subservient to the computational outcome. That's going to ruffle a lot of feathers and upset a lot of power structures. The limiting factor in my experience is always human, never technical.

The alternative is that 5G gets stuck between two mutually incompatible goals, and serves neither well. Then eventually the whole ecosystem eventually gets bypassed in the 2020s, say by an IoT specialist player being bought by an Amazon, rather like how the iPhone overtook the handset space a decade ago.

Couldn't ever happen? Ask him…
Written by Martin Geddes, Founder, Martin Geddes Consulting LtdFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: Mobile Internet, Networks, Telecom, Wireless

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Sedo’s Weekly Sales:,, eSurf, EZCast

Domain Shane Domain Shane: A slower week in the sales department (pretty much everyone was slow last week/ this month). This week’s list led with a, and had a nice mix of names. The sellers did very well on a few of these. Comps are good so take a look.
Domain name Price Currency
.COMs 50,100 EUR 24,990 USD 17,500 EUR 20,000 USD 15,000 USD 8,995 GBP 8,880 EUR 9,888 USD 8,000 USD 7,800 USD 7,700 USD 7,000 USD 6,000 USD 4,900 EUR 5,555 USD 5,500 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 USD 3,888 EUR 3,726 EUR 3,920 USD 3,850 USD 3,799 USD 3,050 EUR 3,000 EUR 3,500 USD 3,500 USD 3,500 USD 2,900 EUR 3,000 USD 3,001 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 2,500 EUR 2,650 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,399 USD 2,000 EUR 2,000 EUR 2,100 USD 2,088 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 USD
ccTLDs 5,950 EUR 5,888 USD 4,980 EUR 4,999 USD 3,500 GBP 3,500 EUR 2,500 EUR 2,500 EUR 2,500 EUR 2,490 EUR 2,400 EUR 2,290 EUR 2,000 EUR
other 20,000 USD 9,999 EUR 2,626 EUR
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