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Old age and too many domain names: A little personal tale
Sometimes it all gets so confusing

 4:15 am on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm down with the flu and decide to attempt to use the downtime to finish off a task that I've been working on for 2 years: Getting all my domains into 1 domain corral.

I figure I've been involved with 100+ registrars over the years in various dropcatching efforts. Still a few stragglers out there. Quite a project.

In looking at some notes I conclude that a certain domain has gone missing. It wasn't exactly a clear note in the piles a paper. When your domains number in the #### the domain related notes can sometimes get cryptic, such as hints to myself to look-up related domains . . .

I do a WhoIs look-up on the "missing domain" and lo! The domain appears to never have been pushed into my account from a reseller - one that I've done business with in the past. I think. Pretty sure. I don't know, it's been a long process . .

So . . I write a friendly email to my fellow domainer . . but in the fog of the flu and old age (I'm 50) I send off the email to the wrong domainer. Argh! The fog thickens.

Now, of course, my domaining friends are all upright, understanding and often pretty funny guys. In due course, I get an email back from both of them - who have managed to correspond with each other, no doubt because my email to them was confusing as heck - saying essentially "You ARE confused fella but we understand, you're getting old" . . and maybe, if I can read between the lines a little "thank god I'm not the only one . .".

The bottom line?

The domain in question is a business word, having to do with financial obligations. As you can appreciate there are usually 2 sides to financial transactions, and thereforre 2 related words. One version has to to with the person who's supposed to pay a debt. The other version has to do with the person who's supposed to receive payment.

The mental glitch: I got my domain's role in the transaction confused. Doh! No sooner do I realize than my eyes behold in my account the missing domain. "I'm the domain that pays, not the domain that gets paid!"

Whoa is me if I don't gather all these little domain critters into 1 place and behaving themselves before senility sets in any worse. Other rational thought: "When the brain is fuzzy with the flu turn off the PC for awhile."

Won't it be great when we domainers start hitting their 60s, 70s and beyond? We won't be able to find out keys . . . or our domains.

Conversation on the porch of the domainer's old age home:

Webwork:"Remember when I sold Business.com?"

Domainer: "You never owned it in the first place!"

Webwork: "Yes I did . . I think . . or what is Bagels.com? I forget."



 2:49 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

How tall is your pile of registration certificates?


 5:13 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a only-very-peripherally-related story that my next door neighbor told me yesterday...

My neighbor retired from the San Diego Port District a few years ago. He was their property manager.

For as long as I can remember, the Port District (and now the Airport Commission, which was spun-off) has been trying to come up with a plan for a new airport or to expand the current airport, which is a single-runway airport near downtown.

This has been going on for maybe 20 years, and will probably go on for 20 more.

Well, one of my neighbor's associates had, among his tasks, the job of reading the periodic reports produced by the committes that were supposed to pick a new airport location.

He'd take each report, flip through it briefly, and then toss it across the room to land on a pile on top of a credenza.

One day, a particularly thick report arrive. He tossed it across the room with the others. But this day, something unusual happened: the credenza collapsed.

He dryly commented that "I think we have enough reports now."

Maybe webwork now has enough domains. :)


 9:06 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

During the upcoming domain conferences, I wonder if there'll be a survey to find out who's arguably the oldest domainer. :)


 11:50 pm on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Webwork. Up to now, how do you manage your domains? Spreadsheet? Database? Dedicated program? Scraps of paper? I use a spreadsheet. It works pretty well but has it's limitations. A bit hard to import the traffic stats, for example. A database might be better, but then I've got to relearn how to create a database :( It's that age thing... gets you every time :(

I'm a bit surprised that you still have all your domains with a diverse range of registrars. Consolidation is definitely a good idea. I've tended to do this in phases. Rather than in one go. All those tinpot resellers et al, mostly get transfered after 60 days, although I do keep with more than one registrar at the moment, until I finally decide who my preferred registrar will be.


 3:33 am on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Stu, it's been a labor of love pulling them all together . . whilst still in the hunt . . and doing a few thousand other things . . so it's taken awhile.

But I'm about 140 domains away from calling it done, and about 110 of those domains are will a single registrar. My old buddy registrar from way back when. :-P

I used an Access database to track things at home but the best solution is simply having all the domains with a single, secure registrar with a very good user interface with lots of management and categorization options. At least that's the case when the domains start to number in the #### range.

Of course, along the way, a lot of sheets of legal paper and sheets grabbed from the tray of my printer filled certain immediate needs: places to jot reminders to myself, companion domains to register, follow-up notes, etc. Just a little bit of self-inflicted obfuscation.

Oh, and a few hard drive meltdowns at moments when my backup practices were not quite . . . good(?) (intelligent?) . . made the task just a little harder at times.

Through it all there's only 2 domains that slipped through the cracks.

Of course, 1 of those 2 went for $2,500 at auction . . . (and I wasn't bidding . . just watching . . and gnawing off my arm . . )


 2:10 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

And what about the other one that slipped through the cracks?

BTW, Happy Belated 50th Birthday!


 7:05 pm on Feb 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

I use spreadsheet. I own 100+ domains.


 10:36 am on Feb 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used an Access database to track things at home but the best solution is simply having all the domains with a single, secure registrar with a very good user interface with lots of management and categorization options. At least that's the case when the domains start to number in the #### range.

Lucky you. I've been hunting but never found such an animal :) Maybe I can't see the wood for the trees :(

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