December 29th, 2011

Keep Walking

Today is "Dump Go Daddy Day"

Over the past couple of weeks, you've probably heard a lot about the Stop Online Piracy Act (a.k.a. "SOPA"), a bill that aims to combat online piracy and copyright infringement. SOPA focuses on websites promoting or hosting illegal content, as well as giving Internet Service Providers (ISPs) the ability to block websites without prior approval from the government. It would also allow companies to ban certain foreign entities who are deemed to be competing with video services (a primary example is Comcast, who owns NBC - Comcast is able to ban those other entities). The bill has obviously been met with a load of opposition.

Last week, Go Daddy, the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrar, announced that it was a supporter of SOPA. It's customers were very quick to respond to the announcement and called a boycott against Go Daddy. The company's users began moving domains away from Go Daddy to other registrars as well. The next day, however, Go Daddy withdrew its support of SOPA, but that still hasn't pleased many of its customers.

Earlier today, Namecheap, another popular domain registrar, accused Go Daddy of delaying transfers of domains to other registrars, a practice that is against ICANN policies.

Now, one Reddit user, selfprodigy, has declared this Thursday, December 29, "Dump Go Daddy Day," asking customers of the company to move their domains elsewhere. The user stated in a letter written to Go Daddy that he/she has moved away 51 small business websites, as well as personal domains because of the registrar's support of SOPA.

A website,, has also been started, asking people to pledge their support of boycotting Go Daddy.

On the eve of what has been dubbed "Dump Go Daddy Day," — the massive image hosting sites is responsible for an astonishing 28 terabytes of bandwidth and nearly 200 million page views per day — has already changed its registry entries, foreshadowing the potential negative effect of a boycott set to begin Thursday morning. originally supported the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) but quickly recanted its position when the call of a boycott circulated. 'The outcry kind of forced our hand,' imgur founder and owner Alan Schaaf said. 'I'm against the SOPA act and imgur as a company is against it. We just feel it is terrible that would support this legislation.

To be clear: and many of my other DNS services are registered with Go Daddy currently. Once they expire, I will move my business elsewhere as well, unless Go Daddy takes appropriate action to ensure they DO NOT support SOPA before then.

Keep Walking

The Ranch to soon be in the 20th Century?

Say it ain't so... Albert and I put in an order for broadband (DSL) for his home (The Ranch) last night! Normally, Rochester Telephone (Frontier) says that he's too far away from the switch room to support DSL and Time Warner (the local cable company) has never run cable down his street -- leaving everyone that comes to "The Ranch" struggling with one static-laden land line for all voice/data communications to the rest of the world.

For the past two years, I've been using my Android Phone as a 3G tether to get some resemblance of broadband so I could work remotely from The Ranch, but the signal is spotty at best and it always falls back to "Edge" (2G) network, which is only a minor step up from dial-up.

We're all crossing our fingers that when the technician shows up on Tuesday the 3rd that they will be able to get DSL with WiFi installed here! Then we can set up the webcams in heaven!

Wish us luck!