After seeing a domain on GoDaddy show its status as “reconcile” (e.g. Status: Reconcile (Refresh Page)). I had to find out what it means. Well, it appeared for me while transferring a domain into the account after it was in a pending account change status. It appears that this is an internal status until it switches over to “active.” In my case after less than 10 minutes it had changed to “active.”
Wow. Let me just say that Bruce Michael Waldack (Bruce or bmw) and I had fallen out of touch for a year or so. I just Googled him to see what he was up to and found this site (http://www.brucewaldack.org/). I was shocked to see that he had passed away on June 23, 2007.
I met Bruce in 1993. We did business together in initially the software field – statistics and tracking software for CSG/digitalNation (dn.net) when it was running FirstClass. And then we became friends over time. Back in early 1994, we were talking one day and I said, “Hey Bruce, if you want to write to Santa Claus on the internet, you’ll be hitting santaclaus.com on our servers.” He said something along the lines of, “No way! You are kidding me! You can do that?” (It may have been more along the lines of “No shit! Your f-ing with me!”). So we spent the next hour talking about names and cool things to do with them and found a lot of great ideas on the topic. He was always looking for a great idea and there were always great conversations with wild ideas to be had. He went on to register a bunch of domain names after that conversation.
We spent the next 14 years in the Internet space, talking on the phone, emailing, and generally just being friends. I was looking him up today for just that reason – to see how he was and to see what was new on the horizon, bounce a few ideas off of him and generally catch up.
I’d get emails in 1995 and 1996 with things like, “Glad you got it! I didn’t want to tell you this, but Cynthina [perhaps he meant Cynthia!] set it out with 1 stamp on it. Thus it came back last week!! Sorry!” All the previous week saying it was in the mail – which it was, just not enough postage, but that was just Bruce, reluctant to do anything to disappoint, but coming clean in the end. Ready to BS when needed, but someone with a good heart.
After not hearing much from him since January of 1997, out of the blue on December 8, 1997 I got:
“I just mistyped [he’d sent me an email by mistake]. <g> Hope all is well with … you. Lori and I had two baby boys (Copper and Colten) last Monday, so we have been quite the busy bees. Hope your holidays are happy and safe.” My own daughter Christi had been born in September and so we had a lot to catch up on with kids and business and mutual friends. And then we’d be emailing or phone-ing back and forth for a few months updating each other and running ideas by each other.
Sometimes we’d go for months without talking – both busy with our businesses, fun, and new families and then out of the blue one of us would call or email the other to just see what was going on, new things that were in the works. To update each other on things like sale of dn.net to Verio in 1999 or us selling casino.com. I think the most we went was in 1997, but sometimes it would be just a quick note.
He was always very generous and whenever we did anything, it was fun times, always intelligent conversations and lots of humor. He was a friend and someone who I could bounce ideas off of and who would do the same for me. I will miss his laugh and his sharp mind. I will miss his out of the blue call or email seeing what’s up. I’ll miss a friend who made a difference for a lot of people.
I will never forget in 1993 we were talking about hosting issues on the internet and how to do some things and he said, “You know, right now there are probably only half a dozen people in the world who would know how to do what we are doing right now.” And then about 6 months later, discussing domain names saying (this isn’t an exact quote): “Think about this, today you have more domains registered than anyone else in the world, but I’m going to register some too.” (Which we did until late 1995 or early 1996 when Proctor and Gamble surpassed us).
But most of all as I write this, I hope that his family is well, that he is enjoying himself as much above as he was here on earth.
If you find this an were at dn.net or elsewhere and have comments, please feel free here or on the site above.
(And Drew Ladner, what are you up to? Looks like honeymoon.com is now with some group in the UK. Been almost exactly 10 years since we sold it!)
(And if you are looking for great Mac support in the Washington, DC/Virginia area, 4macsolutions (http://4macsolutions.com/) is a good choice. Will is great!)
If you want to see what I think is a really fun Christmas site, A Visit From St. Nicholas aka The Night before Christmas at VisitFromStNicholas.com is one such site.
It has a really large collection of antique versions of The Night Before Christmas. Now, why is that cool? I just find it amazing to see some books 150 years old that are one of a handful (or maybe the only copy) left anywhere in the world and to think about the amount of enjoyment that people have gotten over the years from this poem.
Thinking that others would feel the same way, we’re digitizing as many editions as we can in order to share the Christmas spirit with as many people as possible, so enjoy the scans!
For those looking for “low power” search, check out www.darkgle.com, low energy search. All black background saving energy? Well, it is a fun concept even if it is not really accurate.
Goal Financial purchased ScholarshipExperts.com. Both companies should benefit from the new relationship and students should definitely benefit from the unified approach.
It appears that BellSouth and SBC paid around $100 million for YellowPages.com. Certainly a good price for the name and the site from both the buyer and seller’s perspective. With some branding, some advertising, and additional information BS and SBC will have a big leg up in the yellow pages directory search. The value of a good brand should not be underestimated, but is often underestimated when viewed solely from a domain perspective traffic perspective v.s. a potential/branding perspective.
With even average traffic of 100,000 yellow pages searches per day (which I think is very low for yellowpages.com), that implies around 36.5 million searches per year and between 109 and 150 million page views per year [Dec 2008 update: I think those figures are definitely low today]. At a $20/cpm [2009 update: I think that figure is low now] that would imply close to $3 million per year in revenue. This a similar number of white pages search, which implies $5-6 million annual in revenue. Personally, without any inside information, I believe they do 500,000 to 1,000,000 yellow pages and white pages searches per day, which implies $25-$30 million in annual revenues just from the yellowpages.com site.
An improvement in the SERPs, which will probably happen with large companies behind them could easily double or triple that figure.
The actual value and implied value there is tremendous, and with more branding their price will seem like a bargain.
Looks like BellSouth and SBC purchased YellowPages.com. See:
I’ve been adding some old files from the Rising Sun BBS, that I found on backup disks a few years ago (amazing they were readable ~15-20 years later and that I had a drive that would read them!)
You can browse some of it here, and I’ll be adding more as time goes by, there are a lot of other files in the backups. I’m also going to try to put some of them in context so people know what is going on:
There are a lot of cool things in there, dealing with online communities in the early 1980s through the early 1990s and then on the internet more than BBSs thereafter.
Something Rick Lambert wrote back in the summer of 1984 which kind of sums up the fun we had. Ran on an Apple ][+, and an Apple ][ clone from Franklin, a Laser clone briefly (I think) and an Apple //e at various points.
Rick died in 1989 (heart attack) and both Alan and I lost a good friend and all around good guy. Alan and I still keep in touch by email since we are 1000s of miles apart (instead of 30 minutes), although not nearly as much as we used to when The Rising Sun was up.
T H E R I S I N G S U N
—– ———– —–
The Rising Sun was born after the three SYSOPs met at
a COF luncheon. Dedicated to the free exchange of information between users
their motto has become: The Sysop provides the medium, the users provide the
message. This System provides a meeting place for modem users regardless of
the computer that they use. The Sun has 325 members right now and is
continually growing as new people call.
Together, Chris Riley, Rick Lambert, and Alan Lobel make up the
Delegation. Their BBS was the first local BBS to have such things as the
Welcome message, Boarderline, Breaktyping, Message Search, Stringing command,
Stats, and a Poll — to name a few. Todd Nochomson of the Billboard ratings
calls it “spectacular,” “unique,” and “The most active BBS in Broward County”
— facts to which the number of messages and calls can attest. Currently the
Rising Sun has 18 sub-boards, over 180 files, and one can access the BBS at
300 or 1200 baud.
As you can see when you call this Bulletin Board, new features and
files are added often to keep up with the users wishes. It is the most
automated BBS locally. The heart of the Automation is A.U.R.A. — a program
that creates the statistics file, backs up files and deletes users who have
not called in sixty days. This leaves the SYSOPs more time to spend on
keeping the board active, up-to-date, and as one user put it: “keeping it
the best board I’ve seen.”
The Rising Sun Shines!
2011 Update, here is Rick in 1983 with my parent’s cat:
Going back a few years here, but some of the sites we registered and developed/sold/kept. As you can see we had a nice collection of domain names and still have a fair number. In 1994, we had the largest number of domains registered in the .com (or other) TLD space – several hundred – and it wasn’t until the end of 1994 or early 1995 that people began to catch on and registered more than we did. Procter and Gamble was one that went and registered a lot of names that were appropriate for their business and ended up with more names during August 1995. (A few were registered for relatives.) This is not the entire list, but it is a start, I’ll be updating it as time progresses.
At the time it was a land rush and very few people were seeing the value of what was available. You could go and find a nice name and register it in the hopes of developing it. It wasn’t until a year or so later (late 1995 or 1996) that people began to wish to purchase the name and web site (if there was one). From then until summer of 2000 there were a lot of offers for various names.
law.com (didn’t register it, but was Director of Operations, 1993)
games.com (July 15, 1994) – Hasbro/Parker Brothers wanted this. AOL has it as of 2009.
casino.com (July 14, 1994)
court.com (August 4, 1994)
gamble.com (July 14 1994)
hotel.com (August 4, 1994) – HotelSupplies.com Inc bought this
Halloween.com (August 30, 1994)
SantaClaus.com (August 1994)
EasterBunny.com (December 1995)
phonebook.com (July 14, 1994) – We began with web directories here, Miami.com, and at coral.net for clients and business in Florida and the Caribbean. Lots of realtors and destinations.
palmbeach.com (May 24, 1994)
rights.com (August 30, 1994)
dive.com (July 30, 1994)
Havana.com (Sept 1, 1994)
Coral.net (Sept 8, 1994)
Sequitur.com (June 1994) – The opposite of non sequitur. Ended up letting it go. Silly me. 😉 (We considered Sequitur for the corporate name, but ended up with Coral Technologies after a few people in the State of Florida government didn’t get what it me and thought it might be obscene. Just ended up using it as the follow-up name for The Rising Sun BBS (Ft. Lauderdale 1982-1993) which was running TBBS and we switched to private software, then FirstClass.
diving.com (July 29, 1994)
talk.com (June 1994) – HotWired need
sale.com (June 1994) – J.Lee bought it.
racing.com (July 30, 1994) –
national.com (April 1994)
cruise.com (May 1994)
cruising.com (July 30, 1994)
movie.com (June 1994) – Well, you can see who owns it now.
miami.com (April 12, 1994) – Miami Herald needed it.
Boca.com (June 21, 1994)
Pompano.com (June 1994)
FtLauderdale.com (May 1994)
ebank.com (1994) – a Bank
reservations.com (June 1994)
reservation.com (June 1994)
dolphins.com (August 10, 1994)
shark.com (July 30, 1994)
holiday.com (June 1994)
keylargo.com (June 1994)
honeymoon.com (July 30, 1994)
boating.com (July 29, 1994)
flying.com (July 30, 1994)
keywest.com (July 29, 1994)
flores.com (Aug 29, 1994)
oceans.com (Aug 30, 1994)
marina.com (June 1994)
bahamas.com (Sept 9, 1994)
medical.com (July 14, 1994)
read.com (June 1994)
mart.com (June 1994)
realtor.com (June 1994) – At the time I didn’t know it was a trademark, just thought it was generic like “realestate.” Younger and more naive. They were friendly about it all though!
islands.com (July 30, 1994)
zodiac.com (July 1994)
SonsOfLiberty.com (April 30, 1998)
Daughters-Of-Liberty.com (July 18, 2001)
Liberty-Tree.com (July 7, 2001)
Some of the names we registered for clients/friends:
For Rick M. at St Martin Rentals: stmaarten.com, stmartin.com (April 1995)
Standup.com – For KE, who let it go. 😉
And a few other random ones:
onlinenews.com (Sept 5, 1994)
thekeys.com (Sept 5, 1994)
keylargo.com (Sept 5, 1994)
novel.com (June 1994)
novels.com (July 30, 1994)
marina.com (July 30, 1994)
gallion.com (July 29, 1994)
read.com (August 4, 1994)
videonews.com (July 1994)
hurricanes.com (June 4, 1994)
hurricane.com (June 4, 1994)
goldcoast.com (Sept 9, 1994)
oneearth.com (Sept 9, 1994)
iplaw.com (Sept 19, 1994)
netlottery.com (August 1994)
internetlotto.com (June 22, 1994)
jugar.com (spanish for play) (June 5, 1994)
loteria.com (June 6, 1994)
allmylove.com (Jan 5, 1995)
sendgreetings.com (Jan 5, 1995)
goldmarket.com (for a client, Dec 6, 1995)
goldwww.com (Dec 6, 1995)
internetlottery.com (June 15, 1995)
All kinds of information about Fletcher’s Castoria and the Centaur Company is here. Kind of neat to trace the progress of a company and product over the course of a century and a quarter.