Write a Subject line!

I need to break form my passive del.icio.us link-blogging activities to quote a section from 43 Folder on “Writing sensible email messages

“You can make it even easier for your recipient to immediately understand why you’ve sent them an email and to quickly determine what kind of response or action it requires. Compose a great “Subject:” line that hits the high points or summarizes the thrust of the message. Avoid “Hi,” “One more thing…,” or “FYI,” in favor of typing a short summary of the most important points in the message”

As many of my friends know, I’m fairly adamant about email — ok, perhaps even militant, but one of my major peeves is email without a subject!

If your email has any importance, a relevant or as 43 Folders says, a great subject is IMHO the most significant element to an email message.

(In most cases) if an email lacks a subject, I simply will not read it.

Even spam includes a subject!

Earning Money without Patients

Granted it has been a 15 year vesting period and the payout is a partly $1.2 million or E1 million in comparison to other web pioneers, but Tim Berners-Lee finally gets his due with the Millennium Technology Prize from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.

Great quotes: “Rather than patenting his idea for the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee and colleague Robert Cailliau, working at CERN (the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva), insisted on a license-free technology. If they hadn’t, Berners-Lee says, the Web wouldn’t be the interoperable linkup that it is. “There would have been a CERN Web, a Microsoft one, there would have been a Digital one, AppleÂ’s HyperCard would have started reaching out Internet roots,” he said. “And all of these things would have been incompatible.” (links via MIT Technology Review and Scripting News)

Domain On Hold

Apparently, the hatch.org domain was erroneously marked as being “On Hold” last night.

So if you sent mail to me @ hatch.org in the last few days it probably bounced.

Although, neither I nor Register.com as been able to determine why this happened (the domain did not expired). The very cordial and responsive Register.com support person told me they have corrected the problem, but since the “On Hold” status has already propagated, it’ll be roughly 24-72 hours before the domain appears active to the net.


I wouldn’t be surprised if the evil customer hating NetSol had something to do with the outage, even though I transferred the hatch.org domain to Register.com nearly two years ago from Network Solutions (VeriSign).

Of course, I have no empirical evidence of this; I’m simply a dissatisfied customer.

Stolen Domain Names

It’s appalling to hear that VeriSign (aka Network Solutions | Internic) is STILL letting people steal domain names!

“…it appears that it is still possible to steal domains with the minimum of effort. We have been contacted by the owner of the valuable domain DVDmovies.com who was amazed, only last month, to find that his domain had been moved and registered with another company, without his knowledge.”

“That the registrar at fault was no less than VeriSign – owner of all .com and .net domains – makes it worse. The fact that the company was also recently chastised by the US Appeals Court and ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation to the owner of Sex.com for wrongly transferring his domain makes it all the more incredible.”

Over the years I had the misfortune of having two separate domain names stolen due, IMHO, to the ineptness of VeriSign.

One domain I was never able to get back, mainly because I (and the company I worked for at the time), just gave up trying to work with VeriSign.

The other domain was transferred to another owner via a forged email. I was actually alerted to the theft-in-progress before the domain was transferred because the thief’s initial forgery attempts bounced back to me.

In fact, I contacted VeriSign (at the time Network Solutions) and told them there was a theft of my domain in progress. They assured me that they would put a hold on the domain.

The next day… Poof! My domain was gone! VeriSign approved the transfer anyway.

It then took me weeks to finally wrestle the domain back after hours of being on hold, numerous emails, letters and evil faxes back-and-fourth with VeriSign detailing the clear, plain-as-day, evidence that they even confirmed of the forged transfer.

Ugh! I could not believe how easy it was for a thief to steal a domain, it’s sad to hear that it’s still an open issue.

Disposable Email Addresses

I order to protect myself from a potential deluge of spam from suspicious service offerings, I wanted to use a disposable email address.

Of course Google turned up a gem, which I had heard of before, but never used called Spamgourmet

Their service is simple, but clever and best of all free! Basically, after you register a valid email address, you can then create a temporary email address, with a limited message forward limit, at any time.

John pointed me to another service called Spamex with a different approach and more features, but it’ll cost $9.95/year (albeit, not much!)

YourMom Surfing

I found this mini-review of YourMom.com: “One shortcoming is worth mentioning, however. The site can take a while to
load, and the intrigue of what dirty jokes lie under the “Fat” category are lost
in the wait. Perhaps yourmom.com should spend a little less time trying to look
like Yahoo, and a little more time being as efficient as the search engine. ” … I guess the site developer is too busy with your mom :-) Doh!

Nigerian Spam

I think it’s scary that, according to this Slate article referencing that Nigerian spam message that you’ve no doubt seen (and deleted) at least once today, “enough people fork over enough cash to sustain an industry that ranks in Nigeria’s top five” … Wow!

VerisignOff.org : Take back your name from Verisign

What an awesome service: VerisignOff ! — "Network Solutions is a company owned by Verisign that registers and administers top-level domain names for customers throughout the world. These companies engage in a variety of business practices that are, in our opinion, unethical, fraudulent, and calculated to be opaque and unfriendly to consumers. Despite many well-publicized, and in some cases, frankly nefarious, scandals involving these companies, millions of people continue to patronize them as the registrars for their domain names."