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ICANN Committee rejects dotless domain names, won't "pursue any additional studies"
As you may recall from prior posts on this blog , there has been significant interest in the new gTLDs (e.g. foo.microsoft, foo.docs) and proposals from Google to allow one of their gTLD applications (.search) to function as a dotless domain (e.g. http//search). This ask was in sharp contrast to the...
6 Sep 2013
An update on so-called dotless domains on the Internet
A couple of months ago I wrote here about the challenges with so-called "dotless" domains (e.g. http://microsoft instead of the common http://www.microsoft.com ). Such shortcuts may seem harmless at first glance, but they raise many more issues than might be solved when it comes to completing...
15 Jul 2013
ICANN, the GAC, SSAC and gTLDs: Challenges with Dotless Domains and Closed Generics
Last year, Craig Mundie posted about ICANN’s gTLD Reveal Day calling it "another step in the Internet’s evolution." Let's hope we won't see "one step up and two steps back." ICYMI, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization) approved plans for new generic...
15 Apr 2013
Announcements: Supporting the next version of the Internet with IPv6 SP1
In my job at Microsoft , I worry about lots of things, not the least of which is where I parked my car this morning. I worry about Russia's move to abolish Daylight Saving Time , where to eat in Las Vegas , and the transition to ipv6 . (Of course, our other announcement today eliminating the clock from...
1 Apr 2011
Post: Configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
Of interest is Rand Morimoto post today on IPv6 Static Addressing and DNSv6 , with details on configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. In this blog post, Rand covers… How to statically address a Windows 2008 / Windows 2008 R2 Server How to statically address a Windows 7 Client...
7 Feb 2011
Bing to support the next generation of the Internet on World IPv6 Day
As noted in my post "The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really. " the way numbering and identifying Internet connected devices – or IP addresses – is done is changing from the current IPv4, and we will soon be adding more through the change to IPv6. The transition...
3 Feb 2011
With IPv6, where will you keep your 428 octillion Internet enabled devices?
Today we were discussing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 that I noted yesterday . To me, one of the amazing numbers in this effort are the number of IP addresses that IPv6 enables, as I noted in the post... Realizing that eventually these IPv4 addresses would be exhausted, Internet Protocol version...
2 Feb 2011
The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really.
Today is my tenth anniversary of joining Microsoft, and in that time I have seen my share of interesting headlines. Today I add another one, from the article in the Wall Street Journal that notes that the "Web is running out of addresses… " (video link: http://on.wsj.com/g1JX8E ) Well, we have...
1 Feb 2011
Did you win £450,000 in a "Microsoft Lottery"? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
I was asked today… I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the...
27 Jul 2010
Why do I need IPv6? Where can I learn from Microsoft about IPv6 for Windows? (Your questions on IPv6)
This came in today via email (thanks, Brin)… "Why do I need IPv6? Is there more about IPv6 available from Microsoft? Is there anything I need to do to support IPv6 in Windows Vista or Windows 7?" Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is (Wikipedia tells us) "the next-generation Internet...
27 Mar 2009
Did you win One Million Euros in a Microsoft Lottery? Think again: it's a phishing attempt
In the last few weeks, I've noticed an increase in phishing and email fraud as I noted a few days ago in my post The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards . (More on what a phishing scam looks like is available here on Microsoft.com .) Although one Microsoft study...
16 Jan 2009
Of interest: FastCompany's Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of
Guarded nearly as well as the passcode to the Microsoft home of the future , and the details of the Inquisition were released this week (not to be confused with The Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python fame )... here are The Top 10 Web Sites You've Never Heard Of courtesy of Chris Dannen and April Joyner...
29 Feb 2008
$2 per month and other reasons why I'm leaving Blockbuster for Netflix
Thinking about a great last-minute gift that doesn't require going to the mall or waiting for the FedEx driver to find your house? Give a subscription to a DVD-by-mail service. Better, give a Netflix subscription. This from a for-the -moment Blockbuster Online subscriber. Here's the full story...
22 Dec 2007
Net Neutrality: will it help spur improvements for customers, or slow infrastructure and development?
The kids are asleep and I'm catching up on my Sunday reading, mail and a few bills. I noticed as I paid the cable bill online that I received a link to a Seattle Times editorial this weekend , tackling the challenge in DC around a network neutrality bill that Congress could pass later this year. (See...
17 Sep 2007
Yes, there is $10 DSL... but "the user experience is not... really state of the art"
An interesting article at on Web Pro News and how nobody wants AT&T' $10 DSL . (The low-priced DSL offer was required by the FCC Federal Communications Commission when Cingular.) Nearly the same price as a high-speed dial-up (an oxymoron these days), AT&T offers a low priced package that many...
11 Aug 2007
Wireless Internet connections using the AT&T Cingular 8525 as a modem
OK, here we are on a lovely, sunny afternoon at the coast, after a very busy afternoon, and my wife asks if she can use the Internet on our laptop. Well, no broadband connection at our friend's house, and scanning the available networks, I found that no one locally here at the beach has an open, always...
30 Jun 2007
Of interest: Congress considers new Internet taxes this year
CNET News reports today that Internet taxes could arrive by this fall in the US if the discussions in Congress are successful. "State and local governments this week resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net...
24 May 2007
Gigabit Internet at 5x the cost of 6Mbps? Yes, in Asia
If you're in North America, you may see speeds for high speed data approaching 8Mbps as Comcast recently announced . And with the average cost for HSD coming in around $40-50 per month these days, wouldn't it be great to find faster access? If you live in Hong Kong, you can find 1 Gigabit residential...
31 May 2006
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