September 26, 2002

Thu, 26 Sep 2002 21:47:49 GMT

Rather than focusing on the performance of individual companies on the market and delisting them, in a demonstration of typical German precision, Deutsche Boerse has announced that they are dissolving the tech-heavy Neuer market - Germany's answer to the Nasdaq (sorry NASDAQ).
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You and three other Canadians might have read this

I had such unrealistically high hopes for the Internet back in 1994 :P
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Be back in five minutes

Alejandro has been re-elected to the ICANN Board (a Good Thing™ in my opionion). As a side note, I'm left wondering why the NC continues to go to the trouble of attempting to hold a closed vote on the election of board members. On one hand, the NC closes their mailing list archive during the voting period, but the results of the individual ballots are archived in the NC Telecon recordings. To top it all off, the archives get re-opened days later with the complete contents of the list available for the period of the closure. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, I'm just saying that the artifice doesn't seem to make much sense. What am I missing here?
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The dotMD dotCommunity

The "Internet Domain for Healthcare" has announced that they have released thousands of "premium" dotMD domain names that were previously (presumably) in the hands of speculators. Their release also notes that they are "under new management" that includes several of its original founders.

I still have a fundamental problem with the idea that the individual professional will place a higher premium on being identified with their "name" than with being identified with the more traditional associations or organizations that they have historically gathered under. For instance, it doesn't strike me that the legal eagles over at SAMSF are going to ditch in favor of any faster than Joe Surgeon is going to open himself up to a slew of questions from "do-it-yourselfers" by going public with a professional email address.

While the obvious answer is that these registries are going to first concentrate on marketing to associations and organizations such as hospitals, this doesn't address the reality that the individual is where the money is. And if the doctors don't get online with dotMD, then the adoption of these vanity domains is going to be severely limited. And as Google proves, there are still great options in many more concise namespaces...

Which brings me to my final question - Why? I posit that individuals would rather identify with domain names that represent actual community rather than go it alone and use their own moniker - even if that means building their own community.

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