Camel-Case Domains, Comic Con, and UT Football

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This past weekend was a busy weekend for the House of Brown, and as always, the City of Austin.

As I do every other Saturday, I met with a group of gents from the Executive Leadership Council at Rudy’s.

Unfortunately, due to the down pour of rain at 6am, the meeting consisted of myself and another close friend.

This was good because he and I really needed to catch up with life, work, church and everything else over a few breakfast tacos.

As our time came to a close, knowing I must rush home to post the daily expired domain auction listings, I discovered the Austin Convention Center was hosting the annual Coming Con as read the poster via Rudy’s Bulletin Board.

Marketing Multiple Domains to Deliver Heating and Air Conditioning Comfort

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We’re well into summer here in Texas, and things are heating up quickly and quite early.

I don’t know if we’ll set record-breaking numbers for triple-digit weather, but things appears to be on track for such a possibility.

Most recently I dedicated a weekend to cleaning our 11-year old air conditioning units in hopes of each lasting one or two more summers before needing to be replaced.

I was fortunate to have cool, overcast weather that weekend to have been able to power off sections at a time of our house.  All in all, it took about 1.5 hours for each system, including disassembly, cleaning, and re-assembly.

Afterwards, both units operated as efficient as they could to be for 11 years old, blowing cool air inside while the temperature inched a few degrees away from triple-digit weather.

This was all good until about a week or so ago when I received the dreaded call from my wife about the upstairs AC unit NO LONGER blowing cold air. ?

The Austin Heat, Domains, and Annual Memorial Day CapTexTri

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Can’t believe it’s been one year since last Memorial Day and giving for the honorable men and women graciously deciding to serve and protect the United States of America, many having lost their lives. ??

My family and I kicked off Memorial Day quite early than many folks — literally our day started just before 6 am CST.

As we did last year, we made our way down to Auditorium Shores to support our friend and spiritual daughter as she participated, competed, and placed 3rd in the Sprint Course for her age group at the Annual Memorial Day CapTexTri. 

Western Day, Pony Rides, and Domains

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It’s hard to believe our oldest son will begin school this upcoming year.

Five years has flown by and many memories have been made, especially with the addition of his 3 year-old brother and 1 year-old sister.

With time flying by, I’m taking advantage of every opportunity to cherish, enjoy, and relish in the their moments.

Before long, they’ll all have graduated and striking out into the world to make a sizable and lasting societal contribution, fulling God’s purpose for their lives.

But this day, the current objective at hand for both boys were Western Day Pony Rides.

Out of and Into “Hot Water” with Geo Service Domains

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What a week it’s been in the “House of Brown”. Every week has it challenges, and this week brought us into uncharted territory.

This uncharted territory consisted of the water heater finally tapping out and refusing to provide our humble abode with something we all take for granted until we don’t have it: hot water. ?

Discovering vehicles (and domains) at “Touch a Truck”

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Despite the Texas Longhorns giving an early Christmas gift win to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in overtime on an ill-advised lob for an interception, it’s been a long but good weekend.

The highlight of today was a field trip over to City of Round Rock’s “Touch a Truck”, which was a hit with our boys.

My wife and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was an event full of horn honking, lights and sirens, and vehicles of all shapes, sizes, and kinds.

Is an abbreviated geo service domain an option for your brand?

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It was another fun-filled weekend of Town and Country Soccer. If you remember in my last post, I thought summer had passed.

Boy was I wrong about that! It was quite hot this past weekend, especially for a 1:30 pm soccer game for 4-6 year olds. Nevertheless, our little team did well.

They did have to substitute a bit more due to the heat, and we had a few heat-related crying episodes on the sidelines too. But nothing a gatorade and quick snack couldn’t remedy. 😉

Is .us domain extension for “Us” or “US”, or both?

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Most folks surfing the web are quite familiar with typing domains into web browsers and appending legacy extensions — .com, .net, and .org.

Most United States (US) based internet users have routinely used and come to expect most domains ending in .com for the last 30+ years and counting.

However, most non United States internet users routinely use their respective country code top-level domain (ccTLD) as the primary extension for their websites.

I’ve long known about the United States country code top-level domain: .us. The .us ccTLD was created as the Internet’s first ccTLD February 15, 1985 (33 years old as of last week and counting). In addition, ccTLDs consists of two letters and there were 255 ccTLD domains as of May 20, 2017.

And although .us has been around for quite some time, rarely do I ever encounter as many .us domains in use as I have in the last 6-9 months.  In fact, just the other day I encountered a clever usage of the .us extension that I had never thought about.

Should your business register domain variations?

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Another season of soccer is just around the corner. I know this because we recently registered our oldest son.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing 5 year olds attempting to mimic the adult version of soccer, then you’re missing the laugh of your life.

Nevertheless, as we were leaving from completing registration, the following domain captured my attention as it was prominently displayed via a wrapped vehicle: RainTechGutterSolutions.com.

How many characters are too many for a domain name’s length?

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Most companies looking to create and launch their digital presence use their company’s name as their domain name.

Although I know there are nearly 350 million domain names currently registered and counting,
I wish I had specific numbers on how many businesses currently operate a domain name that is an exact match of their business name.

I see a variety of partial match, exact match and brandable domains on a daily commuting between work and home.

For instance, I encountered a company, Business Communication Solutions, using the shortened domain bcs-ip.com, yet they don’t own BusinessCommunicationSolutions.com nor do they own bcsip.com.DevOps Days Austin 2016

But this question of how long is too long for a domain name really hit home this week as I was on my way home from DevOpsDaysAustin.com.

As I was waiting at a light, a vehicle caught my eye. The coupe was wrapped with advertising for an Austin-based cleaning company.