Is that a .forum web address?

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It’s that time of year where “Summer Fever” is beginning to set in as we transition from Spring.

At the same time, April showers have brought May flowers as well as NBA Playoff games.

Just the other night, I happened to have the TV on as background noise as the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 was nearing the end.

As I happened to glance up from solving a challenging coding issue, I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I noticed what looked to be a new domain extension being advertising on the Bucks hardwood floor. Could it be true?

The URL Extension to .Watch for Watch Making, Video, Gaming, and News

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When you have 3 kids six and under, then there is likely a chance that YouTube for Kids isn’t far from being a daily part of your life — whether 30 minutes, the whole day, or somewhere in between that expansive time range.

This given morning as I retreated from our bedroom to start our day with family prayer, and head off to the office for a days work, I paused a video my kids were held captive by.

In most cases, I’m not held captive by the same material, but this day was a bit different when my eyes landed on what looked to be a new domain extension: .watch.

Learning to Drive Online and In-Person with Drivers Ed

drivers ed cones
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Learning to drive is likely one of the most memorable moments in life for both parents and child, and for many different reasons — the good, the bad, and ugly.

While teens are pumped to no longer have to request the services of the parental taxi, parents are certainly apprehensive — to say the least — when it comes to allowing their “baby” to operate machinery tonnage in the great big outdoors.

Dating myself, I remember having attended driver’s education school in the mid 90’s. Comprised of a number of classroom hours — reading and studying, watching VHS videos, and taking test by hand — and hands-on instruction in a dated clunker, today’s driver’s education school has drastically changed.

I was recently reminded of this change while out on a walk enjoying a nice warm day in between 40 degree shifts in the Texas’ sporadic weather pattern.

As I walked by the Mini of Austin dealership, parked in the service area was a Mini Cooper with a wrap advertising the student driver services of DriversEd.com.

Why Use Questionable New Domain Extensions

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Five years after global fanfare, and not many new domain extensions could be considered a profitable success, if successful at all.

There is no shortage of companies and persons shouting to the mountain top that all the good .com domains are taken. While there is a kernel of truth about a decent percentage of .com domains no longer available, this isn’t the complete truth or story.

Drive Like Your Kids Live Here Making It Safe For All

Slow Down Kids Playing
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Having lived in the same neighborhood for a little over a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a developed neighborhood of original or second homeowners age transfer ownership to newly married couples or early-stage families of little ones.

When my wife and I moved in, we were the only young couple for about 3 years until others started making their way into one of the hottest areas and real estate markets in Northwest Austin.

While I never paid much attention to the traffic patterns when we first moved in, that all changed when we brought home our oldest child, and certainly changed when he was a bit more mobile and could play in the front yard.

As with many things in life, you likely don’t notice certain things in life until it becomes apart of your journey. I never paid attention to how fast cars would make their way through the neighborhood.

But with three kiddos under the age of 6, what I once never considered is now a critical thought pattern of my life to protect not only my kids, but our village of children now spread across 10 households.

I was reminded of this as familiar red and white signage pops up in yards covering a 1-mile radius of where we live.

Keeping Cool with Austin Sun Shades

Sunshades Window Tinting in Austin, Texas
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Well, it’s been one of those kind of weeks for the House of Brown. Everything is good, yet the journey to arrive a good a bit challenging and rewarding in the same breath.

Austin has certainly has its fair share of rain this week, seeing the Texas Highland Lakes all reach or surpass flood stage.

I can stand the rain, I’m not much of a fan for it being cold and wet. Temperatures dropped earlier this week to mid 40’s, and I know this because my daily driver — 1977 Caprice Classic — let me know by not starting.

While I love her and drive her daily, I had to seriously consider the value in having a reliable vehicle that’ll start rain, sun, sleet or snow.

Austin Startup Community in Full Force Next Week

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A few hours ago, I received the “last call” email for what is sure to be a jam-packed week of events showing the Austin Startup Community: AustinStartupWeek.com.

Going into its 8th year, Austin is rolling out its red carpet to locals and visitors interested in its booming startup scene.

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.