I’m sure I can hear a friend of mine in the cheering crowd at the end!
That’s the word over on Namecheap today. Namecheap is my domain registrar of choice and I can therefore unreservedly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Especially godaddy clients who have to deal with all those annoying popups and keep asking whoever is sitting next to them how to do this and that and why can’t they do this or that, etc. But this post, isn’t about godaddy, it’s about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). A recent incident of a friend of mine prompts me to quote:
SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is a proposed bill that would allow owners of intellectual property to block or disable any website that they consider infringes on their intellectual property.
Unfortunately, the bill takes a “carpet bombing” approach to piracy and gives intellectual property owners unprecedented powers in being able to take websites down without any sort of due process.
The bill goes so far that many people have renamed it the “Stop Online Privacy Act” because it infringes on both privacy and freedom.
Many people are worried, and rightly so, about how SOPA can hurt the internet. SOPA hurts consumers, SOPA hurts service providers, and SOPA hurts freedom of speech.
And I don’t think I have anything to add to that, it’s pretty clear. If you want to read more about it, head on over to Namecheap’s MoveYourDomainDay page. I have no gain whatsoever from your click but if you do choose to change registrar tomorrow, you can enjoy a $6.99 per transfer with coupon code SOPASucks and Namecheap will donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to boot.
Out of boredom, I have added a quick WHOIS lookup utility to a page of this blog. If you think you might need it instead of the millions of other WHOIS services available, it’s over here.
On December 8th, 2011, the Cyprus Mail reported that a ship ran aground at the Sea Caves area of Paphos between Coral Bay and St. George’s Island due to bad weather. This is not far from Paphos’ other shipwreck, the MV Demetrios II which has its own facebook page and is yet to be removed. A few days ago my friend Brian from Peyia sent me a couple of pictures of the new shipwreck, which I share with you.
Now all we need is for Google Maps to be updated so that we can find it, like we can find MV Demetrios II.
Google have rolled out a new feature, the navigation bar. Basically the Google logo on whatever Google site you are currently on turns into a menu of other Google sites. I’ve noticed that some of the sites I’ve clicked through to don’t have it implemented yet, which makes it rather pointless in some ways and I hope that they will update all of them so that it works across the board. Here is a screenshot of it.