Monthly Archives: August 2007

35 Domains You Can Register Today

Last month’s list of 60 Domains You Can Register Today was such a hit, here is another batch of 35 for you. If you register any of these and go on to develop a site, feel free to give a link back to Clicks and Bits.

vegasprep.com
denverballet.org
hottbodyfitness.com
augustfirst.com
meetlasvegassingles.com
bodyzonespa.com
weightsover.com
trustedoffers.com
vegasbusinesscards.com
brassgrills.com
omahaclassics.com
trustskateboards.com
fullswingolf.com
meetvegassingles.com
bayviewcoffee.com
insiderfantasysports.com
detroitsteaks.com
laketahoeshirts.com
tahoegamblers.com
wifidenver.com
mulligangolf.org
hallmarkfitness.com
simplefitnesstips.com
newyorkcoffeecompany.com
ultimategolfgear.com
omahasteaksoffers.com
lasvegasweddingideas.com
naturalhealthfaq.com
nebraskatelephone.com
vegasplayboys.com
carbongrill.com
beantownfitness.com
denverchapter.com
clubgearonline.com
omahacitysearch.com

The Daily Roundup – August 25, 2007

I haven’t had a daily roundup in a couple of weeks so here is a new edition with some leanings toward the upcoming football season.

There is a lot of stuff happening in the web space with regards to fantasy sports. Since it has become a multi-billion dollar industry, here are some of the new things happening in the space:

You Be QBQB1 was a huge hit for the bar and restaurant entertainment network, NTN Buzztime. Now, web startup You Be QB is bringing similar action to the web at YouBeQB.com. There is a late game tonight, so if the kids get to bed at a good time, I’ll be logging on and giving it a look. Bonus coverage: the YouBeQB has a blog, which has yet to be updated.

Screaming SportsScreaming Sports is fantasy sports on steroids. Their goal is to consolidate all of your fantasy teams from multiple providers into one place, while providing some value added services such as player news, automatic roster substitutions (so you never lose points with an empty roster spot), access from mobile devices, and tools to create your own sports homepage. Screaming Sports has a blog, and they update it often.

FleaFlickerA whole host of new league services are also cropping up. FleaFlicker is one such service which is designed to bring off-line leagues onto the web with a total customization. The league chat and advance stats & charting are also top notch – you know, because fancy charts and graphs sell damnit.

iPhone users who are looking for live baseball and football scoring action should point their iPhone browser to PickleView and FumbleView respectively. Live scoring updates with a visual field layout – a live gamecast format – and a live ‘chat’ based on Twitter. Both sites operate utilizing ESPN’s data sources and I wouldn’t be surprised to see an acquisition come from this down the road.

For your tailgating or fantasy football draft night food needs, I’d suggest whipping up a batch of Georgia Mustard for basting/dipping grilled/smoked sausage or as a marinade/baste for a grilled porkloin. For an appetizer, you can’t beat the grilled, bacon wrapped olives.

Dell VostroOn the tech front, I picked up a Dell Vostro 1500 Laptop to use as a home-based backup of my work PC. I’m a Mac guy through and through, but a lack of Mac-based tools, short of emulation via Parallels or VMware Fusion, for managing the web and MS SQL servers necessitates the need for a Windows box. It is amazing what $600 can buy power-wise, but you get a bloated, clunky form factor that is almost user unfriendly.

docx converter and pptx converter for the Mac

Microsoft has released an updated beta of their Open XML File Format Converter which now supports .docx, .docm, .pptx, .ppsx, and .potx. Still no sign of an Excel (.xlsx) converter.

Download the latest version of Microsoft’s Converter for Mac.

Note: You will need MS Office 2004 or MS Office v.X.

Update:
Alternatively, you can download the free NeoOffice, a Java-based office productivity application which can read/write in the open XML format.


Questions on Domaining

From my inbox, Jason asks:

Do you mind if I ask what some of your favorite domain tools are? I always struggle to find a decent domain for my side projects. Here are a few that I use:

http://www.bustaname.com/
http://pickydomains.com/
http://instantdomainsearch.com/

Appreciate any tips you care to share.

I mainly focus on expiring domains these days, while keeping tabs on current events for other opportunities.

For the expired, I have a couple of my own scripts at work that:

  1. Download the daily drop list from pool.com.
  2. Parse the drop list to remove all names > 20 characters and remove all domains that have numbers or dashes in them.
  3. I remove all but .com/.net/.org.
  4. I then filter the resulting list by a list of xxx keywords.
  5. With the keyword results, I then manually go through the list looking for domains of interest and adding those to my ‘watchlist.’

Then a few times throughout the day, I just run my watchlist through Moniker.com’s bulk search. When they are available, I then make my decision to register them on the spot, move them to a list for further research, a list of maybes (determined by my budget) or dump them from my watchlist. My research list and maybe list were the source of my recent post 60 Domains You Can Register Today. Stay tuned, it may become a monthly feature.

I think it sounds more complicated than it really is, but I only spend about 10 minutes/day on it. Eventually I’d like to further automate my system, but until I make the leap to full-time domainer, I can deal with the minimal time commitment.

For the expired names, I usually don’t chase them with the backorder tools unless I see a very strong reason for it, maybe 1-2 a month, tops. Using my watchlist and waiting out the automated tasters, roughly 80% of the names I add to my watchlist will eventually be available.

I also keep tabs on the domain name forums for domains for sale (digitalpoint forums, dnforum, namepro, etc.) but the noise level is usually too high to be an effective source of names.

For names for new projects, I usually ping a few people to brainstorm about 10 names each (whether registered or not) and go from there. I also know the guy the wrote the recommendation engine for [a popular registrar] and he gave me access to beefier version that he runs privately.

I’ve used Pickydomains a couple of times, both with success for the price I paid.

The Daily Roundup – August 8, 2007

10 Unsolved Mysteries of the brain. Interesting, especially about how the brain makes up for deficiencies in the senses (see #7).

Dealing with information overload. My step #1, turn off the damn browser.

And of course, in violation my previous statement, 100 Essential Web Resources worthy of keeping your browser open.

I picked up iLife ’08 today. Pretty damn slick. Included was a 30-day demo of iWork. I don’t do many presentations these days, but I have used Keynote to put together slick site maps and click-through demos. Pages is seldom used as I prefer the plain text editors. But the new Numbers, in my mind justifies the $79 price tag. It doesn’t sport the advanced functionality of Excel, but it brings “Design” to the stodgy thinking of rows and columns.

A fresh batch of books arrives tomorrow giving me ample excuses to stay off the computer when I’m not working. Yeah, staying off the computer – another reason why I suck at blogging.

Great Quotes: Ninth in a Series

“But there’s some stuff in our industry that we wouldn’t be proud to ship. And we just can’t do it. We can’t ship junk. There are thresholds we can’t cross because of who we are.”
– Steve Jobs (during Q&A of the new iMac Press Event in response to a question about going after the low-end market)