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US Medical Insurance

In most of the third world, you can only get good medical care if you can afford it, and for most people it isn't an option. When Tessa and I were touring India a few years back, she had a cold that was turning into bronchitis, we were rich tourists by local standards and had medical insurance but for reasons that really aren't worth dwelling on at length the only doctor I could get Tessa to...

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High Ranking Sites Directory

I've long had a few general and a couple of special purpose reciprocal web directories. I started with Search New Zealand, then added Search Me NZ and Weblinks, Weblinks was originally a restructured Search New Zealand that was intended to replace the original and Search Me was an experiment to see if formatting, web thumbs etc. would make a difference (the answer was yes, and the result was...

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Musings on change

On Saturday Tessa and I went up to the top of Mt Albert and looked across to what had once been my teenage home, just as I had stood there and looked across a many times when I was a teenager in the 1970s, before I moved away from first home, then Auckland and now back. The trees are taller and...

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Valuing A Revenue Producing Domain Name

This is a response I gave on the Namepros forum to the question "I have a portfolio of parked domains making 10K per year, what should I sell them for" The value of your portfolio depends on who you are selling it to. If it's an experienced investor in parked domains they should have...

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Internationalised Domain Names

Domain names are human readable names such as Example.com that people can use to find web sites. When first defined, domain names could contain only the ASCII letters A-Z, numbers 0-9 and the hyphen (-). These characters are all that English requires to create meaningful names, and served for...

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Negotiation, more than just haggling

About a year ago I received a simple inquiry through NameDrive on one of my parked generic domain names. "Are you interested in selling this domain name? If so can you please contact me" giving an ISP customer email address. That's very little information and as email is fairly...

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Viral marketing of Open Source Software

When plain text isn't enough we often need to use Microsoft formats because so many people can read them on their computers. We can't use other formats because only a few people have the software to read them. So, let those of us who don't like this change it. It isn't going to happen...

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What is Domain Parking?

In its simplest form domain parking is a service where someone owns a domain name and another person or company provides a very simple website for that domain. Some domain registrars automatically park domains that their owners don't host elsewhere on a simple page they construct on their...

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Meat does more for climate change than food miles

With all the recent concern about fuel miles affecting New Zealand's meat exports to Europe by causing people to avoid buying it I was fascinated when I found this interesting report in the environment area of New Scientist magazine. "That locally-produced, free-range, organic hamburger...

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Beware the Free DNS

When people first start publishing on the internet they often start by creating content on free services like Geocities or Blogspot. After a while they decide they need their own domain name to help separate their content from the other denizens of the free host. When you register your domain...

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Teen uses microbes to biodegrade plastic bags

Polyethylene bags are an environmental curse because they are expected to take thousands of years to decompose, and worldwide their use is growing. In India, for example, over the last 15 years...

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Pacific Island Pigs

The pig followed human colonization of the pacific, so why did it get to the Polynesian islands, but miss out on reaching New Zealand until European contact? Or did it? I got alerted to this...

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Truth: Pravda Lives

Remember Pravda, the newspaper of the Communist Party of The USSR? Despite its name meaning "Truth", for nearly eighty years years it was the boring parrot of whatever its totalitarian...

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Auckland, New Zealand, Daily Photo Blog

When you live in a country known for its natural beauty and pastoral countryside, it can be hard sometimes to appreciate the beauty of the urban landscape where most of us actually live. For...

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Faster short distance commuting by scooter

A few years back I used to commute to work from Massey on a bus that ended up at the Britomart interchange which is about 2.5 km from the office in Parnell. With my version of power walking I...

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Domain Name Appraisal Scams

As a domain name investor you will be contacted by a number of people, some who are genuine people you should deal with and some you definitely should not. Among the “should nots” are the...

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Surviving the recession

To an extent nearly everyone in an internet business is dependent on advertising for our respective businesses' income. It doesn't much matter what form that revenue is in, Cost per click (CPC) /...

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Internet Branding Your Business

Everyone in business needs a unique name for their business, and you have to protect and promote that name. Registered Trademarks (and to an extent unregistered trademarks) do protect the name...

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Who is Bruce Clement, Domainer

I'm a domain name investor in Auckland New Zealand with somewhere around 1700 registered domains. I have some strong opinions on domaining (domain name investing), so it is only fair that I...

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Qassia Social Networking Link Engine

I've recently been experimenting with Qassia, a cross between blogging, social networking, a link engine and wiki. These is some preliminary notes. What is Qassia? Qassia is a web site...

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