Note to self
Don't fire (erm - "rightsize") the person who handles our domain name, ever again.
Don't know if this is what happened, but it's possible.
With a perfect dose of irony, a biz that sells automated marketing software online failed to automatically renew its dotcom. Silicon Valley-based Marketo started receiving customer complaints Tuesday morning that its reporting systems weren't working. Since the corp's marketing emails use "marketo.com" links to track user …
Every critical website I own and run, I make sure the domain expiration date is at least one year from now. When I renew, I renew for at least two years.
You run the risk (it happened to me once on an unused domain) of a domain expiring and someone getting it immediately using a domain waiting service.
I waited 2 years to grab a domain I'd been wanting for longer than that. When it changed ownership and wasn't being used I thought it was just a matter of time.
If you want to keep them, renew them. If you spend too much time shopping around someone like me may well have been waiting.
Don't rely on the Registrar to remind you either. Found an old club domain had fallen off the net in June, with not a single reminder having been sent. Luckily we got it back and running again, but a shared calendar entry has now been set up, so multiple people get the message.
Network Solutions – would be more than happy to sell the company its premium renewal service, where it will contact a specific person before any changes are made,
And given the staff turnover (read as "layoffs") of way too many companies these days, what are odds the "specific person" will be gone by the next renewal time?
Network Solutions starts notifying me at least two months before the renewal must happen. My e-mail is not on the same domain. I have e-mail on five domains elsewhere. Also, if one plans to stay in business one can pay for something like ten years in advance. The one I have on NS has been there for 20 years and has made over half a million dollars.
Sounds like a real incomprehensible screwup.
Just had exactly the same thing happen in my company- Marketing decided to push out a major IT change without running it by the IT dept. Half way thru, the project is a massive failure and we've been asked to come in to bail them out. I'm just going to management now with a break down of how much it is going to cost with licences, maintenance packages and a new Exchange server. And a stern reminder of why these projects always have to come thru IT.
He paid the fee but didn't gain control of the domain. Hence he couldn't correct the DNS servers and it took them another few hours to sort it out.
Registrars these days put the domain into a retention period rather than making it available for anyone to buy immediately after expiration.
No not really. It simply doesn't matter.
Almost, but not quite. It does matter, for some values of "matter."
Business performance is largely a matter of luck. This has been confirmed by statistical analyses. The wunderkinds who get megabucks for supposedly making a business successful don't really deserve even a pat on the back. All they really managed to do was not fuck things up too badly at a time when luck happened to favour that particular business. To that extent, you are right.
However, failure is correlated with incompetence. Failure can be caused by luck, just as success is, but it can also be caused by sheer stupidity. Ferranti buying International Signal Control as a poison pill to fend off a GEC takeover and poisoning itself comes to mind. GEC getting rid of its core competencies to concentrate on stuff it was no good at also comes to mind. Windows 8 and 10 also come to mind, although Microsoft hasn't gone bust yet.
It's easy to fuck things up, it's hard to do things outstandingly well.
You'd be surprised (or perhaps not) with companies employing 100s or 1000s of people, how often absolutely critical business and infrastructure matters come down to the expertise of a single person. It's as if the need for educated elders and leaders and hierarchy is hard-wired deep in the human psyche. I guess we were very much a pack animal in the dim and distant past.
Quote: A source familiar with the matter says Marketo has made a "substantial donation" to a charity chosen by Travis Pebble
That's fairly classy if true. I can't decide whether not trumpeting about it is even classier, or whether it indicates it's not true, but they want some of the brownie points anyway.
Quite true. Which is why I use Nagios monitor the internet-facing SSL certificates for all of my clients, whether they bought the certificates from me or not, and whether they host with me or not. More than once I have contacted a client or former client to inform them that the SSL on their ecommerce shopping cart at [insert-ecommerce-as-a-service-platform-here] was about to expire.
I'm sure it couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of people.
That's one of the far too many phishy sounding spyware domains out there that, thanks to RequestPolicy and NoScript, I never allow to load on any website that I visit.
To be honest, I'm very surprised that the activities of any of these sorts of companies can possibly be in compliance with EU Data Protection law, with regard to informed consent, "strictly necessary", etc, use of data, no matter what sort of Unsafe Harbor, Privacy Unshield, etc, smoke and mirrors the Wild West data badlands of the USA tries to cloak such activities under.
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