Posts Tagged ‘TabNET’

Lost In The System

17 Sep




Orginally punlished on January 18, 1998

Most did settle out of court from what I've read. Now, law is leaning toward allowing companies an edge in arguments against domain name speculators, but I think the domain name wars are over as a result of this a new set of seven upper domains on tap, plus the other two that are already on the market at TABNET, but who knows if "" will declare manifest trademark rights on "" Doesn't seem to have, after a quick check.

Still painting, burning weeds. Order in the court. Speaking of that. The DC government has sent me a two dollar check for appearing in court for jury duty on January 7, 1998. They also sent me a thirty dollar day for January 7. Then I received another two dollar check for services rendered on January 8. Then another thirty. I only went to the courthouse a half a day, and that was January 7. This, after blowing off the whole thing back on December 8, when I was originally scheduled to appear in Superior as a potential petit juror. Being sick, I didn't go, but I straightened up. They sent a threatening letter teasing me with a $300 fine, seven days jail, or both. Now they are sending me all this money.

So far, Hector has liked everything, graphically. He just thinks it’s too big, and needs to be scaled back, which is my evening project, after I finish this forest green painting of the paper closet, install the bric-a-brac-and handle, and set up the new ETF account I was telling you about.
Got to rework the Takaro Farm site nearly from scratch again to be viewable without scrolling at 640x480 rez on a 15" display. This the client now prefers, after first declaring he wanted frames because he saw them elsewhere, but disturbing inconsistences in the display of text over graphics on one of the pages in the current design are forcing me to rethink and revamp the site at large, so as to have the material fully viewable on first screen, in that monstrous resolution, at a size that looks large to him. What's your take on this topic, Steve? Two years ago I could agree with Hector, but Hector admittedly knows nothing about his own computer, much less the industry. If he did, he should perhaps try to lure some Apple money into his pockets. But today? I think 15" display 800x600 resolution is by far the norm, and more specifically, the cheapest view I can imagine someone looking to purchase a $10K horse from around the world, would be visiting the Takaro farm site. So far, Hector has liked everything, graphically. He just thinks it's too big, and needs to be scaled back, which is my evening project, after I finish this forest green painting of the paper closet, install the bric-a-brac-and handle, and set up the new ETF account I was telling you about.


Very Strong Design, Señor Scenewash

18 Aug


Drawing by Bob Blumstein


At 11:07 PM -0400 8/18/97, Steve Taylor wrote:

Checked out your Scenewash site—very strong design. Let me know as you fill out the content. Btw—are you able to keep the content on the same TabNet server space?

No. I went with SimpleNet, drawn by their persuasive stand behind unlimited storage, unlimited hits. They figger it's a math game they can't lose, balancing less with more, that sort of crunching. I've still never been billed a penny by TABnet, and as I knew I was running out of space with them (30MB), it wasn't good sense to rock the boat by upping my site load with the same account info. The SimpleNet solution presents new variables. Pharaon sits on one of their servers, but because of certain parameters I will register Always & Forever with TABnet (should they decide to accept my 3-tiered proposal submitted yesterday August 18.

In other frivolity, here's a shard of poetry I posted in combat with some other mortal delinquent who likes to tail me, make me look, force me to snarl...

              Aggressor, trangressor, bodily snatch.
              Fire in the cranium, mire in the blood,
              Billions still screaming, "I'm misunderstood!"

              So tell me oh headstones of time and potlatch
              How many stooges does it take to explain
              Nothing truly sinister is ever that lame?

Thanks for the big cheese, Mouse. Reality's real whether you like it or not. Mine doesn't have to be yours. Actually no two realities are exactly the same, like snowflakes, DNA, retina scans, fingerprints, pair of tits, and voices in the wilderness, Master Jack and Billy, too. But it's still reality, and it's facing us down. Besides, there's only so much one man can do to help another. Personally, I've given up the lost cause. It's a killer con, dried me all up inside. Unless an understanding of the reality of one's own analog choices is as powerful an emotion as despising the common jack be nimble of the land, there's no hope worth the word spit. Might as well pack it all in. Trust is everything. Hot air is for balloons. Enjoyed our conversation after we moved past you importing automobiles into Saudi hands. Afraid I'm a disbeliever on that note, dude. Reminded me of something Chas would say. Of course, that's only my opinion. I could be wrong. Meanwhile...

Keep writing. But tell me the truth.


"Don't ask me nothing about nothing, I just might tell you the truth..."
—Bob Dylan

Virtual Servers & Real Domain Names

25 Feb

Making It Real

Making It Real


Date: Tue Feb 25, 1997 1:03:59 PM

Times have certainly changed since the earliest pioneer days of the world wide web (as it was called then) explosion. The WWW protocol was launched in 1995. Internet Service Providers proliferated. Most individual sites in this new protocol were written as sub-domains as shown in the examples 1 and 2 below, and as the technology of domain mapping evolved, companies began pushing secondary domains to companies and individuals shown in example 3, as well as the hype witnessed below in Bill Shaw's post in italics.


Why does willingness to spend $50 a year for a domain name make a company legitimate? The thing that's stopping me from MY own domain name isn't the cost of registration. It's the cost of HOSTING the domain. I've been told those costs average in the $100/mo. neighborhood. Is it possible that I've got this wrong?

I'm hoping that there may have been a LE member that has dealt with this, and can offer me some help.

Thanks again,

Bill Shaw
Shattered Records

Bill, a few months ago when I was interested in registering my own "real" domain name I found this company called TABNET []. For $75 (it's now only fifty) TABnet handled all the paperwork with InterNIC (the official domain registration clearinghouse of the Internet). Internic billed me $100 for the first two years registration, and will bill me fifty a year thereafter. Meanwhile for 30 Mbs of virtual server space on a wickedly fast Apache system geographically located in Mountainview CA (I'm in Washington, DC) I pay $30 per month. While this isn't free, it's not the $100/month neighborhood you were mentioning. Should I choose to leave TABnet, they will forward all my registration documentation to the new server for free. They even allow unlimited E-mail addressing. In other words, will be forwarded to your main E-mail address at your local IP provider. Yes, you must maintain local Internet access, unless of course you live in Mountainview CA.

And by the way, my barely begun site is located at

Trust I've been of some service,


Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 16:46:07 -0500 (EST)

I saw your post in the LE Digest. Yep, Tabnet is the way to go. I keep it a secret here where I live because I have a website hosting company that I run with my TABNET site. I charge $9.00 a month, and with just four accounts, I pay for all of my online services for a year!

Best Regards,

Max W. Cottrell, Publisher
The Ypsilanti Community Information Service


"Ignorance and virtue suck on the same straw. Souls grow on bones, but die beneath bankers' hours.""