Monday, April 27, 2009

Dot ME Unallocated Sunrise and Land rush auction

Got an email from GoDaddy on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 6:55 AM, which kinda confused me a bit.
It said:

We regret to tell you that TALKTO.ME could not be registered in your name because your application was denied by the registry.

Your registration fee will be returned to you in the original form of payment.

We value your business and thank you for choosing, Inc. for domain registration. If you have any questions at all,

please don't hesitate to call us at (480) 505-8877 or email us at

Sincerely,, Inc.

I put it down to a bug in the GoDaddy system and didn't think any more about it. After all, sold at the land rush auctions in Aug 2008.

Don't know why, but today I visited the old dotME auction site, and to my surprise, there is an auction going on.

And what makes it worse is is in the auction, and it seems there is no way to join in and participate.

The auction started on Apr 23 and ends Apr 29. 21 days after the registry from participating.
Here is a list of names in the auction.

So I wonder why my application was denied by the registry! Is it because my $100.00 deposit was returned to me after the first land rush auction had ended? Possibly. Why wasn't I informed about the new auction and given another chance to participate? I have no idea. In fact, if I had not visited the old auction site today, I would not have known it was on.

I registered in the land rush auction. It got a bit of interest when the auction started and It ended up selling for $3,505 after 39 bids.

Whoever won that auction must have either changed there mind, could not afford to make the payment on time or just forgot about it.
So now it is being re-auctioned. it currently has 24 bids and is at $505 with 3 days remaining.

There will be another "Unallocated Sunrise and Land rush auction" starting May 14 and ending May 20. A list of names can be found here.

The minimum opening bid is $100 (one-hundred USD) for the first auction and $75 (seventy-five USD) for the second auction. Minimum increment is 5 USD. Minimum registration is one year.

You can find out how to get involved in the second auction by going here.


Samuel Morse | Happy Birthday

Nice to see Google paying a tribute to the late Samuel Morse with a new logo (below)
Google in Morse Code

Today is Samuel Morse’s 218th birthday, and no doubt there will be several Telegraphers celebrating today.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) born in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Morse Code, which was invented for Samuel Morse’s electric telegraph in the 1840s, is a series of taps which can be felt as electronic pulses when sent along an electric line. The short and long taps stand for various letters and numbers, and organizations ranging from military to business used that code as a means of transmitting messages anywhere the lines could reach.

From wiki
On the sea voyage home in 1832, Morse encountered Charles Thomas Jackson of Samuel Morse TelegraphBoston who was well schooled in electromagnetism. Witnessing various experiments with Jackson's electromagnet, Morse developed the concept of a single wire telegraph, and The Gallery of the Louvre was set aside. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. In time the Morse code would become the primary language of telegraphy in the world, and is still the standard for rhythmic transmission of data.

Morse died on April 2, 1872 at his home at 5 West 22nd Street, New York City, at the age of 80.

If you want to do any Morse code yourself, but are unsure how. I have found this rather nice Morse code translator
(used to code my message below)

-.-. .... . . .-. ... --..-- / .--- .- -- . ... .-.-.- / ... .... .- .-. .. -. --. / -- -.-- / --- .--. .. -. .. --- -.