The Spurious Justifications for Eliminating Price Caps on .org and Other Legacy Domains
This post by Nat Cohen covers ICANN’s proposal to lift price protections on .org domains, allowing the Public Interest Registry (the owner of .org) to charge whatever price they wish to registrars. ICANN’s justification is that extortion by registrars will cause domain owners to leave, driving the price down. This analogy falls apart when we consider that organizations are strongly coupled to their domain names. Nat explains by analogy: Let us say that you live in a long-established city of millions of people.
DIY image hosting
Please don’t use this for a real site. This script doesn’t do any sort of file validation. It’s possible for someone to rename a .exe to .jpg, upload it, and then use the site for malware distribution. I spent a couple of hours throwing together a quick Python HTTP server that I can use to run image hosting on this machine. It’s super ugly and not at all responsive to errors, so I have systemd just restart the script on failure.
I read about the IndieWeb project last week. I’ve followed them at a distance in the past, but I ended up watching this video, and it really struck a chord with me: Having my own website means that I have a ‘real’ online identity. Businesses will come and go, incredible journeys will come to an end, and servers get neglected, hacked, or shut down. But even as I churn through social media accounts, my personal domain will always represent me.