Thursday, June 30, 2005

To go to Cocos Islands or to not to go...

The good news is: I talked to the web folks and will get my own virtual server for things around rsyslog, liblogging and the other open source tools I created.

Question now: how does this releate to Cocos Islands? Well, we were in search for a good domain name. All good names (syslog.somewhat) were of course taken. But I have set up as an aid for my IETF activities. Sounds like a good fit... well, as long as you do not think about the country, whom's domain this is. In fact, it's Cocos Islands, with a population of less than 700. Do I really trust their NIC to be stable? The marketing folks want to make you beliefe .cc is a real top level domain. But it is a country-code top level domain (cc is the ISO code for Cocos Islands). So it all depends on what the country and its population decides to do to it. I even barely remember that one other such country were flooded by the oceans because of global warming. The country now no longer exists (really!). I remember there was some discussion that its domain needed to be disabled, because the country no longer exists (sounds like a valid argument...). Unfortunately I do not remember which country it was nor what happened to the domain.

Anyhow, should we take the risk and use a domain rooted on Cocos Islands? Being paranoid, I doubt. So we stayed away from using that domain. The site will now come up under (not yet operational), which might not be as cool but is more likely to stick around for some time.

By the way: if you visit, you'll see that I had the same concerns initially, too. But it really doesn't matter for that site...

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