Archive for January, 2008

What’s in a name? An afternoon at the Royal Society

Always looking for an excuse to escape the office and learn a bit more about domain names, I headed into central London yesterday afternoon for an event run by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). Titled What’s in a name? The History and Future of the Domain Name System, it was held at the swanky Royal [...]

The surprising past of generic domain names

These days, generic domain names – based on ordinary nouns and verbs – can change hands for serious money. But in the web’s early days, most people hadn’t spotted the potential of such domains, and so they were often used in unexpected ways. Over at, they’ve used the wonderful Wayback Machine to document the use [...]

Free ASP.NET hosting for UK students

A common criticism by students of ASP.NET hosting in the UK is the cost. That’s why our sister company, WebFusion, in partnership with Microsoft, is now offering free ASP.NET hosting to all UK students! The free hosting includes: Windows Server 2008, IIS 7 500 MB disk space SQL Server 2005 database Support for ASP.NET 2.0, .NET [...]

Win speakers for your MP3 player

THIS COMPETITON IS NOW CLOSED Enter the 123-reg blog competition to win one of twenty portable MP3 speakers we have to give away. We’ve managed to wrestle 20 speakers away from the 123-reg shared hosting, InstantSite, ecommerce & domain name promotion for our blog readers. All you have to do to enter is to email [...]

Death of the keyboard? Microsoft man on surface computing (and robots)

If you’ve ever used a computer, you’ll have almost certainly come into contact with Microsoft software. Love them or hate them, there aren’t many companies which have had such a big effect on the way we work. So when we were looking to interview people in the world of technology, tracking down someone from Microsoft [...]

And the people’s choice is…

Webfusion, our sister company, sponsored the ‘Website of the year – people’s choice’ award in the .net magazine awards 2007. The awards are now closed and winners have been selected: The people’s choice award short list was: Web Jam Fantastic Photos Work Connexions and the winner is Web Jam - congratulations! For all other winners of the [...]

Social networks to get even bigger in 2008?

Just stumbed across an interesting piece from Robin Goad over at Hitwise about Facebook and other social networks. If you were in any doubt about whether Facebook has had an impact on how we use the internet, this will convince you. According to Hitwise’s stats, Facebook’s traffic increased 10-fold in 2007, accounting for 1 in every [...]

Logging in to the new 123-reg webmail

Last week we launched the new 123-reg webmail interface. (Blog readers got a sneak preview of it back in December.) It offers a number of improvements over the previous version; there’s new look and it’s easier to use – plus there are a few additional features. However, the log in method changed slightly when we [...]

Is your name on the web?

I don’t generally read Canadian news sites on a regular basis, but I just picked up a story on about Canadians who are buying up personal domain names. One of the story’s points is that it might well be worth people living in Canada registering and using it as their own “digital briefcase”. I think you could [...]