Happy Anniversary: 25 Years of Dot-coms

4 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary: 25 Years of Dot-coms”

  1. Those were the days – when you had to convince somebody at network solutions that you were the owner of a name before they would register it for you (at least it was free) and you had to get a NIC handle before they would talk to you (mine was JP302)

    1. The takeaway lesson from all this, of course, is simple:

      Gatekeepers for fundamental technologies are EVIL. Even if they have the best of intentions (no, I’m not thinking of NetSol), eventually they’re going to be put in a position where they have to choose between protecting their own interests and advancing the wider interests of the users of the technology in question. Any political organization, including businesses, will seek to protect their own interests first — for reasons that are hard to argue with.

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