a few updates.... 
It has been quit for a while here, due to the nice weather ;-)

We haven't been sitting still meanwhile. We have launched .CN registrations at 12Register . Spectacular pricing by the way (just $2,99).

We have been accredited for .ME , .ASIA , .IN .

I consider .ME as a new TLD with potential. It will start the landrush on the 6th of june 2008. They have come up with new version landrush system; they open registrations for 30 days, if a domain is requested more then once, an auction will start and the highest bidder will get the domain. Very curious how this will work out.

For .IN we have requested an OT&E timeslot, to demonstrate our registration capabilities. Basically, we will need to perform several EPP actions in a script, and handle them correctly. Usually a piece of cake, so I hope for some good news later this week.

For .ASIA , we need to decide on how to implement this. It is necessary to have a contact in the .ASIA region for domain registration to be allowed. We could offer a standard contact ourselved, or leave it up to the end user to come up with an asian contact. Technically we could develop the module already, but we haven't decided yet.

We are working with ICANN on the appendices for . TRAVEL , . JOBS , . PRO , . AERO , . CAT . Once these are in place, we will be able to offer these gTLD's as well.

Thats all for this update.

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India, a land of wonders 
I am more and more suprised on the way things go in India. I have sent in the registry-registrar agreements 3 times already. Each time there was something wrong. The last time I did not put my initials on each page (this wasn't described anywhere, so I couldn't have known this). I didn't mind doing this, allthough this was the third time I was sending these documents.

Today, to my suprise, I received the following email. I'm beginning to think this is a candid camera show......

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From: IN Registry

Dear Peter,

This time it's my fault. It was accidently spoilt due to pouring of water on those agreement. I sincerly appologize and earnestly request you to send another set of the agreeement duely signed. It was unintentionally spoilt. Please forgive me for the inconveinences caused to you.

Warm Regards,

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.ME is about YOU 
We have sent out the contracts for .ME today, a new cc-tld (montenegro) but obviously focusses on YOU and ME.

It will become available during may-july, we off course want to be accredited registrar right from the start!

Meanwhile, .IN needed some more paperwork, and the ICANN RDE company Iron Mountain too.

We'll just keep rollin'.....

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ICANN Data escrow  
We had an issue this week with ICANN, because we failed to start our data escrow programm . This has become a part of the Registrar Agreement, we are obliged to submit copies of our gTLD registration data. We were supposed to start on the first of april, but somehow this got lost in the many things we are doing.

Therefor we were immediately contacted and warned by ICANN, on which we replied and started working on the data escrow tool. Once the paperwork with the RDE service provider is in place, we will be starting the data escrow.

An unfortunate thing, which is delaying the .jobs / .name and .asia appendixes from being approved, I hope its all solved in a few days.

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Checking out things I should have already known 
So as I explained earlier, we attended The Next Web conference . This was all about new stuff on the web, but also about currently very popular sites and services. I heard about a lot of things there that I heard about before, but was never interested enought to check it out. The time has come now to do so. Below a list of things I will be checking out now and perhaps they will also appear on this site.

- facebook
- twitter
- digg
- pownce
- lookery
- hoera
- stumbleupon
- ubervu
- soocial
- netlog
- symbaloo
- introniche
- fav.or.it
- cocomment
- ebuddy
- myspace
- pluggd
- flickr
- gmail
- youtube
- tinyurl

I will discuss/review each of these here, as I have investigated them. This is both in a personal interest view and as a business oppertunity, I like to see myself as a trendwatcher when doing this ;-)

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