You are currently browsing the monthly archive for May 2011. has just sold at Sedo’s Great Domains Auction for $252,000. (The reserve price range was $25,000 – $49,999).

Bidding in the last 5 minutes of an auction at Sedo automatically extends the auction and this resulted in the auction ending 1 hour and 37 minutes after the scheduled 12:00 EST end time.

ICANN had commissioned a technical study from Bond Internet Systems SL to look at the impact of using DNAME resource records [RFC2672] in the root zone of the the Domain Name System (DNS).

The study concludes –

All the tests performed in this study indicate that the introduction of DNAME records as a means of creating isomorphic TLDs does not prevent name resolution using software in common use today.

The observed behaviour of DNS servers varies in the handling of the DNAME record and the caching properties of the synthesised CNAMEs but this does not affect the outcome of the resolution process.

Differences in caching behaviour may generate different load profiles in the DNS servers but do not prevent resolution completion.

Finally, while hard to quantify without well known query patterns for the potential new TLDs (popularity, etc) the introduction of DNAME in the root zone is highly unlikely to generate any significant impact in the load of root servers.

ICANN Announcement here

The Internet Society in hosting a very interesting conference in New York on the 14th June 2011 with an exceptional line up of keynotes and speakers.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Vint Cerf
Lawrence E. Strickling
Brad Burnham
Chris Libertelli
David A. Gross
David Solomonoff
Eben Moglen
Gigi B. Sohn
Hunter Newby
Jonathan Cannon
Leonard L. Gordon
Leslie Daigle
Link Hoewing
Lucy Lynch
Lynn St. Amour
Markus Kummer
Rachel Sterne
Rebecca Wright
Stephanie Mehta
Stephen Hughes
Nick Gall

Registration is currently available here.