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Choosing a Domain Registrar, or how not to ruin your week...
Many of my clients push back when I indicate that we use only Network Solutions as a domain name registrar. The most common objection I hear is "they are too expensive". Let's consider cost in a different way--what does a cheaper registrar cost when they have created a problem for you by incorrectly pointing DNS requests for the better part of a week? 1and1.com has created just such a problem for one of my clients. I have had similarly convoluted problems with many third-party registrars. By contrast, and believe me NetSol has their shortcomings, virtually any problem can be solved within 2 hours at NetSol. So the next time, someone you care about suggests using some third-party op for "cheap" registry, DNS, web hosting, or what ever, do them a favor and explain the role of enormous back end costs incurred by serious web outage scenarios--friends don't let friends use inadequate network services.
Microsoft XP Armageddon is hilariously not funny...
[Excerpted from Michael Endler - Information Week]
Still, for all the talk about the future, WPC has also made clear one of Microsoft's biggest present-day challenges: Worldwide, almost 40% of computers still run Windows XP.
As a result, the company is somewhat awkwardly perched between two extremes, rushing toward a mobile, cloud-oriented future even while millions of customers have resisted the new wave in favor of a decade-old product. Windows XP will lose support in April 2014, meaning that users who don't upgrade will no longer receive critical security patches such as those that Microsoft released this week.
On Monday, Erwin Visser, GM of Windows Commercial, addressed this challenge during a breakout session at WPC. According to ZDNet, Visser said that Microsoft and its partners need to migrate 586,000 PCs per day to meet the forthcoming service-termination deadline. The figure suggests around 160 million Windows XP machines need to be upgraded. Visser said the migration process represents a $32 billion service opportunity for Microsoft partners.
[Complete article at Information Week here]