To Be or Not To Be
That is the Domain Question!
February 28, 2000

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Reaching Great Minds Online
February 28, 2000 Issue #33
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To Be or Not To Be, That is the Domain Question

adaptation by Mike Banks Valentine
with apologies to Shakespear

To be, or not to be: that is Domain question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of slow, free servers,
Or to take arms against a sea of wannabees,
And by opposing, end them. To search: to seek;
No more; and, by anonymity to say we end
The heartache of a million useless search results
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Devoutly to be earn'd. To look; to seek;
To find? perchance to link! Ay, there's the URL;
For in search fatigue domain names may come,
When we've shuffl'd off this long URL,
Must give us pause. There's the address
That takes gigabytes for so long a name.
For who would bear the tilde and subdirectory,
The competitor's URL, the name so catchy
The pangs of taken domains, the listing delay,
The insolence of Yahoo, and the spurns
That patient merit of unworthy geocities,
When he himself might his IPO make
Without Domain name? Who would AltaVista bear,
To grunt through subdirectories and filenames,
But the dread of something after backslash,
The undiscovered Business from whose URL
No surfer returns, puzzles the will
And make us rather bear those URLs we have
Than buy the others that are already taken?
Thus creativity does make cowards of us all;
And thus rush'd to registration of a name
We worry o'er lowly cost of reserving,
And enterprises of great riches and power
With this regard our clients turn away,
And lose the name of

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