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Evicting domain name squatters

I recently considered starting a blog to replace Crankycode. I’m not quite as cranky as I used to be (although stuff with little or no documentation still pisses me off to no end), and I actually do more than just write code, draw flow charts, and generate pretty MSC diagrams. So, I thought to myself, why not create a blog where I could put articles on hardware and software. A place that could also offer follow-on support and ideas that tie into my books. Sounds good, now I just need to pick a name.

The problem is, that typing in anything with “maker” in it resulted in either an active website or a placeholder with nothing but a mostly blank page. In other words, a domain squatter. Sure, there’s the helpful little box that states “This domain may be for sale.” No thanks. I tried other names and various permutations, with largely the same results. The more I poked around, the crankier I became.

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