If the companies that win the rights to these domains want to horde hoard them all for themselves and not let anyone else use them, they can do that. Or they can sell them the same way individual .com and .net and .biz domains are sold, charging whatever the market will bear. In other words, there are some schmucks, but none of them are you, R. J.
In "Questions lurk below Microsoft's Surface," I asked if Steve Ballmer ever decided to ditch the whole Microsoft CEO master-of-the-universe gig and become a heavy metal rocker, what would he name his band?
The top three entries: Buffer Overflow, Bullet Head, and the Devil-opers. (Ouch.) Thanks to readers B. H., B. E, and M.S. for those contributions. Rock on, dudes.
I want to end with two corrections and one observation. Strangely, only one reader pointed out that I screwed the proverbial pooch when I predicted that no way, no how would Microsoft introduce its own branded tablet earlier this month in Los Angeles. Yes, I blew that one. But at least I admit it.
Contrast that with the guy who confidently told the world three months ago CNN would purchase Mashable for $200 million, which of course didn't happen. Or all the times TechCrunch or Boy Genius Report or DigiTimes flat out blew some Apple rumor. We're still waiting for those mea culpas. But I digress.
Now compare that to the dozen or so readers who immediately pointed out a gaffe in a recent post in which I referred to the "beautification" of Steve Jobs. Didn't I really mean "beatification," my readers gently asked. Beautification would be what Mr. Jobs' embalmers would have performed postmortem; beatification requires intervention from the Vatican. (Some who would argue Apple's co-founder is certainly deserving of the title "blessed," if not full-on sainthood.)
So to recap: I completely blow a prediction of the biggest announcement Microsoft has made in a decade, and one person notices. I include one vowel too many in a tossed-off reference to Steve Jobs, and a dozen Cringesters are all over it. Draw your own conclusions.
My personal conclusion? As always, with my readers, it all comes down to "u."
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This article, "Microsoft Surface: Not yet here, but already forgotten," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.