They kindly offered to sell me the domain name at a greatly discounted cost (the original price) if I agreed to use their creative services. Out of bitterness, my mom-and-pop-sized company completely scrapped the idea of creating a Web site. Something seemed weird, but I had no knowledge of the recourse available to me.
Chad Lorenc, Colorado Springs, Colo.
I THINK I had the same kind of experience with a domain-name search. I checked on a name and found it available. About a week later I tried to secure it and found that it had been taken. The thing that surprised me, though, was that when I checked the statistics on the name, I discovered that it had supposedly been taken months earlier.
I then visited the page to see how it was being used and found a notice that said, "This page is a place holder for the home page of your own Web site." It appeared that the domain name had been secured but not used.
So was it my imagination that the site was supposedly available months after it had been taken? Or was there a technical glitch somewhere that prevented it from showing up as taken? Or is someone out there taking note of these inquiries and then buying the rights to domain names that have a potential for outside interest?
Marty Haas, St. Louis
OUR COMPANY has found the same problem with registering domains. The problem mentioned in the article has happened to us three times. The company that now owns the domain we seek is trying to sell it to us for $6,000. Because this has happened more than once, we suspect there is some hanky panky going on inside of Network Solutions.
Sean O'Dea, Sacramento, Calif.
Linux users need to get involved
I COULDN'T AGREE more with Nicholas Petreley's assessment of the Linux Standard Baase (LSB) and it's total lack of activity and leadership "The Open Source", Oct. 9). I would hope this doesn't end with just one or two articles on the subject. I'm appalled that nothing has happened in the three years LSB has been in existence. It's time for Linux users to become more involved as a community and demand these people either step down or start doing what they set out to do. I'm sure there are many qualified people in the Linux community who could take an active role and make things happen. Keep up the good articles and don't hold back any punches.
Ron Cooper, Houston
Check your password
IN HIS RECENT product review "Single Sign-on dangles prospect of lower help desk costs" Oct. 2), P.J. Connolly says, "Fortunately, only one of those systems, NetWare, requires me to change my password regularly, which explains that call I make to the help desk every 90 to 100 days."