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.co.za is the default domain for companies in South Africa. Why is it not just simply .za?

.co.za is the default domain for companies in South Africa. Why not just simply .za?

 

Is your url ending in .co.za?

 

Do you know why South Africa is having this tongue twister as the default web address?

 

Few countries are using the second level domain .co in their url. It stands for ‘commercial’ as opposed to ‘academia’ (.ac) or ‘government’ (.gov) before the country’s top level domain.

 

One of these countries is the UK, where I first encountered the practice of using second-level domains in the url.

 

It annoyed me back then in the UK and it still annoys me now in SA:

 

Of course it makes sense to create credibility with moderated second level domains such as .ac or .edu or .gov or .ngo, because they help the user identify an official institution at a glance.

 

But .co.za, .net.za and .org.za are unmoderated second level domains, which means anyone can just get them.

 

So why not just go for .za then?

 

Many countries skip those superfluous letters of the second level domain and simply stick to their country’s top level domain. Like the host of my email address which uses only the German country domain, keeping it short and simple: TrulyJuly@web.de 🙂

 

Interestingly, it appears the UK is not only ditching the second level domain, but also offering to swap it with the shorter and sweeter top level country domain on its own.  As per Wikipedia:

“New registrations directly under .uk have been accepted by Nominet since 10 June 2014 08:00 BST, however there is a reservation period for existing customers who already have a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk or .plc.uk domain to claim the corresponding .uk domain, which runs until 07:59 BST on 10 June 2019.[7]

 

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Google's New Year Doodle looks like

Google’s New Year Doodle looks like “GO GIF” in the search results thumbnail view.

 

This was funny, at first glance I misread it, but I think it’s still a great way to welcome the new year:

Today’s Google Doodle for 2018 looks like “GO GIF” in the search view thumbnail version or “GO GLF” on the main Google search display.

 

 

Especially the “GO GIF” is worthwhile googling if you need a bit of an upliftment for the new year ahead.

 

So: Happy New Year and GOoooo!

 

You go! :)

You go! 🙂

 

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Surely, the Microsoft Windows Firewall should be familiar with Skype, a Microsoft owned app?

The Microsoft Windows Firewall has a problem with the Microsoft Skype program. Surely it should know by now that Skype is trustworthy?

The Microsoft Windows Firewall has blocked the Microsoft Skype program. Surely it should know by now that Skype is trustworthy?

I just wonder how this company is running when already their tech is rejecting each other?

 

“A LinkedIn connection means you’ll never lose touch”. Exactly the reason why I keep on connecting with my contacts on LinkedIn.

 

The connections you make are valuable. But keeping in touch with them poses a problem: Their contact details can change.

Maintaining a good relationship with potential customers is key to business success, but what if the contact details are outdated?

Or worse: What if your contact details update? You only need to change jobs and the rapport you built over time disappears in the moment your work email is discontinued.

One way to maintain your business relationships is through LinkedIn.

The advantage: You remain connected no matter what happens to the contact details.

 

3 simple steps to import your contacts to LinkedIn

 

1) Export your address book to a .csv, .txt or .vcf. file.

 

2) Go to www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/import-contacts and click on ‘Upload a file’. Browse to and select your contacts database.

 

3) Select the contacts you want to stay in touch with and press ‘Add connections’.

 

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Whereas I only got South Africa’s desktop theme beforehand, I now have 4 more themes added to ‘My Themes’.

Whereas I only got South Africa’s desktop theme beforehand, I now have 4 more themes added to ‘My Themes’.

 

It’s like taking a mini holiday at your desktop:

By default Windows lets you see only desktop wallpapers from your region.

But if you activate themes from another country you get to see amazing landscapes right on your screen.

 

1) Unhide hidden folders:

Open Windows Explorer, unfold the drop-down menu beneath ‘Organize’, click on ‘Folder and search options’. Select the ‘View’ tab and ensure ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’ is marked, whereas ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’ is unticked.

 

2) Activate hidden themes:

Go to: C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT

Go into the different country folders that are presented to you and click on ‘Theme’ to double click and run the theme.

It will change your background image immediately. You can change it back to the previous version and reactivate it again later, as it is now saved in your Control Panel.

 

3) Change between themes:

Go to: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization

Click on the Windows Start button and chose ‘Control Panel’. Tap on ‘Display’. Beneath ‘See also’ on the bottom left corner click on ‘Personalization’.

Now you can simply select the theme of your liking and the desktop images update right away.

 

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Really Windows, it takes you 1 day to move not even 2 gigs?

Really Windows, it takes you 1 day to move not even 2 gigs?

 

Of course this didn’t take 1 day. How does the PC even come up with this time frame?

 

The time references Windows presents us are really sometimes quite hilarious, especially when they’re so totally beyond reality.

 

#UXFail

 

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My projection for profile views looks rather gloomy on LinkedIn:

Who knows how these forecast algorithms work, but this one seems to be quite a downer. ;)

Who knows how these forecast algorithms work, but this one seems to be quite a downer. 😉

 

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