Gerald Oskoboiny <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Sun, 20 Jan 2002 18:22:59 -0500
I know there are at least a few other people on this list who use
dyndns.org to get static hostnames for their home systems that have
dynamically-assigned IP addresses.
I always thought dyndns.org would be one of those cool free services
that eventually shuts down due to lack of funds, due to too many
freeloaders like me using their services without paying.
(as an aside, I wish sites like that would start demanding money
from their users before just shutting down entirely; I think ml.org
was one of the first really popular dynamic dns hostname services,
and I seem to remember they just disappeared one day when they
ran out of resources or something, breaking thousands of URLs
and email addresses at once.)
I just saw this press release announcing that dyndns.org has donated
$20k to the Perl Foundation, so they must be doing OK:
> Press Release
> DynDNS.org Announces $20,000 Donation To Perl Foundation /
> January 18, 2002
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> Contact: Jeremy Hitchcock, Media Relations -
> email@example.com - 508-981-1207
> NASSAU, BAHAMAS - Dynamic DNS Network Services, LLC, more commonly
> known to the Internet community as DynDNS.org, announced today that it
> would contribute $20,000 to the Perl Foundation. This donation was
> presented to Larry Wall, inventor of Perl, today on board the ms
> Veendam as part of GeekCruises.com's Perl Whirl 2002 cruise, with
> Neil Bauman, Captain and CEO, as the MC for the event.
It's tempting to go on one of those geek cruises sometime (tempting
at least in part because I could write off the cost of the trip,
or even better, get work to pay for it), but I think it might just
end up a frustrating experience: too much geeking to be a proper
vacation, and too many distractions to allow for proper geeking.
> "Thanks primarily to Perl and other Open Source technologies, we are
> able to provide DNS services to over 180,000 members of the Internet
> community", said Tim Wilde, founder and chief executive officer of
> DynDNS.org. "This is our way of giving back to some of the people
> whose tireless devotion to writing quality software has enabled us to
> provide our services to the Internet community over the past three
> Added Chris Reinhardt, DynDNS.org chief operations officer and
> architect of the MyDynDNS line of services, "Not only is Perl the core
> technology behind our services, but the Perl community has welcomed us
> both as an organization and as individuals. It seems natural for us to
> share our success with them."
> The donation will be directed to the General Development Fund of the
> Perl Foundation, which provides funding for the continued development
> of Perl via Perl Development Grants. These grants provide salary and
> travel costs to enable exceptional Perl developers to devote their
> time exclusively to improving the language for the benefit of the
> entire Perl community. In response to the announcement, Damian Conway,
> recipient of the 2001 Perl Foundation Development Grant, said, "This
> is an extraordinary example of corporate leadership in the Perl
> community. Doubly so as it comes from a young and dynamic company in a
> time of wide-spread restraint. Generous, community-spirited,
> remarkable." Larry Wall reacted by saying, "Wow! I've seen crowd
> surfing before, but I've never done it myself. It's a fabulous feeling
> to throw yourself out over the mosh pit and find yourself so solidly
> supported. The future is bright for both Perl and the community that
> brings it to life. Wow!"
> "This gesture by DynDNS is a significant investment in Perl, and shows
> their direct support for the ongoing work," said Kevin Lenzo, Chairman
> of the Perl Foundation.
...and creator of infobot! I met him at YAPC::NA in Montreal last year.