As I documented in one of my much earlier blog posts, Where are they now?, I lost tbble.com nearly four years ago, and Google hits and archived links have been slowing dying/updating every since.
On the weekend just past I got an email from someone telling me they had recently come into possession of tbble.com, and as the owner of tbble.net, please click the included link to purchase it. (I only read the email tonight. That’s how far behind I am at life.)
Barely restraining my hopes, I immediately clicked on the link fired up an ssh session to my fileserver and whoised tbble.com, discovering it to be apparently unregistered.
Continuing to restrain my now burgeoning glee, I went to do my Bubblesworth domain renewals, and idly popped tbble.com onto the shopping list, almost as if by accident. (No point tempting fate at this point. I’ve had tbble.com disappear from whois before but be snapped up before I could reclaim it).
$15 later (reseller price. ^_^) I’m the proud once-again owner of tbble.com, your source for all things TBBle. Although since I’d managed to migrate to tbble.net and tbble.org over the past four years, there’s nothing good there. I really need to sort this stuff out.
I stopped restraining my glee at this point, and cheered near my housemate until he woke up and heard about my glee.
And now so have the rest of you. Sans cheering, unless you’re using some kind of Text-To-Speech software which takes a fairly imaginative interpretation of the phrase “Text-To-Speech”. If you are using such a program, let me know. I’ll try and work some more amusing noises into my blog posts.
Anyway, that’s TBBle 1, Evil Domain Registrars Who Jump On Expired .com Domains And Try To Sell Them Back To The Original Owners For $1500 Through A Shell Company In South Africa -$20 (or whatever a registrar pays Verisign for four years squatting).
Also on 0, but having had a bye this round, are Evil Domain Resellers Who Refuse To Process My Credit Card And Refuse To Release My Domain For Transfer Without Some Kind Of Fee They Added To The User Agreement Post Purchase Using One Of Those “We Reserve The Right To Modify This Agreement As We See Fit” Clauses. Recapping the earlier round, it was a draw. I lost one domain, and rescued five others without charge.
I’m gonna need a wider scoreboard…
Edit: That’s not how you spell “amusing” or “restrain”. “Gonna” on the other hand is correct.