.al domains , DOT.AL offline

Apparently one of the websites that offered .al domain registrations, www.dot.al is down since 2-3 days. While this is a problem isolated in an irresponsible behaviour of small business owner, the issue should be avoided in the future.

Assuming you are a domain owner and have registered a domain through dot.al, have a look at the following announcement: Dot.al – domain registration portal offline. Host,al, the largest .al domain registrar in the zone is offering support to those facing interruption of service.

And to avoid similar situations, consider that in the future you should register domains only from .al domain Accredited Registrars.

Website Traffic vs Google Rank

While reading an article on the ways to promote original content, I went back to my early days as a webmaster when search engines were one of the ways to create traffic, and not the reason to create websites. As simple as it is, we should focus our efforts on traffic creation and not just ranking.

We got so obsessed with ranking metrics that we have forgotten the most important point: People should reach our content!
Search Engines are just one way of having them find our content. But there are also other ways of content promotion.

As a side benefit, Google and other search engines include this metric in ranking, but this should not be the focus of content promotion, just a side effect.

Domain Hack Sales – Digit.al sold for 5500€


In a facebook notice, Host.al, an accredited registrar for .al domains informed that the domain Digit.al was sold for 5500€.

Although the name of the buyer has not been made public, the domain has changed IP to the same host provider as digitaltape.com, a UK Manufacturer & Provider of Digital LED Lighting Solutions.

The .al zone is not unknown to the domain hack word. The zone has more than 14000 English hack words ending in .al and some domains in the zone have hit xx,xxx$ sales with soci.al leading the list. While most of the good domains are already registered and no longer on sale, digit.al is quite interesting. The enterpreneur world has seen a rise of the term digital in the new ventures, product and startups. A quick check on Google Keyword planner relates the term to more than 5,5 milion searches for this term only in January 2015.

Digit .al Domain Traction

This domain hack, is so cool that many other domain hacks have tried to imitate it. Checking the .al zone I found the following domains (and probably there are even more):


Each of the domain hacks above might represent a startup or initiative that would have been interested to purchase “digit.al”.

In any case, yet another great domain hack has been sold. Let’s see if the new owner put’s it to use for some viral campaign.

Value of LLLL CN Domains

Abstract (or tl;dr;)

I contacted and received offers by all the owners of (LL)CN.COM domains and bought one.
The article points to some figures in the valuation of (LL)CN.COM domains by their actual owners.The domain range is from 840$-109.000$


LLLL CN Domains

A few weeks ago I was reading about the increase of market for the domain from the chinese market. Normally the primary target are the .com domains with numbers. Beside the number domains, the short 3 letter domains are also highly demanded and priced starting from 5000$ up to high 100000$ and even higher. As these domains are highly expensive and cannot be found easily on the market, minor traction do have also the four letter domains which areusually referred as LLLL (LetterX4) domains.

From LLLL domains, it seemed those domains that included -CN-, especially starting or ending in it, are the most desired ones. Since there is no specific statistics for these domains, I decided to run a test and see what their value is to their actual owners. Considering that the number of combinations is limitted to combinations of 2 letters, with the 2 other letters being filled by CN, I easily created two groups of domains. Those starting with CN-, such as CNAA.com and those ending in -CN, such as ODCN.com. Each of these groups had 676 combinations.

Being from Europe, and with no knowledge of the chinese culture, I decided that I should start with the domains ending in -CN. I decided to send an email to all the owners of the domains and ask for their sale price. To honor the time each of them would spend in addressing me, I decided I should buy one (or two) of the domains. This would make my attempt genuine and would prove profitable considering I could pick the cheapest.

So I prepared a script to fetch WHOIS Regs and then another script to deliver a prepared email-message. As there was a limit to the outgoing emails, I send those emails in two separate dails from two email providers (gmail/hotmail). Sending the emails was easy though. Being active in the negotiation was difficult and it took a lot of time and energy. After few hours in the process, I decided I would limit my test to only the (LL)CN.COM domains (I also realized my budget would cover one domain and I should not risk on a blind choice of another).

In total I got response from 86 people. As I was not selective, I assume I had send emails to running websites and they would not be interested to sell the domains on a developed platform. (There were a lot of email bounces and a few emails that ended up at registrars. I did not follow them, but seems that there is a serious problem with the registrant-emails overall.)
Out of those 86 people, only 63 engagged in a negotiation. The other group clearly responded that they had no interest in selling their domain.

The price range of the domains on sale was from 840$ – 109 000$US (some persons provided a price in YUAN which I converted). I did not negotiate above 2000$ but one should know that depending on the origin of the sender, there is a trend in negotiationg. For example, some owners cat the price in half on the second day (Something like jumping from 48000$ to 24000$. I was hoping they would continue the trend beyond a week, but did not happen :))

A breakthrough of the prices is below.

Price Range (in USD) Domain Count Percentage
<1000 2 3,3
>=1000 && <2000 8 13,3
>=2000   && <5000 15 25
>=5000 && <10000 14 23,3
>=10000 && <20000 7 11,6
>=20000 && <30000 6 10
>=30000 && <40000 2 3,3
>=40000 && <50000 2 3,3
>=50000 && <100000 3 5
>100000 1 1,6

For a better visualization, I have plotted the results in the graphic below, and as one might imagine, most of the domains are found in the range of 2000$-5000$USD. Although these domains are the peak in the price, the total number of domains which are more expensive than 5000$ is higher than the price of the domains below 5000$. The numbers show 35 domains above 5000$ compared to 25 below 5000$. That means, although risky, buying a domain in the range cheaper than 2000$ is still a probabilistic good deal.

End if you made it up to this point in reading. Out of those 2 domains below 1000$, I bought one; another one broke of the deal after we signed the escrow. Apparently some partner adviced him against the sale. And if you are looking to get a (LL)CN.COM, it happens that after this experiment I have one for resale. Let me know.

And the rest of the domains. I did not check on the price of (CN)LL.COM domains. I had planned that my budget would potentially allow me for another domain, but CN showed to be more expensive than expected. Maybe some other day on a good moon and with some extra cash I will try the second part of the experiment and see if CN(LL).com is more valuable than (LL)CN.COM.

If you have some experience to share, feel free.

Metada etymology and roots

I like discovering the etymology of words in some cases, and recently, while writing my dissertation I find myself doing this more often (especially when I am not motivated enough to contribute to my own work). The word I was hunting today was metadata, a term which is commonly understood as data about data.

Checking for the roots of metadata, I found in the Online Etymology Dictionary the following explanation:

meta- Look up meta- at Dictionary.com
    word-forming element meaning 1. “after, behind,” 2. “changed, altered,” 3. “higher, beyond;” from Greek meta (prep.) “in the midst of, in common with, by means of, in pursuit or quest of,” from PIE *me- “in the middle” (cognates: German mit, Gothic miþ, Old English mið “with, together with, among;” see mid). Notion of “changing places with” probably led to senses “change of place, order, or nature,” which was a principal meaning of the Greek word when used as a prefix (but also denoting “community, participation; in common with; pursuing”).

One cannot stop noticing the paralellism of the word to the German term mit, which is mapped to the newer term mid for English translation of middle. But actually the translation also points to the notion of chanching places with or in continuum, denoting participation, in common with, pursuin. All these terms actually reference to the term with, mapped correctly to Germanic mit. I am not sure why the mit is interpreted as mid for middle, but apparently the “roots” of the term metadata are even simpler rooted to the Albanian word: me.

In Albanian, me simply means with. It is one of those simple words which cannot be inherited by another culture and which could not have been transformed during time. Both  the -m- and -e- are widely used among all dialects of Albania as they are. Albanian me means exactly together with and this can be used to denote participation, community and coupling with context.

While the Greek culture had a strong echo in history, there is definetely a need to correct some perception in the etymology of the words. Some cultures like the Illyrian (proto-Albanian) did not make it in the enthusiasm of Renaissance and are still in the dark spot of modern science.

Inima.al still indexed in top for .al domains

It is interesting to see that Google preserves a history of website rankings. INIMA.AL used to be the registrar for .al domains, and it is still listed as one of the best results in the search results. Sometime in the 90s, the central authority responsibility was delegated to INIMA, an Albanian Institute of Applied Mathematics.

As the institute ceased to exists years ago, the domain provides basic information on albanian domain registration. It can be considered almost empty now, with merely some informative pages on the procedures for registering an .al domains, and yet it is indexed as good as the other Registrars which have more information and more day to day visits.


Backorder and register expired .al domains

.al domains are still one of the coolest ccTLDs when it come to domain hacks. The .al ending can create hack domains in English, Turkish and Pakistani daily words. As many good domains are expired, a lot of old domains become available every day.

To allow the users registrater dropped domains, Expireddomains.al and expiring.al are two fresh websites dedicated to lists of domains which are expired or about to expire. Both websites are related, but represent different view and information.

ExpiredDomains.al presents the already expired domains. The domains in the list will be completely available for registration, assuming someone else did not beat you to the race to snap the domain. Expiring.al represents domains which are about to expire, but hey, the websites points to a .al backorder service as well. The backorder is based on a fee which increases the chances of being the first to register the domain significantly.


Was Nikola Tesla a Serbian?

Nikolla Tesla

By Raimonda A Rreci

This topic is on the series of fraudualent claims which go to form the basis of “Serb” claims on Nikola Tesla‘s ethnicity.
The evidence is both irrefutable and relevant because all serbian claims on his ethnicity are based on the following points.

Tesla’s supposed claim “I’m equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland”

– Crown “evidence” that Tesla considered himself and was Serb are telegrams that he and a Croatian politician Dr.Vladko Macek alledgely exchanged in 1936. In the first telegram send to Nikola Tesla by the leader of strongest Croatian political party HSS ( Croatian Peasant Party ) Dr.Vladko Macek on May 25th 1936, Dr.Macek allegedly wrote as follows:

“To a great son of Serbian nation and Croatian homeland, leader of the mankind in struggle against the nature congratulation in the name of Croatian people”

Dr. Macek supposed telegram
Dr. Macek supposed telegram

Not a word for what his congratulations are for?

It has been alleged that Dr. Macek first sent a congratulatory telegram to Tesla, possibly on the occasion of Tesla’s birthday, which Tesla allegedly answered, but the problem with this is that this telegram is dated May 26th and Tesla’s birthday is/was on July 10th.

Alternative allegation was that Dr.Macek congratulated Tesla on some of his latest great inventions, but latest Tesla patented invention was from year 1928, eight years earlier. Pretty late congratulation isn’t it ? By the time of this alleged telegrams Tesla was 80 years old and his fertile inventions and science day were long gone. He lived the last ten years (1933-1943) of his life in a two-room suite on the 33rd floor of the hotel New Yorker, room 3327. There, near the end of his life, Tesla showed signs of encroaching mental illness, claiming to be visited by a specific white pigeon daily. Several biographers note that Tesla viewed the death of the pigeon as a “final blow” to himself and his work.

Also in that year Tesla didn’t receive any award or any other important sign of recognition for his work. So why the hell did Macek congratulate Tesla exactly then? That was never explained.

One might ask, where is the alleged telegram that Dr. Macek sent to Tesla ? We only have this “photo” but the original was never shown publicly, if it actually even EXISTS.

Second interesting question was why Tesla never ever mentioned such a telegram during his life. Dr. Macek also never said or wrote a word about “these telegrams”, not even in his biography published in 1956.

In fact these alleged telegrams were “discovered” only after both participants, Tesla and Macek were dead and could not either confirm or denie the authenticity of these telegrams.

And it is however very interesting that supposed Dr. Macek’s telegram has some missing parts. For instance there is no stamp imprint that this alleged telegram was ever received, and also it is not signed by anybody while RCA radiograms from that time ( like all received telegrams ) had to be signed by the receiver. Yet this is not the case with alleged Dr. Macek’s radiogram to Tesla. Below are two pictures to compare authentic RCA radiogram from that time and this quite obvious forgery. Because alleged Macek’s radiogram was obviously never received.


Image 1. “RCA radiogram” which Dr Macek allegedly send to Nikola Tesla” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons…

Dr. Macek supposed telegram
Dr. Macek supposed telegram

Image 2. “Original random RCA radiogram from 1940 “

A standard telegram of that time http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/1940.01
A standard telegram of that time

Tesla allegedly answered next day, May 26th 1936. And he “wrote” the famous words which are taken for granted and repeated like mantra in which nobody dares to doubt:

“I’m equally proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland. Long live all Yugoslavs.”

Tesla's alleged reply telegram to Dr. Macek
Tesla’s alleged reply telegram to Dr. Macek

These words become dogma which served as the ultimate evidence that Nikola Tesla was indeed a Serb.

Yet there are many interesting questions about this “telegram” allegedly sent from Nikola Tesla to Dr. Vlatko Macek in 1936 which leads us to conclusion that it is just a simple fake because it does not have the distinguishing characteristics of a received telegram. Below is how a 1936 Western Union telegram looks. The example has been chosen randomly from a website about telegram history ( rife.org )

A standard telegram
A standard telegram

In the textbox at top left of authentic telegram it states, “Class of Service”. This is a full-rate Telegram or Cablegram unless its deferred character is indicated by a suitable symbol above or preceding the address.” In textbox at top right of authentic telegram, sent and received, an explanation of the symbols used in the message appears. Note, as part of the body of the message a symbolic code appears, the originating address, the class of service and time. There are no lines on this form.

The photo which contains an alleged message by Nikola Tesla is an APPLICATION TO SEND A TELEGRAM, not a telegram. The alleged message in ticker tape, including telegraphic equal symbols, has been glued onto an Application form in order to make it appear as an authentic telegram, but missing are the symbols which refer to the location and origin of the sender. In textbox at top left of Application form the sender is instructed to indicate how he wants the telegram or cable to be sent by listing classes of service, for example, Day Letter, Night Letter, etc. In textbox at top right of Application form details about payment appear. Above the message it states, “Send the following message, subject to the terms on back hereof, which are hereby agreed to.” At bottom of Application it states, “Senders address for reference. The quickest, surest and safest way to send money is by telegraph or cable. Sender’s telephone number.”

Telegram Applications would normally be in handwriting or typewritten on the lines provided, and applicants would not use ticker tape which blocks out those lines, nor would applicants use the equals sign (=). In the case of this document there is no distinguishing symbol as to the origin of the alleged telegram, no registration symbol showing from where it was sent or which Class of Service, and at what time. The only mark on the telegram is a Nikola Tesla Museum stamp ( this particular museum is in Belgrade, which has handed it to the NY Tesla Society for use ). The alleged telegram addressed to Dr. Macek in Zagreb was not received in Zagreb because it would appear on an official Yugoslav header with Latin and Cyrillic writing on the top, and not on a Western Union form. There is no way to verify where the message came from.

All that can be seen better on these pictures. Go to Google Images for countless examples

Everyone who looks at these telegrams will notice that they all have same elements. All but one, the alleged Tesla telegram. It is more than obvious that this “telegram” is forgery probably created by Savo Kosanovic, Tesla’s nephew, high ranking Yugoslav communist official and self-proclaimed main “interpreter” of Tesla’s thoughts and supplier of “unknown documents” from Tesla’s life.

But why should anybody want to falsify such documents?

First of all Tesla’s worldwide glory was ideal for spreading communist propaganda. And phrase “Serbian origins and Croatian homeland” of “Greatest son of our people ( beside Tito himself, of course )” was absolutely in accordance with basic communist policy called “bratstvo i jedinstvo naroda i narodnosti” ( Brotherhood and unity of our nation and ethnic minorities ) which was in very foundation of Tito’s policy. Combination of Serbian organs and Croatian homeland was ideal to seal forced “brotherhood” between the two largest ex-Yu nations in Croats and Serbs.

And off course, convenient circumstance was that this “telegrams” clearly claimed that most famous “Yugoslavian” beside Tito, was none the less a Serb after all. Naturally, this historical forgery was repeated millions of times in every possible occasion so most of people have accepted it as a truth. Serbs got one of greatest scientific minds and Croats also get some leftovers, comforting price -shallow “my Croatian homeland” phrase. Only difference is that it is absolutely without any doubt that Croatia actually was his homeland where he and his forefathers were born ( although he didn’t care about it at all ), while there are very strong arguments that ethnically he wasn’t of Serb origins ( for which he didn’t care either ).

I wrote so much about this alleged telegrams only because they are taken as by far most important piece of evidence that Nikola Tesla was ethnic Serb and that he considered himself a Serb patriot, what is very doubtful and absolutely unproven until now. And that is why forgeries like this were needed. Simply to enforce one more shameful historic lie.

And last but not least is a photo of Nikola Tesla dressed in traditional clothing but of course it is not by any strech of imagination a serbian outfit.

Nikolla Tesla
Nikolla Tesla

ROBOTIC.AL – The value of your website

Value of site XPO6.com as seen at Robotic.al

Although none can value your website better than you, the metrics related to your site ranking and visits can provide some general insight on the value of a website. Robotic.al seemed such a good domain to be left without use therefore I installed a simple script providing information on a fictive value of the website.

What is  my website worth!?

The service will check for your Traffic Stats including Daily Unique Visitors, Daily Page Views  and a foreseen Daily Profit. Interesting is also the Search Engines Index Stats which includes information from Google And Bing Index. As the web is becoming more social, and Google is advocating for Social interactions in websites as a mean for ranking valuation, a list of the main social networks links to a domain is also fetched. Combined with statistics of Alexa, ROBOTIC.AL will tell you what your site is worth 🙂

While we believe we know all the metrics that influece our websites, there are a few we keep forgetting. If you have a site, added it to Robotic.al and check the metrics for insights and improvements.

And if you like the domain and site so much, let me know. Robotic.al might be on sale 🙂


Groovy/Grails Recursive Function/Closure

Since I keep waisting time in recursive functions (and forget what I developped a few months back), here is a piece of code for a recursive function in Groovy.

def getAllChildren(entityId) {
                //Container for the results
		def results = []
		//Retrieve your first element from somewhere
		def entity = entityService.getEntity(entityId)
		if (entity) {
			entity.children?.each { child ->
		return results