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Castle ditch castle.uk.co

By Chris Williams. Published: 18th Feb 2003, 13:06:47 | Permalink | Printable

It's all in the iyonix.com

While hunting for news last night we stumbled across a story revealing that all 8000 odd .uk.co domains had been "switched off", effectively evicting businesses and websites from the 'net. The RISC OS connection here is that this domain culling does affect RISC OS hardware developer Castle "castle.uk.co" Technology (as Slashdot is so quick to remind us) however Castle has swiftly emailed us with new contact and website details. So it's all good. It's ironic that Castle's website survived a jolly hard slashdotting but in the end, died to an administrative and bureaucratic war of words.

It's all come about because the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia (the .co administrator) has fallen out with the .uk.co administrator Net Registrar Ltd. during arrangements to sell off the domain. As such, the plug was pulled on the domain and all .uk.co sites are now toast, gone the way of the Pheobe. So, it's pretty newsworthy stuff although after reading theregister.co.uk's take last night, we concluded that it'll be solved within a day or two and we can look forward to highlighting the glitch in a round up. How wrong we were as we discover this morning that not only have iconbar.com smugly snapped it up, but also my-"we update once in a blue moon when the sea turns purple"-riscos.co.uk too. We're slipping, fire that editor and get me a new one. Stat.

To the point, Castle have bunged us a statement informing us that they've abandonned their old castle.uk.co address and are now using their Iyonix website as their central web presence. This is on top of reports that the (perhaps) unofficial www.castle-technology.co.uk url also redirects to their website. But let's not confuse the issue with facts; you can reach Castle via the following:

Sales Email
Support Email
www.iyonix.com with the original Castle website mirror at www.iyonix.com/castle/

Castle advise you to update your bookmarks.



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Thank goodness for that. The .uk.co just messed with my noodle. It was as bad as the .org.uk.

Now, who's up for getting CentralNic Ltd to start handing out .uk.com domains? :-)

-- Spriteman.uk.com

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 18/2/03 8:05PM
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uk.com? Eeeeew!

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/2/03 8:13PM
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um... www.castle.uk.com exists.

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 18/2/03 8:23PM
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.uk.com is pretty "ew". I think .co.uk is quite cute. It doesn't carry the "dotcom hangover" baggage a .com has and still sounds internetty enough.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/2/03 8:25PM
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Yes; I'm not too keen on .com either. It's almost meaningless these days, the amount of (what I'd call) abuse it's had.

Out of the newer domains, I really like .info; finally, a domain that doesn't insinuate you're a company, or an organisation, or even one person - and concentrates on what you're actually doing.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/2/03 8:32PM
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well that's just what happens when you get yourself a monkey web address init geezer

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 18/2/03 10:27PM
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.uk.co was nasty, I agree, but what's wrong with .org.uk?


 is a RISC OS Userjohn-pettigrew on 19/2/03 11:06AM
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Cos it was originally meant to be used for non-profit making organisations. It still looks tacky I reckon, no major business would ever use it. -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 19/2/03 11:29AM
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"Castle's website survived a jolly hard slashdotting" Well, that's because it runs Linux :)

 is a RISC OS UserEl Capitano on 19/2/03 11:48AM
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*tries to figure out whether El Capitano is a reference to Red Dwarf or not*

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 19/2/03 12:51PM
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Yay, millions more broken links, as if there weren't enough already. Remember: Cool URIs don't change. [link]

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 19/2/03 6:13PM
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