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Direct .au registrations go ahead

.au domain namesThe news is a few weeks old now, but I’ve just seen that the .au Domain Administration (.auDA) have decided to allow direct registrations of .au domain names.  That is, there wont be a requirement to use or, soon you will be able to register an internet domain name like

Currently only Australian ABN holders can register and, only non profits can register and only individuals can register (like I’ve done for this personal website you’re reading now).  Hopefully there will be similar restrictions applied to direct .au names, so that only Australian entities or individuals can register.

When direct .au registrations initially become available, I’d like to see a “landrush” period where only existing registrants who already have a domain ending with,, or get first crack at the equivalent direct .au.  That way organisations like ANZ bank, who already own will be able to register without worrying about scammers securing the name first.

I personally already own and, so hopefully I’d get the opportunity to register and (the later 4 letter domain would be great as a personal link shortener) before anyone else.  If the price is reasonable, that’s exactly what I will do, and simply redirect those to the existing site.

Once any landrush period is complete, you can expect the Aussie internet space to evolve to shorter domains, that still represent truly Australian based web content.

Read the .auDA release here – 


Stuff By Josh

Three years ago I started a blog for my 13 year old son, Josh.  Titled “Stuff By Josh”, my idea was that it would encourage him to write about whatever interested him.  He wasn’t doing too good with his English at school, he was more interested in playing video games like Minecraft, so I thought if we encouraged him to write about his games at least that would have him thinking about spelling, grammar and the composition of legible sentences.

Unfortunately, the Stuff By Josh blog didn’t last very long.  After just six posts, Josh lost all interest in blogging.  In a few days time the domain name I registered for the blog,, is expiring, so I’m simply going to let it go.  It would only be $12.50 to renew the domain through Crazy Domains, but as the log-in details are long forgotten there isn’t much point.

For the sake of archiving Josh’s work before it disappears, I’ve taken some screenshots for the gallery below.  (It can also be found in the Internet WayBack Machine.)

This post contains affiliate links to Crazy Domains.

Merged VicPics and Pics of Melb

After almost a year of juggling two photo website blogs, with overlapping content, I’ve merged “Pictures of Melbourne” from with Vic Pics at  Pictures for both sites were actually hosted in the Vic Pics Gallery, so now there is just one gallery site,, and one blog,

Screenshot of the new Vic Pics site

Screenshot of the new Vic Pics site

See this post on Vic Pics about the change… 


My own short URL domain

It seems I have a strange obsession with internet domain names, I now own 15 of them.  It all started with our family domain in 2009, primarily for custom email addresses and then a family website.  Over the next few years I added a couple more domains and blogs.

When the domain industry started to allow new domain extensions (in addition to traditional dot-com and dot-net) I started to think about clever domain names that would make great web sites and even registered with the idea to make a website full of Victorian Pictures, and then for photos of the Victorian capital.

Somewhere along the line I also registered the domain you’re reading now ( for my personal ramblings.

Recently I started paying attention to the short URLs companies where using to Tweet links without using too many characters.  There’s,,,,,, and many more.  (I even laughed at who use for their Twitter links – both URLs have 12 characters!)  When I came across a programme called YOURLS – a free URL shortener available to be installed on my web host (Crazy Domains) – I got the idea to register my own short URL domain.  I now also own

I probably wont use my personal URL shortener too often, but it was an interesting (and geeky) project to set up.  You can read a little more at and

Here’s a couple of my own short URL links I’ve created that link to earlier blog posts;

Screenshot of my short URL domain in an IE address bar above the WordPress Dashboard

My personal short URL domain