I did Jay's workshop back in the 90's. He completely changed the way I look at photography and I was an assistant to Ansel Adams primary printer.
I worked a block away in 2017-8, when the street-level floors housed retailer Totokaelo (RIP). I'd go window shopping just to be able to explore it a bit.
The basement held a giant vault, converted to shoe merchandising duty  … an apt commentary in the late aughts (and now, for that matter).
 https://i1.wp.com/gothamtogo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/... via https://gothamtogo.com/germania-bank-building-190-bowery-is-...
All you have to do to get the text width you want is resize your browser window.
On second thought, I'd rather see the hairy nut in an egg cup than have to listen to RMS singing that.
He has posts from 1998 to 2020 but I'd say he still actively posts. He's just run out of things to say. lol
As someone already mentioned nearby in the thread it could easily be something in the “purity test” content that has tripped an automatic naughty word filter.
It could even be the name of the site, depending on the location weapons and such might be considered NSFW (or for overly strict companies, not-relevant-for-work-we-dont-know-why-you-are-wanting-to-look-at-it-in-work-time!).
I'm afraid it just has.
Perhaps it'll go up again eventually. In the meantime, the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20230106230031/https://gail.com/
EDIT: Oh neat, the FAQ's changed over the years too.
Q: Gail, your website contains some pretty controversial stuff; aren't you worried about laws like SOPA being passed?
A: Yes, if SOPA passes, my little piece of the 'net could be blacklisted. This is why I urge you to please support the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who will fight to protect your rights from the corporations who seem to have Congress in their pocket. Here’s a link to the EFF’s website where you can learn more: http://eff.com
Q: Why isn't there any content here?
A: All personal web content is hidden on back pages to conserve bandwidth.
Q: Wow, you have a great website, can you suggest others like yours?
A: Yes, here's one of my favorites: http://purple.com
Q: Gail, what is your take on the CISPA bill?
A: Like SOPA and PIPA before it, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) attempts to further errode our rights on the 'net. Also like SOPA and PIPA, we should do our best to inform ourselves and others, and kick this bit of evil to the curb before it can even come to a vote in Congress.
In short, CISPA is a very broad and loosly written law that allows any private company to give any and all data it has collected on you and give it to the government without any kind of judicial oversight. This is some seriously scary Orwellian stuff our own government is trying to implement, and it needs to be stopped.
To start educating yourself about what's going on, please read this great Wired article about the massive data center the NSA is building in Utah to house and data mine your personal data (e.g., telephone calls, e-mail, credit card charges, etc.) This article was written by James Bamford, who literally wrote the book about the NSA back in the early eighties. Once you've read the article, head over to the Democracy Now website and watch the interview with William Binney, who worked for the NSA for almost forty years and provided Mr. Bamford with some of the information for his article. Want to help do something about this knuckle-headedness? Head over to the Electronic Frontier Foundation website and learn how to help.
(Both the CISPA and SOPA questions are gone by 2014 and replaced with the EFF "ad".)
The current state aside from traffic numbers seems to have come in around 2018-19: https://web.archive.org/web/20190127034732/https://gail.com/
purple.com has since caved.
Nice work, everyone.
"You would never guess how many people use firstname.lastname@example.org (or some variant form) as a filler email address across the Internet. Opening up @asdf.com lets in hundreds of email messages a day pertaining to porn site registrations, real audio downloading, mailing lists dealing with Windows NT ... the list goes on and on! If you would really like to send us an email, you can do so here."
It took me this post to make the link that, in France, "ploum ploum" means "whatever random thing" and that surely people are filling "ploum@ploum" as a random address in every web form.
Must be even worse for the ploum.com domain.
Wouldn't it simply be because you have been using (and publicly disclosing) that mail address for quite some time and it probably became part of each and every email list script kiddies are able to get their hands on?
And, yes, lot of spam is because this email was in multiple exposed account but I’ve received lot and lot of "fresh subscription/confirm your emails" where it was obvious people were simply writing whatever in a field.
Ploum-ploum is only used in the south-east of France.
(Although she does enjoy initialing things with just her first and last initial - AF)
One, I heard Microsoft's Ballmer shout through a conference phone (MS had wanted to acquire it, too, but IBM prevailed).
Second, and within context here, I quickly excused myself from the all-hands and discovered that IBM had failed to get the ibm-whatever.com (or was it ibmwhatever.com? not sure) domain.
So I registered it. The next year, I would get loads of miss-guided and personal mail. I used to joke that I was now much better informed about product road-maps than when I was employed there.
My intention with the domain was to hand it over to IBM anyway, for a shirt and some pens or some such token. However, I was informed that much like the US government with terrorists, IBM does not negotiate, and would likely send me the lawyers instead of a shirt. So I caved to the suspected chilling effects proactively, and let the domain expire after a year.
Background here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Motors_v._Nissan_Comp...
Here is an Archive link for reference: https://web.archive.org/web/20130119083638/http://www.theeco...
(The site is offline at the moment.)
It makes me wonder why so many people go with like “firstname225” rather than spending a couple of minutes coming up with something little bit less silly-looking. In fact there was a funny thing for a while where a user iterated through all the @kevin(number) Twitter users every Friday: https://www.gawker.com/5895578/weird-internets-how-one-man-i...
Thought 1: is this because of the source/destination computer; or is this because network middleboxes, as embedded devices, are budget-optimized, and so are maybe running their CPUs at funny voltages, with low-quality RAM, etc; and DNS, as a UDP protocol, does little to prevent packets from mutating on the wire?
Thought 2: Presumably this would imply that DNS results would get bit-flipped just as often as DNS queries, no? So you'd just as often be receiving A records for bit-flipped IPs. Which you can't really do much about.
Old defcon talk on this
It's actually onlinesbi.com
Non-classic TLDs get the worst search and email filter ratings, don't they?
The only confirmed thing I heard is manual email filtering where some people don't understand the bias above and ban all non-com/net/gov emails and think they're clever.
It's not a guaranteed strike but I just had a look at the last email I had from a .biz and it got 0.8 added to it's spam score because it had a biz domain. Still got through as it was otherwise legit though.
Is there a link one can read up on it? This looks like insert free real estate meme to me
a short how to register your own TLD can be found here: https://dev.to/kailyons/tutorial-make-your-own-top-level-dom...
I know they're scams because every single one I've ever gotten has eventually gotten to the point of "ok, send us X amount of money first to make this deal start happening".
Although Gail seems to be blessed with not receiving most of the email people are sending.
-2021, 109 comments: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28283890
-2017, 160 comments: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13817969
I am always happy to see this reposted, though.
The submission "Gail.com FAQ" that you posted to Hacker News in September 2019
(https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20956204) looks good, but didn't get
Would you care to repost it? You can do so using this link:
If you use the same account (weatherlight), title, and URL, the software will
give the repost an upvote from the mods, and we'll put it in the second-chance
pool (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=[REDACTED]), which will give it a
random placement on HN's front page, usually within 24 hours (depending on how
many stories are in the pool).
If you have any questions, please let us know. If you don't want these emails,
sorry! Tell us and we won't do it again.
Thanks for posting good things to HN!
"The Respondent registered the domain name <gail.com> on April 4, 1996, named after his wife’s given name, as a birthday present for his wife. "
So yes, looks like was wrong. It's his wife's site (A gift)
I have following 2 domains, which are a popular misspellings :)
Both of them get non-trivial amount of traffic.
> Okay, if you really want to see a photo of my cat and have resorted to looking at the source HTML, here is a photo: https://gail.com/boxcat.jpg
I beg to disagree, that’s a great cat!
Sadly I just checked the live site and it appears they did sell out in the end.
On the bright side domains have been less relevant since the rise of accessing sites via search engines and the move to mobile apps whose stores don't suffer from the squatting issues.
I had dreams as a youngster of owning my own domain name (just one!) and running my own site there... Now I don't even know how many domains I own!
This is worse as now you have to compete with ads (potentially from scammers) and SEO. At least with domains, once you register all the major misspellings for a nominal fee, the problem is resolved. With ads, it's an auction so you're constantly paying a protection racket to the search engine to outbid the malicious actors.
Once upon a time search for songs by The The on youtube was a nightmare, that, at least, has improved.
preferably one without hyphens too.
Turns out www.duck.com was our domain name at "The Duck Corporation", an early version of On2.com, later bought by Google. Google then gifted the domain to DuckDuckGo (try it!)
Sort of a tech company version of Ancestry.com?
edit: surprisingly, it used to point to Google Search https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/12/duck-com-now-points-to-duc...
Rejecting that kind of money for making a point is… I don’t know, but it’s definitely something.
Edit: not just rejecting money, but defending it in court!
Importantly, one of those is bound to his iCloud account. During the holidays, he has an alternate "burner account", since his account can receive multiple reset requests per-minute for a couple of weeks. He estimates he gets 20000+ reset requests per year. According to him, it's just part of living his best life.
Every quarter "we" (the group of specifically-first-named J-Smith's) are sent an email kindly reminding us to change our middle name in the corporate directory to "(Job Title)", to help people disambiguate us. The last time, there were three of us, so I tried to get the other "J Smith"s to change their names to "(Larry)", "(Moe)", and "(Curly)". No luck. There's a new crop of auxiliary "J Smith"s (I'm "J Smith Prime", in my mind), now, so I'm trying to work on them.
One day ... one day.
I knew a guy who worked for a typosquatting firm. They owned many 1000s of domains and made millions of dollars in ads. At least thats what he told me. I wonder if anyone has more intel on this type of "business".
This is what it would look like with proper "boring old" html/css written back in the days https://jsfiddle.net/dgtvjn5x/ (more readable and slightly lighter)
For the sake of completeness:
-it would require a more verbose doctype or none depending on when it was written ;
- the "style" element would also require a "type" attribute until some point in time ;
- "border: none" isn't required anymore, browsers have stopped adding border around images.
PS. this is just a comment about how html/css can still be easy and straightforward these days. I do not mean to undermine the fact that the owner did the right thing with regard to standing for and protecting the domain (and promoting eff :)).
This is the strangest gift I ever saw.
Hello and welcome to the gail.com FAQ.
Q: Why isn't there any content here? Can't you at least throw up a picture of your cat for the Internet to check out?
A: Sorry, I have a cat, but she's pretty unexciting by Internet standards. As for why there is very little content here, we wanted to keep the server's attack surface as small as possible to keep it safe.
Q: Interested in selling gail.com?
A: Sorry, no.
Q: How did you manage to get gail.com?
A: My husband registered it as a birthday gift back in 1996.
Q: How many times a day is this page visited?
A: In 2020 this page received a total of 5,950,012 hits, which is an average of 16,257 per day. Looking at just unique hits, we received a total of 1,295,284, for an average of 3,539 unique hits per day. Occasionally, we get Twitter-bombed and may get several tens of thousands of visitors a day. As an example, on July 21st 2020 we received 109,316 hits.
Q: Why is your website so popular? Are you one of those famous people that no one knows why they're famous?
A: No, I'm not famous. It seems likely that most visitors simply mistype gmail.com and end up visiting gail.com by mistake.
Q: I tried to send some photos to my girlfriend and typed gail.com instead of gmail.com in the address field. The photos were of a very personal nature. Can you please delete them?
A: There are only two valid e-mail addresses on the gail.com domain, so it is extremely likely that your photos were rejected by my e-mail provider and tossed into the bit bucket. Another interesting gail.com factoid: my amazing e-mail provider, ProtonMail, rejects about 1.2 million mis-addressed e-mails per week to the gail.com domain.
Q: I think you're infringing on my trademark...
A: If you consult with someone well versed in trademark law, they will tell you that you can't have an exclusive trademark on a common word or name. My husband and I successfully defended ourselves against an attempted domain takeover in 2006; see WIPO Case D2006-0655[^2] for more information.
Q: Are you interested in monetizing gail.com?
A: No, but thanks for asking.
Q: Don't you know that you could throw some ads up and make money?
A: Yes, I know, thank you. For those who feel they need more advertising in their life, please have a look at our swanky Electronic Frontier Foundation ad below. If you believe in a free Internet, please consider clicking on the link and donating to the EFF.
If you have a question not answered above, feel free to send it to: faq at gail period com. Thanks for visiting.
1. screenshot: https://archive.vn/CQVsS/b0c07d01ede677c3cc5f6d5212430d6a6be...
2. archived case: https://archive.vn/8FaFU
But you could put ads on it! It's really dumb how people set out to make a blog, then choose one of the free blogging offerings, and since the web is just a bunch of commercial crap, they of course get a commercial platform (instead of how things should be which is something like Freenet and no JS), and then the tutorial tells them how to put ads on and they think "sure why not". That was 10-20 years ago. Of course now if anyone wants to make a blog it was already for profit. This is why the internet is dying and it will be illegal to make a replacement: All these little American-dream people that think its their right to profit off mediocre content are gonna defend any case against the new internet such as "CP" and "copyright" (and any other fabricated "problem", they will just agree with it because they want the new internet dead).
TL;DR the medium is broken and the new american digital worker will legally assault any alternatives
A great read. There's something to be said about being early to the party.
It's interesting how much difficulty I have reading this page. I've been oddly conditioned to glitzy internet
<!-- Okay, if you really want to see a photo of my cat and have resorted to looking at the source HTML, here is a photo: https://gail.com/boxcat.jpg -->
You probably wouldn't want it to be a 8.5MB PNG
"vii) it is unlikely that the Respondent was unaware of the Complainant’s trademark considering the fame and tradition of the trademark GAIL;"
Are lawyers allowed to lie like that? It is obviously not unlikely that the someone has never heard of this obscure "manufacturer and distributor of ceramic products for architectural use" company.
This was especially emotionally scarring when I hired a lawyer to rebuke civil claims of several thousand Euros for (supposed) downloading of some TV show episode, a practice which is either considered a national sport, or a major contributor to GNP in Germany (the copyright claims, not the downloading).
The lawyer sent his usual spiel, his €300 template letter to the opposing council, which claimed that I'm a bumbling idiot who has no clue how to power up a PC, let alone plug in a network cable the right way 'round, and thus, can't possibly be guilty of any such shenanigans.
I asked her whether a Linked In-profile that identifies me as a Sys Admin and IT Systems Architect might become a problem with this tale, but various lawyers assured me that this is a highly scripted industry (both the copyright claims and the defenses) and nobody cares. And the scripts are actually legal students sitting at home with access to a fax gateway.
So basically if you downloaded a hypothetical torrent, and set upload bandwidth to zero, you‘re safe.
I guess the lawyer could argue that I’m a bumbling idiot who forgot to turn off the upload facility…?
However, they then decreed that circumventing any copy protection makes this illegal. Also, if the source of the material is "evidently illegal" (i.e. unlicensed), it's not applicable either. So eventually, downloading off of Bit Torrent without ever uploading MIGHT still be legal in Germany, unless courts declare that this constitutes an evidently illegal source.
And that's the other fascinating thing: there are, to my knowledge, no truly binding judge rulings in Germany most of the time. Unlike English-born case law, a judge might rule for a pirate bay downloader one day, and the next judge rule against another downloader the next day, every other aspect of the cases being equal.
Last I heard, some court had opined that even consuming streaming content, like sports, was illegal now, even with no uploading happening, if the source isn't an established, evidently licensed one.
It's a friggin' mine field really.
(edit): Oh yeah right, there's more. I learned during my defense against their claims years back that it's all as horrible as you'd expect from judges mostly clueless about technology, and then some.
Apparently there was precedence for the following: Let's say someone torrents a Miley Cyrus song. I have no idea why one would do that, but for the sake of example, let's assume. Then the music industry would say: "But there is a torrent, or a zip file or whatever, with that song, and 50 others. Because you downloaded that one song, we legally assume that you downloaded the 50 others, too!" There was at least one court decision where this stood. The state has tried to reign in the rampart threats against citizens by copyright lawyers (it's ** publicity when a grandma gets sued for outrageous amounts). The one thing they did was limit damages to a set amount. Then the copyright holders circumvented that with "legal" "theories" such as the one above. That was also why they stopped going after movie shares for some time, and concentrated on those sharing TV series. Many more individual claims of 10k each to be made, when people download a whole series of TV episodes.
I'm also personally convinced after doing some research that copyright holders give material to specialized companies who in at least some cases are then doing the seeding themselves, in order to catch offenders. There is at least one company in Germany where I have strong suspicion of this happening ca. 2012.
This is a summary of claims. Lawyers are generally allowed to make claims based on incomplete information which they believe that they can show to the legally-required standard.
Necessarily, in an adversarial proceeding where there is a material dispute of fact, some claims of one side or the other will be rejected.
> "My husband and I"
> "If you have a question not answered above, feel free to send it to: faq at gail period com"
I wonder if the emails sent to the faq inbox would bounce haha
Disclaimer lest their be any mistake: I am totally charmed and bedazzled by the real gail.com, and hope that web archeologists of the future will still find gail.com running a hundred years from now. I just thought the post didn't deserve downvotes.
Would have saved millions of minor frustrations for millions of people.
Or, since they seem not to be using the root of the domain for anything but a smug FAQ, just an HTTP 302 redirect.
Gail if you do see this you are an absolute badass and a fantastic member of the Internet community, thanks for what you've done here.
Can anyone sue you for owning a domain and say that it's their trademark ?? I tought that the .com domains were 100% free of that bullshit..or how else is there so many domain shakals reserving thousands of domains..?
related to their appeal:
Well duh? Anyone can sue you for anything and say anything.
Why do you take a dump without monetizing it? What's the point?
Why do you listen to music, or watch a movie without monetizing it? What's the point?
You must have a very sad life with the world view that you have.
Being a good example as a citizen of the internet by not exploiting people who mistype the address.