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Here's the The Lowdown from DN Journal,
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to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry. 

The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

The Holidays Were Great But It's Even Better to Be in a Business Where Going Back to Work is Fun!

I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season with family and friends (Diana and I certainly did, as we enjoyed spending Christmas week with family members in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina). People began returning to work at many offices (or their home offices) around the industry today (though many will be off until Monday).

As much as I enjoyed the break, like a lot of people in this business, I find being on the job just as much fun as being off the clock and that is a rare blessing indeed. Who doesn't dream of working at something 

If people came to your office acting like this today, 
yesterday
was was probably New Year's Day!
(Image from Bigstock)
 

they love to do? In fact, I spent most of New Year's Day finishing up some stories I was behind on due to an overabundance of personal and work projects and travel over the final weeks of 2013. Now that our Pictorial Review of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Last Bash on Fort Lauderdale Beach is out, along with our latest newsletter (free to opt-in subscribers) in which Broker of the Year Award Winners & Nominees From Sedo Provide an Inside Look at the Business of Buying and Selling Domains, I feel like I am finally caught up and ready to take on coverage of another exciting year of industry news and events in 2014

New Year's Day marked the start of my 11th year doing this and if the next 11 years are as much fun as the last 11 I will be a happy camper indeed. I truly value the support readers like you have given DN Journal and the many great friends I've made along the way. 

It's not going to take long for 2014 to shift into high gear. A week from Monday (January 13) I'll be on my way to Las Vegas to cover the first ever NamesCon conference for you. Founder Richard Lau said today that more than 400 people have already signed up and he is expecting a complete sell out for the event that will be staged January 13-15 at the Tropicana Hotel. We'll also be going back to Las Vegas in late May for the 2014 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference at the Bellagio Hotel so by the time summer arrives I should know half of the taxi drivers in Vegas by name. I hope to see many of you at one or both of those events.

I have one other bit of information to share with you today that may be of interest to those who use or have been looking into using Dropbox or a similar online storage service that give you a free place to keep some of your files in the cloud for back up or easy access. 

I have been using Dropbox which gives you 2.5 GB of free storage but Scott Ross tipped me off to easy to use and more generous newcomer in Copy.com who is trying to carve out a big share of the market by offering, for a limited time, 15GB of free space and they will make that 20GB if you use this referral link (they add the extra 5GB as soon as you reply to their confirmation email activating your account). 

I do not get paid anything for referrals to them but, as full disclosure, they will add 5GB of bonus space to my account as well (I don't need the space because the starting allotment is more than enough for my needs - but I thought this is one free service that would be really useful to a lot of our readers). One thing I really like about Copy.com is that they also have free apps for your smartphone or tablet (both IOS and Android) that allow you to just open the app on your mobile device and access the files you placed in your Copy.com folder from your computer. You've got to love modern technology!

(Posted January 2, 2014) 


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