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04 December 2012 @ 10:36 pm
Fred rescued Miz Kit.  
drivingblind rescued mizkit.com.

I've been mizkit online for nearly 20 years. It's a nickname that shadowhwk and drivingblind *gave* me, and I would have been destroyed if I'd lost it.

I am so grateful I have no words. I have completely lacked the spoons to deal with this, and Fred, among others, came to my rescue. Some fucker did come in and try to snipe the auction in the last minutes, driving the price past where I hoped it would go, but, well, it stayed just barely within what I could pay, and a lot of amazing people offered to help defray the costs if it came to that. Thank you all. I'll write you a story, I will. You, er, may have to drop me an email so I know exactly who you are/can contact you, but yeah. Thank you.

I am seriously considering looking at registering mizkit/Miz Kit Productions as a trademark at this point. I mean, I use it casually as a business front already, but my emotional attachment to mizkit is...profound, and putting something legal in place to help make sure I don't risk losing it again might be a really smart idea.

*sigh* To answer the obvious and oft-asked question: I think what happened was I paid for 5 years of the domain last time I paid for it. And that because I'd paid for 5 years, while I was using 100 Megs Web Hosting as my domain host company, it never got renewed. So when 100 Megs got bought out (by people who have been ragingly incompetent in all my dealings with them thus far) and mizkit.com came up for sale, the new company had no record of me/100 Megs having it registered through them. And my email for the company I had registered it through wasn't working anymore, so I never got notified by them, and when I tried to pay it through Jumpline, the new domain company, they said "gosh, that's not our problem." And by that time it was too late and we went to fucking auction on it.

And Fred rescued it.

I'm moving it away from the hosting company it's on. It may be the new year before it's back up, and I'm thinking of doing a redesign for the relaunch, since I've been using the Chance layout for like, er, three years. If I can think of/find something new/better, anyway.

If you want to go do something nice for Fred, and you're a gamer type, well, Evil Hat's latest Kickstarter just launched, and is a mere $11K away from making 20x its goal (in the first 24 hours, no less!).... :)
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
ruford42 on December 4th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh...What else is there to say? Familiar with some of this pain from being an ISP and dealing with acqusitions where registrations weren't transferred or someone registered a domain for say 5-10 years and then completely forgot about it, or more often by the time it came up for renewal -- the only people listed on the WHOIS contact information were no longer with the company and so renewal notices were never saw by a person. Frighteningly enough, it's actually a far better process than when IneterNIC spun off commercialized registration through Network Solutions. Back then, the rules for handling trademarks weren't worked out and there were no grace or redemption periods when a domain hit the expiration date. We still had idjits who'd wait for a domain to expire then immediately register it themselves -- the local museum had that happen and then some joker in Germany I think it was, wanted over 6K to sell them back the domain name they'd used for 3 years up to that point...

All in all, glad to see you and Fred won the day though...and on a small tangent, when I was wondering whether a trademark had been filed I tried a google search on MizKit Productions and found links to info about a Boys and Men Clothing Outfitter in Anchorage...and couldn't help wonder if either you were related to them...or if perhaps Lara and Daffyd had somehow sprung to life and decided to become snow bunnies! :)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on December 5th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
found links to info about a Boys and Men Clothing Outfitter in Anchorage



kitmizkit on December 5th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Probably related to having been working under Miz Kit Productions when I freelanced in Anchorage as a web designer for a year.
Bryantbryant on December 5th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
+1 for registering the trademark, that's a good idea. I should really do that too.
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on December 5th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm so glad it worked out. I don't know if Fred got the message I sent him via LJ, but if you/he still need the books I offered up, the offer is still good. it's not much but maybe it'd help...
Geek of Weird Shit: vengeancegows on December 5th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Ditto on the trademark idea!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on December 5th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm very glad you got it back!
UrsulaVursulav on December 5th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
R. Stuartwood_dragon on December 5th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it. (I don't know if he received my tweet (sounds rude in a way, doesn't it) but the offer still stands if needed.)
Jeff Linderjslinder on December 5th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
If you need a place to park it and recover for a while, you are welcome to host it on my shared server as long as you need... I doubt you eat up that much bandwith and I'm not using it for anything right now except some email addresses

silkiemom on December 5th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Yay! That's a relief!
wyld_dandelyon: joyouscat by Djinniwyld_dandelyon on December 5th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Oh, thank goodness!
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on December 5th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Paypal payment on its way.
I don't need anything in return, apart from your company online from time to time.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on December 5th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, apparently I won't -- will email.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on December 5th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Tell me how to give you money and I will. I've been piggybacking off you for long enough without compensation!
kitmizkit on December 5th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
...my Paypal address is open AT mizkit DOT com, but you really don't have to.
rfrancis on December 5th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've often said that lad were going places.
Chrysoulachrysoula on December 5th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
I remember when I lost my first Attract Mode site to a clickfarm grab. I'm really glad mizkit.com was saved.