10.21.21

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Gemini Protocol and Gemini Space Are Not a Niche; for Techrights, Gemini Means Half a Million Page Requests a Month

Posted in Site News at 2:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Techrights on gemini://

Summary: Techrights on gemini:// has become very big and we’ll soon regenerate all the pages (about 37,500 of them) to improve clarity, consistency, and general integrity

THOSE who follow our work over Git will know that we’re actively improving page conversions. Images, for example, are being transformed into texts that describe what’s in those images. Some time soon we’ll upload new versions of all the pages.

The above suggests we may be the biggest Gemini capsule among almost 1,700 known ones (new screenshot is taken from Lupa’s pages, and those are based on a spider which limits page traversal to a maximum of 10,000). We keep growing in terms of scale and traffic with about half a million page requests over gemini:// projected for the month of October. We didn’t anticipate a growth so fast.

As an aside, we’ll soon turn 15. It all started as “boycottnovell” in the winter of 2006 when I was finishing my Ph.D. and had some spare time to muck about online, writing about all sorts of technology issues whilst posting in mailing lists, USENET (lots of that at the time!), and getting involved in a number of Free software projects, way before “Social [Control] Media” was a ‘thing’.

The domain “boycottnovell” is very clearly self-limiting (but we keep it to avoid links breaking or what’s sometimes known as ‘Web rot’/’Internet rot’); we succeeded at “boycott[ing] novell” (this was the original goal) and in 2010 Novell was dead (sold), scuttled to pieces and relegated into an ashtray of history, so in early 2010 we moved to “techrights” — basically the same site and similar goals with a broader, all-in-one/over-encompassing name. The choice of name was Tracy’s (the webhost at the time). As per the records, our 15th anniversary is on the 7th of November:


Domain Name: boycottnovell.com
Registry Domain ID: 661408793_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: WHOIS.ENOM.COM
Registrar URL: WWW.ENOM.COM
Updated Date: 2021-10-18T05:01:26.00Z
Creation Date: 2006-11-07T14:21:00.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2023-11-07T14:21:12.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: renewPeriod https://www.icann.org/epp#renewPeriod
Registrant Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Street: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Street: 
Registrant City: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant State/Province: GB
Registrant Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Country: GB
Registrant Phone: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Registrant Email: https://tieredaccess.com/contact/119ef4c8-9c57-483a-ad5a-8c58d0aa12dc
Admin Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Street: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Street: 
Admin City: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin State/Province: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Country: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Phone: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Admin Email: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Street: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Street: 
Tech City: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech State/Province: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Country: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Phone: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Tech Email: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Name Server: NS5.CATALYST2.NET
Name Server: NS6.CATALYST2.NET

As indicated above, days ago I renewed this domain’s registration for another 2 years (it’s not cheap; it’s about 50 euros) because we expect to grow and thrive for years to come. COVID-19 and lock-downs have had almost no impact on us. In Gemini it’s not simple to have two domain names (or subdomains) linking to the same capsule because of TLS, but in theory we could also have gemini.boycottnovell.com (though boycottnovell.com predates Gemini by over a decade).

We don’t plan anything special for the anniversary; instead we’ll try to stay productive as we soon exceed 32,000 blog posts in total.

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