New domain address: brianshah.net

I recently received information regarding my Web domain and learned that the National Telecommunications and Information Agency was going to make public the information attached to .us domains. The last thing I really want is to be inundated with companies trying to sell me services that I really don’t want. So I decided to purchase a .net domain. For the next month or so, I will continue to have both in production, but the .us domain will be replaced by the .net. I will spend the next month reviewing my site and cleaning up any references to the new address.

Since I’m in the process of making these changes, I also plan on testing a dynamic blog. This may require another site redesign.

In the meantime, if you’ve already bookmarked my site, please change it to brianshah.net.

To learn more about .us domains, please read the following article. I’ll admit that it is a little extreme, but its basic point is evident.

Americans Deserve Privacy Web site

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Packers coach outraged over ringing cell phone

Packers coach Mike Sherman cut today’s pre-practice press conference short when a reporter’s cell phone rang during the conference. Sherman did what I’ve always wanted to do when someone’s phone rings at the most inopportune time; he left and scolded the entire press core. I support him for his decision.

However, Dan Pompei of the Sporting News disagrees. He mentioned that cell phones are a necessary evil today. I agree that cell phones are necessary for many. But many modern phones have “manner” modes that allow a silent, vibrating ring, so I don’t buy his argument. I have been in quiet settings where my phone has rung in manner mode, and nobody was the wiser.

I truly hate owning a cell phone, and I don’t use it often. If and when I do need to use it in public, I use it in an inconspicuous area and normally keep my voice down. If it rings and I’m busy because I’m with someone, it is usually in manner mode and gets ignored; that’s why I have voice mail. I would prefer others do the same when they are around me; failure to do so may result in my leaving (which many may prefer anyway).

PackersNews.com: After cell rings, Packers hang up

The Sporting News editorial: Packers overreact to a ringing cell phone