RIAA site intermittently available, now running Linux

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)'s site is now transiently available after an extended outage and now appears to be running Linux.

Inevitably, this will lead to speculation that SCO might add the RIAA to the list of Linux using organizations currently receiving attention from its lawyers.

Of course, the RIAA is itself well endowed with lawyers should it need to defend itself, and just yesterday announced the latest in its own series of lawsuits against Internet users it believes are improperly sharing copyrighted music files.

RIAA site performance

The RIAA site has been offline since March 17 in an outage that closely tracked a scheduled distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack from computers infected by the MyDoom.F virus.

If MyDoom.F was indeed the culprit, it raises an ongoing threat for the RIAA site, as the malware is programmed to launch its DDoS between the 17th and 22nd days of every month.

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Interview with Jim Gray, Manager, Microsoft Bay Area Research Center

Jim Gray won the 1998 Turing Award "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research." More recently, he has been working as a Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft's Scalable Servers Research Group, based in San Francisco, on the creation of terabyte-sized distributed online databases. Talking with Glyn Moody, Gray reflects on his career, the power of Web services, and the arrival of sentient machines later this century. Continue reading

ASP.NET Overtakes JSP and Java Servlets

In this month's Web Server Survey the number of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET has overtaken those using JSP and Java Servlets. The number of IP addresses found with ASP.NET has shown very strong growth in the past year with a 224% increase from 17.2K to 55.8K. JSP & Java Servlets despite being overtaken is the next fastest growing in percentage terms with a 56% increase.

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Windows NT4 Still Astonishingly Popular with Big Brand Websites

More than seven years after its debut, Windows NT4 remains the hosting Operating System of choice for a surprising number of big brand web sites. But with Windows NT4 officially retired and Microsoft planning to discontinue security patches and support at year-end, even die hard enterprises still running NT4 will presumably switch eventually.

One which seems to have started is auction giant eBay, which has recently begun shifting some of its web infrastructure from Windows NT4 to Windows Server 2003. WinNT4 continues to power much of eBay's main site, which handled 971 million auction listings in 2003.

eBay is hardly alone, as other major enterprise companies still running their public web sites on Windows NT4 include Gateway, The Bank of New York, Heinz, Hershey Foods, Ikea, Kroger and Diebold. In the UK, 10 members of the FTSE 100 run on NT4/98, among them the retailer Next Group PLC, and LLoyds TSB.

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Network Solutions Offers 100-year Domain Registrations

The good news: Network Solutions is offering domains at an annualized rate of $9.99 per year. The bad news: you have to register the domain for 100 years and pay $999 up front.

Network Solutions' unusual offer of 100-year domain registrations may appeal to those who envision domain names as family heirlooms, or a way to ensure that their new baby's domain will still be there when he turns 100. But don't get any crazy ideas about transferring away after 75 years and asking for a pro-rated refund. The 100-year service is "non-transferable and non-refundable," according to Net Sol.

Network Solutions has decided to compete on term rather than price, maintaining its one-year .com price at $34.99 even as some providers offer them as low as $4. The long-term "discount" is still well above pricing for multi-year renewals from registrars with shorter time horizons - like the $6.95 per year rate for a 10-year registration with Go Daddy. In seeking promotional hooks, NetSol is hoping to lock in the customer base clamoring for that additional 90 years.

Retail Domain Name Prices, March 2004
Company One-year
.com price
&nbspPrimary Business&nbsp Primary Region
1&1 Internet AG $5.88 Mixed Hosting Europe
EV1Servers $6.49 Dedicated Hosting America
Hostway $6.95 Shared Hosting America
Web.com $6.95 Mixed Hosting America
GoDaddy Inc $7.95 Domain Registrar America
RegisterFly $9.99 Domain Registrar America
Host Europe $12.91 Mixed Hosting Europe
Dotster $14.95 Domain Registrar America
FastHosts $16.62 Mixed Hosting Europe
Verio $19.00 Mixed Hosting America
eNom $29.95 Domain Registrar America
The Planet $30.00 Mixed Hosting America
Network Solutions $34.99 Domain Registrar America
Register.com $35.00 Domain Registrar America
Melbourne IT $35.00 Domain Registrar Australia

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RIAA Web Site Remains Offline

The web site of the Recording Industry Association of America remains offline in an outage now approaching five days in duration. The www.riaa.com web site was targeted for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by the MyDoom.F virus. The current outage now exceeds the RIAA site's four-day outage in July 2002, which was attributed to a DDoS.

RIAA web site performance

A dynamically updating graph of the sites targeted for DDoS by various MyDoom variants is available here.