The Age of ICT DIY Making Your Own Electronics

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이번에는 'Opensource Hardware(오픈소스 하드웨어)'에 대해 소개해 드리려 합니다. 이제 누구나 프로그래밍하고, 자신이 원하는 가전제품을 직접 만들어 사용할 수 있는 세상이 머지않았습니다! 프로그래밍이 모니터 밖으로 나와 이제 우리가 일상적으로 사용하는 전자제품까지 어떤 영양을 미치게 될지 알아볼까요? 박종건 선임과 함께 하는 Opensource Hardware 이야기 오늘부터 시작합니다~!
Opensource HW <1> 나만의 전자 제품을 만드는 ICT DIY 시대

여러분들께서는 가전제품에 대하여 어떻게 생각하시나요?

대부분 이미 만들어져 있는 것들을 비교하고 나에게 가장 적절한 기능과 가격대를 선택하는 물건으로 생각하고 계실 겁니다. 하지만 자기가 필요한 전자 제품이나 기구를 직접 만들어서 사용할 수 있다고 하면 믿을 수 있으신가요? 농담이나 미래의 이야기가 아닌 이미 현실화된 이야기입니다. 무언가를 만들기 좋아하는 '메이커(Makers)'들은 세상에 자신이 원하는 제품은 나와있지 않다는 생각으로 본인들이 직접 전자제품들을 만들기 시작했습니다. 여기에서 핵심적인 역할을 담당하는 것이 Opensource HW입니다.




▲ 이미 국내외로 다양한 작품들을 만들어서 전시하는 Maker Faire가 인기를 끌고 있다.

(출처 : http://www.makerfaireistanbul.com)





▲ Opensource HW가 있으면 장난감이나 로봇도 직접 만들 수 있다.

(출처 : wikimedia @kozuch)


올해 봄 ICT 분야의 세계적인 명사들이 참가 한 서울디지털포럼 2014에 뜻밖의 인사를 만날 수 있었습니다. RaspberryPi 재단의 공동 창립자이자 케임브리지대학교 컴퓨터학 교수인 앨런 마이크로프트가 연사로 한국을 방문한 것이었습니다.


그는 포럼에서 ‘모두를 위한 일상의 프로그래밍’이라는 주제를 발표했습니다. 앨런 마이크로프트는 오늘날 젊은 세대들이 스마트폰, 태블릿, 인터넷이 없는 시대를 상상할 수 없고, 너무나…

How to Choose the Perfect Domain Name for your Website


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How to Choose the Perfect Domain Name for your Website


Do you want to start a website for your company, institution, organization, or business? Then understanding how to choose a domain name is highly important. Recently, a client of ours asked us to help him understand how to choose the perfect domain name for his business. As a result of this, we decided to publish an article that addresses this issue.

After reading this article, you will know the exact type of Top Level Domain name and extension that is most suitable for your business. Hence, you won’t have to pay any researcher to help you find a perfect domain name.
The type of website or blog you intend to start plays a huge role in determining the domain name you choose. There are several TLD extensions to choose from. In fact, there are thousands of TLD extensions right now. An article on Wikipedia provides a list of all the official top-level domain extensions as maintained by the Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA).
Popular domain extensions available to choose from
The most popular TLD is .com. However, you can choose a domain name that targets specific services or that describes your organization, institution or company. Let’s have a quick review of these popular top-level domains.

Generic top-Level Domains:


register .com TLD

There are seven generic TLDs. These extensions were created very early – during the creation of the internet. They are:
.com: The .com is the most popular TLD. It’s widely used on the internet. Every person, company, business, etc. can register the .com even if its original purpose during creation was to be used for non-profit purposes.
In fact, it is everyone’s favorite TLD extension. Almost all the big companies, individuals and businesses in the world use the .com TLD. So, the .com TLD is always my first recommendation to most of my clients who intend to start a personal blog, business website, or company website.
.org: The .org TLD was originally intended for use by non-profit organizations. At the moment, any person, company or organization can register with the .org. Whenever I meet a client that wants to purchase a domain name for an organization, I usually recommend the .org. This way, the purpose of your website becomes clearer. However, an organization can still register the .com TLD.
.net: The .net TLD was intended for Umbrella sites. However, almost any individual or company use it. An umbrella site is a site that acts as a portal to other smaller sites. The .net TLD is cheap to register. In popular domain registry companies like GoDaddy and NameCheap, you can get a .net for as low as 6-10 dollars.
.edu: This TLD is used for educational purposes. It is limited to certain higher institutions in America. However, Schools in other countries can use it along with country-specific TLDs. Like .edu.in for India, .edu.ng for Nigeria, etc.
.gov: This TLD is limited to government agencies in America. Many other countries use it along with country-specific domains.
.mil: Limited to the United States military.
.int: used by international organizations.
There are many other TLDs. But very uncommon and not frequently used.
The .com extension has now become very competitive. Most of the four-lettered domain names and keywords have been taken. Some are in use, some are parked, and domain flippers also buy for the purpose of reselling.
Choosing country-specific TLD is also becoming more popular by the day. This is most suitable for you if your target audience is in a specific country. If you are aiming to reach the world, avoid country-specific TLDs.
In a few years’ time, we will experience a wider use of other generic TLDs. But prior to that, the .com is still everyone’s preferred TLD extension. So it should be what you are aiming to buy.

How do you buy the perfect domain name?

Bearing in mind that the .com domain names have become extremely difficult to buy. How do you cope with this? Should you buy other extensions or still buy the .com? I recommend you still go for the .com extension. A long .com extension is better than a short unpopular TLD. Most web browsers complete your domain name with .com when you type just the name. So, why buy another extension?
If you want to buy a .com, here are a few measures you can adopt to get the best out of your limited options.

Keep it as short as possible:


Most people are always in a hurry. They don’t do proper research while purchasing a domain name. It is better you wait, keep trying search keywords till you get the right one. Because I want to include the keyword ‘blog’, I end up discovering most of the short domain names with the word ‘blog’ has been taken. In a bid to include that keyword at all costs, I may decide to search for ‘Iknowhowtobloglikeapro.com’. This might be available if you search for it. But it is highly unfriendly and too long to type.

Keep it simple:

Do not overuse creative misspellings while searching for a domain name. It can prevent your visitors from easily remembering it.

Avoid numbers and unusual characters:

Including numbers in your domain name may also cost you a few visitors. For instance, If you have a name like blog123.com, and is communicated verbally with a person, the person might end up typing it as blogonetwothree.com. This can cost you thousands of visitors. Also, strange characters like hyphens must be avoided when searching for a domain name. These characters are difficult to communicate with people verbally.

Avoid using complicated vocabularies:

There are a lot of words in the English dictionary that are quite hard to spell or remember. Words like counterreformation, discombobulate, etc. They are not commonly used and can be hard to remember by someone who is seeing them for the first time. So, you must aim for vocabulary that is commonly used.

Avoid buying a name or TLD extension that is Copyrighted:

Although, for the .com domain, it is highly uncommon to buy a domain name that is copyrighted. However, you should not aim at registering a domain name that includes all the words from a registered company. For instance, registering a domain name like googleowner.com can backfire.
Finally,

Buy from the best domain name registrar.

There are many domain name registrars. I highly recommend NameCheap. I’ve used them for a long time and have never had any issues for once.
Additionally, NameCheap offers free whoisguard. Something you have to pay for when registering with other domain name providers.
Whoisguard protects your most vital details like home address, phone number, email address from the pubic eye. Without whoisguard, someone can just lookup your domain name and know all of that private information. Such sensitive information should be kept away from scammers and fraudsters.
I hope with this guide, you are able to choose the perfect domain name for your next project.

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