There is no dash: introducing techreport.com


— 10:12 PM on July 9, 2003

We've been doing this for nearly four years now, and that darned dash in our domain name has become like a splinter in our minds, driving us mad. Here's a typical conversation at a trade show with a PR rep or potential advertiser:

Them: "Well, Scott, that all sounds very impressive. I look forward to working with you guys in the future. I'll have to check out the site. It's just at techreport.com, right?"

Me: "Uhh..."

Argh. Countless similar conversations have happened with potential readers. Now, finally, the dash has become expendable. Some of you may have noticed in the past couple of days—it's now possible to access us at techreport.com.

I've already made all the changes necessary for our web and mail servers to respond to requests concurrently at both our old domain name, tech-report.com, and the new one. That means you guys can access the site and e-mail us without updating your bookmarks for as long as you wish. However, some of our scripts here like to refer browsers to a single domain name, and in those cases, we're now pointing everything to techreport.com. You may be required to re-enter your password for the comments sytem or the forums now that we've made these changes. Sorry about that, but it's unavoidable. Do let me know if you encounter insurmountable problems.

I'm sure some of you guys are wondering what this cost me. Let's just say that Jr. Damage is a strong child, and I'm sure he'll serve very well in the labor camp. We shall not speak of this matter again.

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