Having been semi-active on the Internet for a very long time being (I'm not even on Facebook), I have finally found my personal, short, and what is most important in this WWW world, a still free Internet domain name that I can use as my unique WWW name for my personal blog.
This may look as an easy task to achieve, because the Internet is huge, and everyone should be able to find his unique place/name for sharing thoughts, etc. Sadly, I have to admit that it doesn't go easy any more, as I remember it was much easier ten years ago, but as I have noticed it has dramatically changed in the past two years. Moreover, what may seem interesting, each day the Internet seems to be more and more 'full' but it has extra space for expanding :).
A few years ago, or more precisely at the beginning of year 2003, I was searching for a free name exactly matching my personal name, e.g. algis, algimantas, algimas, but as you probably may predict, it had already been taken by someone else.
Thus, finally, from now on I will be posting my IT thoughts here at alqis.com and my unique name may appear as 'alQis'.
But, why 'alQis / alqis'? Because it looks like and it sound as my name Algis :) (FYI: the second best option that I was thinking about, but I didn't take, was 'al9is').
The other thing that is good about the 'alQis' is that it sounds like 'hungry' in the Lithuanian pronunciation, so, I hope I will be hungry enough for sharing my thoughts here.
During the registration of alqis.com domain through the blogspot.com, I caught the feeling that it should still be very profitable business for doing this, especially when you have a monopoly. I have paid something about $10 per year, even though, I estimate that it should still be a good profit for this simple service called: 'mapping names with numbers' :)
Besides, after reading this post about Poland's domain registration dynamics, I see that even new EU member countries are capable of reaching two million '.pl' domains (now Poland is the fifth country in Europe that reached it). Moreover, according to its 23% domain registration dynamics, reached in 2010, and expected continuation of the growth level, it will soon be very hard to find a unique domain name even in the '.pl' domain group. So do not wait with your business ;)