[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

easyDNS To Be Dropped From Andy Lehrer Lawsuit

Pursuant to a settlement, easyDNS is being dropped by Andy Lehrer from the Tim O'Rourke / causepimps.ca defamation lawsuit.

Under the terms of the settlement easyDNS will not pay Mr. Lehrer anything and will remove the offending webpages / URLs upon a judicial finding that they are defamatory (something our Plain English Terms of Service says we will do anyway).

Somewhat reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry pays a contractor a substantial sum of money to restore his kitchen to its exact pre-reno state, we feel we've still gotten the short end of the stick in this comedy. After … Read the rest

Is Rogers Throttling VPN Connections?

Update – April 3/2015

I’m not so sure about this anymore. Since writing this article I had a Rogers tech over and he replaced the cable in the back yard. My Rogers connection is now a lot faster. > 30Mb/sec download. My A/B tests between VPN and no VPN are roughly the same since. I’ve seen some links to this post out there so I should mention my latest findings.

After reading Michael Geist’s article about a senior VP at Rogers calling on the Canadian Government to shutdown VPNs it occurred to me that I have been experiencing chronically crappy … Read the rest

An Open Letter to Bittorrent and File Sharing Sites


The Birthday Massacre, who is managed by my former college prof Terry MacManus. During our telephone conversation discussing the effect of filesharing on content creators I downloaded their entire 6-album catalog via bittorrent. For free.

Since our successful wrangling with another ICANN registrar over the rights  of domain name holders and the responsibilities of registrars when transferring their names, we have unsurprisingly become a "goto" registrar for bittorrent and filesharing sites.

I wanted to clarify the easyDNS stance on this because I think the entire filesharing space has a limited time window to position for the future and nothing less … Read the rest

Lean Startup / MVP Life Cycle (Bubble 2.0 version)

Step 1: Think up some idea for a feature.

Have your team use this tag cloud to assemble a “feature mash-up” which looks like it could drive value through the startup life cycle. Remember, you’re #1 job is to be featureful, provide a rich user experience and drive value throughout the entire vertical you are about to make-up define.

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I almost invented Shazam

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 1.02.27 PM   Many years ago I was ostensibly on the advisory board of a company called “Predixis”, (later MusicIP). They were a service that had digitized a boatload of music and their raison d’etre was to be able to predict, based on what songs were in your library, what other songs you would like.

Try as I might I could never really get galvanized around this idea. It worked ok. I ran my band The Parkdale Hookers through it and it came back with The D4. Well done. But I still never got really excited, not enough to sell my shares … Read the rest

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