Launching in 2015: Let’s Encrypt CA

Electronic Frontier Foundation reports some excellent news:


Today EFF is pleased to announce Let’s Encrypt, a new certificate authority (CA) initiative that we have put together with Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan that aims to clear the remaining roadblocks to transition the Web from HTTP to HTTPS.

More specifically:

With a launch scheduled for summer 2015, the Let’s Encrypt CA will automatically issue and manage free certificates for any website that needs them. Switching a webserver from HTTP to HTTPS with this CA will be as easy as issuing one command, or clicking one button.

MailWise – Email for Exchange & Hotmail

If you are one of those poor souls stuck with MS Exchange (like yours truly), here is one application you would absolutely love on your Android device – MailWise.  This app replaces your default email client with all the same functionality, except it makes those horribly long, backward-quoted emails and disclaimerified signatures much much shorter.  Like this:


It’s one of those things that you constantly try to learn to ignore, but which comes back to annoy you on a daily basis.  And now, it’s solved.  Awesome!

Domain name redemption fee

After years and years of working with domain names (buying, selling, configuring, etc), today was the first time that I needed to recover an expired domain name.  I thought I didn’t need it, but I was wrong.  I needed it, I needed to unlock it, and I needed to transfer it to another owner.

Not even seeing the domain in my GoDaddy account sent me directly to the knowledge base search.  Gladly, I wasn’t the only one with this problem, so a helpful article describing how to unlock an expired domain has been created previously.  When I tried the instructions, I found the domain alright, but I wasn’t allowed to unlock it.


Assuming that I need to renew the domain for at least a year, I tried that option.  Now came the big surprise – the redemption fee.  Can you guess how much it was?  Here’s a hint:

Redemption fee

64 EUR fee for a 9 EUR domain… WOW!  Given that all these processes are fully automated and don’t really require any manual labor or other extensive resources, I think that’s a bit too expensive.  About 60 EUR too much, I’d say.

Obviously, that’s not an option now.