With the rapid growth of Twitter and other microblogging services has come the rise of numerous URL shortening services. Some, like TinyURL, existed long before Twitter, but they all share a common problem that has been exacerbated by the increasing use of microblogging. They are a perfect mask for spammers.
I was convinced long before purchasing my G1 from T-Mobile that it would be a worthwhile investment, and I have not been disappointed at all. In Amarillo, T-Mobile does not yet have 3G service, so data speeds leave a bit to be desired, but it still works.
If you are familiar with security issues for Internet servers, you know what a Denial of Service (DoS) attack is, and that there is no absolute defense against DoS attacks. There are plenty of ways to mitigate the risks. With just a few mitigating tactics, the biggest threat that remains is usually from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, where it is a game of sheer numbers.
A couple of days ago, I decided to consolidate my online identity around my real name. I had been using the same nickname on the Internet for over a decade, and had built a significant identity around it, but its original meaning was no longer relevant, and having both the nickname and my real name for online identities was reducing the impact of both. I have already changed "nman64" and "n-man" in many places to "patrickwbarnes". I have registered patrickwbarnes.com and redirected n-man.com to it.