Claiming the Philippines’ TLD
It’s been a little over two years since I bought this domain and thanks to that malicious script attack four days ago I’m finally gonna talk a little about it. Who knows? The end might be near.
It was when I was contacted by a former colleague about a volunteerism-related website that they needed to finish because the web developer who started it could no longer see it to its completion. Of course, they had to ask me to show them something as proof that I can actually do the job. With most of my websites from way back when being outdated, I showed them my blog, which is this. I was, however, very reluctant to give them the URL because it was still in flirt-wind.net back then. It may have been the coolest to my ears ten years ago but at this age? Not anymore. Especially if I intend to expose it more to people I personally know. The moment I gave in was also the exact same moment that I decided to finally make the move to nelson.ph. If I were to give it a tag line that’d be:
I’m the Nelson of the Philippines and this is my blog.
As for finishing that website, I decided to bail out because they were using Laravel, a PHP framework that I’m not familiar with, and I realized (even after looking it up and realizing that it looks promising) that the time I would spend learning it could be more than the time I would spend using it. And with me doing things left and right on weeknights and going here and there on weekends, it was simply impossible. I advised their team to find someone who’s actually using it and eventually they did. I basically have never been a part of the endeavor but I’m glad to see that the iVolunteer Philippines website has been serving its purpose smoothly since then.
Speaking of ten years… By some twist of fate, this stumbled on my doorstep tonight. Oh, the good old days… 🙂