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05-27-2004, 04:24 AM
Hey Gang!

My name is Chuck Fox and I'm new to this forum. I've got a situation that some of you may be interested or curious about and I also seek constructive thought regarding this matter. To that end, I've decided to visit a few of the more relevant forums to get this message out and seek comments and suggestions. Basically, throw this into the "court of public opinion."

First a little background on an odd and unfathomable "David vs. Goliath" story I find myself involved with.

On Saturday, March 1, 2003, as I was relocating all of my client and business websites to another hosting provider, I accidentally mis-typed my domain in a client email, omitting the ".com" suffix.

I usually check to make sure the links in my emails are correct by clicking on them, and was pleasantly surprised to find it direct to Google, with "thinkvision" as the search term.

My http://ThinkVision.com site was listed first, but what really surprised me was the other listing under mine that led to IBM's press release announcing their new product-line of flat-panel monitors.

These monitors went by the name of "ThinkVision."


What I'm looking for are people such as one might find on this forum to visit my blog and --

A) Let me have it...
B) Let me know what you think...
C) Tell me where I can stick it...
D) Give IBM some shtick!

If any of you have ever had any kind experience, similar or not, in the domain name game, I'd like to hear from you. If, after visiting, you've got an opinion of this situation, by all means let me know about it by commenting, or posting to the blog forum.

The home page of the blog explains this anomaly in more detail, so I'll leave it at that and hope to hear from you. Hopefully positive thoughts, though negative opinion is accepted also, cuz that's the nature of blogging.

The blog: http://tv.chuckfox.com/

In advance, thanks for the help. Rock On!

Chuck Fox

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Linda Buquet
05-27-2004, 12:18 PM

WOW what an interesting story! Totally the reverse of the typical domain squatter story. I wish you the best and hope IBM steps up to the plate!

05-27-2004, 06:44 PM
Hi Chuck,

my personal opinion is that you have all the rights
to keep your domain name.

Important fact is that you do not refer to products
similar to the new IBM flat-panel monitors but provide
online services related to the internet.

You should not worry too much.

Best regards


05-29-2004, 08:02 AM
Catalyst & xmx,

Thanks for the comments! I've visited a few other boards that some of the younger folks frequent, and as indicated by their ill-informed replies, they don't have a clue as to the specifics in my case. It's nice to see some maturity and understanding, a true indication that I am in fact at --WEBPROWORLD!

Here's to the professionals!

Thanks, Chuck

P.S. Catalyst, I am having a hard time trying to find out how to include an avatar? Any ideas? Again, thanks.

Linda Buquet
05-29-2004, 12:29 PM
Hi Chuck,

Thanks for the compliments about WPW. We think this is a pretty good place for the PROS to hang out.

We don't allow avatars, only member photos, but you can do something fun with it in phtoshopif you are shy and don't want a plain pic. Here is the info: