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Excuse me sir, your VISA has been rejected.

July 13, 2005 by Galvin Tan in Daily Rants with 27 Comments


Finally, the much talked about visa blog is pulling its plug. Here’s a quote from visa blog:

Good bye
Submitted by blewtooth on Fri, 2005-07-08 16:48. Announcement

Ok, as some of you might have already expected, I have signed the letter of undertaking to let go the domain. Yes, visa blog has come to an end. Period.

Sorry guys, although it’s not easy to give up, but the decision has to be this. It’s an uphill battle that is almost impossible to win. I thought of fighting for it initially. But after some thorough considerations, I decided to let go (or chickening out, if you really must say so). Excuse me for not explaining why is the decision so, but it’s roughly like “if i win, i get back the domain and fame. But if i lose, it will be miserable”. Get the idea?

The legal advisors (yes, I’ve seen more than one of them) have also advised me that the best I could do is to ask for some compensations and give up the domain. So i did. I politely asked for compensation (of course I had to be careful for not falling into a ‘cybersquatting’ trap, if there’s any), but all I asked for is a domain replacement so I can keep blogging and I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. It can also make me feel better for being respected. However, the answer I got was a rude NO. Come on Visa, how much is a domain going to cost you? By the way, I renewed this domain two months ago. In other words, Visa gets to use this domain name for free for the year to come with my hard-earned money. Oh joy.

Anyway, thanks for all the supports you guys have given. It has been fun blogging here. Although it’s not easy to give away your baby just like that, nor I have tried my maximum effort in keeping the domain, I believe I’ve made the best decision by taking all the considerations into account.

And will blewtooth be gone? Probably .. but I wouldn’t want to get myself in trouble again by registering things like blewtooth.com.my and have Bluetooth consortium going after me! Smiling

Take care, my friends!

Comments from this entry.

Blewtooth also posted an entry to reply a particular blogger who gave negative feedback and comments about his intension for visa blog. Here’s a quote from his posting just incase the link no longer available :

Cybersquatting for cash?
Submitted by blewtooth on Thu, 2005-06-30 09:04. Domain name dispute

I know it’s difficult to believe that the idea of registering a domain like visa.com.my is not for cybersquatting, or asking for ransom from *someone else*. Who would resist the temptation of being millionaire next day?

But for those of you who think so, including a blogger who makes public criticism against me in his blog, I want to share with you something. The picture below tells the traffic of visa.com.my to date.

One might try to guess a blog’s popularity by judging on the comments the blogger usually have. My readers have been silent readers. They come, they see whether there is something interesting today, and they leave. Sometimes they leave a message or two. Some have offered to co-author the blog.

I guess every bloggers check their site statistics. I do it on a regular basis. It really feels rewarding when you see the upward trend in the graph, and I guess that keeps bloggers moving. That makes bloggers go high and low looking for contents to please their readers, and they know it’s worth in doing so.

What’s the point of putting my effort, which sometimes mean blogging on a daily basis, if the ground of all these is to sell the domain off one day, which you know would be used in a way that is entirely different from what you are doing now?

I don’t think it’s wise to defend myself here. But sadly speaking, it seems that giving up the domain is the only choice I have now, as advised by some legal advisors. This post is to try to keep a good name of blewtooth before everything ends next week.

A big thank you to those who believe my words.

Last but not least, to that blogger I mentioned just now, nice photoshop work! Must have spent you some time, and I am sure you’ll find it worthwhile.

It’s very obvious that the particular blogger who made ‘public criticism’ of visa blog is no other than…me(read my posting). Unless, I’m being perasan :P

Ok, let me assure you that I’m not against anyone! I’m not siding any party either. I’m just stating whatever is on my mind. I’m just being honest and for goodness sake, this is the Internet. Everything on the Internet is for the public. When you pinged PPS and asked for advise and comments, you’ll get it! Good and bad.

Sorry if I’m unlike others who sympathized your lost of rights to your current visa blog domain. But as much as I hate to admit this, I do. I do share the lost of a good domain and the effort that blewtooth have put on visa blog. I too am furious and sadden by the fact VISA International is indeed a cheapo. Now happy?

Truth is, registering visa.com.my at the first place is a BIG mistake! Yes it is a common word and yes the domain name was open for registeration. And what’s more tempting, free traffic coming from surfers who are looking for VISA Malaysia. Anyone, including myself would want to register such a popular domain name.

Let’s put it this way…If I were to register this domain. It doesn’t matter if I’ve no use for the domain, as long as I keep the domain, I’m sure one day VISA would want it back. I can probably do something else with that domain, perhaps a blog? If one day VISA wants to buy it back, it’s a proposition. If they don’t want to pay for it, I’ll ask for compensation. Whichever way, I still get paid! Get the picture?

Ask the BIG question why a blog on VISA.COM.MY domain? Why not techblog.com.my? Perhaps something more personal…like a name such as www.keewooi.com. Or maybe a generic word like www.start.com.my? Wouldn’t that be easier? Unless your name is Ng Vi Sa or Visa Lee or Visalingam. Then you might stand a chance to fight in court.

To VISA’s legal advisors, it doesn’t matter when you register it, or how they dropped the domain, this is still called ‘cybersquatting‘.

I don’t wish to be the bad guy here, but there’s nothing much blewtooth can do about this now. My apology to blewtooth for my so called ‘public criticism’ which sincerely I have no intention or thoughts of defamation. Honest!

But I do somehow agree that VISA is indeed a cheapskate, they should atleast pay back blewtooth for the renewals of the domain. I guess blewtooth really have to GIVE away his domain since he has got NO INTENTION to sell it :(



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q
q

interesting turn of events. i check out the pings at PPS sometimes and have seen ones from the visa blog before. i actually did think it was the credit card company so i always skipped it and never interested me to check it out, heh. yea i'm weird that way.

q
q

interesting turn of events. i check out the pings at PPS sometimes and have seen ones from the visa blog before. i actually did think it was the credit card company so i always skipped it and never interested me to check it out, heh. yea i'm weird that way.

galvin
galvin

Kayode : Unfortunately blewtooth is not an American and his name is not Visa too. So it's pretty hard for him to win the domain if he were to take it to court.

Honestly, he deserved some compensation for the renewals. Then again, since he said that he has got no intention to sell the domain, he must give it away now.

galvin
galvin

Kayode : Unfortunately blewtooth is not an American and his name is not Visa too. So it's pretty hard for him to win the domain if he were to take it to court.

Honestly, he deserved some compensation for the renewals. Then again, since he said that he has got no intention to sell the domain, he must give it away now.

kayode Muyibi
kayode Muyibi

I am sure if he was an american, he wouldnt have chickened out. Have you heared the story of the www.mikerowesoft.com incident. He was compensated, but well thats a diffent issue all together.

But i guess he should have tried raising money in his blog for that Court case, and given it to Charity atleast :D

kayode Muyibi
kayode Muyibi

I am sure if he was an american, he wouldnt have chickened out. Have you heared the story of the www.mikerowesoft.com incident. He was compensated, but well thats a diffent issue all together.

But i guess he should have tried raising money in his blog for that Court case, and given it to Charity atleast :D

ShaolinTiger
ShaolinTiger

Let's find a template that jerks more whilst scrolling prz :D

ShaolinTiger
ShaolinTiger

Let's find a template that jerks more whilst scrolling prz :D

galvin
galvin

blewtooth,

I'm really very sorry about you losing your domain.

Visa blog is indeed a good blog but sometimes all good things must come to an end.

Lets learn from our mistakes and the next time we register a popular domain...JUST KEEP QUIET :)

But look at it this way, you lost a domain but from this you also gain more friends. Look at all those who supported you and gave good words for you. Well, then again there'll always be one or two morons like me who'll always go against you. But this moron just wanna be a friend....not foe.

Lets not despair for the lost of a lousy domain, lets rejoice for the lessons you've learnt and the friends you have earned. Cheers mate! ;)

galvin
galvin

blewtooth,

I'm really very sorry about you losing your domain.

Visa blog is indeed a good blog but sometimes all good things must come to an end.

Lets learn from our mistakes and the next time we register a popular domain...JUST KEEP QUIET :)

But look at it this way, you lost a domain but from this you also gain more friends. Look at all those who supported you and gave good words for you. Well, then again there'll always be one or two morons like me who'll always go against you. But this moron just wanna be a friend....not foe.

Lets not despair for the lost of a lousy domain, lets rejoice for the lessons you've learnt and the friends you have earned. Cheers mate! ;)

blewtooth
blewtooth

yo galvin,

you still are trying hard to accuse me, aren't you? ;)

well, that's ok, apology is not necessary. but it took you just a little time to photoshop that, so i wanted to fire back too. LOL.

but it's all over now. let's get back to life.

thanx though.

blewtooth
blewtooth

yo galvin,

you still are trying hard to accuse me, aren't you? ;)

well, that's ok, apology is not necessary. but it took you just a little time to photoshop that, so i wanted to fire back too. LOL.

but it's all over now. let's get back to life.

thanx though.

jack0
jack0

agree with u.. nuf sad.. wei... do the pearPC thing~lah.. i wanna see...

jack0
jack0

agree with u.. nuf sad.. wei... do the pearPC thing~lah.. i wanna see...

james
james

Hehhh! I thought the Photoshop work was nice too. :)

james
james

Hehhh! I thought the Photoshop work was nice too. :)

steelrage
steelrage

in the beginning, i thought of blewtooth as a cybersquater. but then in the end after some thought,i came to consider the fact that just because everyone knows Visa for its credit services or what not.. doens't mean they own visa . but i don't know thats just my point of view lah. then again, i'de be mad is someone started using Azad as a brand of dog food or someting. thewhole thing is somewhat a grey area.

BTW.. I THINK HE'S REFERING TO YOU! hahah popular nya

steelrage
steelrage

in the beginning, i thought of blewtooth as a cybersquater. but then in the end after some thought,i came to consider the fact that just because everyone knows Visa for its credit services or what not.. doens't mean they own visa . but i don't know thats just my point of view lah. then again, i'de be mad is someone started using Azad as a brand of dog food or someting. thewhole thing is somewhat a grey area.

BTW.. I THINK HE'S REFERING TO YOU! hahah popular nya

jojo
jojo

Remind me not to EVER EVER EVER get a Credit Card buden IF I do, kill me if it's a Visa... earn so much of money, yet so FKKG Cheapskate! How much is 1K out of the MILLIONS? Bodoh .. Betul betul bodoh!

jojo
jojo

Remind me not to EVER EVER EVER get a Credit Card buden IF I do, kill me if it's a Visa... earn so much of money, yet so FKKG Cheapskate! How much is 1K out of the MILLIONS? Bodoh .. Betul betul bodoh!

matakecil
matakecil

good point you are making here galvin. i also sympathise with bluetooth but i also agree with what you have said. in fact, when i first came acroos bluetooth's visa site ... i already knew this is gonna happen sooner or later.

anyway, bluetooth is a very good blogger. he DOES NOT need the visa site. he can create ANY site or blog and it will still be good.

move on and accomplish better things. don't get stuck with such an unworthy thingy. the world is there for us to conquer. :)

matakecil
matakecil

good point you are making here galvin. i also sympathise with bluetooth but i also agree with what you have said. in fact, when i first came acroos bluetooth's visa site ... i already knew this is gonna happen sooner or later.

anyway, bluetooth is a very good blogger. he DOES NOT need the visa site. he can create ANY site or blog and it will still be good.

move on and accomplish better things. don't get stuck with such an unworthy thingy. the world is there for us to conquer. :)

JxT2J
JxT2J

I thought VISA was a big bully.

Now I'm a convert.

Buden...

VISA should at least give him some compensation. What's a few hundred (or thousands maybe) to them? They might as well give him the money to shut him up.

If I were to be blewtooth and VISA kindly offered cold solid cash, i will stop blogging (yea rite, blogspot offering free blogs ngek ngek).

JxT2J
JxT2J

I thought VISA was a big bully.

Now I'm a convert.

Buden...

VISA should at least give him some compensation. What's a few hundred (or thousands maybe) to them? They might as well give him the money to shut him up.

If I were to be blewtooth and VISA kindly offered cold solid cash, i will stop blogging (yea rite, blogspot offering free blogs ngek ngek).

icy nerd
icy nerd

wah... maybe you perasan leh... maybe.. maybe... he was not referring abt you leh... hahaha!!!

yeah, i agreed with you. this is super "cybersquatting", he should have be aware about it. any well-known title/name should not simply acquired as ownself, eg. Levis,nike,chanel,louis vuitton...blah blah...

anyway, pity that fella too lah...hor? hard-earned $$ gone... *sigh* but got to blame his own stupidity, who else to be blamed?

*muarhahahahaha~*

icy nerd
icy nerd

wah... maybe you perasan leh... maybe.. maybe... he was not referring abt you leh... hahaha!!!

yeah, i agreed with you. this is super "cybersquatting", he should have be aware about it. any well-known title/name should not simply acquired as ownself, eg. Levis,nike,chanel,louis vuitton...blah blah...

anyway, pity that fella too lah...hor? hard-earned $$ gone... *sigh* but got to blame his own stupidity, who else to be blamed?

*muarhahahahaha~*

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