Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TRAFFIC Vancouver looks to be Great


The next TRAFFIC domain show is set for Vancouver, BC, Canada June 8-10.

It's hard to believe this is only the first TRAFFIC show in Vancouver, because many well known domainers got their start, or currently live, in Vancouver. To name a few, there is Frank Schilling, Kevin Ham, Yun Ye and Richard Lau.

Perhaps the most exciting thing to me is that in an interview with DN Journal, Rick Latona stated that Kevin Ham and Frank Schilling will be attending the show, and that Kevin and his brother will try to get Yun Ye to attend the show too. Yun Ye has to be the most reclusive domainer ever, no one has heard much from him in the media since he sold his domain portfolio to Marchex for a nine figure sum. The story of Yun Ye firing up his computer programs to grab dropped domains before anyone else back in the 90's is now legend. Some people probably still think he doesn't even exist, or was made up!

If you haven't read the DN Journal interview, it's at

The other exciting development is that Rick Latona dropped the fee to attend the Vancouver show, in order to encourage the highest turnout possible.

For us .ca domainers, day 2 of the show will have a domain auction restricted to .ca domains only. I am very interested to see how this goes over, given you need to have a Canadian presence to own a .ca domain. Not all the people attending will be able to own a .ca domain, and so can't even bid at this auction. Wouldn't this be a great venue for CIRA to announce that the .ca extension is open to anyone to register and own? Probably just wishful thinking, but you never know.

Day 3 of the event will have the Main auction featuring Premium domains.

I lived in Vancouver for a few years while attending university at UBC, and then again for a few years in the mid 90's, probably around the time Yun Ye was building his portfolio, though I had no idea about domains back then. Aside from the show, there is a lot to see and do in Vancouver that's close by to downtown. You can take a short boat trip over to the Granville Island produce market, walk or bike around the seawall that circles most of the city, visit Stanley Park to see preserved rainforest, get a great coffee at one of the many coffee bars, get a great meal at one of many Asian themed restaurants, go shopping on Robson street or Granville street, or just hang out at the beach and enjoy the fresh air.

Hopefully the weather will be good, and I'm already looking forward to the DN Journal write up on this show once it's completed.



  1. "The other exciting development is that Rick Latona dropped the fee..."

    English can be funny at times in it's ambiguity.

    Dropped can mean lowered as in "Drop the ceiling another 2 inches".

    Dropped can be mean removed as in
    "The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    dropped all charges against Robert Borhi". :)

    Rick Latona had lowered the price last week.

    So when I first read your comment I posted above at the top, I thought Rick had eliminated the fee outright.

    Then I remembered English ambiguity.

    If memory serves me correctly, I believe tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, is the last day the special price will be available.

    Unless, of course, Rick really does drop the fee altogether. :)

  2. Ah, the English language.

    Yes, he dropped the fee but did not eliminate it. I guess saying he lowered it would be less confusing.

  3. Yes, he dropped the fee but did not eliminate it. I guess saying he lowered it would be less confusing.


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