Dot Zip Domains Considered Harmful

So… it appears that Google, in their infinite wisdom stupidity, has bought and launched the top level domain ‘zip’ and thus introduced such wonderful domains as ‘’, ‘’ or, as you can see below, ‘‘. And thus possibly confusing everyone, for ever, all of the time.

But Google is not alone in partaking in this stupidity. ICANN, who should have been on the ball and who already had rules about homophones in UTF domains, seem to have let this slip though without a single thought.

The damned fools.

Disabling Windows XP Ballon Tips

And it’s time for an aide-mémoire for a fact that seems to be disappearing into the ether.

Windows XP bubble tips can be disabled by:

  • Opening Regedit
  • Navigating to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Creating a new String value of ‘EnableBubbleTips’.
  • Setting this value to ‘0’.
  • Restarting Windows.