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Perils of YASD

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I’ve had a weblog since 1995, my own domain since ’96. My first domain was, based on my company name at the time: YASD, inc. YASD stood for “Yet Another Software Developers”, which I thought was a chi-chi clever take on YACC — Yet Another Compiler Compiler. Trust me, you had to be have there at the time.

What I didn’t know when I signed up for this domain is that YASD is a common term used in electronic gaming, meaning Yet Another Sudden Death or a variation, Yet Another Stupid Dead. As in, “YASD I was eaten by an Ochre Jelly”.

YASD is also related to something Japanese, I have no idea what because I can’t read the web sites. Same with several Iranian sites. A common translation is “Young Adult Services Division”. In fact, if you Google on YASD, you’ll see about a hundred different interpretations for this acronym/word.

This wouldn’t be bad, except, on an average, I get about 20 emails a day related to someone using a ‘’ email address to sign up for software or other services. It’s bad enough getting spam because of spam, but I’m also getting hit because my domain is a popular acronym.


Perhaps I should auction the name off. Anyone want to buy a domain name?

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