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vCity 1.0
by Dr. Adam L. Gruen

20 days in the life of a 21st century virtual city simulation.

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Mondays Are Hell: A (Mostly) True Internet Adventure
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The NIC changed the mail-to addresses on the new domain name over the weekend. End of the line for Oznic. There was one less bozo on this bus.

The server was set up. The domain name was back under the client's control. It was time to rock. Thursday afternoon we put through the name server change with the NIC. It was farewell, aufweidersen, goodbye for Mr. Hotshot Designer and his host-U-4-life scam. The air was smelling sweeter all the time.

In 72 hours I figured most of the major search engines would be resolving the DN to our San Jose server. We fired the new URLs into the search engines' submission pages. This would take a while. I went out for a herb-infused pizza, wondering where the hell tomato and cheese had gone.

When I got back and checked the server logs the search engine 'bots were going crazy. Five thousand pages of clean HTML must have looked like a pig roast in paradise. I could smell the long green. The client had been dreaming about becoming a pure Internet play. With this kind of action it could be sayonara storefront.

With one bozo gone and the other flying out the bus's back door, I was looking at Hazel in a whole new way. An open source shopping cart could replace this tootsie roll pretty quick. When the time was right, we'd put Hazel on the first Greyhound back to Rochester.

But I'd let the client's bank balance fatten first....


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