A Brexit-flavoured surprise

Well here’s something unusual for C64CD dear reader, your correspondent directly penning a post about the annoyingly-named “Brexit” – a term presumably created by tabloid journalists who believed an annoying portmanteau would somehow be less confusing to their readership in the same way that Paul Gascoigne being called “Gazza” supposedly was – and it’s actually on topic for this blog, at least in a tangential way!

When C64CD started releasing programs your correspondent decided it needed some storage space for the files and set up a subdomain off one he already owned; that domain had a .EU suffix and at the end of last week a missive turned up in your correspondent’s inbox from the company he uses for domain registrations which began thus:

We are writing to inform you that EURid (European Registry for Internet Domains) has decided that anyone without an EU postal address will no longer be able to own a .eu domain name once the UK leaves the EU.

EURid will therefore be terminating all .eu domain names registered to UK addresses on one of two dates:

30 March 2019 if the UK exits the EU with no deal

1 January 2021 if the UK exits the EU with a deal

The email continues, answering the question “what if I don’t have an EU postal address” with the following…

Unfortunately, this means that you will lose your EU domain, but we will keep you updated on next steps and provide you with plenty of guidance so that we can help to minimise the inconvenience caused.

…which, after profuse swearing at considerable length about “bloody Brexiteers” under his breath – certainly not  the first time that’s happened dear reader and highly unlikely to be the last all things considered – left your correspondent pondering how to deal with the soon-to-be-disappearing domain; after some deliberation a replacement was duly registered for the domain’s primary purpose – it acts as a link shortener for assorted projects – but, rather than merely tack the C64CD file space onto the end of it as before, the decision was instead take to splash out a few quid on C64CD.co.uk and set up a new subdomain from there.

That easier to remember address is also wrapped quite neatly if somewhat cheaply around this very blog using “highly advanced” iframe technology, because your correspondent isn’t exactly a rich person at the best of times and really couldn’t justify the monthly fee required by WordPress.com to connect things properly! No doubt something has been forgotten during the migration process, so your correspondent apologises in advance and will endeavour to fix issues as soon as they arise.

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