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July 23, 2015

Community IT Academy

New .ngo and .ong website domains launched

New .ngo and .ong website domains launched

Two new domains are available for charities and non-profit-making organisations.

Any genuine non-governmental organisation can now register for .ngo and .ong domains.

These domains are offered by Public Interest Registry, the same company that manages the .org domain. However, whereas the .org domain can be registered by anyone, .ngo and .ong can only be registered by validated non-governmental organisations. The two domains are acronyms for 'non-governmental organisation' – NGO in English and ONG in romance languages like French, Spanish and Italian.

These domains are not like normal domains, as they require a four-step validation process to check that the registrant is a valid NGO. Also, the domains come as a bundle so if you register the .ngo domain you also get the corresponding .ong domain. In addition your organisation has the opportunity to be listed in a global directory of non-governmental organisations called 'OnGood'.

Domain registration currently costs around $50-$70 (£30-£45) for both domains. Given the unusual nature of the registration process there are only a limited number of domain registrars offering this service and it is likely that your current domain registrar won't able to register these domains for you.

If you are looking for a new domain for your organisation, you should be aware that hundreds of new domains extensions have been launched in the last year and many more are due to be launched in the coming months. The new domains extensions include .uk, .charity, .community, .church and .school.  You can even register variations of the .org domain in Russian (Cyrillic), Hindi (Devanagari) and Chinese scripts.

It is easy to be overwhelmed with the number of new domains on offer and you could spend a significant amount of money registering all the possible options for your organisation. We recommend a more targeted approach focussing on the domains that are a good fit for your organisation and the message that you want to convey to your website visitors.

For more information about the .ngo and .ong domains visit: OnGood

by william@communityitacademy.org (William Mortada) at July 23, 2015 09:34 AM

July 18, 2015

Alistair's Blog

Tipro MID Keybaod Pinouts

Tipro MID Keyboard Pinouts (Diagram)Over time I have ended up with a couple of customisable Tipro MID keyboards without the custom lead to connect them to a PS2 port. These leads are no longer available for sale so I decided to figure out the pinouts. This is a quick summery of that work.

As the keyboards have a pass-though port for other PS2 devices and were unlikely to have a common ground and 5V line I could use a multimeter to check what was the “Gnd” and “Vcc” easily. This worked and I had those figured out after a few minutes.

Now I had the power sorted I just had the clock and the data pins to figure out. I realised that there were only 30 possible combinations and the keyboard were already programmed so would behave like, well, a keyboard when a button was pressed. Rather than mess bout I decided to just try all combinations and to wee what one worked. There was a remote change this could damage the hardware but that was very very unlikely and I had little to loose. As luck would have it it worked on the 3rd attempt.

So now we have the results. The layout is not dissimilar to that of a a PS2 connector albeit mirrored. Hopefully this will be of use to at least someone and save some hardware from the skip.

Tipro MID Keyboard Pinouts (Photograph)

My next challenge is to reconfigure them. The configuration utilities (MIDWIN and MIDDOS) are still available from the Tipro drivers archive although it is recommended you use Windows 95, 98 or 2000. Wish me luck.

by Alistair MacDonald at July 18, 2015 05:45 PM

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