Feeds

No withdrawal for battling Big Easy web outfit

New Orleans' finest dig in

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

We're pleased to report that battling web hosting outfit directNIC will not have to stage a strategic withdrawal from the Big Easy since it is "exempt" from the mayoral order to haul ass out of the city.

That, at least, is according to the epic disater blog which has been chronicling the team's efforts to maintain a little island of technology amid the chaos.

The 82nd Airborne pay directNIC a visitAs we noted yesterday, "Camp Crystal" as directNIC's offices are now known, received an unexpected visit from some "82nd Airborne guys accompanied by a US Marshall" a couple of nights back. The blog now features a lovely picture of said grunts with directNIC supremo Sigmund Solares. And a very cheerful bunch they are too.

Since our now-famous blogger, Michael Barnett, is himself ex-special forces, and there is increasing speculation that the heroic tale of Camp Crystal will inevitably hit the big screen after the dust settles, we at Vulture Central got straight down to casting this widescreen epic.

Barnett will, of course, be played by Bruce Willis - complete with sweat-soaked white vest - bawling at hapless 82nd Airborne guys to "haul ya muthaf**kin' asses out of my server room".

We reckon, too, that A-list celebs will be fighting in the streets to play Barnett's other half, Crystal. Suggestions here range from Meryl Streep (understated, sensitive) via Demi Moore (can't act but what a pair of bazookas) to the preferred Sigourney Weaver - complete with sweat-soaked green vest, flushing looters out of the air-conditioning system with a flamethrower.

As for Sigmund Solares, well, readers are invited to speculate on who best might fit the bill. David Schwimmer looks a likely candidate from where we're sitting.

Oh yes, and President Bush. Our unanimous vote here is for Rick Moranis to take on the demanding role of Air Force One in a Honey, I Shrunk my Approval Rating style comedy.

Meanwhile, we here in Blighty resalute directNIC's "no surrender" stance - where the internet burns bright there is always hope. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie sacked in three-way fsck row
Tale of two lads and wannabe game dev makes for great management material
Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*
* Or maybe not. It is just a trademark filing, after all
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.