As a truly international company, Gandi has accepted payment, across all of our business units, in Euros, US Dollars, British Pounds Sterling, and more recently New Taiwan Dollars, Chinese Yuan and Swiss Francs, via credit card, bank transfer and PayPal.
But we think of ourselves first and foremost as a member of another community that's separate from the mechanisms of financial markets and which transcends national boundaries. Yes, we come from France originally, we have offices in Luxembourg, Taiwan and the US, but at heart, we are citizens of the Internet.
So that's why we're excited to join other progressive vendors of online services in helping our customers break their dependency on both big banks and fiat currency by adding payment by Bitcoin—the only currency guaranteed by an international series of tubes—to the payment methods we accept.
So, to use Bitcoin to pay for your next purchase from Gandi, you will just need to select "BTC" as the payment method. You'll then be redirected to our Bitcoin partner's site where you'll get a QR-code to scan in order to complete payment.
You can also add funds to your prepaid account via Bitcoin. Our provider will make the conversion for us to the currency you use for your account.
A new critical security vulnerability will be publicly announced Thursday, October 29. The Xen team has already communicated fixes to Gandi. This flaw is found in the Xen virtualization software.
Following this announcement we applied the necessary patches, thus reinforcing the existing security measures we had previously implemented. Over the past week, we have continued to study the vulnerability. As a preventive measure, we have decided that a reboot of Xen-based VMs is required in order to ensure that all possible attack vectors have been mitigated.
We will contact affected customers directly via email to provide instructions on performing the reboot on their own.This preventive reboot will not affect customers we did not contact.
We strongly recommend that customers concerned by this to restart their VMs themselves, in order for them to verify that all of their services have been correctly restarted.
We will reboot the VMs of affected customers (those which were not rebooted by their owner) from Thursday, October 22 until Wednesday, October 28. An outage of 30 minutes maximum is expected for each impacted VM.
It's a great time for Swiss Gandi customers. Not only is the .swiss extension currently in the Sunrise phase (other phases forthcoming) but now for our European customers, Gandi is now accepting payment in Swiss Francs (CHF).
So for your next .swiss or .ch order (or any other order, really), you can select CHF as the currency.
If you already have a prepaid account with Gandi, you'll need to deplete the funds in that account before being able to add CHF value to it.
Careful not to step on the wrong side for the .law down South America way or you might find yourselves in right need of watcha call an .abogado (except in Brazil, it'd be an advogado). See that ain't no green-skinned, pear-shaped tree fruit (well, not alls of 'em at least), that there's Spanish for lawyer. Otherwise, you might end up like old Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Or iffin yer a .law practicer yerself, whether the English-talkin' or the Spanish-talkin' (or made-up-Hollywood-cowboy-talkin') variety, a .law or a .abogado domain could be right for you.
As of October 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM PDT, these extensions will be in the GoLive phase, when .law will be available for$248.59 per year at A rates and .abogado for $199.99.
It's great to see a gTLD truly for the Internet age—.八卦—which is Chinese for "gossip." The Internet has always had that side of it, you know, the innuendo, the rumors, the conspiracies...
In any case, we can confirm the rumors: .八卦 is entering the Sunrise phase tonight, October 14th, 2015 at 9:00 PM PDT. During this phase, domains in this extension will be available for $1895.23 per year at A rates (as long as you have a TMCH-registered trademark).
On November 14th, 2015 at 9:00 PM PDT, this extension will enter the GoLive phase, when, rumor has it, it will be available for $288.19 per year at A rates.
And remember, just because it's a conspiracy doesn't mean it isn't true.
In some circles, "It's true, I read that," qualifies as a sound argument, only trumped, perhaps, by "I learned that in school."
And if these are important points you find yourself frequently making in conversation, you may be delighted to know that .study is entering the GoLive phase at 9:00 AM PDT on Wednesday October 14, 2015. That means these domains are now available for $41.41 per year at A rates.
A .study can win any argument by appealing to the authority of the written (or virtually written) word, or to .study can be a way to increase your book smarts so that you can never lose again. It's true. We read that in school.
The GoLive phase has already begun for .网店, a new gTLD which means "shop" in Chinese, though our experts are now telling us it does not rhyme with the English word "drop." Funny how language doesn't work that way.
In any case, this extension is great for anyone looking for a domain for an e-commerce portal, and especially for those looking for a Chinese-speaking market.
Starting today, shop for .网店 domains at $288.19 per year at A rates.
What is 'moe'? If you ever visited Tokyo's Akihabara (秋葉原) district you will be confronted right away with moe.
It is not certain where the word came from but it refers to feelings of affection, adoration, devotion, and ... excitement towards cartoon characters of Japanese manga, anime and video games and any other immaterial things that need love.
Moe is also among the new top level domain name extensions and to celebrate our affection (and devotion) to this gTLD we are happy to offer 50% OFF for the first year on new registrations of .moe from Moe Day until the end of October.
For those who are unaware, a brief explanation as to why 10-10 is Moe Day:萌 (from 萌え) is the Kanji Character in Japanese (which is Hanzi for Chinese readers or Hanja for Korean readers).
Deconstructing this character, we can easily see that it is made of the following elements:十 十 (or ten twice, hence October 10) plus 日 which means "Day" and 月 which stands for "Month."
If you grew up there, every other city feels like a town. If you didn't, but live there now it's because you've always felt that magnetic pull.
It's hard to believe that it was already a year ago (and only a year ago) that .nyc launched, but now as a kind of celebration of that first year anniversary, .nyc is offering up some 16,674 previously restricted domains (due to name collision) on a first-come, first-serve basis.
And what are these domains? For one, almost any three-digit number (not 212.nyc, though, sorry), a lot of first names .nyc (like alejandro.nyc or whitney.nyc), and, in true New York spirit, a whole lot of randoms (like xvvfgixsmk.nyc or gq9aogkkh0erpz4dttzktqbzra5xpe.nyc).
This extension is limited to individuals or organizations with their addresses in one of the five boroughs.
But keep in mind: 16,674 isn't even enough to cover the number of people moving to Brooklyn per year, so better act quickly before the hipsters buy them all up and start putting record shops and yarn murals up on them. Some of them seem like gibberish, but you know hipsters will think that's so unique and authentic, not to mention a few that are likely to be pretty high-value, hipster potential aside.
"Like the fella says," quipped Orson Welles as Harry Lime in an ad-libbed line in 1949's The Third Man, "in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
And we couldn't disagree with him more. The popular image of Switzerland is a country of chocolates, holey cheese, and lonely goatherds, but consider that Dada was born in Switzerland in the early 20th century (after so many years of at least official neutrality), as was Paul Klee and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Not an unimpressive roster of cultural credentials, and we think it shows the Swiss are far more versatile than their reputation suggests (and the cuckoo clock was invented in Germany).
Which is why we're happy to announce that .swiss is entering the Sunrise phase. During this phase, domains will be availalbe to TMCH registration holders for $160.55per year. We feel that this TLD can be just as versatile. Dare we say, like a Swiss Army knife?