And then I realized: If I want a specific domain, like my name, and it's gone, I'm out of luck - and it's true: www.patrickmcneil.com is taken.
And THEN I realized: domains are only about $10/year! That's nothing! My idea of not wanting to spend the money originates about 10 years ago when domains were actually expensive and when I didn't have a credit card so I couldn't have gotten one anyways.
So anyways, I hopped on over to godaddy.ca and registered patrickmcneil.ca. It's $12/year and I got a 10% discount with the code DIGG1 (from the Diggnation podcast of course).
Now of course I need to deal with hosting for the new domain - basically you need a webserver somewhere that you point the domain at and host files/blogs/webpages/a mail server, etc.
I don't want to pay for hosting services (at the absolute minimum it's ~$5 a month and good ones start at ~$30/month - which gives you your own machine). My ISP (Shaw) doesn't want me to point my domain at my home IP address, and it's not static anyways. So what to do? Well I'll talk about that in my next post...