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Friday, November 14, 2008

Still at it

I no longer work for Tucows, not since Tuesday's 15% staff cut. But I'm still very much in the space of online services / cloud computing / software-as-a-service / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. I hope to write here more often than I have lately.


Blogger James McNally said...

Sorry to see you go, Rohan. I hope you'll bounce back quickly, even in these economically scary times.

Friday, November 14, 2008 at 3:31:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

Thanks, James.

Friday, November 14, 2008 at 5:38:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Tucowed said...

Tucows has decided they don't need an Email Service Director? Perhaps they intend to abandon that aspect of their operation, because (a) they are so inept at it, and (b) it provides so much less revenue than foreclosing, warehousing, and reselling domain names, yes?

Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 6:19:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

"Tucowed" (unwilling to use your real name eh?), your comment has close to 0% accuracy. Impressive.

Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 12:38:00 p.m. EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about this.

Wish you well in finding another position.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 12:38:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

Thanks, Peter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 6:26:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Gregory Burns said...

Hey Rohan,

I, like you got the boot on GST cut day at Tucows.

It was great working in the same area for you while we did.

All the best to you in the future.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6:34:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

Thanks, Greg. Best of luck to you as well!


Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 1:56:00 a.m. EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tucows is a joke and if you can't even keep your job at such a pathetic organisation what does that say about you?!?!

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 4:19:00 a.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

Anonymous eh? Perhaps you work for one of the competitors; that would explain such a strange comment. Suggestion for the future: comments equivalent to "you suck" aren't paid much attention by anyone, not even children.

Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 6:47:00 p.m. EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a bit late to this thread but wanted to add my 2 cents. Very sory to hear you lost your job at Tucows.

I was a customer of Netidentity but left some time ago. I continue to follow the company's progress.

Based on your background I had hoped you would have helped Tucows to succeed in providing email.

Providing e-mail based on custom domains is a great idea. The execution of that idea has been poor at best.

Best of luck, hopefully you have landed a great position by now.

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 5:49:00 p.m. EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rohan...Sorry to hear that you are added to the long list of people who couldn't pull the Tucows email system out of the muck. Surely this is a fault of the misguided product itself, but based on your personal remarks to people's negative opinion of a clearly deficient product, it seems you might also be another in a long line of managers who(as per the CEO's apperantly entrentched self-congradulatory culture) prefered to deny, defer, and distract responsability by any means nesc. rather than just face the obvious facts about the product itself, and try to address it openly and honestly once and for all...You might very well be missed as a member of that chronically disfunctional organization. Sorry to make it personal as well, but you started it it by not taking comments in stride. Like it or not Tucows mail has a VERY shitty and widespread reputation. You should have to be prepared to deal with that with some measure of aplomb and grace if you are going to associate yourself with Tucows Mail...especcially (uhm)all things considered with the damages created by that particular POS.

PS: As far as I've ever seen while being a long abused Customer, Tucows (ironically)never did a single thing to promote Identity on the net (besides RE-sell certs maintained by 3rd parties),nor did they promote accountability in their own sloppy/ragtag Reseller network which ironically Tucows actually constantly hid behind in self-deluded anonymity and deniability (go ahead and TRY to call Tucows them for support with a domain that is registered under their Registrar accreditation, and see for yourself), nor did Tucows offer any such Identity functions in their own abandonded/forgotten Blogware product as well. I notice you don't comment on the Tucows practice of seizing expired names for resale under a variety of anonymized or obfuscated WHOIS data and email contacts. So please spare us your trite (and yes childish)comments about "accuracy" and "anonymous" blog comments, since that type of proxied irresponsibility is CLEARLY the way Tucows prefers to do business itself. Feel free to prove the point with more attempts at insult, or distracted denials/deletions. Or simply close off the comments entirely on this per Tucows standard practice when faced with the prospect of clear exposure. See For examples see: AND

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:14:00 p.m. EST  
Blogger Rohan Jayasekera said...

Joseph, that's right, I'm not going to respond to your (and others') attacks on Tucows when I don't even work there. An ex-employee's personal blog is hardly the place to complain about any company.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:02:00 p.m. EST  

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