X is very pleased to launch. The rare single character domain name – ☓.com (registered on 3 February 2005) has been making waves recently on the Ethereum blockchain, with the launch of a new cryptocurrency project. Originally owned by one of the first adopters of Bitcoin (the Cypherpunk era), Herbert Sim, the unique domain has a new purpose presently, while sparking a huge interest in the past origins of the domain.
Herbert originally used ☓.com for Crypto Chain University, where the early teachings of Bitcoin advocacy began. The English alphabet, X.com is owned by Elon Musk. ☓.com’s unicode/ punycode is xn--33h.com. The symbol of “☓” known as Saltire, is also called Saint Andrew’s Cross or the Crux Decussata. It is a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross, like the shape of the letter X in Roman Numeral of the number 10.
Herbert sold ☓.com to another fellow Cypherpunk who wanted to launch an Ethereum blockchain project to inspire members of the community and share a little piece of history. The new owner of the domain is anonymous. Not much is known about this person, other than what we can infer. The developer also only communicates with the community via etherscan:
Herbert summarizes on a blog post in 2005, why he acquired this domain:
What is interesting to note is Elon Musk originally owned X.com in 1999 and then it was acquired by PayPal. PayPal sold it back to Elon Musk in 2017. In 2005, Herbert Sim knew the single character domain ☓.com could be a valuable asset based on Elon’s activities. Ahead of the trends like a true Cypherpunk.
Are more original Bitcoin holders from the Cypherpunk era going to come out of the woodwork to support xn--33h.com? According to Herbert Sim, there’s a lot of interesting developments still yet to come.