no domain for you.

Stupid interweb:

14 Responses:

  1. rosefox says:

    Now I really want to register

  2. fo0bar says:

    I've owned since 2000. Does that mean I'm a millionaire yet?

    I also used to have, the lowest-numbered, shortest domain name available to register at the time (short of moving to Xambompia and getting 1.xb). Sadly, I lost it a few years ago, as (I kid you not), the registrar handling the domain record would keep going out of business, selling their database to another registrar, which would go out of business, etc... When it came time to register one year, I couldn't actually figure out who to make the check out to.

  3. fantasygoat says:

    It's hard to believe but I get people asking to buy my domain all the time - Who the fuck wants that piece of crap except some UNIX nerd?

  4. jwz says:

    Back when dinosaurs walked the earth -- 1997 or so -- was actually Mike O'Connor's email address. He used to post the funnier test messages he got. He also owned "" and "". At some point, there was a Microsoft web-page-editor product that would insert default links to; they also used that in their documentation all over the place. His response to that was to change the "" page to say, something along the lines of, "Hi, MS screwed up. Want to buy an ad banner? Here's some porno." It was awesome.

    Looks like he still owns, but there's nothing there. I guess he sold the others. (Wayback Machine and

    Interestingly, was registered by one of the root-server operators in self-defense against a bad SGI sendmail config. In 1997, Michael Petry <> wrote:

    You guys might want to know the real story (versus wild ass speculation)

    We run one of the root domain name servers ( During routine investigation of trafffic loading on terp we saw that lots and lots (read many requests per second) were for the lookup of from dozens of hosts. We tracked it down to a REALLY stupid that was distibuted with SGI machines. We contacted SGI via the NIC channels and got little joy from there desire to fix this problem. Their out of the box had listed with a note to change this to your relay. The sendmail was "smart" enough to try other means if the lookup of relayhost failed.

    Given the architecture of the the DNS, the queries were going to ALL root servers. To provide some relief, we worked with the nic and registered (Note that it had been previously returned because of what I believe to be traffic problems brought on by this We setup to return for queries. This reduced the traffic to only be directed at us (once was resolved) and allowed us to bring the issue to the forefront of some of the maintainers.

    • fantasygoat says:

      He should have taken the $50K for

      • jwz says:

        <lj user="wtfwtf_ok"> said, in 1997 or so:

        "The guy is still trying to sell it. I bet he would still wake up every morning and look in the mirror and think 'You should have sold it for $50,000 while you had the chance,' even if that wasn't written in lipstick on the mirror by his ex-girlfriend."

        One of the finest moments of that period was when -- the fine folks who had "reserved" (it wasn't called "squatting" yet, they were fuckin' pioneers) and and a zillion others -- changed their page to have a sad little story that went something like, "We've run out of money and we're going home. Would you like to buy our domain name?"

    • dcdan says:

      In mid to late nineties I remember that had the DNS entry as so that making fun of co-workers by opening shells to and pointing to their boxes and asking what was up with that? Was a long running joke.

  5. dzm6 says:

    I've owned a three letter domain ("Look! No vowels!") since ... Umm ... quick whois query ... Sept 11, 1997.

    In this time I've had only one request for resale, and they didn't een haggle despite "this domain name being essential to the success of a new product rollout we're doing." I even offered to lease them some high level name on the domain - something like "promo.${DOMAIN}.com". They didn't even write me back.

    So here I sit waiting for my Great Big Offer to come in.