July 12, 2000
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Is there a reason mattl.com points to Metafilter, but www.mattl.com gives me a 500 error? Or am I just going crazy again?
posted by deckard (12 comments total)
You know, I was just about to ask that, myself. It'd been like that for at least two days now...
posted by CrayDrygu at 7:33 PM on July 12, 2000

Must have something to do with Projet BlueScreen.
posted by internook at 7:33 PM on July 12, 2000

On a somewhat related note, why are there some url's that don't work without the www. prefix? Is this due to cheap/dumb/not-keeping-up-with-current-practice-in-domain-registry domain registrants or what?

Okay, now this is even weirder-- I put in my example, www.wsu.edu vs. wsu.edu, and from post preview the link to wsu.edu, which normally doesn't link to anything when typed in the url entry Zone, redirected to www.wsu.edu.
posted by EngineBeak at 7:36 PM on July 12, 2000

People often forget to add a record to their DNS to make http://xxxx.com/ work. It's very simple to make it work, but it's also very easy to forget.
posted by pixelpony at 8:07 PM on July 12, 2000

Engine - That's one of my pet peeves - the site that requires "www." in front of its domain name.

It's the site admin's fault for not pointing the default site at the address in question to the www site.

I usually send mail to the webmasters of sites who've forgotten this step. Usually, they respond thankfully and make the required change quickly.
posted by syzygy at 8:10 PM on July 12, 2000

Hmm... I wonder if this could possibly have anything to do with the server change that happened a few days ago....
posted by deckard at 8:23 PM on July 12, 2000

I host matt's site, and setup his directory, but he didn't get around to recreating his database connection.

I guess I forgot to add the non www entry too. My bad. It should all be back to normal as soon as he updates his database connection.
posted by mathowie at 8:47 PM on July 12, 2000

Actually, both mattl.com & www.mattl.com are giving me the lovely message: Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80004005'

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver]General error Unable to open registry key 'Temporary (volatile) Jet DSN for process 0x848
Thread 0xbe0 DBC 0x1219024 Jet'.

/inc_open_db.asp, line 5
Of course I just loaded IE 5.5, so maybe it's some sort of wackiness on my end...
posted by dogwelder at 10:36 PM on July 12, 2000

Nah, it's all Matt Lavalee. I gave him a call yesterday, but he's busy at his new job, so...I guess he'll fix it when he can.
posted by mathowie at 10:39 PM on July 12, 2000

Hi all! Thanks for caring. :)
Everything's back up... deckard was right- it had to do with metafilter's server change. I can't really complain about it, since Matt's such a great sysadmin otherwise. ;)

posted by othermatt at 7:57 AM on July 13, 2000

www.domain.com v domain.com

Ok. I'm a pedant. The 'real' name of the machine, actually, shouldn't be either. It should be snoopy, or dilbert, or something like that.

www should be a CNAME, pointing to it. If you feel the need to name the unfettered domain name be a host name as well, go ahead and enable the lazy bastards in the audience.. but there are technical reasons why it's sometimes a bad idea.

(And remember, I'm an authority on this stuff. :-)
posted by baylink at 1:41 PM on July 13, 2000

Has anyone experienced not being able to reach a particular site with one's own connection only? My website http://contrasts.net will not load on my machine with my Mindspring DSL connection, but works everywhere else. I've contacted my host and it appears to be fine on their end. What's the deal??
posted by milhous at 6:10 PM on July 16, 2000

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