July 25, 2001 8:18 AM   Subscribe

Probably never.
posted by starvingartist at 8:26 AM on July 25, 2001

Jeez, twee, that must've been a bear to code.
posted by msacheson at 8:28 AM on July 25, 2001

Several years ago, whilst really, really bored, I sat down at my machine and started spelling out the integers to see what the smallest unregistered domain was - one.com, two.com, three.com, etc... I think fortyone.com was the first one I hit that didn't have a whois record.

That was in 1998 or 1999.... I can't imagine what the smallest unclaimed integer is nowadays.
posted by drywall at 8:30 AM on July 25, 2001

Well, drywall, you may want to close your eyes . . .
posted by Skot at 8:42 AM on July 25, 2001

Let's not forget our , and ?
posted by Dick Paris at 9:06 AM on July 25, 2001

Aw, shucks.
posted by brownpau at 9:46 AM on July 25, 2001

This looks like a job for PERL BOY!

exists: onehundredseven.com
exists: onehundredeight.com
exists: onehundrednine.com
exists: onehundredten.com
exists: onehundredeleven.com
DOESN'T EXIST: onehundredtwelve.com
posted by waxpancake at 9:46 AM on July 25, 2001

My freshman year of college, some friends and I did an experiment similar to what drywall described. We found that everything up to www.sexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com was registered, though I believe 5 x's through 17 x's all belonged to the same site.
posted by moss at 9:48 AM on July 25, 2001

And of course, there's always the pasttime of simply putting random words in a URL to see what happens. That's how I found despair.com!
posted by starvingartist at 9:53 AM on July 25, 2001

By the way, twentynine.org is the lowest unclaimed .org and fortythree.net is the lowest .net. Get 'em while they're hot!
posted by waxpancake at 10:00 AM on July 25, 2001

And of course, there's always the pasttime of simply putting random words in a URL to see what happens.

Hell, I automated that task a long time ago. Check out the Chaos Engines.
posted by webmutant at 10:08 AM on July 25, 2001

Quit it, you are freaking me out.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 10:13 AM on July 25, 2001

msacheson -- Hey, it was a slow day at work...
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:14 AM on July 25, 2001

(my favorite, by the way, was sigh.net -- what the heck IS that page?)
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:19 AM on July 25, 2001

damn twee, a little warning, will ya!

sigh, indeed. . .wtf?
posted by SentientAI at 10:40 AM on July 25, 2001

Wow. what a piece of crap chat room. Of course, they all pretty much are....
posted by bradth27 at 10:54 AM on July 25, 2001

sigh.net can also be found via daemon.com which I also found by randomly typing words in URLs.

The most frequent question at that site has always been "What IS this place?"
posted by DBAPaul at 11:02 AM on July 25, 2001

By the way, twentynine.org is the lowest unclaimed .org and fortythree.net is the lowest .net. Get 'em while they're hot! They're sure to make lovely birthday gifts for that on-the-verge or resolutely middle-aged person in your life...
posted by rschram at 11:09 AM on July 25, 2001

I'm terribly sorry, but "resolutely middle-aged" has moved out of the forties. It was last seen somewhere in the late fifties headed for the early sixties. At that rate, I'll never be able to catch up with it.
posted by jdbanks at 11:35 AM on July 25, 2001

Jesus.com is one of the wierdest sites I have ever seen. Especially the "Bathe with Jesus" part.
posted by whoshotwho at 12:00 PM on July 25, 2001

Moss, i did the same thing with moooooo(etc).com. It was really funny... on one site (I was up to 14 or 15 o's), I found a bunch of warez, like UltraDev and Illustrator. It was a good find ;)
posted by fusinski at 1:54 PM on July 25, 2001

Check this out:

Domain sex.com found.
Domain sexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsex not found.
Domain sexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsex not found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex not found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex not found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com found.
Domain sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex not found.

[none after that.]

So, lemmie get this straight: there's no "sexsexsex.com", but there is a sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com?
posted by Shadowkeeper at 3:05 PM on July 25, 2001

What really pisses me off is that these sites don't make the best of their names. Try the random url thing at seethru and you'll see how the best names are really wasted. There are still some good names out there. Recently I got confutatis.com (though the net was taken, who would want the net when the com is free?) which I got on the Catalan Nominalia site but when I used Network Solutions, I had the weird experience of finding shockshack free in the morning but taken in the evening, which made me think - maybe somebody there looks through all the names searched each day which are not taken and goes... that sounds cool. Anybody have any experiences like this?
posted by Zootoon at 3:12 PM on July 25, 2001

How come threads seem to fizzle out when I`post a comment. Please, somebody, post a comment, even a sarcastic one.
posted by Zootoon at 3:38 PM on July 25, 2001

I have a slightly serious question for the IP-informed. What's the point of new TLDs? e.g. I doubt that anyone other than the Gates Foundation will be allowed to use microsoft.org.
Is there enough IP space for all the various computers, peripherals, routers (I find traceroute exciting but it has taught me that everytime two cables meet, another IP address gets used.) Is 2564 enough?
posted by Octaviuz at 4:25 PM on July 25, 2001

IP address space and domain names have nothing at all to do with each other.
posted by kindall at 4:42 PM on July 25, 2001

Um, I realize that you know more about this stuff than I do but I still beg to differ. (Domain names are merely mnemonic devices to save us from having to continually remember IPs, that's why sites that aren't down are sometimes inaccesible, without their DNS resolution they don't know what expression www.bob.net means. The domain names don't really have any intrinsic meaning.)
posted by Octaviuz at 4:50 PM on July 25, 2001

Domain names can indeed have intrinsic meaning. With virtual hosting, you can run multiple wholly-independent domain names off of a single IP address. As a random example: try pinging both beneathhisfeet.com and hotmud.net. They'll both claim an IP address of
posted by youhas at 5:09 PM on July 25, 2001

All fifteen of my domains point to the same IP.

The problem is not new domains but new nodes on the network. The more computers we have the more IP addresses we need. Of course, Pac Bell and some of the other bastar^H^H^H^H^H^Hnet access companies have switched over to dynamic addressing which basically brings the number of total IPs they need from the entire pool of users to some number above their peak demand.
posted by fooljay at 9:48 PM on July 25, 2001

I'm afraid i have some bad news, everybody: the domian sexsexsex.com is, in fact, not available. In my example above I was merely ping'ing the servers, not checking to see if they were registered. When i rewrote my perl script to use "whois" instead of "ping", I discovered that each and every domain from "sex.com" to "sexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsexsex.com" is, in fact, claimed.

Speaking of fun perl scripts, where "fun' is defined as "utterly useless", here's one I just wrote:

chomp (@input = );
foreach $line (@input) {
@words = split(/\s/, $line);
foreach (@words) {
if (`ping www.$2.com 1`) {$_ = "$1< a href='http://www.$2.com'>$2< /a>$3"}}
$line = join(" ", @words, "\n") }
print @input;

This takes input (a poem, say) and then generates HTML where every word with a ping'able domian is hyperlinked. E.g.:

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye mighty and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
(If you actually use this script -- and, honestly, who wouldn't? -- you'll need to remove the spaces in "< a href='domain'>" and "< /a>"
posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:02 AM on July 26, 2001

The next trick, of course, is to sort out which ones are actual websites and which ones are just "parked" domains held by some cybersquatter.

CNet had a story yesterday about WebMagic having a "fire sale" where you could buy some supposedly valuable domain names for "as little as $25,000". Does anybody really pay any more than $35 for a domain name anymore?
posted by briank at 10:14 AM on July 26, 2001

Does anybody really pay any more than $35 for a domain name anymore?

Maybe not anymore, but I sold one for five figures earlier this year.
posted by kindall at 10:26 AM on July 26, 2001

I honestly don't believe that sneer.com isn't taken.


In fact, it is.
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:38 AM on July 26, 2001

where every word with a ping'able domain ...

>ping www.sneer.com
ping: unknown host www.sneer.com

posted by Shadowkeeper at 12:13 PM on July 26, 2001

Ah, but there is a whois entry for it...
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:17 PM on July 26, 2001

And yes, I know there's a difference. That's what I was pointing out.


Never mind.
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:18 PM on July 26, 2001

Now rewrite the script to input a dictionary and output only the words not taken. Money in the bank.
posted by uber at 12:45 PM on July 26, 2001

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