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The Curious Histories of Generic Domain Names

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the awesome.com-idea.com dept.

The Internet 208

cheezitmike writes "ITworld.com uses the Wayback Machine to document the histories of five generic domain names: music.com, eat.com, car.com, meat.com, and milk.com. 'In this brave new Web 2.0 world, it's almost a badge of honor to have a Web site name that only hints at what the user will find there (see Flickr) or is so opaque as to offer no clue at all as to what the Web site is about (see del.icio.us). It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies from the humble geeks who had purchased them (often ironically) in the early '90s.'"

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is slashdot bi curious? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172384)

just wondering.. cuz im getting a REAL clue right now..

Re:is slashdot bi curious? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172710)

I wouldn't say that, but (whether we all admit it or not) I think Slashdot would have been OK with a little buttsex with Heath Ledger while he was still with us. Nothing wrong with a little buttfuckery when the person dispensing the buttfucking is such an awesomely hot piece of tail.

Anyone besides Heath, no, of course not. In all non-Ledger instances Slashdot is totally straight. Excepting the GNAA and Linus Torvalds, obviously.

R.I.P. Heath

Re:is slashdot bi curious? (0, Offtopic)

E.J.Thribb (910683) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173506)

So.

Farewell then, Heath Ledger.
Though we in the developed world only knew you since 'Bareback Mounting'
it seems you were
already
quite
big
down under.

I mean that
you are or were
Australian.

But you could take that
another way and it's
also true.
Indeed you did take it the other way.

Topically, your name was an anagram
of 'Death Helger'
except Helger is not a word
unless you are Swedish
and
a girl.
Which in a way
you were
beacause you liked to do it with boys.
not that
there's anything wrong with that.

still waiting (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172406)

I'm still waiting for someone to make me an offer on my domain: thissitewillmakemerich.com

Re:still waiting (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172544)

I'll give you $5.

Re:still waiting (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172632)

SOLD!



(hehehe. sucker.)

Re:still waiting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173436)

Shame. I was going to bid $20. Seriously.

Re:still waiting (1)

fullmetal55 (698310) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173300)

because nobody wants to make you rich they want to make themselves rich, so it should be "www.thissitewillmakeyourich.com"

Marketing Genius (3, Insightful)

deadeye766 (1104515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172412)

I'm no marketing genius, but who the hell thought domain names like meat.com and milk.com were going to be goldmines?!?

Re:Marketing Genius (3, Funny)

Ajehals (947354) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172510)

The same people who thought that people would be exclusively buying their milk and meat (and admittedly other foodstuffs) on-line by now, some of them were VC's and dumped a huge amount of cash on this IIRC..

Re:Marketing Genius (3, Insightful)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173396)

How could a VC firm not be intelligent enough to realize that mail-order perishables isn't going to work out well, especially on cheap heavy things that would be a logistical nightmare to ship?

I mean, sure, it looks like that whole world wide internet web thing is starting to catch on, but it doesn't take a genius to realize that you can't make much of a business of shipping a $4 gallon of milk. I suppose an online milkman type thing would stand a chance but people are so used to running out for milk every day anyways that it just wouldn't make sense. Margins on most foods are just too low for anything of that nature to make sense. I suppose filet mignon could work (and, indeed, I'm pretty sure you can buy it from Amazon these days) since it's got a much more workable price/weight ratio, but this is like pets.com thinking that shipping fifty-pound bags of kitty litter would work out.

Re:Marketing Genius (0, Offtopic)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173542)

How could a VC firm not be intelligent enough to realize that mail-order perishables isn't going to work out well
Are you telling me VC doesn't stand for Vacuous Cunt?

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173852)

>> I mean, sure, it looks like that whole world wide internet web thing is starting to catch on, but it doesn't take a genius to realize that you can't make much of a business of shipping a $4 gallon of milk.

No, it did not take a genius; it took quite a few thousand idiots, and a sh*tload of money to realize it.

        -dZ.

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

omeomi (675045) | more than 6 years ago | (#22174016)

No, it did not take a genius; it took quite a few thousand idiots, and a sh*tload of money to realize it.

Well, those two things are pretty interchangeable. And idiots are a lot easier to find. 1 Genius = 3000 idiots + money

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173940)

I don't think you guys are using your imagination. "milk.com" does not necessarily need to sell milk to be a marketing goldmine. It just has to do something relating to milk. Maybe it could be a place to research where your milk came from.
You could learn about different kinds of milk like
  • whole milk
  • soy milk
  • 2% milk
  • 1% milk
  • skim milk
  • goat milk
  • chocolate milk
  • milk-shakes
  • milk chocolate
  • condensed milk
  • evaporated milk
  • powdered milk
  • butter-milk
  • malted milk
  • milk of magnesia
  • br3@st milk
  • sour milk
  • milk and honey
  • milk duds
Slashdot won't let me post anymore....it says I have too few characters per line :(

Re:Marketing Genius (5, Insightful)

phoebusQ (539940) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172524)

Before web searching was as effective as it is now (largely thanks to Google), it wasn't illogical to think that people might type generic domains to find what they are looking for, i.e. meat.com if they are looking to order meat, get info on meat, or what have you.

The idea that many marketers (and others) had is that not only would owning such domains get you more traffic, but it would also begin to associate the very idea of _noun_ on the web with your particular brand of _noun_.

Re:Marketing Genius (3, Funny)

Dancindan84 (1056246) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173014)

Call me paranoid, but there's no way on earth any sane person would just plug in meat.com expecting (hoping?) to find steaks on an internet full of porn (which it was even back then). I'm just going to type in gloryhole.com and see if it's a site on glass blowing... AH GOD MY EYES!!

Re:Marketing Genius (5, Insightful)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173114)

Ehm, you're confusing "slashdotters with experience" and "normal people". Normal people would most certainly write things like "dinner.com" or "restaurant.com", just to stay a bit more realist. The GP is right, Google changed the market. Domain names aren't as important as they used to be, search ranks are.

Re:Marketing Genius (3, Funny)

JimDaGeek (983925) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173540)

Oh, come on now. Non-tech people didn't have the same "dirty" thoughts as us geeks.

I have 85 year old grandparents that have been married for over 50 years! Yeah, longer than most of us geeks were just a dirty thought in their daddy's head (no pun intended).

Older people just don't put 2 and 2 together and come up with 4 when it comes to the inter-tubes. They are after all, a series of pipes.

Now, as far as old school goes, I remember watching a pic download over a dog-old modem of a nude chick. Damn, talk about fun. I remember seeing the boobs start to show and then slowly the belly and then... damn, ouch mom, what was that slap for?

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173130)

I can just imagine those naive days of the internet, where they imagined care free 8 year olds typing "meat.com" into the browser to look up information on meat, without any concerns about whether or not "meat.com" would contain genuine information on meat products.

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

dosboot (973832) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173280)

Now we replace 'meat' with 'wikipedia'. Zing!

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173432)

Replace "meat" with "whitehouse" and you did an excellent job summing up some awkward situations in middle school.

Luckily back then, websites had about a 22% uptime so you had a pretty good chance of 404ing when a teacher was nearby.

Obligatory Anchorman Reference (3, Funny)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173254)

"Milk was a BAD choice"

Re:Marketing Genius (1, Informative)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173370)

largely thanks to Google

You are wrong. Web searching was available from Altavista.com, Yahoo.com, and Excite.com LONG before Google.com made a meaningful impact on the World Wide Web. Hell, even AOL's proprietary crapware gave you the ability to search the web.

Re:Marketing Genius (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173712)

You give Google WAY too much credit. They were a late, late entrant to the search field, and were far more important in ad revenue than they ever were in search. Think Archie > Jughead > Lycos > AltaVista, Excite...... > google

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

Nick Driver (238034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172776)

who the hell thought domain names like meat.com and milk.com were going to be goldmines?

Obviously the kind of people whose brains think at the complete opposite end of the spectrum as the folks who thought up this one. [icanhascheezburger.com]

Re:Marketing Genius (4, Insightful)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172852)

I'm no marketing genius, but who the hell thought domain names like meat.com and milk.com were going to be goldmines?!?


Someone who thought that they could sell meat.com to:
The American Butchers' Association
The German Butchers' Association
Elite Butchers Association
The National Meat Packers Association
Alberta meat packers
Butcher Consultants Ltd
M&M Meat Shops
PETA
A Gay Porn Site

Someone who thought that they could sell milk.com to:
The USDA
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (owner of milk.org)
British Columbia Milk Marketing Board (milk-bc.com)
Any other milk marketing board (big, subsidized, cash-rich, protected business)
A Gay Porn Site

I'm no marketing genius either, but I think that it would be safe to think that those names would be worth at least $1000 to any of those organizations. Turning $10 into $1000 is a pretty good scam if you can do it a couple of times.

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

deadeye766 (1104515) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172896)

Fair enough. Forgive me for being brash, young, and ignorant to the ways of the world. =)

Re:Marketing Genius (4, Funny)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173004)

Why? You're no different from most slashdotters.

Re:Marketing Genius (2, Interesting)

jumpingfred (244629) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173268)

Go to milk.com. It is some guys personal website from way back. He never sold it he never tried to sell it.

Re:Marketing Genius (1)

msormune (808119) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173776)

Why are you calling this a scam? Why should any of the organizations actually own a domain like 'milk' or 'meat'?

Forgot one (2, Insightful)

billius (1188143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172424)

porn.com

Re:Forgot one (2, Insightful)

gbaldwin2 (548362) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172498)

sex.com was the fun one. With all the who-stole-what intrigue.

Re:Forgot one (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172762)

By friend owned beef.com for years, kept trying to sell it to ranchers, PETA rented it for some time, I kept telling him to run a gay porn site on it.

He still has tobacco.com which has had several UDRP attempted hijackings on it.

Re:Forgot one (2, Interesting)

dryueh (531302) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173286)

Forgot another one: jesus.com

I'm sure many of us remember the "Win a date with Jesus" site that lived at jesus.com for many, many years. You could even take a bath with Jesus. I've often wondered how it was that always-datable Jesus came to sell the domain.

Re:Forgot one (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173548)

The hosting costs crucified him

The operative word is "almost" (4, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172490)

...it's almost a badge of honor to have a Web site name that only hints at what the user will find there...

The only reason companies resort to those names is because (a) all the good ones are taken and/or (b) there are potential trademark infringement issues with using more common sounding names.

Re:The operative word is "almost" (2, Funny)

pegr (46683) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172788)

...it's almost a badge of honor to have a Web site name that only hints at what the user will find there...
 
Like slashdot?

Re:The operative word is "almost" (1)

bonkeydcow (1186443) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172958)

http://www.wwwcom.com/ [wwwcom.com] I don't actually know what this site is, but I heard a commercial for it on the radio once and it stuck in my head ever since.

Did you mean "was"? (1)

John Straffin (902430) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173046)

Well... whatever it is, it's likely been slashdotted off the Internet by now. Well done!

Remember domain names BEFORE the web (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172512)

Remember that domain names pre-date the world wide web. Someone may have been using barf.com as a simple FTP site and never had a web page associated with it.

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (3, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172682)

Remember that domain names pre-date the world wide web. Someone may have been using barf.com as a simple FTP site and never had a web page associated with it.
You kids and yer newfangled 'domain names'! Sheesh! Why, in my day, we had !-paths. To e-mail someone far away was truly an exercise in typing:

Remember that domain names pre-date the world wide web. Someone may have been using barf.com as a simple FTP site and never had a web page associated with it.
You could tell the route your mail was gonna take! And we LIKED it that way!

Now you kids get off my lawn!

Domain names, indeed. *shakes head in disgust*

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172832)

You kids and yer newfangled 'domain names'! Sheesh! Why, in my day, we had !-paths. To e-mail someone far away was truly an exercise in typing:

And everything went through either decwrl or ucbvax.

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (2, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173864)

In Soviet Russia, kremvax [wikipedia.org] bang paths you!

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (1)

ahsile (187881) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172982)

Bang paths... the horror... the repressed memories! I never want to see those again. Please.

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (5, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173364)

I was at a small, but unaccountably well-connected college, sending email to my dad, who was working at a big tech company. Usually I just copied whatever route he'd chosen, and then marvelled as my mail got to him in LESS THAN TWO HOURS -- the very idea! At the time, it was still pretty unusual that two people would both have access to email, so I actually showed off to my friends -- "hey look at THIS!"
Well, one of my friends knew more than me, so he taught me about uuhosts -- a way to find out what was connected, for the times when my email was just vanishing because something, somewhere, was offline. So I used it. The next day I got some Very Crabby Email from a sysop who tore me a new one for using a satellite uplink to send personal email to Japan and back.

It felt like having a switchboard operator yell at me. I was *mortified* and I didn't even know for sure what I'd done.

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (5, Interesting)

gbaldwin2 (548362) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173602)

I did something similar. I worked for a company that was doing software for the Boeing 777 and we polled them like every 10 minutes. We also polled sun and hp, 2 fairly well connect west coast servers. One day I came into work and our uucp links were melting down with email traffic (probably 50 emails an hour or something lame like that). The new UUCP maps had come out and we were the shortest hop to Boeing from just about anywhere. I ended up changing the maps to make us look more distant and implementing some email filtering. Good times...

Re:Remember domain names BEFORE the web (1)

DdJ (10790) | more than 6 years ago | (#22174084)

You could tell the route your mail was gonna take! And we LIKED it that way!

No, you couldn't. It depended on the order in which various hosts used various parsing rules, and there wasn't always a standard for that. I mean, how did mail to "kremvax!drycas!doug%fnord!wubba%diddle@bletch.com" route? If you only used UUCP, then it was easy, but the moment you became more interconnected...

Oh god, the flashbacks have started. Quick, someone hold me down and hit me in the face with the second edition of the bat book...

what about nigger.com? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172572)

or heathledgerbuttfucker.com? Not basic enough?

Over all these years (5, Funny)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172616)

purple.com always delivered what it promises.

Re:Over all these years (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172836)

Homosexuality.

Re:Over all these years (1)

UID30 (176734) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173424)

And of course the other end of the spectrum is ... http://zombo.com/ [zombo.com] . ... the real is unreal at zombo com.

Re:Over all these years (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173684)

You can do anything you want at zombo com.

Re:Over all these years (1)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173426)

I'd have to agree, though I find myself far more fulfilled by the offerings of Zombocom [zombo.com]

Re:Over all these years (2, Funny)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173484)

Having been super-goatse'd from following a slashdotter's advice before, do I dare probe this domain for a sarcasm tag from work?

Re:Over all these years (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173622)

It's safe. Just a big blank purple page...

Well, not blank. There's a FAQ link...

Re:Over all these years (1)

griffjon (14945) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173720)

unlike http://zombo.com/ [zombo.com] ; which just taunts you.

Re:Over all these years (1)

GoodNicksAreTaken (1140859) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173822)

I know of a fairly major cable provider whose tech support always has customers go to purple.com to test connectivity. I'm sworn to secrecy though. They are the 13th largest MSO though for those with google skills that may care [and apparently no lives].

Dreadful names (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172678)

I, for one, hate seeing common, general words be misused like that. It's a lower-than-low attention grab.

Re:Dreadful names (2, Interesting)

sukotto (122876) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173838)

I've often thought it would be cool if meat.com redirected to Terry Bisson's story, They're Made of Meat [terrybisson.com]

Am I in that group? (5, Interesting)

skinny.net (20754) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172732)

I had a couple offers to buy my domain by 2 different owners and eras of skinny.com. I decided that an easy to remember URL and email address was worth more than they offered. The big bid was $5k, but half in cash, half in services I didn't need.

I wasn't holding out for the $big, but would take it of course. It was a personal investment, not a financial one.

A great name does not a great site make (4, Insightful)

Nemilar (173603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172742)

The biggest advantage to a generic domain name is that you'll get lots of type-ins; for example, freemusic.com* I'm sure gets hundreds of hits a day, just from (unknowing) users typing it in, hoping for something good.

But in the new era, sites become popular because they are viral; flickr didn't become popular because of type-ins, it became popular because it offered a good service that people found useful, and it spread.

--A great name does not a great site make; but a great site can a great name make.-- Heck, just at Google! Verb, noun, and fun to say!

(*Disclaimer: I have no idea what's at freemusic.com, but I'm guessing it's parked by someone)

Re:A great name does not a great site make (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172778)

Talking like Yoda does not a great post make.

Re:A great name does not a great site make (3, Informative)

forty7 (722797) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173288)

He's not talking like Yoda, he's talking like Richard Lovelace [wikipedia.org] . To quote: "Stone walls do not a prison make / Nor iron bars a cage."

Someone please tell me that this is still a well-known quote, even if the source isn't. Please :o)

Re:A great name does not a great site make (1)

jombeewoof (1107009) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173666)

It's a quote I haven't heard in years, and I'm relatively young. (under 30 over 12)
I think the meaning is lost on this generation though.

The Future (3, Funny)

carrier lost (222597) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172754)

"Hello, internet? I'd like some meat, please."

"Just send it right over. Thanks, bye"

Re:The Future (1)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173694)

The reality of that future:

"O HAI; CAN I HAS MEAT PLS? KTHXBYE"

Tubes are involved in transport, and inexplicably Soviet Russia. The meat is most likely going to be Spam, and you'll get sued if you share it with anyone.

The Future is awesome!

Re:The Future (1)

carrier lost (222597) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173974)

And let us not forget the timeless:

"I for one, welcome our meat overlords from the internet"

ANUS.com (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172756)

http://www.anus.com/ [anus.com]

Never a greater disappointment in a web site's contents in my WHOLE LIFE.

Opera (3, Interesting)

NewsWatcher (450241) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172772)

I have sometimes wondered what Opera aficionados make of opera.com

I am sure someone at Slashdot will know how Opera got its name. I kind of guessed that some geek way back bought the domain name thinking it would be worth millions, then in the end used it for a company cause it was cool to have a generic domain.

Some domain names have been useful though. In Australia people sell ".au.com" domains, which are obviously sub-domains, quite different to Australia's official ".com.au" domains.

Re:Opera (1)

STrinity (723872) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172972)

Opera is the singular of opus, "work". Easy enough to figure out why the browser uses that name.

Re:Opera (5, Funny)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173078)

Opera is the singular of opus, "work". Easy enough to figure out why the browser uses that name.

Is that meant to be ironic? Web browsers are what people use to *not* work.

Re:Opera (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173648)

No, the browser that doesn't work is called "Internet Explorer".

Oh wait, I see what you mean now.

Re:Opera (1)

paintswithcolour (929954) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173282)

Nope, opera is the plural of opus, operis (neuter). But it's also a feminine singular (opera, operae). They do both mean work, but in slightly different ways.

Re:Opera (2, Informative)

jfruhlinger (470035) | more than 6 years ago | (#22174082)

Actually, it's the other way around. Opus is singluar, opera is plural.

Re:Opera (1)

setirw (854029) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173104)

???.com.?? would also be a subdomain, as com.?? is more than just a suffix. Just pointing that out.

Re:Opera (1)

Varitek (210013) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173226)

Opera used to use opera.no as its primary domain, as they didn't own opera.com

Re:Opera (2, Funny)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173606)

Opera used to use opera.no as its primary domain, as they didn't own opera.com


That must have driven their marketing people batshit.

Re:Opera (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173732)

Opera? No!

Re:Opera (1)

Mex (191941) | more than 6 years ago | (#22174078)

"I kind of guessed that some geek way back bought the domain name thinking it would be worth millions, then in the end used it for a company cause it was cool to have a generic domain."

What? No! The Opera Browser used to be hosted at www.operasoftware.com , that's where I used to get it from for years.

Being forgetful, I did visit www.opera.com expecting to find the browser, but it was just a parked domain name.

So sometime in the past couple of years, they must have realized opera.com was worth buying. And it must have been - even after I had been using the browser for years, I still erroneously visited opera.com, only to find a generic ad page.

New Domain Name (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22172810)


www.usaisfuckedwithbush.gov

Re:New Domain Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173554)

How cute! Did you think of that all by yourself?! You're so smart! Someday, you may get to wear big boy clothes!

Here's a cookie! Now, go play with the other tards. :)

milk.com FAQ (2, Funny)

xanthines-R-yummy (635710) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172822)

I love the FAQ milk.com! It's so appropriately craptastastic, I almost feel nostalgic...

Re:milk.com FAQ (1)

kalemba (549251) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172956)

also great to see that milk.com is STILL a blink-free zone!

Re:milk.com FAQ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173216)

It also contains this [milk.com] , which rules. Waterproof everything, now free with purchase of flying car.

I don't know about you guys but... (1)

Nysem (1226462) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172886)

I'm not waiting 3 days or more for milk from milk.com when I could: 1 - Go to any store and be back within 10 minutes, if that. The only shipping and handling that will be done is driving it home and putting it in the refridgerator, and I don't even have to pay for it. 2 - Go learn how to milk a cow and properly process the milk. It can't be that hard, right? These domain names look like a waste of space.

Re:I don't know about you guys but... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173792)

Back in 1994 no one was thinking about _selling_ stuff over the internet. Milk.com and Meat.com would have been used purely as informational placards. I can remember how many 1-page index.html websites I made back then for companies that just wanted a presence. The only one I remember that seemed to be doing something useful was a crematorium. (!)

stupid.com (2, Informative)

phobos13013 (813040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22172984)

Well, I must say I never thought of making a /. article out of this one, but since about 1999 which is when I started working on my own computers for hobby, I would use stupid.com [archive.org] as a network test to see if I was online or not and not just loading a cached page (since I only go there when I am testing my network once in a blue moon...) One thing I have noticed about this site, it still feels like I'm in 1999 when I load it... [stupid.com]

Re:stupid.com (1)

presidentbeef (779674) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173898)

ARG! MY EYEBALLS!!

imeem.com = Music Site (1)

illectro (697914) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173106)

imeem is an odd site - it used to be a p2p im + social network + filesharing (hence the im part) but it changed and now it's one of the biggest music sites on the web, with a name which really doesn't have any hint at all about music. The funny thing is, now it's an established player there are a few music startups who're playing on their name (meemix.com is a good example)

naked.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22173208)

There are still a few domains where you get what you pay for =).

Funny stuff.

apple.com (3, Funny)

Tuoqui (1091447) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173250)

Whoever got apple.com must have been sitting on a goldmine.

Something (1)

GeePrime (831254) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173336)

Something.com [something.com] always delivered something.

From the article .. (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173408)

What, were you going to have a Web site dedicated to your favorite MIDI files?

But.. but I did have a website dedicated to my favorite MIDI files.. and it was cool .. it *IS* cool. .. and *I* am cool.

Th.. The Mommm- Mo moldy pp Peaches told me so.

news.com.com (1)

riceboy50 (631755) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173536)

I always found it strange that CNet decided to make news.com the name so they registered com.com and made the site news.com.com. Nowadays news.com.com just redirects to news.com, so they must have figured out that it was weird before. I remember there was much lampooning with com ad infinitum.

Re:news.com.com (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22174052)

For a long time, Finnish domain names had to be of the form thecompletenameofthebusiness.fi. This of course led to some incredibly long and stupid names. For example, a magazine called Bisnes.FI got the domain bisnesfi.fi.

Badge of honor? (3, Insightful)

spectecjr (31235) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173588)

Badge of honor to have an opaque domain name?

Not so.

Try registering a domain name that isn't opaque. It's nearly impossible these days - people bought all the obvious ones, and most of the non-obvious ones. Most of them are just domain squatters hoping to get rich, or spamvertising sites.

Codeplex.com (5, Interesting)

Brobock (226116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22173964)

I was the original owner of "Codeplex.com" (Not so obvious of a name) before I sold it to Microsoft for a eye whopping $600. The site is now Microsoft's official opensource repository.

Microsoft created an umbrella company who specifically designed a horrendous website with no links back to them. Even after the research (which I found nothing), I thought I would be a nice guy and sell it to this nobody.

I know they did that so they didn't have to payout larger sums of money, but I still feel as if I was screwed first hand by Microsoft.
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