Tag Archives: Domain Name System
July 6, 2015

Registering Premium .Irish Domains Is Now Easy



With the launch of new TLDs a lot of the domain registries introduced quite complex pricing models. You had a "standard' registration fee, but you also had a lot of different ways of handling "premium" domain names.

Unfortunately getting those "weird" prices to "play nice" with our billing system was far from easy, as the system essentially sees a domain extension as being a single product, so there was no easy way to get it to charge differently depending on the actual string being registered.

With the launch of .irish we knew we'd have to find some way to work around this and our developers finally "cracked it".

So now we're able to offer premium .irish domain names for direct registration and purchase.

This makes me very very happy :)

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May 15, 2012

A New Broadband Connection

AVM Fritzbox fon wlan 7390
AVM Fritzbox fon wlan 7390

AVM Fritzbox Fon WLAN 7390

Last week, while I was up in Dublin, UPC came along and hooked me up to their fibre. Yesterday I got the fixed IP details and with Paul's assistance switched the UPC box over to bridging mode, reconfigured my Fritzbox and moved my home connection into the fast lane.

It's nice

With the standard UPC wireless access point I could get a respectable 35 megs, but once I switched everything over to the Fritzbox I started getting much closer to the 75 megs advertised - over wifi.

IPv6 is working nicely as are all the other features that I had on the Fritzbox previously.

For the moment I'm using Google's public DNS servers on the Fritzbox, though I'm overriding them on certain devices. I probably won't stick to the Google DNS once I've had a chance to explore options. Since the Fritzbox supports both IPv4 and IPv6 resolvers I'll need to do a small bit of research in that area.

The one thing I don't understand is why UPC is limiting my upload speed to 5 megs. Yes that is way faster than what I had previously, but I don't understand why they're setting such a low limit. Surely it isn't a capacity issue? If the line can give me 75 meg in one direction, why can't it give me the same in the other?



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January 31, 2012

Is Bebo Gone?

Image representing Bebo as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

I haven't logged into my Bebo account much over the last couple of years. I did login earlier this year almost by accident. I logged back out again within a couple of minutes.

Last night, however, the site seemed to go offline completely. Looking into it further it's pretty clear that either something is wrong or they've pulled the plug:

dig +trace bebo.com

; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> +trace bebo.com
;; global options: +cmd
.            2953    IN    NS    j.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    d.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    m.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    i.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    g.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    c.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    a.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    b.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    k.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    e.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    l.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    f.root-servers.net.
.            2953    IN    NS    h.root-servers.net.
;; Received 436 bytes from in 3 ms

com.            172800    IN    NS    a.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    c.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    i.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    d.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    b.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    j.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    m.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    f.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    h.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    g.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    l.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    k.gtld-servers.net.
com.            172800    IN    NS    e.gtld-servers.net.
;; Received 486 bytes from in 56 ms

bebo.com.        172800    IN    NS    ns1.beboinc.com.
bebo.com.        172800    IN    NS    ns2.beboinc.com.
;; Received 102 bytes from in 82 ms

;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

The above output is from the "dig" command, which is a simple utility to check DNS.

Running it against this domain (michele.me) gives a different and more useful result:

dig +trace michele.me

; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> +trace michele.me
;; global options: +cmd
.            2819    IN    NS    l.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    m.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    i.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    b.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    a.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    g.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    k.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    h.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    d.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    c.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    f.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    j.root-servers.net.
.            2819    IN    NS    e.root-servers.net.
;; Received 436 bytes from in 3 ms

me.            172800    IN    NS    d0.cctld.afilias-nst.org.
me.            172800    IN    NS    a2.me.afilias-nst.info.
me.            172800    IN    NS    ns.nic.me.
me.            172800    IN    NS    c0.cctld.afilias-nst.info.
me.            172800    IN    NS    a0.cctld.afilias-nst.info.
me.            172800    IN    NS    b2.me.afilias-nst.org.
me.            172800    IN    NS    b0.cctld.afilias-nst.org.
me.            172800    IN    NS    ns2.nic.me.
;; Received 486 bytes from in 55 ms

michele.me.        86400    IN    NS    ns.blacknightsolutions.com.
michele.me.        86400    IN    NS    ns2.blacknightsolutions.com.
;; Received 86 bytes from 2001:500:27::1#53(c0.cctld.afilias-nst.info) in 102 ms

michele.me.        900    IN    A
michele.me.        900    IN    NS    ns2.blacknightsolutions.com.
michele.me.        900    IN    NS    ns.blacknightsolutions.com.
;; Received 190 bytes from 2a01:a8:fe00::2#53(ns.blacknightsolutions.com) in 307 ms

So basically Bebo.com is not returning any A records which means it could not display no matter how hard it tried. Of course there could be all sorts of crazy going on with other DNS records, but it doesn't look likely.

Checking the whois records for the domain the only thing that sticks out is that the nameservers changed back in December. They were using Akamai's DNS, then switched to using their own nameservers. Akamai's services are used by a lot of big content providers and aren't cheap, so this switch would suggest a scaling back of Bebo in terms of their traffic levels etc.,

Is Bebo gone for good?

No idea. I'm not aware of any official statements from them as yet though I haven't been following that closely either because I honestly don't care

Does it matter?

Probably not, though the complete lack of any notification to any of the social network's users is worrying and proves yet again why you shouldn't rely on a social network to store anything important.

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December 12, 2009

Attractive Pre-Christmas Domain Discounts

santa girl

With only a few shopping days left to Christmas we've been having a bit of fun in work.

Since we became an ICANN accredited registrar earlier this year we've been working on getting our accreditation up and running.

We've also been working closely with a lot of the registries to get good pricing on domains, so that we can pass on discounts to our clients where possible.

So a while back I registered a nice shiny .me domain name to push the domain offers - domainoffers.me (not very subtle, but do I need to be?)

We've been adding new discounts to it over the last while and yesterday we added yet another nice one which should be a nice pre-Christmas present for our Irish clients - .ie domains discounted yet again!

Register OR transfer an IE domain for a mere €16.95 / year - no restrictions on the number of domain years you want either and all domains come with FREE DNS.

We've also cut the price on .com registrations AND transfers down to a paltry €4.99 until the end of the year, which is a pretty aggressive price.

Now I'm off to grab more pressies for relatives and friends online ...

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