Change in InterNIC Tracking Numbers (fwd)

Patrick Greenwell patrick at
Fri Jan 22 15:51:26 UTC 1999


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Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 09:52:50 -0500
From: Chuck Gomes <cgomes at>
Reply-To: cgomes at NETSOL.COM
Subject: Change in InterNIC Tracking Numbers

Effective Thursday, January 21, 1999, tracking numbers have
a new look.  To be able to accommodate the large numbers of
requests being received, we had to change the sequential
number (to the right of the decimal point) to a hexadecimal
number.  Tracking numbers will look like this:
NIC980121.1a3e9.  There will still be 5 characters to the
right of the decimal point but there will 16 possible digits
instead of 10: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f.  [a=10,
b=11, c=12, d=13, e=14 and f=15].

A tracking number such as NIC980121.58123 would no longer
mean that it was request number fifty eight thousand one
hundred twenty three.  The number would actually be
5x(16x16x16x16)+8x(16x16x16)+1x(16x16)+2x16+3 which would be
equal to 360,739 as a decimal number.

NOTE: tracking numbers assigned prior to January 21st will
be in the old (decimal) format.  Tracking numbers assigned
on January 21st and forward will be in the new (hexadecimal)
format.  The date portion of the number will not change.

Chuck Gomes
Vice President, Customer Programs
Network Solutions, Inc.

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