Interesting new dns failures

michael.dillon at michael.dillon at
Mon May 21 14:59:21 UTC 2007

> There's an interesting read from NRIC about this problem: 
> "Signposts on the information superhighway" I think it's 
> called. Essentially no one aside from propeller-head folks 
> understand that there is something aside from 'com'

Seems to me they are missing something here. Essentially no-on except
from propeller-head folks uses the DNS for anything at all. Websites
come from Google or bookmarks. Email addresses come from a directory or
an incoming email or a business card.

As for .xx domains, there is enough marketing material in each country
so that people tend to know their country's two-letter prefix is .de or
.ru or .fr. The special case is .uk because we share the same language
as the USA, and here people tend to see a .com domain like an
international trademark or some kind of terrirtorial marking.
Nevertheless, I think that the vast majority of people who actually type
in a domain into the location field are copying it from some marketing
material, like a business card.

P.S., the .xx domains make the world look like a collection of countries
all connected to the same Internet. But the reality is that the world is
divided into a bunch of language zones, most of which cross several
borders, and which don't tend to communicate much with the Internet that
Americans see. For instance, what use does a Hungarian speaking native
of Ukraine have for Or a SerboCroatian speaking native of

--Michael Dillon

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