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Zoolander [PersonRank 4]

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
14 years ago

"Which name would you have registered in 1987?"

sex.com

Stef Levolger [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

Lol, that oldest domain – symbolics.com – actually looks like it hasn't been updated since the 80's :P.

To answer the question, if I had the chance to register the 100th domain in 1987 I would most likely have given it a logical name, something which is becoming harder and harder these days since about every domain name is already taken. Newer sites all are getting these weirder and weirder domain names, especially with .com domains. Not so strange with over 40 million .com domains out there, but it's a shame in some point.

Since most sites which I have created till now have been informative I would most likely have named it about.com, the actual reason I found that site existed actually was since that was the first domain which I tried to register.

Mark Draughn [PersonRank 5]

14 years ago #

Nope. Those aren't the 100 oldest domain names, just the 100 oldest .com domains. Universities like MIT and Berkeley were also registering their .edu domain names in 1985. A bunch of .mil sites probably would have registered about that time, too.

It was the old ARPAnet crowd switching to distributed hierarchical domain naming because the centrally-maintained flat translation files were always getting out of date. (Linux and Windows systems still have "hosts" files somewhere. Originally, the names of all known computers were in these files, which were copied down from a central server every evening or so.)

Mark Draughn [PersonRank 5]

14 years ago #

"Which name would you have registered in 1987?"

In April of 1988, I worked in the computer center at the Illinois Institute of Technology and helped register iit.edu. (It was a little more complicated than it is now.) If only I had known...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Thanks Mark, I updated the post.

Dave [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

According to this site:

jottings.com/100-oldest-dot-co ...

the 100th wasn't all that interesting:

NYNEXST.COM

Miel [PersonRank 4]

14 years ago #

free.com / porn.com :)

konamiman [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

MICROSOFT.COM, so nowadays I would be trillionaire. X-D

Ben [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Probably systadmin.com or something of the like because it would be amazing to predict the future outcomes from that point in time

Kev [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

sex.com (or business.com)

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Definitely Google.com

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

more.com or/and more.net (more is my family name *g*)

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It's a pity that v*ag*a hadn't been invented yet in 1987, or I could have registered v*ag*a.com

Sunil Nair [PersonRank 9]

13 years ago #

me.com

:-)

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