My very first host name was a free dynamic host name provided by the good folks behind It was a classic story line, kid with his first always-on internet connection (cable, later ADSL) wants to host a web page on the world wide web! This ran well for me for well over a decade… until today.

I don’t even recall how I ended up with this free service, they were one of the first, but probably not the first dynamic host name provider. I suspect I just liked that “” was many characters shorter than the alternatives.

Unfortunately, as best as I can tell, the site has been shut down. My best guess, based on the snapshots available from, is that sometime in 2015 it all went away.

Apparently, they have graciously maintained DNS service for the host names that were in their system (I suspect updates have been disabled for a while). I wouldn’t have noticed that the site was gone if the static IP address for my little site finally had to be revised.

Long ago I deprecated that host name in favour of a address (of which I have control); however, I still type the shorter “” address often.

RIP, and thanks for all the great lookups!

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One Response to “RIP”

  1. Adam Says:

    Me too! This is sad. I created a neat little program in visual basic in the late 90s that would accept TCP/IP connections, and needed a stable host name to connect to my dynamically changing IP on cable. I had my host name there for over a decade also. Thank you for posting this. I’m not sure why, but the whole thing has some kind of sentimental value for me also.

    I don’t know much, but I stopped being able to log in to update my DNS records many years back and just checked today to see the site is down.

    I just performed an NSLOOKUP on my host name, and it definitely still points to a years old IP that I used to have.

    Email updates I had received over the years came from a Tyler Crackerjack McDonald. I wonder what he’s up to?

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