How A Trace Route Works


Previously I have posted an article titled “How A Pathping Works“. In this article i demonstrated how a pathping can help identify where an issue lies if you are unable to connect to a webpage.

Sometimes however a pathping is overkill and you may only need to see where the connection fails. This is where a trace route comes in handy. Continue reading “How A Trace Route Works”

The Danger Of Expired Domains

When thinking about domain name security I have always tended to think about ensuring that a domain name is not stolen. On reflection this really is not our only concern. Yahoo have recently announced that they are opening up email accounts that are no longer used (wired article). As you can imagine this has caused a bit of furore about the potential of emails these accounts may still be receiving.

So how does this relate to domain names? Continue reading “The Danger Of Expired Domains”

Finally Some Good Domaining News

A couple of years ago I used to be a mod and staff member on 1 of the bigger domaining forums. Namely Namepros. Being a member of staff over there I got to know about things as they happened.

Back on the 28th of February in 2009 I started to become aware of the theft and attempted sale of some domain names. 1 of these domain names was very good indeed. That domain was By the time the theft came to light it was too late for the rightful owner to do anything about it as the domain had been transferred from GoDaddy to eNom. Continue reading “Finally Some Good Domaining News”

Domains For Sale

I am currently looking to raise some cash and have just posted some quality domain names. I am open to offers. Feel free to comment or to post on Namepros or DNForum.

The domains for sale are:

Creation: 14 Dec 2006
Expiry: 14 dec 2011
Registrar: GoDaddy

Name and potential uses speak for themselves. A great little domain for a blog.


Creation: 11 July 2009
Expiry: 11 July 2012
Registrar: GoDaddy

Another name thatspeaks for itself. I had partially created a script for this but thus far had not completed this.


Creation: 10 May 2008
Expiry: 10 May 2012
Registrar: eNom

I thought of creating a site with information on the common linux daemons. There are some sites that do this already but not have such an apt domain. You could also of course have tutorials detailing how to create a linux daemon.


Creation: 25 Jan 2008
Expiry: 25 Jan 2013
Registrar: eNom

This domain has many possibilities. Obscure or rare LP’s, or maybe showing some of the oddest world records that have been achieved.


Creation: 18 June 2008
Expiry: 18 June 2012
Registrar: eNom

A perfect domain for articles or tutorials for showing how to secure PHP or possibly to code with security in mind (something that is often forgotten).

How A Pathping Works.


Every now and then you may find that you have a problem with your connection. If you are a webmaster you may on occasion have issues with your website not being accessible or being slow.

In each scenario’s there is a very good windows utility that you can use to help track down where the problem may lie.

The tool in question is a pathping. Continue reading “How A Pathping Works.”

Registering .Fi Domain Names

For those that are unaware .fi is the ccTLD for Finland. Unlike some ccTLD’s Ficora (they manage the fi regsitry, the site is available in Finnish, Swedish and English) have imposed many restrictions on who can and who cannot register .fi domain names. Continue reading “Registering .Fi Domain Names”

Securing Your Domain Name


Since the dot-com bubble burst in the early 2000’s the value and profile of domain names has again been on the increase. Apart from recent financial turmoil caused by the world recession the average value of domain names has increased dramatically and shows no sign of stopping.

Due to the higher profile of domain names and the value that this brought it has unfortunately resulted in a rather unsavoury side effect. The number of stolen and hijacked domain names has increased dramatically over the last few years.

Now many of you may be forgiven for wondering how a virtual item can be stolen or hijacked. Domains, as we know, are not tangible items and are more virtual items. Over the course of this article, I hope to make you aware of ways that can be used to steal your domain name. Only by knowing how domain names can be can we actually protect against it. Continue reading “Securing Your Domain Name”