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MarkRH
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join:2005-02-08
Oklahoma City, OK
reply to nunya

Re: Domain Names

In the past I would ping the domain name I'm interested in. If it doesn't resolve to an IP address or comes back with unknown host at least then I know it's not taken. Unfortunately, some DNS servers will resolve unknown domain names to an in-house search page, like Cox does now.

I just don't trust any whois service these days to not scoop up names.

bdnhsv

join:2012-01-20
Huntsville, AL
It's a protocol - not a website.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whois


MarkRH
Premium
join:2005-02-08
Oklahoma City, OK
said by bdnhsv:

It's a protocol - not a website.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whois

Yes, you are correct. The protocol itself isn't the problem. It's some of the website front-ends (usually the ones at Domain Registrars) to it that I don't really trust.

bdnhsv

join:2012-01-20
Huntsville, AL
I'm not talking about going to any website. I'm talking about using the whois command line utility at a command prompt / in a terminal window - depending on your OS. The command will still query one of the registrars (likely verisign in the US), but it has to get the info from somewhere.