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  • Google's Official Profanity API

  • Recently a list of “bad words” were made available through Google's new website which asks: “What do you love?” (wdyl.com).

    So, perhaps I was a bit hasty writing off WhoisX.

    The list of profanities was discovered in the Javascript on the website, however Google reacted quickly and switched this to a URL lookup instead of a Javascript one therefore keeping the list away from prying eyes.

    However, what this does mean is now we have an API to play with: Read More »

  • The rise and fall of WhoisX

  • WhoisX is a domain name lookup service, similar to the whois service provided by “domain tools”, but ours was primarily for UK domain names.

    It began as a small project to help people check whether a domain was available or not. When a domain was available the visitor was linked to a place they could buy the domain.

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  • What is my IP?

  • An IP address is a unique number which identifies a machine on a network.

    On the Internet IP addresses are allocated in blocks to ISPs in each country by regional registries, making it possible to identify which country an IP address originated in.

    Often, if you are connected to the Internet behind a router, you share an online IP address with everyone else on your local area network (LAN).

    Sometimes you need to know your external IP address and using something like ipconfig will only return your LAN IP address (something like 192.168.0.1).

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  • PageRank Viewer Launch

  • Back in 2007, we were developing code for our domain lookup service.

    One of the features we wanted was to display the Google PageRank of a domain right there in the lookup along side the whois details.

    At the time we didn’t know how to pull this information and there was very limited details on it, so some research was required which resulted in a PageRank PHP script.

    Over time, the resulting “pagerank.php” script became very popular and was developed further by fixing bugs and making it easier to use.

    Now we wanted to show off our work in the form of a demo, so we launched a website…

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  • Domain Slamming

  • Ever received one of those domain renewal notices from companies such as “Domain Registry of America” or “Domain Renewal Group” claiming that your domain is about to expire and you need to renew with them?

    We’ve had them too, a lot of people have and this has been going on for a very long time.

    Why has nobody done anything about this?

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