[ih] Funny how things work out

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Mon Feb 1 20:45:02 PST 2021

In article <40FD280C-1C7E-4CCE-ACC5-4A1A79D77660 at strayalpha.com> you write:
>> On Feb 1, 2021, at 2:48 PM, John Day via Internet-history <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
>> As long as we are harping on these sorts of things, I will throw in my pet peeve, not limiting a domain request to something
>reasonable. For example, there is small grocery in Harvard Square called Cardullos. They have Cardullos.com <http://cardullos.com/>.
>They are small, they will never be nationwide, let alone worldwide. Why weren’t they asked to take Cardullos.ma.us
>Why not Cardullos.cambridge.ma.us <http://cardullos.boston.ci.ma.us/>?
>RFC1480 has some history.
>One reason is that originally those names were used for government and public entities.
>At least one reason is that cambridge.ma.us might not have been delegated at the time Cardullos asked. Or ma.us <http://ma.us/> for
>that matter.

It's because cardullos.com was easier to type, and in particular because Netscape added .com to bare names.

I registered iecc.cambridge.ma.us in about 1992, four years before
Cardullo's got their name. It still exists as a CNAME in the .US
legacy database and gets a lot of spam.

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