Re: DNS: Prospective new domains ( & (

Re: DNS: Prospective new domains ( & (

From: Adam Todd <at§>
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 12:56:35 +1000
>>If your [sic] looking


>>for "OnRamp" wouldn't it be easier to visit ONRAMP.PR.AU rather than
>>fishing around guessing other possibilities?
>If you're looking for "OnRamp" wouldn't it be easier to visit
>"" or "".

Would be nice if we had a decent Australian Engine --- coming July 1, 1998!

>The DNS is not a directory service.


>The DNS is not a search engine.


>Any attempts to coerce the DNS into such roles are doomed to failure, as

Problem, as much as I agree with you, is that people USE Domain Names as a
Directory system.  The Average Consumer - whom I speak with hundreds of
that are unaware of my professional capacity - beleive that the URL or
Domain Name IS in fact the way to find someone on the 'Net.

>the DNS was not designed with these features in mind, and is thus unable to
>perform such a role.

Your right.  It was designed to translate a humanly remembereral word or
word sequence into a hard to remember IP address.

So, can we educate the consumer, or do we change the software?  

Microsoft and Netscape believe a software change is needed, as do I.  Then
an education factor needs to be invoked.

Lets remember how we look up a phone number.

We know the name of the company:

IBM Australia.

We call Directory Service (most people do, I use the Website)

We ask for IBM.  They don't tell us it's 2 Sussex Street Sydney and hang up
asking us to call again with the address to get the number - do they?

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