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Domain Name Servers And You: Thoughts On Recent Intimacy

Posted on | September 7, 2012 | 34 Comments

by Smitty

There was a birthday party for my mother-in-law Wednesday that sort of ate the day, and Thursday we flew back from Old Europe. The World’s Youngest Blogger did really well. He had slept most of the flight over, and was in full charm mode on the way home. A bottle on the descent got him through the pressure adjustment.

Then I discover that the domain registration, which was payed on 02 September, has involved some Internet Protocol address shift, and the Domain Name Server updating has the blog substantially unreachable. Renewing the domain has not been problematic previously. The degree to which some of this blogs ‘fans’ may have ‘helped’ is wildly unclear. Ground truth in such questions is darn hard to obtain, even in good conditions. We’ll see about registering the domain for longer; about the only thing you can do to smooth matters is lower the frequency of renewal. So we’ll do that.

Thanks to Instapundit and the bazillion readers on Twitter who’ve shown support.


34 Responses to “Domain Name Servers And You: Thoughts On Recent Intimacy”

  1. joethefatman
    September 7th, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    I may not say it very often, but Baby I missed you! Welcome back!

  2. conrad6
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    Yesterday you had a lot of weird DNS stuff. Today you experienced what to me looks like a DDOS attack. Your site was too busy for more than an hour? If you’re not at least considering these incidents to be malicious, you’re way to naive to comment on US politics. Also backup everything on DVD right away. I’d hate to lose your site just before the election.

  3. Charlie Norris
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    Glad to have you back.

  4. Mike G.
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Glad y’all are back…was going into DT’s.

  5. jlwellfonder
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    I’m with Mike G.! Was having serious withdrawals! Love you guys! Thanks for all you do!

  6. kahall
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    That was a really strange outage. I haven’t been able to access the site for 3 days or so.

  7. Wombat_socho
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Next time this happens (d4+1 years from now) we’ll post information on how to reset your DNS pointers so you won’t have to wait so long. ~__^

  8. kahall
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I know how to do that already but I was being lazy. I flushed dns but it didn’t help so I thought oh well it will be back soon if it’s just a DNS issue ( I could see the feed) but it seemed to take longer than usual.

  9. Dianna Deeley
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    I was confused – I think it was Wednesday, the blog disappeared! I figured it was something fixable, and all I had to do was be patient. It’s nice to have been right about something technical, probably for the first and last time in my life.

  10. Dandapani
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Your forward DNS points as follows:

    $ host has address

    Your reverse DNS points as follows:

    $ host domain name pointer

    But doesn’t point anywhere:

    $ host
    Host not found: 2(SERVFAIL)

    By intent? Or FUBAR?

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  12. Dandapani
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Concern troll?

    “Nice web site you got there. Hate for anything to happen to it…”

  13. Rodney Stanton
    September 7th, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    YES I have tried 4 times today and got “site unknowwn” msgs; after several min of spinning.
    Glad hyou’re back!
    Why else would I hit the button 5 times?

  14. Garym
    September 7th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    That was almost like not having Rush Limbaugh to listen to ….. almost! ; )>

  15. Wombat_socho
    September 7th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    No, I think it’s honest concern…no sign of head-tilting, for one thing. 😉

  16. Dustin
    September 7th, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Well, if you read the post, it’s clear they do consider that to be a possibility (re “fans” “helping”)

    Anyway, I’m glad the blog is operational again.

  17. smitty
    September 7th, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    Dude, when do I get to deliver your hat?

  18. smitty
    September 7th, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    We’re virtualized, but I don’t pretend to have the networking chops to grasp the nuances of how Storm on Demand serves us.

  19. McGehee
    September 7th, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    I tried flushing my DNS too and it didn’t work either.

    Obviously, of course, I’m here now…

  20. Bob Belvedere
    September 7th, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Or Mark Levin.

  21. Red
    September 8th, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    WAH, I don’t wanna work that hard. Ha! Not my best Dimmocrat imitation but hey, I have some standards.

  22. yestradamous
    September 8th, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    I check in 3 or 4 times a day and haven’t noticed a thing?

  23. Bob Belvedere
    September 8th, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    Around here The Farce is always with us!

  24. Garym
    September 8th, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    Unfortunately, where I live, I only get 2 hours. And those are not live, but he archives his shows. Which is nice in a pinch.

  25. Bob Belvedere
    September 8th, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    You can listen online or via a phone app [on the latter, the show repeats 24/7].

  26. Randall Current
    September 8th, 2012 @ 3:23 am

    Like a famous man once said: “If a man doesn’t have network chops – maybe you should just let him go.”

    Or maybe keep him and hire a network chopper.

  27. crosspatch
    September 8th, 2012 @ 3:35 am

    One problem is this, and it isn’t YOUR fault, it is that you are with a brain dead hosting operation:

    According to whois:


    Those are the dns servers listed for

    IP Address:

    IP Address:

    So whois shows the same IP address for both primary and secondary dns.

    Then there’s this:
    [email protected] :~> host NS1.THEOTHERMCCAIN.COM

    [email protected]:~> host NS2.THEOTHERMCCAIN.COM

    So the actual hostnames of the DNS servers don’t exist anywhere in DNS.

    I don’t know who manages the actual zone files for your domain but I imagine it is your hosting company. They are incompetent. They are using the same IP address (and I don’t care if they load balance to multiple servers), they should have the two name servers on different networks and the nameservers names should be resolvable.

    You know, with all the denial of services going on with conservative websites, I am tempted to deploy a hardened infrastructure for conservative sites that know what they are doing and want a hosting provider that knows what they are doing and will protect them from cock-ups and denial of service attacks. It’s kind of what I do for a living and at one time I managed the network for the number one DoSed site on the Internet (but that was back in “the day” before the dot-bomb went off).

  28. doomdforev
    September 8th, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    It sucks to have shadow enemies, but that is how hyenas and liberals work.

    Until there are enough of them, as Russians, Chinese, Germans, Cubans, North Koreans, Vietnamese and many others know oh so well. I have to wonder what the non-partisan independents of those countries think now?

  29. Dandapani
    September 8th, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Ok, sorry @conrad6 for the accusation. I’m still learning this new concept.

  30. Dandapani
    September 8th, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Yes, their DNS setup is very sloppy. They should pull a Trump. They don’t have to use their hosting service for their DNS service. I certainly don’t for my site.

  31. smitty
    September 8th, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    Fact is, we’re more into content generation than server management. And, while I’m competent on a few admin tasks, I’m really in better shape as an application developer.

  32. Garym
    September 8th, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Come on, say it Smitty, “I don’t have that nerd gene”. It will make you feel better.

  33. crosspatch
    September 8th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    That is typical. But whoever is managing the DNS server should at least have an A record in the zone file that resolves the names pointed to by the NS records.

  34. Bob Belvedere
    September 8th, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Enoch Root, brother of Dan Collins, and his company may be able to help.
    I turned on Maggie of Maggie’s Notebook and The Lonely Conservative to his company and I believe they’re happy.