by April 1, 1999 0 comments

Computers on the Internet identify each other by their IP
addresses like But remembering numbers is a gift only few of us possess.
The way around has been names like

The Internet is divided into a number of registries or top
level domains (TLDs). The sidebar lists the currently available top-level domains.
Additions to this list have been proposed and have been under active consideration for
some time now.

Internet naming conventions call for the type
of Website to be identified by the registry–the part after the dot in the
name. For example, sites that come under the .com registry are commercial
sites or sites belonging to commercial organizations. Similarly, .gov is
supposed to indicate government bodies and .org represents non-profit
organizations, societies, etc. But unfortunately, that’s not always the
case. The .com registry has been by far the most popular, and everybody seem
to opt for .com by default.

Take for example,!

Delhi Police, a business organization? Or is
there more to the name, than just a mistake? It’s not just the funny side.
The registries are an important pointer to people looking for particular
Websites. For example, anyone looking for PC Quest Website will
automatically look for and not or Now
suppose someone is looking for the site of Reserve Bank of India. What are
the URLs that you would guess at? or reserve are
possible options that you would try. And you would not succeed in reaching
the Reserve Bank site. Yes. You have to try to get there.


Domain Indicates Example
com Commercial organizations
edu Educational institutions
mil (US) military
gov (US) government
org Other organizations
net Other networks
int International organizations
in, fr, sk Country the site is registered in

Guess the Website of the finance
ministry? And the Indian President? And the Indian Parliament? Yes. They all
have Websites. But you won’t find them at addresses you can easily guess.
The finance ministry is at (, and
Rashtrapathi Bhavan is at (http:/ but one has to go through
the Parliament’s site (

Why? What’s wrong with loksabha. Or Why hide these splendid sites in these strange
subdirectories at NIC? Do we have a paucity of names? Or are we ashamed of
announcing these to the world?

And, that’s not all. Look at the absurdly
long site addresses and e-mail addressees that we sport. Almost all e-mail
and ISP services in this country give you addresses that are a-half-mile
long.! you@satyam.! someone@somecompany.! Give me a break. Why can’t we have short e-mail
addresses that are easy to remember? VSNL has finally woken up and have
started giving shortened addresses. What are the others waiting

Are your site and e-mail addresses all right?
After all, others are going to use them to find you. If they can’t they
will take their business somewhere else, as if you never existed.

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