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tomwalters


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Posted Wed Sep 3rd, 2008 4:31am Post subject: .co.uk
There are a few websites which have solely the .uk suffix. For example the website of the British Library at http://www.bl.uk.

I believe that the reason for this anomaly is that a few organisations got in on the act very early, before Nominet gained control of the .uk top-level domain.

Wikipedia, of course, has an article on the subject

"What a fascinating piece of trivia", I hear you all cry.

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Shlomz


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Posted Wed Sep 3rd, 2008 9:23am Post subject: .co.uk
stephen was also wrong coz he said only the uk has the problem of .co.country-code but australia has it worse; .com.au

you almost got me stuck reading about all the country codes on wikipedia but alot of them seem to need second domain things

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Warren Groom


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Posted Wed Sep 3rd, 2008 10:07am Post subject: .co.uk
http://www.bl.uk. isn't really just using .uk. Granted it's lost the .co but its been replaced with an organisational .bl as many large organisation - .nhs.uk for example.

Once you get past the nitty gritty, we really don't have the single.prefix available like most other countries - and I also find it hugely irritating as there is no reason that the .co is needed.

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wooden_elf


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Posted Fri Sep 5th, 2008 12:56pm Post subject: .co.uk
I agree completely. Every time I'm sending an email to a friend in Britain I have to double check and triple check just to make sure I got the address right.

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L-Sham


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Posted Sat Sep 6th, 2008 11:16am Post subject: .co.uk
There is one UK domain that is just '.uk'. It's for MPs - their addresses are [surname][initial]@parliament.uk.

But then, they would have that, wouldn't they?

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Anome


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Posted Thu Sep 11th, 2008 9:48am Post subject: .co.uk
It's really quite simple.

The ".co" in '.co.uk" is the original code for a commercial business, before it was replaced with the three letter Top Level Domain (TLD) of ".com".

Likewise, ".ac" was the original code for Academic institutions, which has now been replaced with ".edu".

Now, in addition to the main TLDs (".com", ".edu", ".net", etc), each nation has its own TLD consisting of the ISO 2 letter nation code. (".au" for Australia, ".at" for Austria, etc) These are then divided up by the national internet naming authority, typically into sub-domains mirroring the "International" TLDs. (I used quotation marks around the word "International" since the US has claimed ".com", ".edu", ".gov" for themselves, although they also have a ".us" TLD that is seldom used.)

The Net naming authority in the UK, for whatever reason, has stuck with the original two letter domains for divisions under the national TLD of ".uk". So has New Zealand. (Although, I think in both instances, the ".org" for non-profit organisation is in use.)

Let's not get into how the poor people of the Ukraine were robbed of their 2 letter ISO nation code.

I hope that's made it clear.

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OzMikado


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Posted Thu Sep 18th, 2008 2:22pm Post subject: .co.uk
Even more interesting than Ukraine with its .ua TLD is the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu which proudly owns .tv and (as I understand it) makes money licensing it so that television companies and programmes can have a .tv wu-wu-wu/dub-dub dub address.

Of course Tuvalu is rapidly disappearing under the Pacific waves, so they perhaps need all the cash they can get. In that respect, $550, 000 per quarter to sell off their domain rights seems to be a case of selling themselves short!

http://www.bigempire.com/sake/tuvalu_tv.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvalu

Cheers

Simon

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CatherineN


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Posted Fri Sep 26th, 2008 5:35pm Post subject: .co.uk
New Zealand has a similar 'problem' to the UK.

Its websites end in .co.nz

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Squaredog


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Posted Sun Sep 28th, 2008 9:16am Post subject: .co.uk
Also - the idea of using is almost obselete.

In Scotland we (me and about 4 others) adopted saying Willie Willie Willie [dot].

It made is less not funny.

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einar


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Posted Wed Oct 1st, 2008 11:42pm Post subject: .co.uk
Thank you for your podgram! I'm a first time listener. Dug up your site since I have enjoyed your carachters in Laurie and Fry and Black Adder very much!

Often the contents are the same at http://www.thedomain.co.uk as on thedomain.co.uk, but people still use A good example would be http//stephenfry.com/. The www is a subdomain of stephenfry.com, so it would seem more obvious to abandon it's use alltogether, if it weren't for the fashion of the times, demaning otherwise. It does sound more computerised and high tech with www, and hence the popularised use of it, I suspect. Sort of like .co.jp, .gov.uk, except with www you usally have a choise.

I think it's the people using the terminal window (in MacOS or a linux distribution) that sort of enjoyes the longation of internet adresses, and since those people are the experts, the rest of us is left at the mercy of their governance. It's the same people that used DOS and mocked us Mac users in the 80s. Technology shouldn't be easy or convenient, it should be cumbersome and you should get the feeling of being one of the annointed few if you are able to copy a file or open a program. Effeciency are no concer of these people. They still light a candle by their 286 with it's black/green screen on the family altar on holidays (like the foundation day of Microsoft, the commemoration day for linux &c), before turning it on and enjoying the good old familiar C:\> DOS prompt and a good game of DOOM. I know a few of specimens of this breed. Its the revenge of the nerds....

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bonniedoon


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Posted Sun Oct 5th, 2008 7:31am Post subject: .co.uk
australia has it worse; .com.au

Here in New Zealand we have .co.nz.
And for the government we have .govt.nz.
And for tertiary education providers we have .ac.nz! (and the list goes on)

This all seems so unnecessary - do you think it's a Commonwealth thing? What's the situation in Canada for instance?

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bonniedoon


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Posted Sun Oct 5th, 2008 7:39am Post subject: .co.uk
The Net naming authority in the UK, for whatever reason, has stuck with the original two letter domains for divisions under the national TLD of ".uk". So has New Zealand. (Although, I think in both instances, the ".org" for non-profit organisation is in use.)

To the best of my knowledge, the standard domain suffix for non-profit organisations in New Zealand is .org.nz.

Thus the URL http://www.oxfam.org.nz takes you to Oxfam New Zealand, but http://www.oxfam.org is Oxfam International.

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