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arn
Jul 26, 2002, 03:49 AM
An anonymous user claimed that Apple registered DeskMac.com which points to Apple.com (http://www.apple.com).

Registration information (http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois?STRING=deskmac.com&SearchType=do) lists Apple Computer, but not under their usual registration id (http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois?STRING=apple.com&SearchType=do), and utilizes non-Apple domain name servers.

This was posted to curb speculation/rumors on this domain name.

Historically, Apple has owned domain names which have yet to serve any purpose, such as iPhone.org (http://www.iphone.org) and Mammals.org (http://www.mammals.org). These urls have existed for years, yet discussions on these urls resurface every now and again.

Ensign Paris
Jul 26, 2002, 04:43 AM
Why do they own Mammals.org! That seems abit strange to me :)

Well some poor buggers gone out and bought deskmac.com will be not too happy now that you have uncovered the hoax :)

Ensign

Aquanaut
Jul 26, 2002, 05:07 AM
Very ellaborate - imagine the potential of someone who can put this much effort and thought into a hoax. Maybe they just need to get out a bit more ...

Mr. Anderson
Jul 26, 2002, 07:20 AM
Originally posted by Ensign Paris
Why do they own Mammals.org! That seems abit strange to me :)

well, there is Jaguar, what's next? Le Tigre?

maybe someone at Apple at one time was trying to throw a wrench in the rumor mill - its obviously working - or did a little experiment to see how long it took someone to find out about it.

D

drastik
Jul 26, 2002, 08:39 AM
why do they have an iPhone.org? Just to take up the name. I know that orgs are not specifically for non profit or others, but it seems to be an unwritten rule.

Bartman
Jul 26, 2002, 08:41 AM
Originally posted by Ensign Paris
Why do they own Mammals.org! That seems abit strange to me :)


Think Darwin, as in darwinism.

Mammals evolved as the highest form of life while the dinosaurs became extinct (or become birds... )

Mr. Anderson
Jul 26, 2002, 08:48 AM
what I find interesting is a computer company in NJ has www.macintosh.com - but no site, just the name. Looks like someone was trying to get rich and might have failed. They got the name in 1994 - quite some time ago, especially just to hold on to.

and his email goes to info@computerlarry.com - which isn't a real site either. Ha!

D

bunton
Jul 26, 2002, 10:52 AM
So Apple has........
www.apple.com
www.imac.com
www.ipod.com
www.deskmac.com
www.macmate.com
www.mammals.org
www.iphone.com
www.mac.com (goes to the .mac tab now)
www.quicktime.com (goes to the quicktime tab)
And not................
www.iphoto.com (not quite sure yet?)
www.imovie.com (takes you to imusic a mp3 site)
www.itunes.com (is not up, but registered, but by who???)
www.idvd.com (Warner Brothers)
www.ibook.com (An online sharing thing)
www.ical.com (A buisness allready!)
www.G4.com (Brittish Google search site)
www.steveJobs.com (Not in existance)
www.emac.com (Not in existence)
www.macosx.com (A apple rumor site, looks like this one exactly???)
www.switch.com ( A railroad site)

That is all for now, anyone know of any other names that go to apple.com???

Rower_CPU
Jul 26, 2002, 10:54 AM
Originally posted by dukestreet
well, there is Jaguar, what's next? Le Tigre?

Nice Zoolander reference...but it's all about Magnum.:D

Squatters do some weird things trying to make money off of well-known names, but I'm surprised Apple never went after this guy with macintosh.com.

arn
Jul 26, 2002, 10:54 AM
http://www.newton.com
http://www.next.com
http://www.ikids.com

bunton
Jul 26, 2002, 11:37 AM
are you just finding those out now or do you know them allready?

arn
Jul 26, 2002, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by bunton
are you just finding those out now or do you know them allready?

I knew about them... there are others too... but I can't recall more off the top of my head..

arn

Moonlight
Jul 26, 2002, 01:49 PM
We need to find out all the sites apple has...didn't there used to be a way on Yahoo to find out all the sites that are directed to a specific URL ?

something like a search for: link:www.apple.com ????

myrdred23
Jul 26, 2002, 03:25 PM
dont forget about www.maccn.com!

sneed
Jul 26, 2002, 04:51 PM
Originally posted by Moonlight
We need to find out all the sites apple has...didn't there used to be a way on Yahoo to find out all the sites that are directed to a specific URL ?

something like a search for: link:www.apple.com ????

I don't think so, but you could use whois to find out all the sites they own, and check (the hard way,) to see if they're pointed at apple.com.

It may take a while. I seem to remember that they had something like 160 sites at one time. Not all had their own dns or course, but there were a lot of those too.

aafuss1
Jul 26, 2002, 11:20 PM
It's a lot like Microsolft's OS/applications domain names:

Here's a few-and what site it goes to:
http://www.windowsme.com -non exsistant
http://www.windows.com -takes you to the MS Windows family page
http://www.windows98.com -goes to the Windows 98 site
http://www.windowsxp.com -goes to the MS Windows XP home page
http://www.encarta.msn.com -goes to http://www.encarta.msn.com site

also here's some ones named after apple os's:
http://www.system8.com
-goes to a domain has been registered page.
http://www.system7.com -doesn't exsist
http://www.system6.com doesn't exsist as well
http://www.system10.com
-points to a treasury ands risk management site- from a company called Entra System10 AB.
http://www.system11.com -a non english site
http://www.system12.com -a games site
http://www.system14.com -a furniture maker's site

http://www.system15.com -IPEX site-plumbing,but not IPEX the Australian computer maker.

sicle
Jul 27, 2002, 08:45 AM
Anyone know anyone who has crustaceans.com? :)

sicle
Jul 27, 2002, 08:50 AM
Oh, it appears to have something to do with Amazon.com. Is there a corporate plot to control all life as we know it? I'll conduct some more research!

Durandal7
Jul 27, 2002, 02:29 PM
I'm guessing that iPhone may have been an early name for iSync. iSync may have initially been only for cell phones but was changed later on.

bunton
Jul 28, 2002, 01:12 PM
Apple has........
www.apple.com
ww.maccn.com
www.imac.com
www.ipod.com
www.deskmac.com
www.macmate.com
www.mammals.org
www.iphone.com
www.newton.com
www.ikids.com
www.mac.com (goes to the .mac tab now)
www.quicktime.com (goes to the quicktime tab)
??www.next.com???

And not................
www.iphoto.com (not quite sure yet?)
www.imovie.com (takes you to imusic a mp3 site)
www.itunes.com (is not up, but registered, but by who???)
www.idvd.com (Warner Brothers)
www.ibook.com (An online sharing thing)
www.ical.com (A buisness allready!)
www.G4.com (Brittish Google search site)
www.steveJobs.com (Not in existance)
www.emac.com (Not in existence)
www.macosx.com (A apple rumor site, looks like this one exactly???)
www.switch.com ( A railroad site)