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DeskMac Hoax

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Jul 26, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

    Staff Member

    #1
    An anonymous user claimed that Apple registered DeskMac.com which points to Apple.com.

    Registration information lists Apple Computer, but not under their usual registration id, 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 and Mammals.org. These urls have existed for years, yet discussions on these urls resurface every now and again.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    Ensign Paris

    #2
    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
     
  3. macrumors member

    #3
    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 ...
     
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    #4
    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
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    drastik

    #5
    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.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

    #6
    Think Darwin, as in darwinism.

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

    Mr. Anderson

    #7
    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
     
  8. macrumors member

    #8
    What A Deal!!!

    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???
     
  9. Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

    #9
    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.
     
  10. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

    Staff Member

  11. macrumors member

    #11
    wow E

    are you just finding those out now or do you know them allready?
     
  12. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

    Staff Member

    #12
    Re: wow E

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

    arn
     
  13. macrumors 6502

    Moonlight

    #13
    find out

    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 ????
     
  14. macrumors newbie

    #14
  15. macrumors regular

    #15
    Re: find out

    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.
     
  16. macrumors 68000

    aafuss1

    #16
    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.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

    #17
    Mammals

    Anyone know anyone who has crustaceans.com? :)
     
  18. macrumors newbie

    #18
    Crustaceans

    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!
     
  19. macrumors 68040

    #19
    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.
     
  20. macrumors member

    #20
    MASTER LIST AS OF RIGHT....now?

    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)
     

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