So, you want to build a website

  spikeychris 19:23 09 Jul 04

and you cant' think of a domain name for it. You might even think that all the names have gone, well think again!

A "name" (Net, Host, Gateway, or Domain name) is a text string up to 26 characters drawn from the alphabet (A-Z), digits (0-9), minus sign [the name may not begin with a minus sign]. No blank or space characters are permitted as part of a name. No distinction is made between upper and lower case.

How many names are available?

We are currently allowed 22 characters prior to the "dot" and the Top Level Domain Name (e.g. .com). Since domain names today can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (English letters, digits 0-9) and the minus sign, this would indicate that the available number of choices would be 33 characters permuted into 22 positions or 3722, or 3.17 x 1034 or 31,700,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 possibilities!

Technically, however, you can have 128 characters with 64 being to the left of the dot and 63 to the right of the dot (just remember, the name cannot start with a minus sign). This would bring the number up to 3762 * 36, or 6.1 x 1098. By comparison, the current estimated count of atoms in the universe is only 6 x 10 79.

Winning the lottery looks a dead cert compared to these figures.

  spikeychris 19:25 09 Jul 04

The formatting has fallen down, theres little numbers up and to the right of the other numbers.

  powerless 19:51 09 Jul 04

Better register that name i was thinking of dead quick.

  kev.Ifty 21:19 09 Jul 04


click here

Me first


  spikeychris 21:26 09 Jul 04


  sidecar sid 21:58 09 Jul 04

And here,s me thinking you were a mathematical genius :-))

click here

  spikeychris 22:01 09 Jul 04

"mathematical genius"..nope! just a bit of Goggling.

  spikeychris 22:02 09 Jul 04

Googling even :)

  sidecar sid 22:04 09 Jul 04

A googlematical genius ;-)

  spikeychris 22:09 09 Jul 04

What a fantastic word.

  powerless 22:11 09 Jul 04

C & P'ing as well eh ;-))

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