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By Nodisalsi ·
Is this the real URL for this site or am I bugged somehow? (Firefox 2.0.0.11)

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Nope - you're not bugged and . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to http://techrepublic.com.c ...

Yes - it is the real URL.

(Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.8.1.11) Gecko/20071127 Firefox/2.0.0.11)

<Edited for sympatico>

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???

Is there a specific reason why "techrepublic.com.com" is the real URL instead of "techrepublic.com?"

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I have a feeling it may be something like the following...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to ???

In the new, heavily-proliferating, digital world that we all inhabit, several instances of the same condition have appeared with alarmingly consistent regularity ...

Within the confines of the UK - telesales accounted for an explosion in the use of 'freephone' numbers (many of which turned out to be anything but FREE!).

As the explosion continued, the availability of telephone numbers became reduced.

The standard format for these numbers was something like:

0800 123456 - the 6-digit number was usually catchy, so easy to memorise.

After using up all the catchy easy to remember 0800 numbers, I reckon the take-up of the NOT-catchy numbers was slow.

SO - rather than introduce a different exchange code (replacing 0800) the telesales folks jumped on the abilities of 'digital exchanges' whereby after you dialled the required number, you got answered by a telephone message and offered further numbers to press. Your new number could then be:

0800 123456 ..then 7.

But if you don't provide a telephone message the 'seventh' digit can be included into, and thereby provided with, the existing 'new' catchy number.

0800 123456 ...wait for message, press 7

IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS

08001234567

OR

http://www.techrepublic.com.com

It's just a 'dotcom' within a 'dotcom' within a url

I think...

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more likely

by Jaqui In reply to I have a feeling it may b ...

TR's domain name was bought when the registrars would let .com, .net, .org or www be a part of the domain name. It created such a unique domain name that they never let it go. :)

I know that you used to be able to get cnet.com.com to show up in the address bar, and a few other cnet sites.

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Bit like a paper company I once worked for . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to more likely

PAPERUN LIMITED.

...turned out, a catchy name wasn't enough
The JOB Folded !!

<Edited for historical fact>

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Bugged

by retro77 In reply to http://techrepublic.com.c ...

If your here, then your bugged or bugging. Either way your bugged.

Good luck in working out the bugs!

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That's the real URL

by Beth Blakely In reply to http://techrepublic.com.c ...

no worries!

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Beth that takes all the fun out of the question

by OH Smeg In reply to That's the real URL

I was so looking forward to recommending that GG attend and solve the problem but you've blown it all.

Col ]:)

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Sorry sweetie

by Beth Blakely In reply to Beth that takes all the f ...

I was worried that some poor soul was losing sleep over that (admittedly funky) url. I couldn't have that!

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I am disappointed

by jdclyde In reply to Sorry sweetie

that you didn't at least let them swing in the wind for a little bit first.... ;\

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