Repeating Number IP Addresses

April 30, 2018 at 10:40 am (interesting, internet) (, )

Google started a bit of a trend when it released its own DNS service on IP address

The thing about a DNS service, is that when you want someone to be able to use it, they need to know how to configure it.  But you can’t use a nice memorable name, as the whole point of a DNS service is to translate names into IP addresses.  So you have to configure your DNS service using the IP address alone, hence Google finding a way to secure ownership of the address for use with DNS, landing them a nice, easy to remember address.

Now, more recently, the Quad9 DNS service has been launched, promising more privacy and performance, on, you guessed it,  And in the last month or so Cloudflare and APNIC have teamed up to bring you the DNS service, again promising privacy and performance.

So this got me wondering – who might be next?  Well if you’re after memorable IP addresses, then repeated numbers is definitely the way to go, so after a quick bit of typing into an IP address lookup tool, how about some of these?

  • – Orange Telecom
  • – Amazon
  • – Level 3 Communications
  • – E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG
  • – USAISC – looks like US Army
  • – Dept of Defense

And of course we know about 1, 8 and 9.  I’m not interested really in 10, but going for other repeats:

  • – US DoD again
  • – And this one too …
  • – And this one …
  • – US Amateur Radio Digital Communications
  • – USAISC again
  • – Time Warner Cable Internet LLC
  • – Dadeh Gostar Asr Novin P.J.S. Co. (with an address in Iran)
  • – Telenor Business Solutions AS (Norway)
  • – AT&T
  • – KDDI (Japan)
  • – China Telecom

So the US military certainly has ownership of the largest number of repeated number addresses.  But there are also a fair number of telcos and large Internet companies in there too (will we eventually see an Amazon DNS service on I wonder?).

Of course if you were running a universal query answering service, then the best address would have to be, which appears to be owned by South Korea Telecom.

But I dread to think what running a single service on any of these specific public addresses would do to the global routing table.

Of course you need to beware of hidden meaning in all this … although taken to extremes it reminds me of the interesting number paradox.

I quite like this idea:

When you see the number 111 stop and look around yourself. Take a note of where you are, what you are doing and who you are with! 111 is a wakeup call from the Universe, telling you to pay attention to what is happening around you.

That’s not a bad premise for a DNS service – as a reminder to pay attention to the real world.



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Revels … and Internet Marketing

August 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm (interesting, internet, odds) (, , , , , , , )

We’ve just sat through the, quite entertaining, Revels Eviction website.  We dutifully sent the coffee creams to oblivion in various inventive ways …  Another interesting site is the natural confectionery company, who will send you a free bag of sweets, just for supplying an email and postal address (or would have done if they still had any).

Its interesting to see whole websites dedicated just to marketing a single product.  It doesn’t do anything useful, its just slightly entertaining, mentioned on the Revels packets themselves and gets you to think about the product.

Being of a generation that can remember when companies first started getting Internet connections, remembering a time when it was considered clever to guess website addresses (as being .com or .org or as appropriate), and remembering when I first saw a URL on a TV ad (and it made me stop and take note in surprise), it is interesting to reflect on how far things have come.

Its also interesting to observe how the naming system of the Internet has been completely demolished.  Not due to hackers, but due to misuse, greed and the general ‘tragedy of the commons‘.  Originally, it was expected that someone like Mars, inc, would have (say) and then have subpages or subsites for specific products (e.g. or whatever. These days, you’ll probably get actual Internet sites for specific products (like the Revels one above) – or if the companies don’t have them thenselves, then they probably point to somewhere dodgy.

Well, it is probably about to get worse.  The people who run the Internet have started working out how to let people get their own top-level domain name.  So if you didn’t fancy mars(dot)com, you could buy (for a 6-figure sum) (dot)mars itself! I wonder how long it will be before B&Q (the owners of buy  Beginning of the end in my opinion.


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May 23, 2007 at 9:14 pm (internet) (, , )

Wouldn’t this be a good domain to have it if existed?  You could have,, Hours of fun!

Shame only the US government can register .gov addresses.


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