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 6:30 pm on Jul 3, 2000 (gmt 0)

I saw this mentioned over at SEF. I wanted to followup. The Onigo Whois [demo.oingo.com] domain name suggestion engine. Try it! It is awesome. Best one of these I've seen. If you see something you like - do a real whois on it to check if it really is available, because their whois info isn't always up-to-date.



 6:50 pm on Jul 3, 2000 (gmt 0)

This is pretty good too:

[findgoodnames.com ]


 12:21 pm on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

Is that program spyware (embedded advertising?)


 3:04 pm on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

No ads at all.

The program only connects to the Internet for the whois check.


 3:21 pm on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)


It is certainly not a spyware. I am 100% sure about it because I am the author of that software :)

It is made of a single EXE file and doesnot install any DLLs. The only external communication it makes is with the whois servers.

It uses the registry at HKCU > Software > Softnik Systems > Domain Name Analyzer.

I do sell an advanced version called Domain Name Analyzer Professional. However, the only way you will get to buy the advanced version is after using the free version and feeling happy about it :) The software itself has no advertisements.

If you just want to find a good domain name then there is no need to purchase the professional version. The free version is more than enough.

I have a freeware site at [url]www.freesoftware.org[/url]

Anil Kumar


 3:52 pm on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi softnik, welcome to the board, and appreciate the authoritative word.

I'm sure you've noticed the explosion in various types of software that connects off to who knows where and does who knows what. After running several sites dedicated to software, I've never been more cautious about the software I install. Seeing freeware internet active software any more just automatically sets off the paranoia radar.

My main box at home is living on two windows upgrades and the install is 3 years old. So I am really ultra cautious about what I put on it anymore.

I'll give it a shot, certainly sounds like a program I would be interested in purchasing.


 4:13 pm on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi Brett,

It is the sensible thing to do!

Nice to have found your forum, came here from my logs.

NFFC, thanks for the backup :)

Anil Kumar

Edited by: softnik


 3:38 am on Jul 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

I used this little tool and one of these days I'm hoping pure luck will hit me and I'll stumble across a good domain name.

In the meantime, I came across a domain name and I looked it up at Network Solutions and here are the details of the site:

Record last updated on 17-Apr-2000.
Record expires on 25-May-2000.
Record created on 24-May-1996.
Database last updated on 5-Jul-2000 20:55:32 EDT.

What is up with that? Hasn't this domain name already expired? When Network Solutions says that the "Record Expires on..." does that really mean anything? For the above example, when would I have the opportunity to buy this domain name? Your quick help would be greatly appreciated.



 3:51 am on Jul 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi Bradley,

You can no longer rely on NSI to release domains. If a new domain is unpaid for, NSI will take ownership of the domain and will auction it off (that is what they are saying now).

Now that there is competition, NSI might decide to hold on to unpaid existing domains a little longer. This will prevent the domain moving to another registrar. Unfortunately we have no control ovcer all these.

Anil Kumar


 3:58 am on Jul 6, 2000 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the info!

So Brett, when you snagged webmasterworld.com, how did you know when it was released by NSI? Does this mean I am going to have to visit Network Solutions continually to see if/when they release the domain to the public?

I just found ANOTHER domain with the following characteristics:

Record last updated on 24-May-2000.
Record expires on 04-Jun-2000.
Record created on 03-Jun-1995.
Database last updated on 5-Jul-2000 20:51:56 EDT.

Do you think I'm in luck? or is it just wishful thinking? Maybe I should just keep watching these domains to see if they come available? any thoughts/advice?

Edited by: Bradley


 5:29 am on Jul 6, 2000 (gmt 0)


The only thing you can do is keep checking it every day. Probably twice a day, immediately after the zone files are updated (Database last updated on 5-Jul-2000 20:51:56 EDT)

But remember that you will be using a whois server to check. There are people with access to the actual com zone file. They can check if a domain is off the zone file before others.

Because of the recent changes announced by NSI, services like mymonitor.com decided to shut down.

Actually NSI puts a domain on hold by removing it from the zone file while keeping it in the whois database. Services like MyMonitor.Com use this fact to get the list of 'on hold' domains'.

Anil Kumar

Edited by: softnik

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