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Dot-WTF? These Top-Level Domains Could Be Coming Your Way

In June, ICANN announced that over 1,400 new generic top-level domain names (in other words, .wedding, .sex, and .lawyer) were under consideration to join the familiar .com and its kin. Weirdness has ensued. A Brief Technical Lesson In the world of web domains, there are two crucial parts: the Domain Name itself (like “mentalfloss”) and [...]

The Weird World of Country-Specific Web Domains

As the dot-com bubble reached its peak in 2000, Internet entrepreneurs faced a problem: every word in the dictionary had been registered as a dot-com domain name. So their bold new innovation was to register domains ending in something other than dot-com! Let’s take a look back at the stories of three [...]

LibriVox: 1000s of Free, Crowdsourced Audiobooks

Public domain books have been around for a long time, but until efforts like Project Gutenberg came along, getting your hands on them was no different than any other book: you’d have to check it out from the library or buy it at a bookstore. After Gutenberg and Google Books, they were free and plentiful, [...]

Time for Another Photo Challenge

Last month, our readers marched into the online archives of Presidential libraries and marched out with the best photos. We awarded a few t-shirts for the most enjoyable submissions. We should do that again! So, anybody have a good suggestion for a topic? The Presidential library hunt worked well because there were multiple places with thousands of [...]