Now You See It, Now You Don't, Now You See It Again?

Last month, we learned that Google Apps DNS server "" was permanently out of service. is gone forever. Removing that A record will help.

This evening, I was examining one custom domain "solution", which looked a bit dodgy. 10800 IN A 10800 IN CNAME

Now, we have "". A quick HTTP trace shows:

Sending request:

GET / HTTP/1.1

• Finding host IP address...
• Host IP address =

Receiving Header:

Yes, it is alive.


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=332ms TTL=242
Reply from bytes=32 time=378ms TTL=242
Reply from bytes=32 time=321ms TTL=242
Reply from bytes=32 time=311ms TTL=242

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 311ms, Maximum = 378ms, Average = 335ms

The dead rise again. But, Halloween was a couple weeks ago.
Cue spooky music.

(Update 11/12): I was just informed by a very authoritative source that "" is not a replacement for "", and won't remain available. My recommendation, for an asymmetrical DNS configuration, remains: 14400 IN A 14400 IN A 14400 IN CNAME

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