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post #1 of 24
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If you are having problems getting the EpicSki homepage try using www.epicski.com

Using epicski.com only will get the wrong page. This was caused by some problems when renewing the domain name.

Sorry for any problems this may have caused you.
post #2 of 24
Well, that explains it.

I thought someone had changed settings on my favorites page.

I will go appologize to them.
post #3 of 24
Any idea why www.epicski.com still kicks me to the NetworkSolutions page on my desktop at home?

I had this late last night, then it was fine this morning. Laptop worked all day at work. Come home this evening and desktop loads most of www.epicski.com then redirects me to NetworkSolutions page (same with all my other epicski bookmarks directly to forums and the main forums page). Cleared cache & cookies and even totally reset Safari. Tried Firefox, no luck.

Pulled out my laptop and it works!

What's going on??

Edit: Oh yeah, I get another annoying window each time listing "other popular searches". Also seems to be something messed up during the loading of the stats under the gallery picture box on the right.
post #4 of 24
Did you sign up to own the domain name?
post #5 of 24
Well, yeah, of course!

Isn't that why that page came up? I figured my year was up and that screen meant I needed to renew my subscription, right?

All better now, the computer had been on for the last several months so I figured a reboot wouldn't hurt. No idea how that changed Safari, but it's working now so never mind ...and thanks for new domain name
post #6 of 24
uggh... My ISP sucks.

As of right now, despite the DNS traversal across all root servers being good for epicski.com, some Qwest subscribers are without access.

My ISP sort of shrugged their shoulders at their DNS servers being out of date despite TTLs for that parking A record expiring hours ago.

SOLUTION:

Go to www.opendns.com. Follow instructions. Done, back in business.
post #7 of 24
I don't know what Garrett said at all, but mine wasn't working part of today and for no particular reason has started working again.
post #8 of 24
I had to apologize to my daughter today. I was sure she had downloaded something onto my desktop and given me a virus!

Once I'm done with all of my certification stuff, I'm going to learn more about computers! .
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Snowmiser View Post
I had to apologize to my daughter today. I was sure she had downloaded something onto my desktop and given me a virus!
The root cause of this ruckus is that someone, ahem, forgot to pay the domain renewal fee. Or screwed up the process somehow. I bet there are a bunch of teenagers out there today who got angry questions from parents about what they did to screw up the intertubes.

/you register a domain one year, then 3 or 5 or 10 years later the administrative/technical contact email might be completely wrong and no one notices, and no one receives the reminder emails for renewal.
//has happened to outfits such as the Washington Post and Microsoft, and yes, yours truly.
post #10 of 24
Actually it had do to with an expired credit credit card. When I checked the status in January as I customarily do each year, I saw "auto renew = yes" so I didn't put it on my schedule renew or do anything. I'm the Technical contact not the administrative contact so a renewal email is not sent to me. No one particular person at fault. It's a case of multiple checks and balances still not catching it..

Also The DNS for some ISP's are slow or didn't update properly so that's the reason for the spotty outage.

I never saw an outage but I have my own Domain name servers.

DC
post #11 of 24
Ahh, expired card. been there done that as well.

I'm not sure why I was using my ISPs DNS servers at all, this isn't the first time they've proven to suck.
post #12 of 24
I'm still having problems getting on here. What's the story? I'm ready to give up and join TGR.
post #13 of 24
Lars: Try the link in my sig.
post #14 of 24

Things to try

If you are able to get to forums.epicski.com through a bookmarked page but can't just type in www.epicski.com, epicski.com or forums.epicski.com you might have a corrupt DNS record or your ISP might not be updating properly.

You can try flushing your DNS Resolver manually on your local machine.

Assuming you have some version of windoze 2000 or later,

click on start, and click run.

In the field type in CMD and press enter

At the command line type in "ipconfig /flushdns" and press enter.

This will flush your local DNS info and force your computer to go out and try to resolve new DNS information.

DC
post #15 of 24
Using the opendns sight that Garrett is pointing to will help you get away from your local ISP's DNS servers too. Some ISP's are slow to update for many number of reasons.

DC
post #16 of 24
I discovered that you can add even more than two DNS servers to your DNS search list if you click on Advanced...so now I have four (found the two for my ISP on the router's configuration info and interspersed them with the OpenDNS servers). Before none of that was filled in.
post #17 of 24
Someone who knows more about the voodoo that is DNS can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that in practice what happens is that the primary server gets queried for the DNS lookup, and if it responds in any way the secondary/tertiary/quaternary servers don't get questioned.

So if the problem is that your primary server is wrong (as opposed to broken, in a power outage, etc) you will still get the wrong result despite your secondary server being correct.

So the key is to pick the DNS server you are most confident in and put it in the primary slot. I've got my ISPs servers for backup.

Basically what it comes down to is ISP's being cheap, incompetent, or both and having crappy DNS service...they'll ignore secondary nameservers, ignore TTLs, block domains they don't like, etc. DNS is really voodoo stuff though where "standards" are a joke and everyone does things a bit differently. Usually it just works and most people take it for granted. Read the wikipedia article to get an idea as to what a mess it is.
post #18 of 24
Back on line here. Took several days.
post #19 of 24
I missed you pup. Had hoped it was because you were out finding snow somewhere.
Lars, are you fixed yet?
post #20 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Someone who knows more about the voodoo that is DNS can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that in practice what happens is that the primary server gets queried for the DNS lookup, and if it responds in any way the secondary/tertiary/quaternary servers don't get questioned.
I hate to admit this, but I forgot that. You are right. Actually, since I never had a problem with getting to Epic, I guess my ISP's servers are okay.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
I missed you pup. Had hoped it was because you were out finding snow somewhere.
Lars, are you fixed yet?
Ya, I was fixed about 18 years ago.

Ohhhh? Do you mean am I able to access the forums again?

Yes, I got it figured out.
post #22 of 24
Sorry guys it was my screw up. Changed cc, but forgot all the places I needed to update. With auto-renew activated, I easily forget about managing domain names.

We're putting systems in place to prevent this from happening again (systems = more responsible technical gurus in charge!)
post #23 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by AC View Post
Sorry guys it was my screw up. Changed cc, but forgot all the places I needed to update. With auto-renew activated, I easily forget about managing domain names.

We're putting systems in place to prevent this from happening again (systems = more responsible technical gurus in charge!)
Way to be AC.

Talk about a monkey wrench.
post #24 of 24
Proof! of your Supporter fees at work
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