I feel like I found an easter egg!

I was jotting some notes for a future wiki page about how to debug network connections to dx clusters, and for my examples, I decided to use the host name dxspots.com.

and I ran across this:

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois dxspots.com

[ snip ] – some stuff removed

Registrant:
Ron Stordahl
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: DXSPOTS.COM
Created on: 20-Nov-01
Expires on: 01-Jan-13
Last Updated on: 04-Oct-10

Administrative Contact:
Stordahl, Ron xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States
+1.2186817900 Fax — +1.2186817901

Technical Contact:
Stordahl, Ron xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com
701 Brooks Ave So
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States
+1.2186817900 Fax — +1.2186817901

Domain servers in listed order:
NS2.DXSPOTS.COM
NS1.DXSPOTS.COM
NS2.ONVOY.NET

Interesting. Almost any hardware hacker recognizes Thief River Falls as the home of Digi-Key, in the same way as one might hear a bell when someone mentions Benton Harbor.

Looking a little deeper:

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ nslookup dxspots.com
Server: 172.31.0.1
Address: 172.31.0.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: dxspots.com
Address: 204.221.76.52

sconklin@xps-1:/src/ubuntu$ whois 204.221.76.52
#
# Query terms are ambiguous. The query is assumed to be:
# “n 204.221.76.52”
#
# Use “?” to get help.
#

#
# The following results may also be obtained via:
# http://whois.arin.net/rest/nets;q=204.221.76.52?showDetails=true&showARIN=false
#

Digi-Key Corporation DIGIKEY1 (NET-204-221-76-0-1) 204.221.76.0 – 204.221.77.255
Onvoy ZAYO-204-220-0-0-15 (NET-204-220-0-0-1) 204.220.0.0 – 204.221.255.255

#
# ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
# available at: https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html
#

Ooooh, Digi-Key is actually hosting the dx cluster. Cool!

Final discovery? The registrant of the domain is Ron Stordahl, the founder and CEO of Digi-Key. Read the history for your self.

Nice! Thanks, Ron.

About Steve

I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Salesforce, on the SRE team for Heroku. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.
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