Would you, dear reader, kindly do me a favour? Pull up a new browser window, type ‘quernstone’ in the address bar, and hit return. Then leave a comment here to tell me what happens.
For me, in Safari, on both my Macs, I reach this page. Which seems reasonable – browsers usually guess a ‘.com’ ending if none is specified, so here seems like as good a place to end up as any.
Internet Explorer on my Windows XP box, to be different, has a bit of a ponder before returning an MSN search page for ‘quernstone.’ Which is fair enough, I suppose.
Firefox, however, does something altogether weird. Typing ‘quernstone’ sends one to… quernstoneknits.co.uk, a knitwear company on Orkney. Hnnnngh? Firefox does this on both Windows and Mac OS X, for me, using the current release versions.
Can anyone verify this? Better, can anyone explain?
9 thoughts on “They’re at it again”
I get Quernstone knits- Mac Firefox… 🙁
Firefox by default seems to do a Google I’m Feeling Lucky search… http://www.google.com/search?q=quernstone
Monkeys. That would explain it, right enough.
I wouldn’t mind so much if they’d give me a nice jumper or something. Should we set Hugh on them? Or maybe suggest that Stormhoek move into the knitware market?
Umm… I’ll get me coat.
I think it’s becoming more typical for browsers to default assuming that the text is meant for a search engine if no suffix is specified.
Both IE (7 beta 2) and Firefox exhibit this behaviour (ooh, knitwear!) although Opera 8.5 takes me straight through to this site.
I do remember the days when IE would attempt to append a .com though.
In IE, this is a preference you can set, with four options:
– MSN ‘I’m feeling lucky’ (“just go to the most likely site”) – the default, I think
– open MSN search page
– ??? (append .com, perhaps?)
– don’t search at all
In Firefox, I can’t find a preference to change this behaviour. I’d rather have it open a Google search page than do an ‘I’m feeling lucky’.
Sod preferences, I just want a jumper.
Everything goes to the poxy:
The requested URL could not be retrieved
While trying to retrieve the URL: http://quernstone.ucc.usyd.edu.au/
The following error was encountered:
Unable to determine IP address from host name for quernstone.ucc.usyd.edu.au
The dnsserver returned:
Name Error: The domain name does not exist.
This means that:
The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL.
Check if the address is correct.
Your cache administrator is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generated Tue, 16 May 2006 00:54:36 GMT by www-cacheD.usyd.edu.au (squid/2.5.STABLE9)
If you want some fun, go to Google, type alan bell is a prick, and then click Feeling Lucky. Ian found that one, humph 🙁
As for your request, mine just goes to the MSN search, although it does list your site as one of the options, with a new style ‘preview’ graphic I’ve not seen before. Hmmm, me thinks the backroom boys have been updating the system again, didn’t do that last week…
“quernstone” -> quernstone.com on Camino, Mac OS X. which is yay isn’t it?