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DNS psychoses

Explain this, oh great geeks on my friends list:
The DNS records for andysocial.com were updated at midnight Saturday night. When I query ns1.earthlink.net for andysocial.com I get the new IP address. When I query WinSock's internal lookup for andysocial.com I get the old IP address. I waited until 2 full days had passed before I erased the account at Virtualave, so I figured I'd be safe. Hell, I was surfing through my site all day yesterday, on the new host. I even set up a subdomain for njuastar to use for her vanity site. I uploaded a boatload of pictures to the gallery. Yet, I cannot get to my site through my ISP. The log files show other people are getting to the site just fine.

Why am I being sockblocked, if the DNS servers I am querying know better?

Update: Earthlink's local POP got their cache re-started again. How it went back from a working updated load to an older set of data is apparently pure fucking magic...


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Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:45 am (UTC)
1: take a quick look in your hosts file.
2: check for spyware (savenow and some other ones can mess up DNS lookups).
3: sacrifice goat.
Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:48 am (UTC)
Didit didit nope
I have an empty hosts file, and no lmhosts file.
No spyware so far, but I'll run adaware to be paranoid.
Does that really work? :-)
Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:51 am (UTC)
Re: Didit didit nope
I ran it on Dave's computer, deleted 125 spyware programs and now he no longer gets irritating popups whenever he launches IE.

I'd say that's working.

(plus, oh, you know, it works great for me, and I don't think I could survive using win98 weithout both that and zonealarm.)
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: Didit didit nope
I meant, "does sacrificing a goat work?" Sorry to be vague. :-)

125 spyware programs? Does he click "OK" on everything or what?
Sep. 3rd, 2002 12:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Didit didit nope
No, but he does do filesharing and he does have javascript and activex enabled so some of these things just install themselves. I think most of his stuff came from downloads of audiogalaxy / kazaa / getright etc -- it's amazing what is bundled in that crap.

If the goat failed, try a chicken.
Sep. 3rd, 2002 12:55 pm (UTC)
the reply from my geeky husband (he's the admin of Mexico's primary DNS):
i hope i dont mess it up with the translation...

He can't see it thru his ISP due to the fact that the DNS of his ISP that resolves the queries of it's customers keeps old information of the domain on the cache memory, once that DNS discharges that information, he won´t have trouble seeing it.. this is normal because each register keeps a TTL (Time to Live).

An option, is that he asks his ISP to make a reload or a stop-start to their DNS.

did that make sense??

Sep. 3rd, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
That's basically what I assumed happens, but it's nice to have a professional geek's confirmation.

Sep. 3rd, 2002 01:25 pm (UTC)
:) anytime
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