By Michael W. Dean, Freedom Feen.
Dot-bit (.bit) is a top-level domain based on NameCoin that doesn’t have to go through some government-controlled agency that can take away your website for any reason, or no reason at all.
Dot-bit isn’t supported by most DNS servers, so you have to change your DNS server entries in your computer to be able to view the sites. I’m going to show you how to do that here today.
In an upcoming post, I’ll also show you how to register and configure dot-bit domains for your own websites. This can be done directly from the NameCoin wallet, and the cost is about seven cents per domain.
But today I’m just going to walk you through viewing dot-bit websites. And coming up soon, I’ll be writing a tutorial of my friend Jeremy Rand’s upcoming software for browsing dot-bit domains through the NameCoin blockchain resident on your computer. This will make dot-bit websites really drone proof. But for now, let’s just learn to look at dot-bit sites through alternate DNS. One step at a time….
I’m only going to show you the Windows directions here. If you’re on a Mac the process is pretty similar. If you’re on Linux, you already know how to do all this, and probably helped create NameCoin.
You need to configure your IPv4 DNS to alternate servers. Here are directions for where to do it for Windows 7:
- “Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type Adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections. (Or click “Local Area Connection” on the middle right below the globe.)
- Right-click the connection that you want to change, and then click Properties. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Click the Networking tab. Under This connection uses the following items, single-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then click Properties.”
4. Click radio button Use the following DNS Server Addresses, and then, in the Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS server boxes, type the addresses of the primary and secondary DNS servers. Use 220.127.116.11 for primary, and 18.104.22.168 for secondary. Then hit “OK”, “Close” and “Close.”
5. Flush your DNS Cache: Go to Start in Widows. In the search field, type CMD, and hit Enter.
When the command prompt opens up, type
(make sure you include the space). Then hit enter. It should return the result:
successfully flushed the dns resolver cache
then close the prompt. You should now be able to view .bit websites (and the rest of the web also).
Try these in your browser:
http://feens.bit/ (bookmark this one!)
Here is a site with list of more .bit sites:
Click the tab Surf .Bit and then click on each letter. This site automatically updates within a day with all added .bit domains that actually have a site of some sort (instead of being registered only, with no website.) Many of them are just parked with a placeholder page. A few of them are websites, but not many of them have much “there” there. My 0ne (long)-page website http://feens.bit is actually one of the most useful .bit sites so far…it actually has a bunch of content. It’s all the torrent magnet links of the first 300 Feens episodes and all our movies and music. If we were droned and all our other sites removed, I wouldn’t mind if that site alone was all that people had – because it links to most of my life’s work on one page.
dotbit.me is a domain registration service, but I recommend NOT registering dotbit.me domains there…it’s expensive compared to doing it yourself. Plus the whole point of the .bit TLD is NOT having to trust someone else with your domain. As I said, I will have a tutorial soon on registering domains for seven cents from the NameCoin wallet.
If none of those dot-bit sites listed work, try a different IP from this list in your primary (keep the secondary as 22.214.171.124 – that’s Google’s DNS, and works well all the time. But it won’t resolve .bit sites.) Here are some that are currently working as of this writing:
And here is a site for testing if DNS servers work, based on IP addresses. Use the “Ping” setting.
Regarding that list of DNS servers that work for .bit: Not all of them work, they go down often, you may need to try a few before one does. If you have one that works for a while and then stops working, you’ll need to try another one. (Jeremy’s upcoming locally resident-blockchain dot-bit DNS system will fix that issue in a huge way, and pave the way for widespread adoption of drone-proof websites.)
Try surfing the dot-bit “dim net” (not darknet and not “everyone can see it” net) and let me know below what you think. Getting more adoption for .bit, on both the viewer end and the website creator end is an important step toward a drone-proof web. And that’s a good thing.
p.s. Here’s some creamy radio audio of MWD calling in (via Skype) to Free Talk Live taking with Ian and Mark for nine minutes about dot-bit domains and why NameCoin is more important than BitCoin. Date: Dec 12, 2013.