Fog Creek Software
Discussion Board




The original name for ".com"

My colleague and I argued for what the original word the ".com" is for. I think it should be "commercial" and he insisted that it is "company".

I tried to do a search: internic.net, icann.org and many many more web sites. I got nothing.

I know this is not a real question, but what the answer is? Did anybody define it since the DARPA began the project?

I hope any one of so many professionals here could kindly give me a hint.

Philip Lin
Saturday, July 10, 2004

Go to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=%22what+does+.com+stand+for%22 and look at the third link.

Mr. O
Saturday, July 10, 2004

google "RFC 1591"

hugh
Saturday, July 10, 2004

Looks like it's obscure enough to be the $100,000 question:

http://www.geocities.com/stormseekersite2/greed/jan05.html

Dennis Atkins
Saturday, July 10, 2004

It's 'computer'. Everyone knows that.

bah humbug
Saturday, July 10, 2004

It's an abbreviation for "come and get it".

Fydollah Ho
Saturday, July 10, 2004

RFC 920 is as close to the source as you can get. COM = Commercial.

http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc920.html

Nate Silva
Saturday, July 10, 2004

COM = "Command"

That's why you have stuff like command.com and format.com

Your Pointy Haired Boss
Saturday, July 10, 2004

When you want to format a disk you just go to www.format.com

Your Pointy Haired Boss
Saturday, July 10, 2004

Thank hugh's for the RFC 1591 which defined ".com is for commercial entities that is companies",
and thank Nate Silva for the RFC 920 which defined ".com = Commercial."

Since the RFC 920 is earlier and is for DARPA, I take this one :-)

Philip Lin
Tuesday, July 13, 2004

*  Recent Topics

*  Fog Creek Home