a tale of two urls…

Today’s post is in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. There’s a lesson at the end, so pay attention:

When, as I am sometimes wont to do, you enter www.stata.com into your trusty browser, you will find yourself confronted with this:


This is, of course the webpage for the very nice statistical package Stata.*

On the other hand, if you enter www.stata.org into your browser, you will instead be treated to this:


Which I can only describe as, from left to right: Jesse James- Outlaw Accountant; Charles the Emo Furry; and the Little Lebowski.

And the lesson? It’s simple really: Don’t skimp when you’re registering your domain name. Even if you don’t think you want that dot-org version, do you really want to find out who does?

* If your preferred package isn't Stata, fine. I don't care. That isn't the point right now.

One thought on “a tale of two urls…”

  1. Remember the flap surrounding Whitehouse.com? People seeking the President would, if they didn’t know .com from .gov, wind up at this porn site. It has gone through several transformations since then, but whitehouse.org is still an anti-Bush satirical site.


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