Generally speaking, traceroute is a network diagnostic tool that displays the path between your computer and a specific network address / website. Wanna know how many hops it takes to get to google.com? Traceroute can tell you. The command is built into OS X, Windows, and Unix systems, and it's pretty easy to use.
Drop everything and traceroute bad.horse. Trust me. Here's a preview of what you'll find:
This is the greatest use of the .horse TLD ever. pic.twitter.com/ZwgOq9vukh— mikeforbes! (@mikeforbes) September 24, 2015
The bad.horse domain — a reference to a certain thoroughbred of Sin from Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog — was registered September 2014 to a James Renken in Minneapolis, who tells us over Twitter that the route was fully up and running as of this January.
Two points to make:
- This is awesome
- Enjoy your Friday