Wednesday, January 23, 2008
KXTA—Homey Airport, Nevada. Home to Hangar 18.
The Air Force's classified test range at Groom Lake, Nev., has never lacked for evocative nicknames—it and its restricted airspace have been called Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, The Box and, most famously, Area 51. Now there's a less romantic moniker to throw on the pile: “Homey Airport,” according to a few civilian aviation journals.
Many many moons ago, in an efford to learn a bit more about DNS, I decided to see just how difficult it would be to set up my own private TLD and maybe even delegate a few zones to my then roommate Rob.
My half of the home network became
Rob's side became
hangar18.area51. When I got the wireless
access point, that portion of the network fell under
dreamland.area51 (and by the way—it was pretty easy to
set up my own TLD).
And the gateway to the
.area51 TLD became a very obvious
janet (which is
still my firewall/NAT
system to this day).
(Why yes, I do have a fascination with Area 51—why do you ask?)
In other Area 51 trivia, there's a Newton Easter Egg concerning Area 51 (which the government protested and made Apple remove—“Area 51 does not exist!”) and Google Maps has some very high resolution satelite images of the area in question (“I keep telling you civilians, the area does not exist!”).
There are even rumors that the government has moved Area 51 to a new location and—
Oh wait … someone's at the door. Be right ba—