Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Internet Fences, is IIS "ProvincialNET" a bug or feature?

Me a Fence and Horse on Inish mor, Aran Islands August 2001

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly..."

From "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost.

In applying for my residency permit and dealing with other Irish government issues, I've noticed that some important Irish citizen and resident information websites are unavailable. Browsing to most government websites results in connection timeouts and other failures which indicate either overuse, undersizing or configuration issues with the servers. I've since found that the problem appears to be that the websites are unavailable outside of a few local ".ie" domains. Here are some examples:

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