Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Workaround for the DNS screwup

Hello folks - firstly an apology.  It's my fault the site's offline.  I won't bore you with the details, but I'm working on fixing it ;o)

Now a fix that I've just tested and works :o)

From your start menu, open up My Computer.  Find the folder C:/windows/driver/etc and look for a file named hosts.  double click on it and open it with Notepad or your favorite text editor.  Add the following lines near the top of the file, but after all the Microsoft comments:

195.69.94.29 www.britmodeller.com

195.69.94.29 britmodeller.com

Save the file.  It'll want to save it as hosts.txt.  Let it.  Close Notepad.  Rename the hosts file as hosts.old, then rename hosts.txt as hosts.  Close your browser, and reopen it.  You should now be able to resolve Britmodeller.

Takes a couple of minutes, but it'll see you through until we can get the site back up & running in the correct way :o)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Access Issues due to corrupt DNS Entries

For some reason there seems to be a corrupted entry in some ISP's DNS Server databases relating to Britmodeller.  Because of the way these databases are propogated across the net from the primary servers, it may or may not spread to your ISP's DNS server, and may possibly come and go if you are affected.

If it affects you, you can change your computer or your router's primary DNS entry to 8.8.8.8, which is Google's primary DNS server. This will get you into Britmodeller until the corrupted entry is expunged by the next round of updates (usually around 24 hours)

You may not be affected, but if you are at some point, at least now you know what to do :o)