If anything, should be a button or something for "use my ip address". But I imagine the 95% use case being people with cloud servers, not trying to get a hostname for thier current computer's ip address.
This is a great service for assigning a name to your home or office router and then using that for NATting in.
This is the first time I've ever seen a tool/web page that has done this so simply.
It may be trivial, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it before.
Oh, and the hacker value is very clear - if you notice there is (soon) going to be an update that will let you also update your DNS record.
It's clean, quick, and simple. Add the ability to submit updates via email, and you have a "posterous for DNS updates." :-)
Quite often it is useful to be able to do something easily and quickly that you could have done before with more effort.
I don't know if I want an ipq.co address, but I just realized - could I use my own DNS hosting (through slicehost, linode, whatever) to assign domain names to arbitrary IP addresses?
Like, if I own garlicgargle.com, and I have another system with a static IP, does that mean I can just assign salty.garlicgargle.com to that IP and it works fine? Sorry for the basic question, I guess I don't understand doing much with DNS beyond the common tasks.
I'm talking about some totally unconnected system on a different network.
Seems kind of odd to me, what's stopping me from calling my own ip address google.com? I don't know what that would do for me, of course.
Like I said, I know that sounds pretty basic but it's a different way of thinking about this for me, i.e. I've realized I could give my home system, which has a static IP, a domain name that is a subdomain of one of our work computers, which would have been really handy like... last year.
If you point a domain you control to your own nameserver, you can direct it to any IP you want, on any network.
It's kind of like reverse domain hijacking.
Am I missing something?
Maybe y-combinator doesn't care but I think I would!
You could equally have registered hakernews.com and CNAME'd it
And yes I could easily create a CNAME record to do the same thing but you have to have a reasonable amount of knowledge to do so. Unlike this tool.
(When dealing with SSL, then things are different, because you can't authenticate the connection until you get the cert, you can't send data until the connection is authenticated, and the server can't give you the right cert until it gets the Host. Fundamental conflict, leading to one-IP-per-domain-name, or a pricey wildcard certificate. So in that case, the server doesn't care much about Host anymore, but you are still protected because the domain name that the browser sees has to match the one in the cert, or the browser gives you the OH NOES dialog. But I digress.)
Remember, TCP/IP doesn't specify Hostname, messages are only routed by IP.
HTTP 1.1 specifies the Host Header specifically to enable features like name based virtual hosting.
Although if they added the "fill in my ip" button as someone else suggested, it might be useful for connecting to customer machines for debugging. Instead of "go to control panel, look for network connections, ...." etc. it would be just - go to ipq, click ok, give me the result. (also, short name might be easier to say over the phone than ip)
Being able to open up an Apache or Nginx server without using a confusingly long hostname (eg 127-0-0-1-dhcp.node01.someispdomain.net) which would be easy to misspell over the phone, to let someone grab whatever they needed directly from me makes this a very optimal service for such a small use.
I can see a group of people working on a webapp building a list of subdomains using this service so that a project lead can instantly see how each developer is working on a problem on their local machines.
The downside I see here is that some (many?) home routers support DynDNS service to automatically update your IP address with DynDNS whenever it changes. I don't know whether home routers can be configured to do the same with IPQuick service.
Tried it with an ISP email address, and a gmail address.