March 2, 2019


Welcome. This site is intended as an educational resource, mostly focused on computing. In interviewing potential interns, and even some colleagues, it’s clear that a lot of people don’t understand how things work. Copy/Paste from Stackoverflow is great for getting things done quickly and getting unstuck, but it often doesn’t really teach. Hopefully this blog can help clear things up.

One thing that you might find confusing is the name. Depending on your browser, this blog might show up as the Unicode snowman emoji (☃), “xn–n3h” (its “punycode” representation) or some combination thereof. A secondary goal is as an experiment with international domain names (“IDN”). Different browsers have different ways of handling non-ASCII characters. Unfortunately, some scammers have abused IDNs and now most browsers restrict the characters that they’ll show in the address bar, so even if your browser has good Unicode support, it may not show this URL as it is intended. If you’re interested in how Unicode is used in scams, check out this article

On the other hand, you can’t really get single character ASCII domains anymore :-)

If you want to get your own emoji domain, there are only a couple registrars left that support them. the Kingdom of Tonga and The Federated States of Micronesia both allow foreigners to register international domains under their TLDs (as do a handful of other countries).

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