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Arizona-Based Web 2.0 Start-up TenShips Launches AjaxDNS

Useful Tool for Sys Admins or Just Anyone Who Needs Quick Network and Domain Tools and Analysis

TenShips, co-founded by Jason Shipley and Cotton Tenney (pictured), have launched their latest project, AjaxDNS. AjaxDNS is a useful tool for any systems administrator, support technician, or anyone that needs quick network and domain tools and analysis.

AjaxDNS has 7 different tools:
• Live DNS - Retrieves all DNS records for a specified domain name.
• Whois Search - Retries both registry and registrar domain Whois lookup results.
• IP Whois - Retrieves IP Whois lookup results from ARIN.
• HTTP Headers - Retrieves headers (including redirected headers) from the webserver at the requested domain or IP.
• RBL Search - Checks 11 different SPAM reverse block lists for the IP address of the domain.
• Ping - Pings a domain or IP address to check if it's online.
• DNS Traversal - Checks all the TLD root servers (.com/.net only currently) for nameservers reported for the domain.
AjaxDNS also has keyboard shortcuts (underlined letters in the menu for lookups, 'a'/'z' for font size, and 'l' for the domain box).

Says co-founder, Jason Shipley, “First of all, for anyone that supports domains or networks, it certainly helps to have all of the common informational and diagnosis tools developers use in one interface. Using Ajax technologies, we were able to assemble a very cohesive user experience, very consistent between the different tools sysadmins use on a daily basis. Like keyboard shortcuts for example, can certainly speed the use of AjaxDNS for power users. No matter which domain or IP address users are interested in, they have access to lots of information about that domain within 1 mouse-click or keystroke.”

Adds co-founder Cotton Tenney, “Ten Ships decided to use Ajax technologies when designing AjaxDNS mostly because we wanted to get rid of the ugly page reloads between requests, not to mention the browser rendering that extra page area and generally slowing things down. We found many unexpected benefits. Manipulating the DOM via javascript and css, coupled with the data retrieval from the XMLHttpRequest can really give a sense of cohesiveness in our web-apps that are just not possible with traditional website navigation. “

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