Ever wondered what .fm or .tv really are? (Hint: they have nothing to do with broadcasting.)

Like many things having to do with the Domain Name System, .fm and .tv are abuses of country-code top level domains – or ccTLDs, as they are known to DNS boffins.

Some of these abuses have been arguably clever – like del.icio.us, or blo.gs), but somehow it rubs me the wrong way, a bit, that commercial broadcasters (not my favorite organisations, to put it mildly) have co-opted the ccTLDs of the Federated States of Micronesia (.fm) and Tuvalu (.tv).

If you’re curious – and gosh darn it you should be! – look at the complete & authoritative list of top level domains (TLDs).