Remember this Bash quote?

<erno> hm. I’ve lost a machine.. literally _lost_. it responds to ping, it works completely, I just can’t figure out where in my apartment it is.

Well, I’ve lost my website (the one you’re reading right now). It loads, it works completely, I just can’t figure out where I’m hosting it, what the source repo is, or how I built it in the first place.

So… let’s find it? First, where does the domain name even point?

~ dig

; <<>> DiG 9.10.6 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 45923
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 4, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
;                  IN      A

;; ANSWER SECTION:           2363    IN      A           2363    IN      A           2363    IN      A           2363    IN      A

Alrighty, what are these 185.199.*.153 IPs?

~ curl -I
HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found

Ah, GitHub. Is it a GitHub page? Right, I do have a GitHub page repo with awfully similar content to the site. But is this the repo?

Let me just change some text and see if the change gets reflected. Let’s add <meta name=‘poo’ content=‘dumb’> to index.html:

From 9b92abcfae3185f9140b20414da67cad19b0b272 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Dmitry Mazin <>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 13:05:45 -0400
Subject: [PATCH] Update index.html

 index.html | 1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff —git a/index.html b/index.html
index 564ed04..e0ed398 100644
— a/index.html
+++ b/index.html
@@ -14,6 +14,7 @@
   <meta name=‘viewport’ content=‘width=device-width’>
+  <meta name=‘poo’ content=‘dumb’>
   <link rel=‘stylesheet’ href=‘/assets/index.css’>

(You can generate such a patch by appending .patch to any GitHub commit URL, like

And so… there it is! (The -s suppresses curl’s progress bar.)

~ curl -s | grep poo
  <meta name='poo' content='dumb'>

Now, where do I manage the DNS settings for I actually remember that I used Google Domains. To confirm:

~ whois | grep "Registrar URL"
   Registrar URL:

Mystery solved!

I’ll leave the poo meta tag as a present for the future.