The hugely popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK.me.uk appears to be offline but it is in fact alive and well. OiNK is suffering from some annoying DNS issues, strangely enough their domain registrar decided to suspend the domain. The good news is that with a little tweak, it’s still possible to access the site. Read on.
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A few people have been panicking over the last 48 hours since they can no longer access the OiNK BitTorrent tracker. Understandable perhaps, when one considers the developments in the Netherlands during the last week involving everlasting.nu, Demonoid and Leaseweb.
However, they are not down but are experiencing some DNS issues – the mechanism by which easily readable domain names such as OiNK.me.uk are translated to their corresponding IP addresses.
In the meantime, it is still possible to access the site by using its IP address and typing it directly into your browsers address bar. The IP address is: 188.8.131.52
Those that are happy to experiment with their Hosts file may edit it and add the following information for continued access to OiNK, it’s tracker and IRC channel. From the OiNK site:
“We apologise for the continuing DNS problems. You can get around this by adding our hostnames directly to your hosts file. Add the following lines to your \windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file (the number of spaces between the IP and the name doesn’t matter as long as there’s at least one space (or tab):”
Hopefully the issues will be fixed soon.