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Domain Names — ”Survivor,” ”Shaft,” ”ER,” and others don’t have the internet addresses you’d expect

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Not every big-time movie and TV show is master of its domain…name. Case in point: CBS’ Survivor, which fans would putatively find online at http://www.survivor.com. Problem is, the above site is for money-management program developer Survivor Software. (FYI: The show’s at www.cbs.com/survivor.) The company’s frazzled webmaster said traffic had gone from about 600 to more than 80,000 hits last month. Further instances of the perils of imprecise Web surfing follow.

http://www.shaft.com
Not the Samuel L. Jackson update, but ”The ultimate penis and parts resource center” with info on ”male enhancement.” Presumably to help you get all the chicks. (Try www.shaft-themovie.com.)

http://www.er.com
Not NBC’s drama, but Ohio-based Essential Research, Inc., specializing in compound semiconductors. Bookmark this page, stat! (Click on www.nbc.com/er.)

http://www.hollowman.com
Not Kevin Bacon’s upcoming thriller, but a rock band that has gotten ”substantial airplay on Sacramento radio stations.” (Check out www.sony.com/hollowman.)

http://www.friends.com
Not the Central Perk pack, but a dating service whose featured single this week is a self-proclaimed ”good-looking lady.” Take that, Rachel. (Look at www.nbc.com/friends.)