Fixed… How can a stupid thing like that slip under my nose?

EDIT: This issue was nothing more than a minor case of PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair, or human error)… and a bonafide example of how an /etc/hosts file (or HOSTS in %WinDir%\System\HOSTS for you Windows users) can be used to block websites… 😛

When I installed Ubuntu on another laptop, I set my hostname to “alexatilbrook.com” just to be funny. But I didn’t have an Internet connection and Ubiquity complained that it “could not find the FQDN alexatilbrook.com, setting to localhost”.

Fair enough, but what I didn’t know was that it would set that in /etc/hosts to be a trivial web filter to block my website!

Somehow I decided to take a thorough insight on what I had done. Jessi said “Lexie, I just talked to Lissie {Elisabeth, the DSDoll coming home soon) and she said to check your /etc/hosts file. I told her that you set your hostname to your website domain name. She then said that could be the culprit.”

Well, Elisabeth Rachael Snow, You get a 16″ Royal Feast pizza from Pizza King when you get here! That saved my ass! Thanks for telling Jessi that!!!

— Original post below retained for clarification of above edit —-

I asked for help here on the Ubuntu MATE Community… because I inherited an Asus netbook with a 500 GiB hard drive and now I can’t access AlexaTilbrook.com (this site you’re seeing now) with Ubuntu MATE. I am getting an “ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED” error in Chromium and an “Unable to connect” error in Firefox.

This is the bullshit I’m getting on my laptop…

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What. The. Fuck?? It works fine on my shiny new Raspberry Pi 3…

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And on my shiny new Android phone, a Boost Mobile ZTE Prestige 2…

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But not on my Asus laptop. Why? They are all connected to the same WLAN… one I run off the phone.

This is seriously pissing me off. I’m about to reinstall Ubuntu on it. Thank God I made a 64 GiB / (root) partition so I don’t have to labor over losing my files. That, I put in a separate /home partition… even though Ubiquity (the debian-installer frontend for Ubuntu) can let you reinstall without losing your personal files.

This is WHY Linux is better than Windows. No Windows Genuine Advantage to fuck you over… and your settings are in cleartext files. No “Registry” to get in the way. I know Microsoft, when they introduced Windows 95 that the WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI files from Windows 3.x are dead… but at least THOSE were easy to back up and restore if you had to reformat and install DOS and Windows again. Can’t do that with a Registry that is locked to one singular computer and cannot be restored what-so-fucking-ever even to the SAME computer.

I’ve searched Google. I tried flushing the DNS cache. I’m about to just reinstall. Fuck it. Well, after I fuck make sweet love to Jessica…

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