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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing Web Browsers
I wrote this script (and a couple of other variations) to see what other people are using URL shortening services for. The script simply generates random strings of four characters and then opens a new browser window and connects to the tinyurl site to see if the URL can be resolved to a web page.
set myString to "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890"
set searchString to ""
repeat until (count of items in searchString) is equal to 4
  set i to some item of myString
  set searchString to searchString & i
end repeat

set myURL to "http://tinyurl.com/" & searchString

tell application "Safari"
  activate
  make new document
  set the URL of document 1 to myURL
end tell

set the clipboard to searchString
If you find a really interesting site you can retrieve the original string from the clipboard. This script is best used from the "Script Menu." I've also written a javascript version that you can access by dragging this link to your Safari bookmarks bar and then clicking whenever you want a random page loaded.
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ha ha
Authored by: natecook on Mar 03, '04 11:31:31AM

this makes no sense. i love it.



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: fortepianissimo on Mar 03, '04 12:47:49PM

My first reaction of reading this? tunyurl.com is doomed once spammers find their ways to it.



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: Cantus on Mar 03, '04 02:00:09PM

And this is a hint?

Who'd let this in... well, who else.



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: robg on Mar 03, '04 11:34:26PM

Yea, that'd be me that let it in. It's silly, it's meaningless, but ... it's somewhat entertaining, and after packing boxes for two weeks straight, I needed a break! :)

-rob.



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: frankxiv on Mar 03, '04 04:46:27PM

Okay, the strangest one I found so far was one that gave the history of and diagrams for a nuclear bomb. I can see it now.... with the Patriot Act it is only a matter of time before someone comes knocking on my door asking me what I was doing at that site!!!

Later, Frank



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: mrdeep on Mar 03, '04 05:16:57PM

thanks, this is awesome



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: asan102 on Mar 03, '04 06:07:04PM

BE forewarned – people sometimes use tinyURL to link to file downloads (sometimes large file downloads).



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: Pi_ on Mar 09, '04 11:41:36AM

Or p0rn, or Last Measure, etc.



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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: joemaller on Mar 04, '04 01:24:53PM
This is kind of fun, in a useless but fascinating way. I whipped up a quick self-contained tinyURL bookmarklet/favelet to do the same thing. (geeklog ate the code so I had to post it on my site)

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TinyRoulette - an AppleScript for chaotic browsing
Authored by: taikahn on Mar 05, '04 05:54:55PM

OMG ... third click brought me to this:

http://www.boners.com/content/789444.1.jpg

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