One of my weird hobbies is figuring out web tools I can manipulate from just changing something in the URL.
In my just ranted piece on Instagram I sought out a thing that would tell me when in time a certain date was that was like 247 weeks ago.
Research Maniacs had just the thing, as well as gazillion other nifty lookup tools. There is a number information tool, this link tells me everything about the number 13
Do I have to look up via a web form the info for the meaning of 49? Nope, just edit the URL
You might then see the same pattern for their Texting abbbreviation lookup tool:
Anyhow, I was curious what the limits of the Weeks Ago tool was.
I started plugging in big numbers, which generates 404 errors.
By zeroing in on both sides, I found the limit of the tool is 9999 weeks ago
http://researchmaniacs.com/WhenWas/Weeks/When-Was-9999-Weeks-Ago.html (which today means Monday August 9, 1824).
One might guess a limit of 5 digits? Maybe a database character limit? Who knows?
I find the same limit for days ago…
That’s my hobby.
Top / Featured Image: Screenshot of Research Maniacs web tool for finding the date of a certain time in the past; in this case I found that 10,000 weeks ago was one week beyond it’s limit.
The post "Playing With Programmable URLs" was originally yanked out of the teeth of a rabid chicken at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2016/03/playing-with-programmable-urls/) on March 28, 2016.