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 pulled from under moldy cheese at the back of the fridge at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2016/03/playing-with-programmable-urls/) on March 28, 2016.