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Introducing the dew.is YOURLS-based URL shortener

October 28, 2010 @ 01:01 By: gordon Category: Gadgets, Meta

Caution: This post contains higher than normal levels of geekery. You’ve been warned.

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If you’ve been around the ‘net for a while, you’ve probably seen cryptic URLs (like http://bit.ly/b36LBg) that “magically” take you to a real URL (like https://gordon.dewis.ca/2010/10/25/municipal-election-day/). This “magic” is thanks to URL shortening services like bit.ly, tinyurl.com, and a whole bunch of others.

Well, a little while ago I noticed that Iceland has the .IS top-level domain. And that my last name ends in “is” (well, I’ve known that for a long time).

€39 later and I’m the proud owner of dew.is.


So, now I’ve set up YOURLS and have my own URL shortening service at dew.is.

Very cool. And very geeky.

4 Responses to “Introducing the dew.is YOURLS-based URL shortener”

  1. Unfortunately Indonesia doesn’t offer top-level domains, so I can’t register squ.id 🙂

    • gordon says:

      And the Netherland Antilles TLD has some fairly strict rules and steep prices for their domains.

  2. Bluelamb03 says:

    Sheila registered Mendon.ca for a year but we did nothing useful with it….


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