My pal Andy likes to read ESPN.com at work. But I don't yell at him for being a slacker, because he's pretty crafty. For instance, he's a little angry that ESPN.com wants him to pay for some of its online content -- what is this, cable? Here, for instance, is a story (headline: "Top 5 Overrated NFL Prospects") that he wanted to see, which he clicked on from the homepage:
That doesn't work -- it asks him to register. And pay. But he grabbed the content id from that URL and tagged it on a story that does work, to come up with this URL:
That's the story he wanted to read. That Andy. Now he knows the top 5 overrated NFL prospects.
In other online hackery news, almost exactly a year ago, we had a laugh when Matt @ Metafiler discovered the 12-page Reagan obit newspaper insert that was readily available at the Scripps-Howard site. Today, someone at Fark.com found CNN.com's Reagan obit, plus Cheney, Fidel, Mandela, Bob Hope, and Nelson Mandela -- all dead. Of course it's gone now, but The Smoking Gun got screengrabs.
I think this is new. The Amazon.com homepage has a box for "Web Search" that searches Google, but returns results in the Amazon environment.
According to this Time article, Uday Hussein's email address is (was?) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Was I the only confused one to recently see the Mars Blackmon / Michael Jordan commercial? Looks like Nike is re-releasing the series (video).
Three new Liz Phair songs from her forthcoming self-titled album on her site.
That's so nice. The army is celebrating Earth Day (for real).