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ticktock
20-07-2010, 05:35 PM
How do you download a tinyurl? I enter tinyurl.com/..... and nothing opens except message check spelling etc.

johcar
20-07-2010, 05:42 PM
More info required. What are you trying to do?

GameJunkie
20-07-2010, 07:15 PM
How do you download a tinyurl? I enter tinyurl.com/..... and nothing opens except message check spelling etc.

its a website.......
http://tinyurl.com/

you enter any url and it shortens it

example
http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf
becomes
http://tinyurl.com/36ngsm

Lawrence
20-07-2010, 07:21 PM
Another http://is.gd/

somebody
20-07-2010, 07:47 PM
I avoid those where possible (especially at work), since you don't know what malicious/NSFW website you're being redirected to when you click on that link.

tweak'e
20-07-2010, 07:55 PM
also tinurl etc are sometimes considered spyware and some protection software will not let you go to it or any of their links.

ticktock
21-07-2010, 02:15 PM
also tinurl etc are sometimes considered spyware and some protection software will not let you go to it or any of their links.
Thanks Johcar and others. All I want to do is to open a program, but am I right in thinking that you have to type in the full name for the first time? If so, it seems as if the tinyurl is not worth bothering with.

bevy121
21-07-2010, 02:35 PM
Thanks Johcar and others. All I want to do is to open a program, but am I right in thinking that you have to type in the full name for the first time? If so, it seems as if the tinyurl is not worth bothering with.

I think you need to explain exactly what it is you are trying to achieve?

johcar
21-07-2010, 02:50 PM
When you go to http://tinyurl.com, you are given the opportunity to 'shorten' an existing URL.

So for instance if you type "http://www.computerworld.co.nz/" into the box where it says "Enter a long URL to make tiny:" and then press the button "Make TinyURL!", you get "http://tinyurl.com/yb4p9xy". When that link is clicked on - or pasted into an address bar, the user is taken to "http://www.computerworld.co.nz/".

I don't understand how this relates to opening a program....

Have you been provided a TinyURL address for a site that has a program you want to download, but you can't open the site?

If so, read the post from tweak'e - you can usually get around this by adding an exception into your firewall. So long as you are sure the site is legit.

As tweak'e points out, malware is often hidden behind TinyURLs, which is why firewall often block them

zqwerty
21-07-2010, 04:38 PM
This may be what you are looking for:

TinyUrl Creator 1.0.5 addon for Firefox

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/126/

Chilling_Silence
21-07-2010, 05:20 PM
Tinyurl is potentially one of the better services, you can prefix any tinyurl.com URL with preview. and you get the likes of:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/36ngsm

sal
21-07-2010, 05:36 PM
Unshort (http://unshort.me/) is another way to expand URLs shortened with many of the existing URL shortening services. There are also browser extensions that sort this out.