## Tuesday, January 03, 2006

### One letter web shortcuts

I recently noticed that I get to the BBC news web site my typing n followed by down arrow and then Enter in Firefox. Firefox has learnt that n is essentially a shortcut for news.bbc.co.uk for me.

I then wondered what each of the 26 letters of the alphabet mapped to in my browser. Here's the complete list:

 a Amazon.com b Connecting Flights: Boutique Airlines c CNN d digg e Wikipedia f freshmeat.net g GNU Make Debugger h Hertz i My life as an investment banker j John Graham-Cumming k Best-Ever Freeware l Le Monde m My Yahoo! n BBC News o Effective Emacs p POPFile: VersionTwentyThreeCleanup q quepasa r reddit: what's new online s Slashdot t The Onion u UPC Database Entry v Virus Bulletin w Japan current local time x Exchange Rates Graph (Euro, American Dollar) y An Intuitive Explanation of Bayesian Reasoning z Time

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