Having this short domainname (yay!) I early made my own URL shortening service of sorts. It was based on a perl-script I found online, and had a mapping between the keys and the long URL’s in a textfile. Also, I used a subdomain of 42.no for this purpose, namely r.42.no. This wasn’t good enough of course, way too long, so this weekend I wrote my own URL shortening service, using PHP. It stores the keys and URL’s in a database, and supports logging of each lookup done to a short URL. And most importantly, it has an easy interface to add new URL’s, which is something that couldn’t be said for my old text-file solution. Feel free to use it for any of your URL shortening needs.

So without further ado, here it is: http://42.no/r/