June 09, 2003

Ability for Weblogs to link New York Times Archive

Dave Winer's done some great work with an agreement to have the ability for weblogs to link to the New York Times Archives. Take a look at:

New York Times Archive and Weblogs

You have to use the URLs generated by http://backend.userland.com/directory/167/feeds/newYorkTimes , otherwise the link won't work.

Some notes of my own on the system which makes up the URLs:

The "ex" field seems to be some sort of timestamp-based database key, in units of seconds. I see variations which have intervals of exactly 86400, which is the number of seconds in 24 hours.

I'd guess the "ei" field is a partner id number. It seems to be constant.

The "en" field is almost certainly a checksum. Presumably it takes into account the URL and other fields.

The hard part of synthesizing a working URL will be the algorithm for the "en" field.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in security | on June 09, 2003 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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