29 January 2006

Value for Money

Joshua Schachter on why he picked icio.us

When .us became available, I wrote a quick script to figure out the shortest prefixes that would allow me to generate the most number of names:

$ grep us$ /usr/dict/words | sed ‘s/.*\(....\)\(us\)$/\1.\2/’ | sort | uniq -c | sort -n | tail

6 aceo.us
6 mino.us
7 ario.us
7 onio.us
7 urio.us
8 aneo.us
8 orio.us
10 itio.us
14 icio.us
18 acio.us