- A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
What could be a finer Yuletide gift for an obscure, pathetic little Website like Need To Know than a few hyperlinks pointing straight at its stupid Perl script archive? Tragically, Santa's little helpers have got a bit confused this year. Instead of placing the links in prominent places like Cool Site of The Day and the front page of microsoft.com, they've hidden them away in files called "now.html" in the top directory of a bunch of commercial Web sites. Can you help us find them in time for our Christmas party?
Each week until the party, we'll relay the clues that the elves have given us to the location of each now.html file. The files are hidden all over the Internet - they might be on the Websites of a major multinational, or a large Web design company, or even an obscure vanity domain. All we know is the URL is in the format http://www.theydontknowididthis.com/now.html. Or it might be .co.uk, but you get the idea.
E-mail us the URL when you decode the clues, and if you're the first to uncover it that week, you'll win a free ticket to the party, plus whatever tat we have lying around that week.
For the extra-special prizes, a chance to be immortalised as a ".Not Webmaster from Hell Award Winner", and an opportunity to be severely reprimanded by your boss, you too can join in the fun. To do that, you need to create your own now.html file on a Webserver that you administrate. The best five new URLs will receive a .WfH Award, an NTK T-shirt, a proper prize (don't know what yet - but it'll run on electricity and bleep) and a place of honour in all our hearts. Don't worry about feeding your now.html to search-engines, or linking to it elsewhere: in fact, the more secret your page is the better. Points will be awarded on the exotic nature of the URL, the flamboyance of the now.html page, and the personal risk you took to create it.
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