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I come across URLs from bit.ly, tinyurl, is.gd, etc. all the time. Unfortunately, these services are blocked by my employer. Is there a tool that unravels these URLs on my machine via some other service so I can get around the block?

I came across a bookmarklet to do this for TinyURLs once, but it'd be nice for something more comprehensive.

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There is an add-on for Firefox to "unshorten" the short URLs and point immediately to their targets but, of course, it has to contact the relevant sites to check what are the targets. So the sites are blocked, it won't work. –  Snark Nov 3 '09 at 13:44
    
What bookmarklet for TinyURL do you have? For TinyURL, maybe you can ask the system administrators to allow tinyurl.com/preview.php ? –  Arjan Nov 3 '09 at 13:53
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security policies are implemented by your emnployer/IT department for a reason. if you have a problem with that, you should talk to them. not adhearing to or circumventing company security policies may constitute a reason to get fired –  Molly7244 Nov 3 '09 at 14:16
    
@Molly: I have discussed it with them –  Michael Haren Nov 4 '09 at 2:37
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LongURL is great. I wish it could silently expand links I click on but it is the closest thing I've found so far so I'll take it. Thanks! –  Michael Haren Nov 4 '09 at 13:36
    
Note: after using LongURL for a day I got frustrated by frequent errors and freezing. Searching those errors led me to LongURL-Please--it seems to work well, too! longurlplease.com –  Michael Haren Nov 4 '09 at 14:19
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