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Check Out the Internet's Wayback Machine (Dog biscuits for Mr. Peabody not required.)


With all the well-deserved hype surrounding pop culture phenomenon YouTube, I wonder how many geeks are quietly enjoying selections on archive.org, a project which has been around much longer providing audio, video, old movies, and even a massive selection of old Web sites.

I know that most users have never heard about it, but archive.org has been one of my favorite resources for years. Mostly I use it for research, but also on occasion for recreation.

What’s so special about archive.org?

Well, in addition to letting your publish your own text, music, videos, etc., just for example, have you ever accidentally deleted something you really need on one of your web sites? Or wondered what TechRepublic.com looked like back in 1999?

Well, that’s what archive.org is for.

You can find earlier TechRepublic web pages here.

And the same is probably true for your old web pages.

But there is much more to archive.org than just a repository for 55 billion old web pages, including:

  • Classic government training videos
  • 1,034 radio programs
  • 926 audio books and poetry readings (including 5000+ hours recorded at Naropa U. in Colorado.) a talk with Alan Ginsberg, or an audio book of children’s stories or even The Peloponnesian War

Appropriate for this time of year, how about the original recording of War of the Worlds in MP3, as presented by Orson Wells, Oct. 30, 1938?

Find Reefer Madness here.

Sex Madness here.

And, if the boss is looking over your shoulder, just point out that archive.org lets you check out competitor's old web sites or brush up on what beginning hackers are learning.

Hacker 101 for example.

By the time something such as YouTube is regularly showing up on morning TV shows I feel it is beneath a true geek and, having written my first program in 1963 in binary, I may be the oldest living true geek still surfing on a daily basis.

So I wanted to remind younger geeks that archive.org is a vast and largely ignored resource. If you don't already know about it, give yourself a true geek present and get to know archive.org.

5 comments
lcramer53
lcramer53

Is this site somehow related to ia300112.us.archive.org? The reason I ask is because I'm concerned that even though I've got virus protection, yesterday I found something weird in My Network Places. I found: ftp.ia300112.us.archive.org. I didn't create this ftp account and wonder how the heck it got there. Anyone know anything about this? Thank you.

Kiltie
Kiltie

Did anyone check out the link in the article for [b]earlier TechRepublic web pages[/b]? . . . [i]TechRepublic will be down for maintenance TechRepublic's Web site will be down for server maintenance from midnight until approximately 3:00 a.m., October 13, EST. This will affect both TechRepublic.com and TechProGuild.com. See you when we're back up[/i] [b]ROTFLMAO[/b] [satirical comment] Nothing's changed much then, except losing the BBC style test card. [/satirical comment] just kidding, my friends ;-) :D

maxwell edison
maxwell edison

I've been using it (when necessary/desired) for years.

bdoserr
bdoserr

I wrote my first program (in Burroghs LGP-30 assembly language) in 1960. But I'm only 67. And I surf daily.

Tachyon
Tachyon

Darn you siliconsamauri! Now I'm going to have to add more HD space! Everytime I manage to forget about the other archives of archive.org, besides old websites, I end up filling my existing HD. This has happened to me two years in a row! There's some amazing classics on there. Archive.org is an important repository. It's equivalent to the Library of Congress for the Internet. Well, I've got some data to burn off to backup media, and recover my HD space. Donate to Archive.org, keep this important resource online. Oh yeah, and go watch the "Despotism" video before you vote!

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