Archive.org (Internet Archive)
Today I want to talk to you guys about a site that’s been around for quite some time meaning 1996. Yeah, around when Google first started.
This site is quite interesting and holds history like you wouldn’t believe. This site has many things I will get too, but the first is at the top of the Homepage that you’ll notice first:
The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, based in San Francisco, California, United States.
Basically, it’s a crawler that indexes websites like Google does and archives them in dates on a calendar.
So say if I type in Google.com I get this:
Let’s see what Google looked like back in 1998.
The earliest is Nov, 11/1998 at 6:45:51 and there was no UI so the next date that was captured is:
Dec, 2/1998 11:04:10 https://web.archive.org/web/19980515000000*/google.com
This is one of the cool features that Archive.org has.
So What Is Archive.org?
This information is from Wikipedia
The Internet Archive (mostly known as The Internet Wayback Machine Archive) is a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. As of October 2016, its collection topped 15 petabytes. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.
The Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download digital material to its data cluster, but the bulk of its data is collected automatically by its web crawlers, which work to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the Wayback Machine, contains over 150 billion web captures. The Archive also oversees one of the world’s largest book digitization projects.
Founded by Brewster Kahle in May 1996, the Archive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in the United States. It has an annual budget of $10 million, derived from a variety of sources: revenue from its Web crawling services, various partnerships, grants, donations, and the Kahle-Austin Foundation. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California. Most of its staff work in its book-scanning centers. The Archive has data centers in three Californian cities, San Francisco, Redwood City, and Richmond. To prevent losing the data in case of e.g. a natural disaster, the Archive attempts to create copies of (parts of) the collection at more distant locations, currently including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and a facility in Amsterdam. The Archive is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium and was officially designated as a library by the State of California in 2007.
If you want to read more on this you can go here: wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Archive
This is just a small bit of what it Archives.
All Software | This Just In | Old School Emulation | MS-DOS | Historical Software | Classic PC Games | Software Library | Internet Arcade | CD-ROM Software | Software Sites |
Tucows Software Library | APK | Shareware CD-ROMs | Vintage Software | DOOM Level CD | ZX Spectrum | Vectrex | ZX Spectrum Library: Games | Atari 2600 | Magnavox Odyssey 2
My favorite is: MS-DOS Games
The ability to play the old games I played when I was a child brings back a lot of memories.
The problem is that the browser Emulator is not that great and some games will not play or lag too bad. I recommend playing them on the original hardware anyways or DOSBox that’s not the browser version.
Archived music from concerts to radio stations in the past. So much history in the past you might think you are living in that time if you keep listening to the old time radios. Well, maybe you might not, but just listen to this: https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Richard_Diamond_Private_Detective_Singles/Richard_Diamond_50_08_16_060_The_Carnival_Case.mp3
Archived videos like Felix The Cat
You get to see the earliest videos that started Felix. There are many others from that past that are entertaining to watch.
Lots of images countries to old and new. I’m sure you can find a gem you may like.
Archive.org has so much more like eBooks and Texts.
If you are into history or a blast from the past I highly recommend checking out the site. This is one of my most favorite sites and I wanted to share a small bit of it.
You never know. You might fall in love with some of the stuff it has. If you have created a site. It may have indexed it. I know I had to manually index one of my sites in the past. That site was: Search Black Box before I completely rebuilt it as SearchThat.net
So? What have you found that excites you on that site?