The Internet Archive

ArchiveThe Internet Archive is a resource everyone should be aware of.  I first learned about it when I was looking for old websites for politicians that were no longer around, a friend of mine said matter-of-factly, “use the Wayback Machine.”  Like it was something everyone knew about.  The site archives versions of web pages so you can look for a specific date and pull up the form of the web page at that time.

Hey look! Google had a yahoo exclamation point in 1999!!!!!!Google

I recently saw some news stories about classic games that have been archived at the site.  These are games that typically are not compatible with current computer operating systems without some third party emulator that may or may not provide playablity (speed, response, sound, etc.).  There is a whole section of software available on the site.  OR Tr

At another point I became aware of a movement to provide statutes and codes and laws for the public.  The group archived the documents on the Internet Archive under the simple premise that laws and rules that we are required to follow should be open and free to the public.  Quite frequently legislature would incorporate a standard (e.g., ASTM, NFPA, AASHTO, IBC) by reference.  However, the legislature would not provide the access to the standard which could cost up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  Currently they are in litigation – groups that author the standards are individually and collectively trying to stop the open distribution of their standards.  The Public.Resource.Org site is the home page for the group with more background information.

Use the comments section to add areas you find indispensable.  Mrs. Trump’s deleted biography.

 

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