Just to jump in and add a resource that came up in a discussion that we had last night.
If you ever are zipping around the net and come across an old and broken link... if you search something on google, get results, but the server won't
come up, or the page is gone... if you think someone has been dabbling in a little "historical revisionism" on their web site... remember "the
Wayback Machine" at archive.org
Simply copy the URL of the broken link, go here: archive.org
, and paste it into this box:
When you click the "Take Me Back" button, you will (hopefully, see below) see a screen with all of the snapshots that the Wayback Machine has taken.
You can click on any of the years in the top graph to see snapshots for that year -- let's look at ATS in 2000.
Each blue date is a separate snapshot, let's click on June 8:
And we see what ATS looked like on that day.
Now, as you can see, some graphics are missing, and any "dynamic" web pages will not work, but you can click on links and use much of the site, just
as it was on 8 June, 2000.
Here's what apple.com looked like in 1996:
Ha, ha, pretty lame
One bummer about the Wayback Machine is that it doesn't archive everything, but you can "nudge" it into starting to archive a site by running a
search on archive.org -- if it hasn't copied it, it tells you, and then puts it into the queue for the next run. Sites can "opt out" of the Wayback
Machine by modifying their "robots.txt" file, in which case, no archives will be made.
Anyway, just another resource for you -- thanks to WRabbit for starting the thread.