Warning: Before reading this post, make sure that you don’t know everything about the so-called way back machine, also known as the internet archive. This post is for the people who had no idea about the internet’s time machine.
I just discovered this awesome website through Marhgil. I told him that our PRC board exam results website was down, and all the files and database was wiped out by our VPS host because their hard disk was corrupted. I don’t know what to do, my latest file and database backup of the said website was last December 2007, and it’s way too not-updated. Marhgil then told me to check archive.org, this is the largest repository of websites, archived, and arranged chronologically from the date after the website was born and get 6 months old.
I then checked prcboardexamresults.com to see if it was archived. Sadly, it wasn’t because that site is only 5 months old, It lacks only a month in able to be archived. To verify, I also checked the Asian Business Directory website to see if they really require sites to be 6 months old before it will be saved in the database. The said website doesn’t exist in the database even if it’s more than 6 months old. Weird eh? I just assumed that their system was not 100% accurate, and if it’s 100% perfect, it’s a myth. I was curious about this time machine, that’s why I tried to check other websites, and came up checking Google.com. Without further a do, let me introduce Google way back November 11, 1998!
Isn’t it amazing? It’s like the prophecy of a time machine fulfilled! But only in virtual mode. Hehehe. If you’ll browse the website, you will find out that Sergey Brin and Larry Page are not only the first developers of Google, but also Craig Silverstein (The guy that I haven’t heard without this time machine). Google was also copyrighted to Stanford University during its early days (I bet Stanford is really really really proud of Google. That’s for sure!).
So if you have a long lost website that you are trying to find, the way back machine is the answer. Check it out here: www.waybackmachine.org or you can also visit www.archive.org. I also visited Yahoo!’s website, and it’s way to cute 🙂 Hehehe. It’s really really true that everything starts from small beginnings.