Ben proposes an alternative to archive.org: changing the fundamental nature of DNS.
Regarding the boo-hooing of how hard companies have it maintaining unprofitable URLs, I think Ben hasn’t considered the possibility of a handover to a cooperative of users—something that might yet happen with MySpace (at least there’s a campaign to that effect; it will probably come to naught). As Ben rightly points on, domain names are leased, not bought, so the idea of handing them over to better caretakers isn’t that crazy.
The accidental beauty in Google’s autosuggest algorithm.
A beautiful short film on the amazing work being done at the Internet Archive, produced on the occasion of their 10 petabyte celebration.
A profile in The Guardian of the Internet Archive and my hero, Brewster Kahle (who also pops up in the comments).
The story of one site’s disgraceful handling of acquisition and shutdown (Punchfork, acquired by Pinterest) and how its owner actively tried to block efforts to preserve user’s data.
Armchair travelling to Ballardian locations.
Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic, this Tumblr blog is a curated collection of photography from the archives. Many of the pictures are being published for the first time.
A really lovely piece on the repositories of information that aren’t catalogued—a fourth quadrant in the Rumsfeldian taxonomy, these dark archives are the unknown knowns.
A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.
A search engine for animated gifs. Oh, yes.
Another Tom Scott project:
I had to take one more quick, cheap shot — and I think a Tumblr blog is the quickest, cheapest shot it’s possible to take.
I like this idea of slow journalism: taking seven years to tell a story.
Here’s a treasure trove of web history: an archive of the www-talk list dating back to 1991. Watch as HTML gets hammered out by a small group of early implementors: Tim Berners-Lee, Dave Raggett, Marc Andreessen, Dan Connolly…
Ethan’s excellent talk from last year’s An Event Apart.
In this session Ethan reviews strategies for handling trickier elements that would make even the most seasoned designer quail: stuff like advertising, complex layouts, deep navigation patterns, third-party media, and, yes, actual, honest-to-goodness content.
Jason goes into detail describing the File Format problem that he and others are going to tackle in the effort known as Just Solve The Problem.
Live in or near San Francisco? Interested in preserving computer history? Then you should meet up with Jason this Friday:
This Friday, October 5th, the Internet Archive has an open lunch where there’s tours of the place, including the scanning room, and people get up and talk about what they’re up to. The Internet Archive is at 300 Funston Street. I’m here all week and into next.
Kellan explains the tech behind Old Tweets …and also the thinking behind it:
I think our history is what makes us human, and the push to ephemerality and disposability “as a feature” is misguided. And a key piece of our personal histories is becoming “the story we want to remember”, aka what we’ve shared.
A public service from Kellan: the ability to search through your oldest tweets.
This is sooo nifty: Chloe’s obsessive Summer music visualisation is a lesson in responsive design and progressive enhancement. It’s also pretty fascinating.
An introduction to the important work of digital archivists:
Much like the family member that collects, organizes, and identifies old family photos to preserve one’s heritage, digital archivists seek to do the same for all mankind.
No, you’re tearing up watching a video about a boy who built his own arcade out of cardboard. I’ve just got something in my eye.
Andy points one of the potential pitfalls in linearising your content for small screens.
A love letter to the Internet Archive.
A new publication from New Scientist dedicated to future thinking. The first issue has articles and stories from Bruce Sterling, Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Alastair Reynolds.
Jason’s rip-roaring presentation from Defcon last year.
A trip to Buzludzha in Bulgaria, a derelict monument to an abandoned ideology.
Download and play the Jason Scott Adventure — only you can help Jason save the internet!
Photographs from the archive of the New York Times.
Thanks to Jason Scott, every episode of The Sound Of Young America ever recorded is now stored on the Internet Archive. Get huffduffing!
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
Before there was phone phreaking there was …radio interception hacking?
A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi’s wireless telegraph
Among the proposed projects from the Shimizu corporation are a space hotel, giant lakes in the desert, and a ring around the moon to harness solar energy.
Put this one on speed dial.
This move by Google to start executing some POST requests makes me very uneasy: the web is agreement and part of that agreement is that POST requests are initiated by the user.
Reminiscences of the BBSs of yesteryear that could in time be applied to the social networking sites of today.
This is quite beautiful. An interactive piece that allows you to dig through the ruins of Geocities like an archeologist.
Such wanton destruction! I’ll never forgive those twunts at Yahoo.
A great piece by James on the architecture, aesthetics and perception of datacenters.
Dana has put together an excellent grab-bag of data on people’s password habits.
An architectural overview of the Star Wars universe. Design fiction.
I’m going to try to make it along to this event in London next month.
A worrying report on the state of digital preservation and the web, specifically in the UK. Welcome to the memory hole.
A truly impressive achievement by Archive.org: all the television footage from September 11th, 2001 gathered in one place on the web.
Here’s one to add to Instapaper or Readability to savour at your leisure: Aaron Straup Cope’s talk at Museums and the Web 2010:
This paper examines the act of association, the art of framing and the participatory nature of robots in creating artifacts and story-telling in projects like Flickr Galleries, the API-based Suggestify project (which provides the ability to suggest locations for other people’s photos) and the increasing number of bespoke (and often paper-based) curatorial productions.
Brewster Kahle explains how and why the Internet Archive is keeping physical copies of the books it digitises.
A nice summation of the open science movement, courtesy of Bobbie.
The perils of “scientism” in design. Reading this reminded me of Google’s forty shades of blue.
How the Mormon Church are storing and preserving genealogical data inside a mountain.
The editor of New Scientist writes about deletionists and preservationists while adding his own personal poignant perspective.
A blog devoted to sifting through the gems in the Geocities torrent. This is digital archeology.
The Riegers are like emissaries from Planet Smart and we mere mortals are fortunate that they take the time to give us great articles like this.
This is wonderful stuff: a long-term project to track the performance of high-traffic sites over time: oodles of lovely data and some quite shocking stats.
Matt casts around for new areas of scientific research.
A detailed look at how French archivists go about preserving websites.
The web demonstrates its loosely-joined nature yet again; a photo of mine from a science hack/design fiction exhibit results in Dave discovering his family crest.
Oh, dear. It seems that some people have not been notified.
This is the stuff James Bond stories are made of. Except in this case, the fortress exists to store data rather than criminal masterminds.
On 18 May 2010, the Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) Project deposited a time capsule in the vaults of datacenter, Swiss Fort Knox, in Saanen, Switzerland. It contained the decoding information for five digital file formats on media ranging from paper, microfilm and floppy discs to CDs, DVDs and USB sticks.
The BBC’s decision to actively delete old content (rather than simply allowing it to take up some space on a server) really gets my blood boiling.
The BBC asked the public to contribute their memories of World War Two to a website between June 2003 and January 2006…” and five years later some suit decided to bin them.
Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe — a digital preservation initiative based at Stanford.
This is a lovely little piece of work from Mike: see a Flickr picture of yours from a year ago.
Design fictional biohacking.
A viciously accurate assessment of Yahoo’s scorched earth policy towards our online collective culture:
All I can say, looking back, is that when history takes a look at the lives of Jerry Yang and David Filo, this is what it will probably say: Two graduate students, intrigued by a growing wealth of material on the Internet, built a huge fucking lobster trap, absorbed as much of human history and creativity as they could, and destroyed all of it.
Matt encapsulates a lot of what I've been thinking about recently: the real-time web is all well and good, but let's not forsake the enormous potential for fulfilment in archives.
One web page for every book. I love this project.
If you aren't already marking up addresses in hCard, you really, really, really should start.
Oh, what a lovely metaphor! What's your online home?
This description of a tour of the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games is like a travelogue from an alternative dimension.
A nifty interactive video for Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait." It claims to be built in HTML5 but actually uses XHTML 1.0 and HTML 4.01 doctypes throughout. *sigh*
A nifty exploration of architecture and urban planning that describes itself as "a set of interlinked concepts, models, speculations, probings, essays and artefacts based on urban systems."
This looks like the New York equivalent of The Bradbury Building.
Asteroids in canvas. Works a treat. Now I want Battlezone.
A framework for creating old-school arcade games in the browser, using HTML5.
A beautiful call to arms against engineerism in design. Software cries out for love.
Network data fills me with awe. And now I'm sharing this because I like its positive message.
A treasure trove of music from Archive.org.
Finally, some debunking of the "paradox of choice" oversimplification.
A very handy way of searching a Twitter user's timeline, courtesy of Remy.
Here lies what we could salvage from the ashes of GeoCities.
The V&A has an API. Who knew? Looks very nice indeed.
A nice collection of design tools and methodologies.
Asteroids implemented using HTML5's canvas.
Archive.org is indexing Geocities sites (as it always has). Yahoo are going to fuck all about their users data/dreams/memories and Yahoo are going to do fuck all about the URLs.
Double the awesomeness: Dan and Ethan made a book ...and a DVD ...and a workshop.
A fascinating account of the origins of a musical cliché.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
A python script from Dan Benjamin to help you do your bit in battling the datapocalypse.
Eleven years old and more relevant than ever.
Phil Gyford on why he will miss Geocities. "It’s only thanks to the efforts of people like the Internet Archive and Archive Team that we’ll have a record of what people, rather than companies, published in the past. As companies like Yahoo! switch off swathes of our online universe little fragments of our collective history disappear. They might be ugly and neglected fragments of our history but they’re still what got us where we are today."
The perfect person for the job—George will be working on the Internet Archive's Open Library project: a webpage for every book ever published.
Blaine is doing his bit to battle the great linkrot apocalypse with an archive of short urls and their corresponding endpoints.
Superb article by Ethan on calculating percentages for liquid layouts. Read it. Do it.
It looks like Natalie's presentation at BarCamp London 5 was excellent.
Mark Pesce's closing keynote from Web Directions South 2008. Great stuff, as always.
Ethan has redesigned. It's shiny and beautifully proportioned.
Nice QR code patches (I don't mean something that patches code, I mean a patch that you sew).
The Google Chart API can produce QR codes. Neato!
In the course of defending a porn site owner, a defense attorney has come up with an interesting way of trying to define "community standards" ...using Google search stats.
Watch the best car chase of all time mashed up with a map of San Francisco to create geo-broadcasting. The added context gives an already perfect sequence added zing.