Link Death, your personal Internet Archive?

I hate when links die and the articles, insights, and information that once lived somewhere is lost. Via the “A Year Ago” link to the left, I came across this post again. It’s a photography article on using an external flash but it’s gone now. grrr.
I think I need to start using that DVD burner at home and archive stuff I link to. Especially tutorials, and once-off articles that I really got some value out of.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

2 replies on “Link Death, your personal Internet Archive?”

One of the things I’ve been noodling with over the years is setting up a proxy-server through which I do all my surfing (on the same machine I’m doing that surfing from). Set up squid so it never deletes its cache files, and add in a cron-task to shuffle them into a dated archive every night at midnight, and you’ve got your own personal internet archive of everything you’ve surfed.

My biggest gripe is that I haven’t figured out how to name the files anything useful so it’s harder to search them than it ought to be. So I’m adding some scripts to run an indexer on it during the nightly archive so I can quickly search for things I know I’ve seen (rather than using grep, for example).

That’s a good idea, and I might do something like that if I want to create an archive of existing articles.
Going forward what I might do is save the linked articles from the browser and put them in dated folders.
I found old Photosig articles on the Internet Archive so that would be a useful tool to use too. Hmm, what about a plugin that added a link to next to any external link? That way you could look up old versions of any linked document!

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