Web Archives: Finding Lost Sites and Pages
revised 25 March 2005
The World Wide Web is always changing. Sometimes you find a reference to a
website that looks like it will answer your problems, but when you try to go
there the page, or even the entire site, is no longer around.
Here are some ways to find lost pages:
To find a lost page that is not very old,
look in the Google cache. Go to
Type a complete URL into the search box. Here's what I found when I entered
This is MINIX1.HAMPSHIRE.EDU (*). Since 1996! Modified 19 August 2003. (*) Note:
Minix1.bio.umass.edu and minix1.hampshire.edu provide the same content. ...
Description: The first web site based upon standard Minix. News, source, contributions, documentation, links.
Category: Computers > Software > Operating Systems > Unix > MINIX
Google can show you the following information for this URL:
* Show Google's cache of minix1.bio.umass.edu
* Find web pages that are similar to minix1.bio.umass.edu
* Find web pages that link to minix1.bio.umass.edu
* Find web pages that contain the term "minix1.bio.umass.edu"
If you select the option to show the cached copy Google generates a long URL like this:
and shows you a copy of the page that it cached sometime in the past.
I don't know how long cached information lives, but I think it is at least
Another way to turn back the clock is to use the Internet Archive
This site claims to have an archive of over 10 billion pages. When I entered
the URL http://minix1.hampshire.edu I was offered a view of 6 different
older versions of my page, the earliest one being from December 1996 when my
site was running on a 386 CPU. Interestingly, the newest archived page was from
2000; I don't know if this means it hasn't looked at my site for three years
or if my main page doesn't meet some criterion for change, or if this project
just hasn't been able to keep up with the flood of information on the web. But
it looks like a winner for finding really old stuff.
Finally, if you can find an e-mail address for the author of a page try
writing and asking. And if that fails ask on the
comp.os.minix newsgroup or the Minix-l mailing list.
Somebody else may know of another site with the same info or a new
address for the author. And some people squirrel away copies of useful
information for their own use.
I'd be interested in learning of other sites that archive older web pages. I'll
add other links to this page as I learn about them. Also, I would like
help from users of this site
in finding lost pages.
See also the
Minix archives on WWW page
on this site.
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