One of the more interesting tools to work with, for both entertainment and investigative reasons, is the aptly named Internet Archive Wayback Machine. If you’ve never seen it, check it out. From its “About Us” page:
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an â€˜Internet library,â€™ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.
Being the self-absorbed, attention whoring blogger that I am, I decided to check out what the Wayback Machine had on Gnorb.NET. To my surprise, the Wayback Machine had logged all of 2004, but none of 2005 or 2006. Still, it was interesting to see some of the old incarnations of this site, especially when it was Mambo-based and not WordPress based. Almost made me want to go back to using MamboCMS. Then I remembered what a pain in the butt it was, especially since all I was looking to do was write. (Mambo makes for a great community CMS, but it’s a bit too much firepower for a personal website.)
If you’re interested in seeing what the site looked like before, or if you were around back then and just want to get a kick by laughing (along with me) at my first few attempts at blogging, check out the archived pages:
- Mar 26, 2004 (Gnorb.NET is Born!)
- Apr 07, 2004 (An Orange and White Facelift)
- May 19, 2004 (Things start to take shape)
- Jun 14, 2004 (I start messing around with themes)
- Sep 23, 2004 (Inexplicably, the last recorded entry.)
That last entry happened at about the time I decided to switch to bBlog. I guess the Wayback Machine doesn’t like blogs. Gee, I wonder why? (sic) Anyway, I have my old bBlog theme still in tact here which means I can pull it out at any time. I won’t, but I can. I have to say it, though: I kind of miss Mambo.
Once in a while.