By JAKE COYLE
The Associated Press
When a Web site dies, it goes to Web heaven - Archive.org.
The Internet generally has complete disregard for keeping records or charting its past. Once a Web site it gone, it seems to disappear into the digital ether.
But with its "Wayback Machine," www.Archive.org seeks to bring posterity to the Web by archiving Web sites with the help of Alexa Internet, a search service that records Web traffic and features a "crawler" tool to capture pages.
A message on Archive.org says that with the large amount of public records and information moving online, Internet libraries have become necessary to maintain the public's "right to remember": "The Internet Archive is working to prevent the Internet - a new medium with major historical significance - and other born-digital' materials from disappearing into the past."
The nonprofit site, which has logged more than 55 billion Web pages, was founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996 and collaborates with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. It doesn't index sites that are password-protected or blocked to the public.
Though the amount of text recorded by Archive.org is greater than the collection of the Library of Congress, the site also stores live music (especially Grateful Dead shows), old video and movies that have passed into public domain, like 1922's "Nosferatu" and the 1949 noir "D.O.A."
The legal admissibility in court of old sites saved by Archive.org is an interesting legal battle likely to emerge more frequently. Earlier this year, a health care company named Healthcare Advocates Inc. sued Archive.org after it lost a 2003 case that turned on the evidence of Healthcare Advocates' old Web site (saved on Archive.org).
Any information not truthful enough to make it into Wikipedia is probably dubious twice over, but Wikidumper helps provide some oversight to the editors of Wikipedia, who can take down an entry for any number of reasons.
All of which goes to show, be careful what you type and publish it might be out there forever.
YouTuber OF THE WEEK: http://youtube.com/watch?v(equals)0qAuqq1LFnU
When Bank of America merged with MBNA last year, Manhattan banking center manager Ethan Chandler was stoked. Chandler, with his co-worker Jim Debois on guitar, adopted U2's "One" to the circumstance the chorus now reading: "We are one bank." The earnest performance which looks like a real-life episode of "The Office" has become a minor online sensation, and recently spawned an homage from comedian David Cross (which is also available on YouTube).
DOWNLOAD THIS: "Cowgirl in the Sand," Neil Young
Neil Young recently released "Live at the Fillmore East," a six-song disc recorded on March 6-7, 1971, at the famed New York venue. Of the six songs on the album, though, two aren't available for download: "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," each of which runs more than 12 minutes. They are both jaw-dropping performances, in particular "Cowgirl," which features blistering guitar interplay between Young and Crazy Horse's Danny Whitten, who died of a heroin overdose in 1972. On a jukebox in a bar, every song costs the same whether it's 3 minutes or 16. Unfortunately, that's often not the case for digital jukes like iTunes. If they have to double the song's price, so be it, but keeping iTunes clear of long songs is a bad precedent to set.
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