I just came across this incredibly-great website.
Have you have wanted to pass along a webpage to someone, but the content on it has changed? (Usually this would be a homepage, though not necessarily.) Or have you ever been curious what the homepage was on a particular date years ago?
Well, that's available to you. And with a nod to Mr. Peabody, the brilliant cartoon dog, it's called the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. You can get to it here.
To find an old page, you simply type in the URL address and hit the Search button. (Yes, this does require that you know the exact address, but if all you want is the homepage, like of the New York Times, it's simple to just enter "www.nytimes.com".) A screen will then load that let's you scroll through calendars and select the date. Just click on the day you want and, assuming it's available, bingo, it will load.
The site notes that 468 billion webpages are archived, so you have a good chance of finding it.
If there's a webpage you want to send to someone, and think there's a good chance that the content could change over time -- or even within minutes -- you can manually archive the page yourself. Just enter the URL address in "Save Page Now" box and click "Save Page."
It's all pretty darn easy.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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