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Archive Team Is Busy Saving Geocities

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the one-might-well-ask-why dept.

The Internet 267

jamie found this note from Jason Scott, who organizes the Archive Team. They are busy downloading as much of Geocities as they can before it vanishes from the Net after Yahoo pulled the plug. (Note: that textfiles.com link is a good candidate for Readability.) "..after 48 hours of work, Archive Team has saved over 200,000 Geocities sites. We're now pulling in new sites at the rate of something like 5 a second. Is that fast enough? We'll see, won't we. ... A side-effect of the whole process is I now know way, way, way too much [sic] about Geocities than I ever expected to. We've had to dissect every aspect of how the site functions to understand how to mirror things, from its history through how it does crazy javascript ads. Some of it is stupid and some is hilarious... We think we have most every site from 1999 and before on Geocities that was left. ... It is more important to me to grab the data than to figure out how to serve it later. People who have been talking about copyright and stuff seem to think I'm going to sell it or take credit or some crap. I don't see how the final collection won't end up online, but how is elusive — maybe a torrent of a bunch of zip files, or as a curated collection, or as a bunch of hard drives. However it is, I'll make sure people can get it, somehow."

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Don't forget (4, Funny)

ipb (569735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739141)

to surround it all by a blink tag

Re:Don't forget (3, Informative)

Sfing_ter (99478) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739631)

firefox still supports the blink :D

Re:Don't forget (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739663)

The question I have for Obama is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single fat colored mammy sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?

Re:Don't forget (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739729)

sadly if the guy is not reproducing the bitch is more productive....

Re:Don't forget (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739733)

Your ability to provide jobs is directly proportional to your ability to be on topic.

Re:Don't forget (1)

Burning1 (204959) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739781)

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you've created Slashdot trolling jobs for 14 people, you may not be stimulating the economy as much as you hope.

(To the mods: the parent post has appeared in several other slashdot discussions and is a spam/troll.)

Re:Don't forget (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739923)

why do you keep feeding the troll?

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739787)

If we assume that possibly 14 people work for slashdot and that 200,000 people per year is a gross understatement of slashdot readership, then trolling does indeed stimulate the economy.

Thanks, Mr Troll!

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739813)

You are literally a child

Re:Don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740291)

All browsers that support CSS1 should display blinking text when the following property is used.

"text-decoration: blink;"

<blink>Shockingly</blink>, or should that be surprisingly? IE6 doesn't support this.

Re:Don't forget (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740449)

Eye candy, or eye cancer? You be the judge.

I remember reading a sentence of a paragraph once that was trapped in the blink vortex and said fuck this. *copy* *paste into notepad*

Re:Don't forget (4, Informative)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740801)

Until I found about:config, browser.blink_allowed.

A lesson for future generations (1)

Merc248 (1026032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739167)

Always avoid

Re:A lesson for future generations (1)

Merc248 (1026032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739289)

... I think there's hope for us after all, I just hope the Archive Team archives slashdot so that <blink> is eliminated forever

Re:A lesson for future generations (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739691)

Along with people who insist on using fixed width fonts in a forum where *everybody* else uses proportional width fonts.

How long until someone's saving Youtube videos? (4, Insightful)

Glass Goldfish (1492293) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739181)

With Google losing half a billion a year, how long until they pull the plug on Youtube? I guess it could turn a profit, but when? My guess is the next downturn will cause shareholder pressure to force their hand.

At that rate... (4, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739235)

They'll be broke in only 40 years.

Re:At that rate... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739377)

They'll be broke in only 40 years.

I wonder if you were thinking the same thing I was when you said this.

There is a part in Citizen Kane where his editor is telling Kane as a publisher 'your losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a month' or words to that effect and Kane says 'your right, at that rate I'll have to close the doors in 20 years' or there abouts.

I am too lazy to login or google the exact quote.

Re:At that rate... (4, Informative)

dswensen (252552) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739461)

"You're right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars *next* year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in sixty years."

Re:At that rate... (4, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739945)

They'll be broke in only 40 years.

Because of course, we know they'll never adapt, they'll never innovate, right?

I mean, it's only Google. It's not like there's any smart people involved. What have they ever done?

Sometimes, I tire of intellectual midgets.

Re:At that rate... (2, Informative)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740095)

The technology environment is not likely to change more in the next forty years than it has in the last forty.

:-)

Re:At that rate... (1)

beav007 (746004) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740225)

I think you're wrong. With the ease of information transfer and academic research that the internet allows now, but didn't for large portions of the previous 40 years, there is huge potential for growth in knowledge and inventions, compared to 40 years ago.

Re:At that rate... (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740817)

40 years ago there was no Internet.

Re:At that rate... (1)

sentientbeing (688713) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740335)

Technology growth is exponential, it certainly will change more in the next 40 years.

Google technological singularity.

Re:How long until someone's saving Youtube videos? (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739297)

Those numbers were on crack just so you know. (The cost to run youtube #s)

Re:How long until someone's saving Youtube videos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739311)

Where did you get that number from? Google is quite profitable. Do you mean YouTube is costing them half a billion a year?

Good luck trying to pull all that data. Geocities is a 90's era remnant and as such just doesn't have that much data on it (probably less than a terabyte if I had to guess). YouTube on the other hand is a modern era high-bandwidth site where pretty much every user has broadband, it's orders of magnitude more data.

Re:How long until someone's saving Youtube videos? (2, Insightful)

EonBlueTooL (974478) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740217)

Last time someone brought this up moore's law was mentioned.

As storage capacity and throughput expand and become cheaper, google can start to make a profit.

I still however think that google is stupid for not doing what hulu does.

I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago... (5, Funny)

bughunter (10093) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739211)

I lost the password to my Geocities page 10 years ago. Think you might be able to find it?

Re:I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739299)

Did you try hunter2?

Re:I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago. (5, Funny)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740255)

What was that password? When you typed hunter2, all I saw was *******.

Re:I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago. (5, Funny)

powerslave12r (1389937) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740353)

"you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2" http://www.bash.org/?244321 [bash.org]

Re:I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739559)

This an interesting question.

Re:I lost my geocities page password 10 years ago. (2, Funny)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740591)

Funny, but true. I did forget my login information (email/username and password) to this site [geocities.com] , which is just the one image.

For those who don't know, this is a parody of Chick religious tracts [chick.com] (God, what a waste of a domain name!) that has often been the target of the Chick lawyers [howardhallis.com] .

Note to the Chick legal team: I'll be glad to take it down if you give me my password! :)

And nothing of value was archived (5, Funny)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739233)

Yes, future generations must know about the horrors visited upon us by the millions of tubgirl and lolcats clones which populated Geocities. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (3, Interesting)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739361)

I think some Yahoo suits thinking exactly as you joked but a message for them: It is history they will be rm -rf 'ing and you show like a company which can't even afford idle webpages hosting for historical purposes, in such a bad shape with no future.

They will be deleting (or considering even) dead/passed away people's webpages while they don't have any chance to reply to their lame mails or "click here" things. They did the very same thing in Yahoo Briefcase, 10 MB of highly compressible data for God's sake. At most!

Re:And nothing of value was archived (5, Interesting)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739383)

There was a time, I'd put it somewhere between 1996 and 1998, when Geocities wasn't half bad. Few people were really "up" on the technology, so they'd use Geocities to host real, actual pages that didn't suck. Granted it didn't last very long, and practically overnight everybody was using real hosting options for anything serious. But for a little while, seeing search engine return a link to Geocities wasn't automatically a bad thing.

Then again, maybe there just wasn't much to compare to back then. Or maybe it just seemed neat because I was only 14.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (4, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739509)

Or maybe it just seemed neat because I was only 14.

Thanks for making me feel like an old man.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (2, Insightful)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739621)

I was 18 and it wasn't half bad as you say. There might be a lot of important information there to archive and we should help them if we can.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (2, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739975)

There might be a lot of important information there to archive and we should help them if we can.

Can you give us an example?

I'm not doubting that there's something culturally crucial that's on a Geocities page somewhere that's never been moved elsewhere, but I'd like an example before I get too exercised.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (2, Interesting)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740055)

Agreed, in fact there is still some good content up on Geocites that I just recently discovered. Case and point would be a fairly inclusive reverence to the Cokin Filter System [geocities.com] . I'm not sure if it is still being updated, but it would be a loss if it is the only site like it on the internet.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740459)

There was a time, I'd put it somewhere between 1996 and 1998, when Geocities wasn't half bad.

Yeah I remember that...OK, not really. Even in the days of yellow background and purple text, Geocities pages always kind of sucked. I remember when a fellow writer friend of mine wanted to start publishing his stuff to the web. We knew jack-crap about HTML then, but he kept telling me how "easy" and "cool" this Geocities thing was. I took one look and told him no thanks, I'll be buying the first book on HTML I can find.

Oh God (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739421)

You could have explained that (tubgirl==shockSite).

Re:Oh God (3, Funny)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740489)

If anything s mentioned in the same sentence as goatse it's quite safe to assume that it probably doesn't involve puppy dogs and kittens, at least not in the traditional sense.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (5, Informative)

Eudial (590661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739445)

Uh. We already have repeated it. Myspace is basically last couple of years' geocities.

Now there's the web 2.0 boom which is the geocities of the future. Except, instead of small personals sites with blinking gif animations, you have big sites with horrible AJAX interfaces that completely breaks page navigation. Yes, this applies to big websites like slashdot and freshmeat as well.

What the hell? What was wrong with the old slashcode? The difference for the end user is that now you have to click 10 times to do what you could do in one click in the web 1.0 version.

The lesson to be learn is that you shouldn't fix what isn't broken.

Now I'll get back to my rocking chair. I've got kids to keep off the lawn.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (4, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740017)

you shouldn't fix what isn't broken.

That would eliminate a whole lot of what we call "progress" in technology and culture.

Sometimes, you don't realize something is "broken" until somebody comes along and "fixes" it.

Know what? I like people who fix what isn't broken.

Re:And nothing of value was archived (4, Insightful)

Eudial (590661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740347)

you shouldn't fix what isn't broken.

That would eliminate a whole lot of what we call "progress" in technology and culture.

Sometimes, you don't realize something is "broken" until somebody comes along and "fixes" it.

Know what? I like people who fix what isn't broken.

Though aimlessly adopting any new technology that comes along isn't progress.

I'm appending a list of browser features mutilated by web 2.0:

  • The back, reload and forward buttons
  • Navigation with the cursor keys.
  • Bookmarking
  • Searching in pages

When every webpage has it's own conventions for what happens when you press a key, you haven't moved forward, you've moved into chaos. Nowadays, what happens when you press a key or click on an element is an entirely arbitrary matter in the hands of the website designer, and completely different from site to site.

Navigating webpages used to be difficult enough when all links were immediately available. Now, adding to the pain, you have to search page elements that are only loaded if you perform some arcane voodoo ritual that the designer figured decided was how the page elements should work.

It's not that web 2.0 pages have a new interface that's different from the old, it's that every single web 2.0 page has it's own conventions.

Darn it! (1)

Surrounded (1487683) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739237)

Right when you think it's dead, they find a way to keep it alive!

Re:Darn it! (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740527)

Geocities is dead! Netcraft confirms it!

Sure the archive keeps it on life support, but do you really call that alive?

Kick Ass (0, Redundant)

LWolenczak (10527) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739263)

I could find my site from ages ago... and find all the fun crap people have posted to geocities.

We should not let this happen. (5, Insightful)

brasselv (1471265) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739267)

Isn't anybody going to move a finger, while a significant part of our collective history disappears forever?

I really don't think anyone should be allowed to simply pull the plug, no matter what TOS say.

If I buy the Colosseum and then decide to blow it up "because it's mine", I bet I'd be stopped by someone, rightly so.

As a historian of year 2075, I'd really want to have access to Geocities if I am researching the '90s.

It happened at least once before. In the 50's and early 60's, video storage technology was expensive, and most video documentation was not not considered to be of any 'historical value'. As a result, most of it was just erased and we have lost forever an incredible source of information on that period.

Is there a productive way to scream? A petition of some kind? An attorney to be addressed?

Re:We should not let this happen. (3, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739293)

If you buy a movie theater that shows dirty porn films and has jerk-off booths in the back, people will be demanding you blow it up for years, and when you do, they'll throw a party.

Re:We should not let this happen. (4, Insightful)

brasselv (1471265) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739437)

... but you don't want to burn the only existing master of such porn films.

(Seriously, believe it or not, early porn movies of the 20's are a prized source of historical documentation. And with good reason: they tell a lot about their time.)

Re:We should not let this happen. (1)

British (51765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739829)

By that same logic, any archived porn from the 80s will tell historians nobody ever shaved their pubic hair.

Re:We should not let this happen. (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740071)

And archived porn from the 2000s will tell future generations that the sexual act in our time always ended with the man ejaculating up the woman's nose.

They'll wonder how anybody ever got pregnant around the turn of the millennium.

Re:We should not let this happen. (1)

Magic5Ball (188725) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740281)

> They'll wonder how anybody ever got pregnant around the turn of the millennium.

Easy. Historians will find that They need to do way instain mother> who kill thier babbys. becuse these babby cant frigth back.

On a serious note, how would we archive enough social context for this comment to make sense in even 10 years?

Re:We should not let this happen. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740083)

That's a strawman argument, and you know it.

Re:We should not let this happen. (3, Insightful)

floodo1 (246910) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739599)

While I wouldn't liken Geocities to the Colosseum, I too believe that these guys should be commended for keeping such an interesting archive. The beauty of the internet is that it's all digital so it's as if (to continue your Colosseum example) someone came in and copied the entire Colosseum before you blew it up.

That said, everyone that originally had sites on Geocities should have already been responsible for the content they left there. If it was actually important then they should already have moved it someplace else.

Re:We should not let this happen. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739843)

History, shmistory.

The Colosseum is cool, but tourism is really the only industry it would effect if I blew it up. History is interesting, but don't act like it's important.

Re:We should not let this happen. (1)

thefringthing (1502177) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739889)

Someone didn't read the article.

Re:We should not let this happen. (2, Informative)

djdavetrouble (442175) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739901)

Isn't anybody going to move a finger, while a significant part of our collective history disappears forever?

Yes, the Archive guys are lifting their finger 5 times every second and archiving them.
Don't make me say that RTF thing.

Re:We should not let this happen. (2, Interesting)

merreborn (853723) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740177)

Is there a productive way to scream? A petition of some kind? An attorney to be addressed?

Petitioning Yahoo to continue hosting an antiquated service that is likely bleeding money isn't likely to be productive, obviously.

But it would be awfully nice of them to .tar everything up and .torrent it. There are thousands of us who'd be more than happy to do our part to keep those bits from disappearing into the ether.

Re:We should not let this happen. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740245)

As a historian of year 2075, I'd really want to have access to Geocities if I am researching the '90s.

I'm unclear; are you a historian for the future, or one from the future? Either way, care to share with us whether Myspace finally gets shut down like this too?

Re:We should not let this happen. (0, Troll)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740593)

Hmm. Can I control all your property, like you would like to control Yahoo's?

Re:We should not let this happen. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740649)

It seems a bit strange that Yahoo would not simply hand over a copy to the Internet Archive.

Shame on Yahoo (5, Insightful)

Xero (19560) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739327)

This is just ridiculous the amount of work they have to go through to half ass archive geocities. Why can't yahoo just hand over a stack of hard drives to archive.org or someone?

Re:Shame on Yahoo (1)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739409)

It seems the new management has no clue how Internet works. It sounds funny while I write but it seems like the truth. The large storage companies doesn't have a clue about sponsoring things. E.g. instead of putting a gigantic SAN ad to a "Windows 7 rocks" story at CNET, hand them some quality storage right IBM?

I better start archiving my Yahoo mail which is up since 1998.

I just shit out a giant turd (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739335)

Perhaps the archive.org folks would like to preserve this too.

Who do I bribe? (5, Funny)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739379)

I want to make sure that any geocities site I may have been affiliated with back in my formative years is not seen by anyone who might recognize me now.

Who do I make the check out to, and how many significant places will be required?

Re:Who do I bribe? (2, Interesting)

N3Roaster (888781) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739849)

It might already be gone. I, too, once had a page on GeoCities, so I decided to look into it. Searching for it, Google couldn't find it (but it seems Google Books likes to interpret the old long s as an f). Fine tuning my search pulled up one hit: a Usenet post with a link to the page in the .sig. So, I take this, and I go to the wayback machine. Put in the URL, and I get two versions, both from the year 2000 (well after I had stopped updating the site). Clicking the links, both were unavailable. The content at the URL itself, of course, is long gone. I looked in a couple other places as well and as near as I can tell, that set of pages is fully and permanently gone from the Internet and this project can do nothing to change that.

Okay, it turns out that I do have a full copy on an old computer. If I hooked a pair of modems up to it and a more modern machine, I could get it back and theoretically put it back on the Internet, but that won't be happening any time soon. So take a Google. You might not have to write that check out after all.

Re:Who do I bribe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739913)

> ... and how many significant places will be required?

A googol will probably be sufficient.

Re:Who do I bribe? (1)

shellster_dude (1261444) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740349)

You make the check out to me. Because I am such a nice guy, you only need to make it out to about 6 digits.

Re:Who do I bribe? (1)

drizek (1481461) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740371)

I'll give you $1.00001. Shelster Dude it is then...

Why not ask yahoo for a mirror? (0, Redundant)

mrphoton (1349555) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739423)

Why not just ask yahoo for an image of the site. They are going to shut it down anyway. So what value is a load of crappy web pages to them. They may be glad to send it rather than have a load of random web trawlers going over there entire web site.

legal reasons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739785)

because someone is sure to sue them for copyright infringement.

And how many of them will find other hosting? (3, Interesting)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739443)

There was an awesome amount of amateur research on Geocities. Some of my favorite reference sites are therefore just about toast (most of them containing first-hand military history).

And just because someone asked, I saved all ~300 of my Youtube favorites to my HDD last weekend, when I realized how much I rely on them for my own hobby research projects, teaching classes, etc. Most of it was stuff that will never be on DVD. Some of it is stuff that the owners have *already* deleted in the last week, due to perfectionism or whatever.

I was a Boy Scout, and relying on some free service without thinking of contingencies just doesn't make sense.

Re:And how many of them will find other hosting? (2, Insightful)

AlHunt (982887) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739811)

>I was a Boy Scout, and relying on some free service without thinking of contingencies just doesn't make sense.

Sounds kind of like the argument against Web Apps ...

I hope that they don't copy all of them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739535)

I made a 4 or more GeoCities sites. 3 of them are useless, because I never got very far with them.

Is there a way to let them know which sites are not meaningful? In time, I could back up my other site, and then it would be useless.

Needed? (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739561)

Isn't this already taken care of by things like google cache or the internet wayback machine?

Re:Needed? (1)

rincebrain (776480) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739765)

Google Cache only covers some content, and only until it expires from Google's search results.

archive.org would probably be up for mirroring it, but it's unclear that they have all of it.

my 1st website was there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739837)

and made in 1999
in college

sad to see it go

slashdotted! (1)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739839)

Ironically enough, I had moved past the article in question to read the article about Jason's bandwidth being overwhelmed by myspace layout providers referencing an image on textfiles.com; I clicked on the next article and... down to to either "maintenance or capacity problems". 8^/

archive.org has failed us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739851)

They have not seen archiving geocities.com since 2002. Before then they have less than 25,000 pages saved:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://geocities.com [archive.org]

Re:archive.org has failed us (1)

sabernet (751826) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739939)

Because there's just so little for them to do.

A little sad... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739877)

The first web page I ever created (never finished though) was on Geocities, what's left is here http://www.geocities.com/brad1138/ [geocities.com] but it is disappearing fast. Had pictures of kids and family etc.... I always wondered how long it would last, over 10 years isn't bad I guess.

Re:A little sad... (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739981)

Makes me think of The Langoliers. The data of yesterday getting sucked up one byte at a time, obliterated. Meanwhile, Our Heroes try to rescue all the content they can find... before the Langoliers get to it.

Re:A little sad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740857)

Mr Toomey! *pops in the dvd*

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27739897)

They'll probably be followed by Blogspot and the likes, in a not too distant future.

Did anyone else pronounce 'geocities'... (5, Funny)

Jubilex (28229) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739899)

...to rhyme with 'atrocities' ?

All that work (1)

voodoobettie (1391605) | more than 5 years ago | (#27739985)

I hope they save my site about the Cramps that I made back in '98, it took me hours.

The easy solution? (0, Redundant)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740025)

Why not just ask the sysadmin guys at Geocities to 'surplus' you a full copy of backup tapes (or disks, or whatever it is they use for backups).

It may still take you years to understand the backups, but at least you'll have the full data for posterity.

Re:The easy solution? (1)

jzuccaro (1234644) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740453)

Would you really like 40TB of animated gifs? :)

I'm Suing!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740029)

I'm Suing the archival guys for copy right infringement!!! How dare they copy my abandoned hello kitty tribute site with out my permission!!!

Thank god that somebody is archiving it (3, Interesting)

TinBromide (921574) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740135)

I posted earlier about how Geocities was the early web 2.0 in practice, where anybody could post anything and contribute to the community. I'm sure that there is a wealth of information on geocities about obscure topics that *Might* come in handy if you were to let your true inner geek reign supreme. I.E. I have bios roms of early mac's that I found on Geocities sites that couldn't be found anywhere else, and I'm sure that if they were posted nowadays, they would be subject to lawsuits or take-down notices by Apple.

I think that our generation will leave less of a mark than that which came before it because nobody is writing on paper. Geocities is the closest thing that we have to shoe-boxes full of letters and diaries for the period spanning the late 90's (In the form of websites about star trek and software and pointless articles posted by ambitious young proto-webdesigners). In the future, there will be a similar scramble to preserve facebook and myspace to preserve correspondence for future generations.

angelfire's open directories (2, Interesting)

British (51765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740243)

Angelfire was fun to snoop around on, since the image subdirectories were open for the browsing. Sometimes you found images not meant for the public.

To those who say Geocities has nothing of value... (3, Informative)

jonwil (467024) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740433)

Here is just one example of content on Geocities that has value.
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/8682/ [geocities.com]
These old documents are still of value to people modding the old games.

My first webpage was on GeoCites (1)

darpo (5213) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740531)

Back in 1997 or so, my very first site was hosted on GeoCites, uploaded via 14.4 modem. I wish I had kept it up, for nostalgic reference. The URL alone was hilarious, you know, that /OuterSpace/Asteroids/7382/ kind of thing, before subdomains became popular.

Garbage collection? (2, Funny)

marqtholomew (985605) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740641)

Back in 1996-97 I made an extremely amateurish geocities site with some unfinished programming tutorials, the most popular of which was on qbasic. I sort of stopped working on it after a while, lost my password, and couldn't get yahoo to authenticate me years later when I wanted to remove my ridiculous site. The bio page is especially embarrassing, and the programming material that is there is of no use today. Honestly I'm too lazy to expend any more energy in my effort to shut down my site, so naturally I am relieved to see yahoo pulling the plug on geocities. The way I see it, the internet is cleaner without my site clogging the tubes. My site could live indefinitely in archiving systems, but hopefully someday it won't even show up on a search for "qbasic programming". Will the web naturally garbage collect my orphaned web page, without my intervention?

Geocities? Anyone remember Homestead? (1)

drfool (1535489) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740721)

Welcome back to 1999 [homestead.com]

Wish they would have done that for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27740751)

wbs.net
best chat site evar.

abc/disney/go network can burn. burn and diaf.

i especially missed the 'girl chat' room. so many dudes pretending to be chicks and sharing the pixellated pr0n.

oh well, at least we still have IRC and 4chan. (congrats m00t!)

Good lord let it go (2, Insightful)

MikeURL (890801) | more than 5 years ago | (#27740855)

We are way WAY too hyper obsessed with archiving data. How many of those 200,000 web sites are of genuine value? Of that tiny number how many reproduce information that can be found elsewhere? If you are left with more than 5 websites that contain valuable info that can't be found elsewhere I'd be shocked.
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