View websites as they once were.

The web's wayback machine
Illustration:
Jay Ward

If you are of a certain age, you may recall an animated cartoon series titled Peabody’s Improbable History, which involved a clever machine (called a wayback machine) that could transport people (and dogs) back in time. The same animators turned out the delightful Rocky (the squirrel) and Bullwinkle (the moose) cartoons.

There’s a similar “machine” on the web, which allows us to view websites as they were in the past. It’s also called “the wayback machine” and is available here: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php.

I don’t know if these web page “snaphots” are admissible as court evidence, but I’m sure that investigators of all sorts use “the way back machine”.

While you’re poring through the Internet’s archives, have a look here: http://www.archive.org/index.php. The Internet Archive is an impressive enterprise.

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