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  • DennisB
    This is fun to look at, I was there way back when for some of the activities. And about the long gone John Derstine, one of the folks from Germany spoke with John just weeks ago, apparently John is alive and well somewhere in the Philippines, he left on his own accord many years ago.

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  • mlachow
    started a topic Wayback Machine to retrieve old lost web sites

    Wayback Machine to retrieve old lost web sites

    If you ever want to find an old web site, there is a good chance that you might be able to dig up things on This effort has been capturing snapshots of websites since the late 90's.

    You need to type in the URL. Then it will give you a timeline that shows when they have taken snapshots of the site. Sometimes they are error messages but other times you get the web site in all it's former glory. You type in the web site.

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    It searches and if it finds it you will get a timeline. If you know the site is gone and someone is just trying to sell the name then click back in time to see what is there. You can click on a year and you will see a calendar with dates when the site was archived. \
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    When you hover over a calendar date that is highlighted, you will see the archive time. Click on that time.

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    Once you get the web site, there will still be a wayback navigation bar up at the top. You can use that to scroll forward or back in time. Sometimes you get errors when they did not get any useful info. And sometimes you get old code that might not work too well. But it is still better than nothing.

    Like wikipedia, and, this is a community funded project. They have books too.

    I was able to find the old web site on the Duster sailplane,

    You can also find Robin Lehman's old site and John Derstine's sites for nostalgia.