[LINK] Internet Archival

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Tue Sep 29 09:05:46 AEST 2009

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 12:35:37PM +0200, Kim Holburn wrote:
> Have you searched the wayback machine?
> I worry that we've already lost much of the written online material  
> produced in the last few decades.  I think we've already lost much of  
> early TV.  Recently the BBC had lost a number of early episodes of Dr  
> Who and managed to get copies from people who had taped them (possibly  
> illegally).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_missing_episodes
> Even if we had a perfect archive of everything online it would  
> probably not be legally usable because of copyright restrictions.

i remember about a year ago someone telling me that they'd seen on a
bit torrent site[1] a complete collection of Doctor Who episodes, from the
1960s to the current day. about 200GB, all up. with current broadband
speeds and quotas, i find it hard to imagine someone even making such
a torrent, let alone someone, even the most obsessive fan, actually
downloading it.

it probably wasn't 100% complete.  probably missing some episodes.

[1] no, i don't know what site. it was about a year ago, and it was just
something they mentioned in passing, and i wasn't terribly interested.
i just thought it was bizarre and amazing that there was a torrent of
200GB (!!) worth of dated british SF.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

Beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies.  The
danger already exists that the mathematicians have made covenant with
the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell.
		-- St. Augustine

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