Archive for April, 2009
Wayback Machine moves to new server
This is one of those “stumbled upon” announcements: a friend was bemoaning the disappearance of a page that contained Yiddish Cowboy Songs. “Try the Wayback Machine,” I told him, and pointed him at http://www.archive.org/index.php. This evening when I visited the page to make sure the URL was correct, I found the following:
The Wayback Machine is a 150 billion page web archive with a front end to serve it through the archive.org website.
Today the new machine came to life, so if you using the service, you are using a 20′ by 8′ by 8′ “machine” that sits in Santa Clara, courtesy of Sun Microcomputer. It serves about 500 queries per second from the approximately 4.5 Petabytes (4.5 million gigabytes) of archived web data. We think of the cluster of computers and the Modular Datacenter as a single machine because it acts like one and looks like one. If that is true, then it might be one of the largest current computers.
Also, we can do fun stats. We now know the
the web weighs 26,500 pounds,
the average web page weighs 80 micrograms,
and 160 joules per query.
On another note, we got a nice letter from the last living director of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Gerard Baldwin, because he read about the “fantastic project”. Our Wayback Machine is a tribute to their more cleverly named “Waybac Machine” which in turn was a reference to the Univac. Sherman and Peabody live on.
This page is at http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=243665.
If there was ever a paper you read or an idea you liked or a comment you remember reading and you can track down the source, but it is no longer available on current pages, there is at least a 50/50 chance that the thing you remember was captured on another day in this invaluable Internet archive.
This blogger grew up with the original broadcasts of Rocky and Bullwinkle, so immediately understood not only the reference but the wit and perspicacity of such a web site.
Katie Sherrod, author of the book Grace and Gumption, Stories of Fort Worth Women, will speak to the Friends of the UT Arlington Library on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in Central Library sixth floor parlor.
Sherrod’s book chronicles the lives and careers of Fort Worth women, both the prominent and not-so-prominent, who have helped to shape Fort Worth’s history. Sherrod is an independent writer, producer, and commentator in Fort Worth and is both the editor of and a contributor to Grace and Gumption.
Katie Sherrod was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1987 for outstanding contributions in the field of communications, named one of Fort Worth’s Outstanding Women in 1989, and Texas Woman of the Year in 1989. Her print media and broadcast awards include Best Newspaper Column, Best Radio Commentary and Best Interview/Talk Show from the Dallas Press Club, and the Exceptional Media Merit Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus.
A reception will follow the talk and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. R.S.V.P. by April 23 at 817-272-7421 or email@example.com.
New from the UT Arlington Librarians.
The Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library announce the first annual exhibit to highlight recent books, art exhibit catalogs, music recordings and patents of the UT Arlington faculty and staff. Provost Donald R. Bobbitt and Dean of the Library Gerald Saxon will toast all exhibition participants at a reception honoring these individuals.
The depth and breadth of scholarship and creativity at UT Arlington is a great source of pride on campus and beyond. The exhibit will open with a faculty and staff reception on Tuesday, April 14, from 5 – 6:30pm in the sixth floor atrium of Central Library. RSVP by Friday, April 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For several years the library has sponsored an annual lecture series called “Focus on Faculty,” featuring a half-dozen talks a year by award-winning faculty. This exhibit takes it to the next level and features more than 80 entries, recognizing works completed in the 2007-2008 academic year.
A booklet cataloging each entry will be available, and the exhibit will remain in place through May 31, 2009. The exhibit is free and open to the public, beginning on April 15. Hours of the Central Library sixth floor atrium are Monday, 8am to 7pm and Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm.
Click on the video on the right. Flutter replaces Twitter.
Among the clever apps and offerings that appeared on April 1 was
* Google’s GMail adds an autopilot feature that will respond to those endless e-mail messages with words chosen by tunable artificial intelligence. You can choose the number of random typos, emoticons and capitalization to conform to your personal writing style.