Wayback Machine is WAY out of Date

July 20, 2006

So I need to make a correction…The RackSpace design critique I posted recently is now out of date.  The design I ripped has been replaced by a much better design.

Blogs and web links in general do not always do a good job from a “historical accuracy” perspective because the pages you link to often change. For years I have used the Wayback Machine at Archive.org as a standing record for website content revisions. I planned to use it to update the Rackspace post (past, current versions), but was alarmed to see the records now stop at July 2005.

I hope this is not a sign of things to come, because the web needs a service like this…lawyers use it for copyright dispute resolution…but I have a bad feeling that it might be the beginning of the end for the Wayback Machine.

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Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.