Sunday, June 24, 2007

(virtual) things that are not there anymore

The PG had a piece Sunday about the Internet library I will poke a little fun and just say it has taken them long enough to notice.... Especially considering that the oldest Post-Gazette entry on the site has been there from January 14, 1998. The December 5, 1998 edition is a little more complete.

You can have all sorts of fun if you look hard enough. I once pointed out the archive for the Tom Murphy 2001 Mayoral Campaign. From that site I once asked: how many of this group are still in office? or better yet the site of his young opponent Josh Pollack who was running at the same time. If campaigns were won on sloganeering alone, the youngest mayor title would have clearly been his long ago. Josh really had the best ever: Uncorrupted by years of experience. Or the first Peduto for Mayor (Batman-themed no less) campaign site. Even the infamous Grantstreet99 muckraking site.

Anyone else know of other campaign web sites now overcome by events? or non-political sites now defunct? Do we have a Rick Sebak special in the making.

But there is more serious stuff as well. I have also pointed out the extensive Prelinger Archives. I recommend the archived documentary: The City (part 1) by the American Institute of Planners, 1939, available as an MPEG stream via the Prelinger Archives. and Part 2. I swear it depicts the attitude of some toward cities to this day.

other things gone, but with an echo in the ether: Remember St. Francis Hospital.. or How about an early Port Authority web site. (you could be really snarky on that.. one blurb on that site says "the future is a blank". prescient?) Beyond Pittsburgh the possibilities are endless. I was curious if there was a web site for Iraq pre 2003, but that was illusive. There is an eerie web site for the CPA in Iraq as early as August 2003.

and don't forget to make a right where Isaly's used to be.


Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

I've been a part of or owned a number of domains:, and Village Compass

I often emailed as

Then there was

After opening my wiki, which might have been the first of any candidate politician -- because another bloke more than two years later claimed the title, I got the domain just this week:

Adam was working on, for a while, I ran with, and are all still working.

And when I was in elementary school, the St. Barts school band cut a record, 33-and-a-third album.

Netscape had an email discussion group where I jumped on the bandwagon with the Eureka Squared concept, before Mozilla when with public code. -- used to publish SuperCard, and I tried to acquire that. It was an old HyperCard software. Roadster was its WIN counterpart. When you start talking tech tools and the digital dust pile, oh my., are oldies. Sendit was 96 and then acquired my Microsoft and we used it for more than 100 auto-reply messages. One week back then, I pushed out a triathlon book (100-plus pages) to more than 500 people in a day. We had a one-week special.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:15:00 AM  
Blogger Richard Layman said...

Unlike many newspapers, the PG makes the entire archive available online for free. That's something that few newspapers do.

The SF Chronicle does too, Dallas Morning News I think , but not many others. With the change in ownership of Knight-Ridder newspapers to McClatchy and independents, there is much greater restriction on online availability from those newspapers than there was under K-R when at least the last 2-3 years seemed to be available if you had the right headline.

Friday, July 06, 2007 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger Richard Layman said...

I should have said entire archive once they had an online presence.

Friday, July 06, 2007 9:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss Grant Street 99.

Friday, August 08, 2008 11:56:00 PM  

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