Wednesday, 28 September 2022

A Most Dangerous Discovery - The Way Back Machine and Other Parts of the Internet

Back in the days of the early 2000's I was in academia, like others, searching the Internet with a passion. The WayBackMachine was in its basic inception and I used it for hours in "multi-disciplinary research! (ahem). Well it's way better now as there seems to be oodles more to find and quicker check it out for yourself (see below):  

Examples of searches ..

The generic WayBackEngine link: 
And there is more to be found ... (note, the collections are not necessarily comprehensive - but nevertheless a brilliant time waste, er I mean research resource) ...

Dragon Magazine: 
The General: 

Military Modeller: 
Meanwhile in another part of the Internet - Donald Featherstone's Magazines and Newsletters: 

And finally - the way is was back when board games had printed Zines distributed by postal mail or hand:

I advise you to set an hour timer on your mobile phone before you start clicking on the links - but it may already be too late by now.


Jonathan Freitag said...

The General and WN online? Wow! This is quite the find! Thank you!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

You are most welcome .. but I immediately distance myself from responsibility of the amount of time that this find might grab! I honestly dare not look too much .. already I have found stuff I [didn't know existed] or [was even accessible anymore]!


It is teh Airfix that immediately grabs me .. it is from another era!

John Y said...

My evening went from "I'm going to paint! I'm going to game!" to "I'm going to read as many issues of Featherstone's newsletter as I can in one night!

Jonathan Freitag said...

Having never seen Airfix magazine before, this is an entirely new adventure.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

John Y .. er, glad to be of assistance ;)
Remember .. strong coffee helps ;)

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Johnathan .. I have vague memories from my childhood but was not a regular buyer .. I remember a fascinating feature about how to convert the Airfix HMS Ajax kit to HMS Leander in 1/600 scale!