Author Archives: Jason Scott

Spam Faxes and the Wonders of Ephemera

In 2002, a father in the UK gathered up a pile of fax paper from his fax machine and took it home. Was he looking at some treasured writings and gathered cultural touchstones and wanted to preserve them? No, he … Continue reading

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Some Very Entertaining Plastic, Emulated at the Archive

It’s been a little over 4 years since the Internet Archive started providing emulation in the browser from our software collection; millions of plays of games, utilities, and everything else that shows up on a screen have happened since then. … Continue reading

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Emulation in the Browser adds WebAssembly

Since we introduced our approach to Emulation in the Browser (now simply called The Emularity) back in 2013, there’s always been plans to continually improve the experience and advance the various web technologies that make it happen. As of today, … Continue reading

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30 Days of Stuff

Jason Scott, free-range archivist, reporting in as 2017 draws to a close. As part of our end-of-year fundraising drive, I thought it might be fun to tweet highlighted parts of the vast stacks of content that the Internet Archive makes … Continue reading

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HyperCard On The Archive (Celebrating 30 Years of HyperCard)

On August 11, 1987, Bill Atkinson announced a new product from Apple for the Macintosh; a multimedia, easily programmed system called HyperCard. HyperCard brought into one sharp package the ability for a Macintosh to do interactive documents with calculation, sound, … Continue reading

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Macintosh Collection Hand-Screenshotted… Plus: HyperCard!

The Internet Archive’s emulated Early Mac collection, which was announced last week, has had all its content screenshotted by hand for maximum visual beauty and accuracy. Normally, we utilize a set of automated scripts that do screenshotting, allowing for a … Continue reading

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Early Macintosh Emulation Comes to the Archive

After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of … Continue reading

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The Internet Arcade becomes an Archive Reality

A couple years back, we introduced the Internet Arcade, which enabled people around the world to play a number of Arcade titles from the last 40 years in their browsers, instantly. We’ve also had collections of console games, and a … Continue reading

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I CAN HAZ MEME HISTORY??

Jason Scott presents Internet Memes of the last 20 Years at the Internet Archive’s 20th anniversary celebration. ——– It’s always going to be an open question as to what parts of culture will survive beyond each generation, but there’s very … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Preserving Digital Music – Why Netlabel Archive Matters

The following entry is by Simon Carless, who worked for the Internet Archive in the early 2000’s before moving on to work in media and conferences, while simultaneously maintaining collections at the Internet Archive and running the for-free game information … Continue reading

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