Category Archives: Cool items

Truck and Back Again: The Internet Archive Truck Takes a Detour

When one of our employees came out of his home over the weekend, he saw an empty parking space. Granted, in San Francisco, that’s a pretty precious thing, but since this empty parking space had held the Internet Archive Truck … Continue reading

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The Internet Archive Telethon Pt. 3

See also Parts 1 and 2. We dreamed up the idea of an Internet Archive Telethon, and due to the work of employees, volunteers, and performers, we put together an (almost) 24-hour show. We had an amazing time doing it. But … Continue reading

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A Treasure Trove of Adventure and Uploading

The Internet Archive opens its doors and drives towards a goal of Universal Access to Knowledge, and encourages contributions and uploads from our audience on a global scale. In some cases, like our Netlabels section, the contributors are often the … Continue reading

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NEW at the Archive Store! MS-DOS “Game Not Over!” T-Shirt

Designed by Jason Scott, the new “Game Not Over!” T-shirt is a celebration of the over 2,000 MS-DOS games that are once again available to play on archive.org. The shirt is currently available in a number of sizes at the … Continue reading

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Mirroring the Stone Oakvalley Music Collection

The Internet Archive has begun mirroring a fantastic collection of music called the “Stone Oakvalley Music Collection”. When you visit one of their websites, the archive.org mirror is one of the choices for download. Going forward, the Archive will offer a … Continue reading

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Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

by Robert Miller, Global Director of Books, Internet Archive “Reading a book from the inside out!”. Well not quite, but a new way to read our eBooks has just been launched. Check out this great BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28976849 Here is … Continue reading

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Open Call for tumblr Collaborators

When it comes to collaborative culture, tumblr is where it’s at – and we’re ready to jump in. We’re not going to just redirect this blog, though, we’re opening up our tumblr URL to anyone interested in messing around with … Continue reading

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Lost Landscapes SF6: huge success– Next Lost Landscapes of Detroit February 22

Standing room only for Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscape of San Francisco 6 at the Internet Archive last night.   New films including “process plates” from studios brought a new sharpness to many of the films presented.   Suggested donations was 5 … Continue reading

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Hard Drive Archaeology – And Hackerspaces

Two different, but somewhat related additions to the archive you might want to check out. First, I was contacted earlier this week about a project to recover information off of an old Cray-1 supercomputer hard drive. Unlike, say, trying to … Continue reading

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Why Publishers Support E-book Lending with OpenLibrary.org: A Q&A with Smashwords Mark Coker

This Q&A kicks off a series of conversations with visionary publishers who support e-book digital library lending with OpenLibrary.org. Mark Coker, Founder, CEO and Chief Author Advocate, founded Smashwords  to change the way books are published, marketed and sold.  In … Continue reading

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Buying E-Books from Smashwords

Smashwords’ best-selling authors contribute to OpenLibrary.org Smashwords, the largest distributor of independently published literature, recently provided the Internet Archive and OpenLibrary.org with its first installment of e-Books from best known, best-selling e-Book authors including: Young Adult sensation Amanda Hocking; Fantasy … Continue reading

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Open Library Buying e-Books from Publishers

The Internet Archive is on campaign to buy e-Books from publishers and authors; making more digital books available to readers who prefer using laptops, reading devices or library computers.  Publishers such as Smashwords, Cursor and A Book Apart have already … Continue reading

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1790-1930 U.S. Census Records Available Free

With the U.S. Census Bureau beginning to release statistics from the 2010 census. It seems a good time to mention that Internet Archive has a complete set of the available U.S. Census back to the first one in 1790: From … Continue reading

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Ted Nelson and Zigzag

One of the great things about the Internet Archive is the sense of adventure. There are always creative ideas bouncing around. Many of them come to fruition and occasionally some fail. In the spirit of innovation the inimitable Ted Nelson … Continue reading

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Ted Nelson Launches His Autobiography at Internet Archive

    On October 8, 2010, Brewster Kahle and Internet Archive hosted Ted Nelson’s book launch for his autobiography “Possiplex.” It was a special evening. There was a wide array of guests, including some of Ted’s closest collaborators. Ted Nelson … Continue reading

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Little Known Classics You NEED To Watch!

The classic, the rare, the obscure…you movie junkies love this stuff. It’s always cool to discover the weird films made by familiar faces. Kudos Matt Holmes and Peter Willis of Obssessed With Film for assembling a Top 10 of little … Continue reading

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Top 40 best free legal movies you can download right now

Sean P. Aune at tech.blorge has put together a great list of movies on archive.org.  From his blog: The Internet Archive works to bring together anything and everything that resides in the public domain, and that includes movies.  We’ve gathered … Continue reading

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New Open Library Search Engine add-on for Firefox

We’ve developed a Firefox add-on that allows you to directly search Open Library from your browser’s toolbar search field. To install it: 1. Go to: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/144222/ 2. Check the “Let me install this experimental add-on.” button 3. Click “Add to … Continue reading

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NASA partners with Internet Archive to archive digital imagery

From Jon Hornstein at Internet Archive’s NASA images: NASA gave a nice shout-out to the Internet Archive for helping them address their Open Government Initiative requirements. http://www.nasa.gov/open/plan/records-management.html Here’s a couple of choice quotes . . . “. . . (the … Continue reading

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Relax, You're at an Intermission in a Drive-In

These days, a good drive-in theater is a relatively rare gem to find. Although many have recently been resurrected and a DIY drive-in movement has even occurred, a drive-in is still often seen through nostalgic eyes rather than considered to … Continue reading

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