This, Jen, is the Internet

If you are a fan of the British sitcom The IT Crowd, you probably recognize the reference (if not, check out this hilarious video clip at YouTube).

Well ... the "Internet in a box" is a joke no more. The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine has been collecting "snapshots" of the web since 1996, allowing visitors to freely access archived versions of Web pages across time. Now, the entire archive is housed in a Sun Modular Datacenter shown on the left. Admittedly, it is somewhat bigger than the box Jen was introduced to but it's pretty cool to think this two petabyte archive (growing at over a petabyte per year) still fits inside a box.

Want to see what Yahoo! looked like in 1996? Simply enter http://www.yahoo.com in the search box and hit the "Take Me Back" button.

Here is a press release with additional information and the announcement from Brewster Kahle, Co-Founder of Internet Archive.

Comments:

WOW. I love the design of the Sun Modular Datacenter. Who manufactured that case? How do you manage heat and dust? Where's the plug?

Haha, anyway, this is incredible. Thank you, Sun Microsystems.

Posted by Nick Iannone on April 26, 2009 at 11:47 AM PDT #

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