Hate 404 errors?
If you do active online research (which is pretty much the whole point of SearchResearch), you fairly often run into web pages that are 404. When this happens, it means that the link you're trying to follow leads to a page that is missing. It might have been removed by the author, or just moved elsewhere. In any case, the link you've got doesn't work any more.
This actually happens more often than you'd like.
Normally, I'd just use Google's cache: operator like this:
and Google will serve up its cached version of the page.
But every so often, that cached version is missing as well. THEN what?
A friend told me about a Chrome extension called WayBack Machine that watches your browsing activity, and if you get a 404 error, it jumps in and offers to search for that URL on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (which is an incredibly useful archive web page, including ones that have disappeared).
In my case, I was looking at an old SearchResearch post which referred to the
Alas, the cache: operator doesn't retrieve anything for this page.
BUT the WayBack Machine operator jumped in and offered to find it for me. The extension pops up a mildly annoying interstitial that looks like this:
When you click on the "Click here to see archived version" it finds that web page when it was last archived by the Internet Archive.
In this case, it brought up the archived page beautifully. Now I can read what was once deleted.
Here, it's gone all the way back to July of 2010.
There is also a Firefox version and a Safari version. (I don't know what to do in Internet Explorer. If someone tells me, I'll update this post.)
If you do much online research, I recommend this extension. It'll save you a bunch of time.
Ironically, your link to the Chrome extension is incorrect and gives a 404 error!ReplyDelete
Ooops. That was a typo! Sorry about that.Delete
My apologies. I should really have included the correct link in my earlier comment. Thanks, as ever, for your always stimulating and helpful blog.Delete
The first link was supposed to take us to the Wayback Machine Chrome extension. Ironically, it opens a 404 page. :)ReplyDelete
Here's the correct link to the appropriate Google Web Store page: Wayback Machine.
And thanks for the hint. I use the Wayback Machine from time to time but it's much easier with the extension, and I didn't know it!
Thanks for the link. It's fixed now.Delete
Good Morning, Dr. Russell!ReplyDelete
Very interesting and helpful, thanks for sharing. I don't know alos about Internet Explorer nor in Edge. However, I think this may help
Wayback Machine Online if you don't want extensions or don't know how to add them.
I should have included the regular Wayback Machine as well. Thanks--I'll include it now. (And I'll write a future post about it too. Every search engine has its little tricks and foibles. The WBM is no exception.)Delete
Thanks, Dr. Russell. It will be as always a pleasure to read you and learn those tricks and foibles (new word for me) Enjoy weekendDelete
4wiw, 4give me, 4now, er404r, an AM404 - tl;drReplyDelete
…404 page design - a cottage industry unto itself…
a couple of favorites
3 other 4s
Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library
best $)$ Pugezzz
other 40* codes and relatives…
the 411 - 1985
the real 405… overnight
the 405 - why don't they have their headlights on?
almost as frustrating as a page
why doesn't this have a 404?
the Watson/Bell 404-ish moment
Bell Wired… there goes my free articles…meh, subscribed for years…done
oh well, it will all be moot soon
that's the thing about your tips Dan, they always lead to interesting, often useful places… thanksReplyDelete
404s & electric sheep, in one day… mind blown*
"Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them as a screensaver." The Internet Archive • 279 billion web pages
*(…it would have been, if I still had one… Alexa/Siri/et al.… blown… virtually)
a SERP of note
Internet Archive work
'news' is an interesting place to roam…
the pre-net soundsReplyDelete
…'This article has multiple issues.'
alas - τέσσερα μηδέν τέσσερα
a face to go with the archive
Internet Archive HQ
the street view… not far from the Presidio… and Golden Gate Park is handy
who would guess the history of the internet lived on the left? ;-P
and close to the House of Bagels… if only there was a HyperLoop between the two…
who knew bagels could tweet - no thumbs and all
must not have gotten the Victorian memo…
there's even a mini-park nearby
Internet Archive Blogs
some bits: found through an image search…the image from blog header photoReplyDelete
IIIF and Mirador viewer