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Archived Years of Kiting

Archived Years of Kiting

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet, launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive.

The excerpt above is quoted from Wikipedia and it continues like this…

Internet Archive founders Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat launched the Wayback Machine in 2001 to address the problem of website content vanishing whenever it gets changed or shut down. The service enables users to see archived versions of web pages across time, which the archive calls a “three dimensional index”.[5] Kahle and Gilliat created the machine hoping to archive the entire Internet and provide “universal access to all knowledge.

The Wayback Machine began archiving cached web pages in 1996, with the goal of making the service public five years later. From 1996 to 2001, the information was kept on digital tape, with Kahle occasionally allowing researchers and scientists to tap into the clunky database. When the archive reached its fifth anniversary in 2001, it was unveiled and opened to the public in a ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley. By the time the Wayback Machine launched, it already contained over 10 billion archived pages.

Today, the data is stored on the Internet Archive’s large cluster of Linux nodes. It revisits and archives new versions of websites on occasion (see technical details below). Sites can also be captured manually by entering a website’s URL into the search box, provided that the website allows the Wayback Machine to “crawl” it and save the data.

– Wikipedia –

So what’s better – now when we’re entering not only a new year but a brand new centennial – than recapping the history of the AERIALIS Kites website?!

It all started (way) back in 1998, when on a windy holiday on the windy west coast of Jutland Denmark. Then the snowball started rolling, and it has been rolling ever since!

By following this URL, you can go back in time and see all that has happened from the early days and onwards. You might notice that the Wayback Machine includes information from 2000 and onwards. The two first years (1198 and 1999) are not included because I didn’t have the aerialis.com domain until 2000.

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