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Ask HN: Twitter/Posterous - The Archive Team needs more time to save 1.3M blogs
35 points by jmathai on Apr 26, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments
TL;DR

Posterous is shutting down in a week and the Archive Team needs more time else 1.3 million blogs will essentially disappear.

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I've been following an exchange between Jason Scott (Archive Team / Internet Archive) and Sachin Agarwal (Posterous) [1].

It appears that Posterous gave the Archive Team some dedicated servers to hit but it wasn't sufficient to download the amount that's going to be deleted.

I don't know all of the details but saving content to a historical archive is invaluable. Offering the ability for users to download their content is great but it serves a very different purpose than what the Archive Team and Internet Archive does.

Additionally, it's certain that much of the content will disappear because users didn't receive the shutdown email, 30 days wasn't long enough or simply didn't bother to do anything. The public content there is still valuable.

[1] https://twitter.com/agarwal/status/327153883237453825




Simply put, former Posterous and Twitter are being douchey.


TL;DR Twitter = Evil


Evidence?


Everyone who wants to help can install the Archive Team Warrior.

The ArchiveTeam Warrior is a virtual archiving appliance. You can run it to help with the ArchiveTeam archiving efforts.

http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-warrior


Installed and running. It's a quick download. If you already have some sort of VM software installed, getting it running is pretty painless.

(VMware said it wasn't compatible, but gave me the option to retry import with relaxed restrictions. I had to move the second (scratch) disk from Secondary-Slave to Secondary-Master, but it came up no problem after that.)

Once it was running, it's just a simple web interface you can use to select what project you want to participate in.

All in, it was about a five minute affair.

You can track the current progress of the Posterous download at <http://tracker.archiveteam.org/posterous/>.

Currently they have 4,846,523 items done, and 1,277,126 to go. They need all the help they can get.

Thanks for letting me know about this, ddorian43. I've got a reasonably speedy connection, lots of hard-drive space, and definitely don't mind helping out.


Seems like someone could still donate server time for charity pr.




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