For example, if your employer matches your gift 1:1, donating $100 turns into $800: (1+1) * (1+3) * $100 = $800.
shrugs did I miss something?
I may only be a poor college student, but the fact that my $10 just became $40 towards Archive.org compels me to donate.
I've learnt about the concept of donation matching only recently (it's not used all over the world yet). It doesn't seem very honest to me. And not only to me, e.g. http://blog.givewell.org/2011/12/15/why-you-shouldnt-let-don...
There's absolutely nothing inherent to the concept such that it's dishonest.
It exists to drive others to get involved. It's an excellent mechanism and works very well by getting attention and encouraging people that their contributions will be magnified. It's a deal: you give, I give. There's nothing dishonest about that.
Further, the donor in this case is matching an 'unlimited' sum. There's no artificial cut-off.
And then I realized "ah, because then I wouldn't have donated my money."
It's not totally honest, but I get why they do it and I don't regret donating the money so in the end, whatever.
I just hope that the btc donations get matched 3x as well, they don't say on the page.
1) I'm a fan of old-time radio because it can be more entertaining than books on tape or the radio for long car or bus rides. Archive.org has an unbelievable collection, literally months of well produced radio plays, including some great classic sci-fi like "X minus 1". https://archive.org/details/XMinus1_A
2) On top of hosting a copy of all of Project Gutenberg (almost 40k books), they have numerous other libraries including an awesome collection of scanned Magazines. I'm into old computers and sci-fi, so their OMNI archive (https://archive.org/details/omni-magazine) and an unbelievable collection of old computer magazines (https://archive.org/details/computermagazines) fit the bill. (There's also a pretty big library of classic computer books).
3) It's backed up with an extensive collection of old computer software. https://archive.org/details/software
4) An awesome video archive with everything from archived old computer shows like the computer chronicles https://archive.org/details/computerchronicles to a few thousand old movies, many of which are still worth watching https://archive.org/details/feature_films including "Plan 9 from outer space" https://archive.org/details/Plan9FromOuterSpace_811 and even the impressive (if incomplete) Chrontendo https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22chrontendo...
Though I wish it was a bit better organized, browsing around archive.org, and hitting upon pockets full of awesome like the 5 above remind me of being a kid and going to the central library for the day and browsing the periodical and reference sections and coming across all sorts of great stuff. I haven't been this excited to use the internet in a long time and in many ways it seems like Archive.org fulfills much of the promise of the internet as a repository of all human knowledge.
Sorry if this sounds like a commercial, but it really is that great of a resource.
I might be talking about only specific cases that happened with me but quality wise I didn't had much luck with it. Albeit, I do realize the project itself is huge and have been fan of the Internet Time Machine.
But the important part is that I found a copy at all. It literally didn't exist anywhere else on the internet.
Here's a pretty good video of "Code Rush"
and another not as good https://archive.org/details/CodeRush
BTW, here's some copies of the Overture (the familiar fun bit is about 9minutes in)
https://archive.org/details/WilliamTellOverture_894 (an old 1910 recording)
https://archive.org/details/RossiniWilliamTell-Overture (a 1940s era)
https://archive.org/details/ReinerWilliamTellOverture (a much better stereo modern recording)
Here's a piano octet arrangement of the piece in 2011 (https://archive.org/details/Marioajero-WilliamTellOvertureBy...)
and tons more.
The amount of times I was directed to some old webpage, only to find it 404ed, when Wayback Machine came to the rescue, quite a lot of times.
(btw if you use DuckDuckGo you can quickly access it with `!wayback <URL>`)
Anyone know why the library of congress doesn't combine forces?
Maybe the NSA could help restore/collect :)
As far as I am concerned, they are great examples of what the ethos of the internet should be about.
Anyone know how often they update the total? I didn't see it go up.