So I was scanning through Tim O’Reilly’s weblog (it’s long, and full of interesting articles). But I noticed that a lot of the articles he refers to are gone. For example, the top article in the above search (about Bill Gates’s eulogy for Michael Dertouzos).
I can find out that the article existed. And what Tim thought when he read it. But the actual article has disappeared.
This is sort of like the position that classicists are in: they can read commentaries from antiquity about the plays of Sophocles. But some of the actual plays themselves have been lost for centuries.
The difference is that we’re doing this to ourselves, in real time.
What’s your favorite page-that-is-no-longer-there?