From not@email@example.com (Computer Nerd Kev) to comp.misc on Sat Nov 12 09:03:37 2022
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The Rise of DISCMASTER
by Jason Scott, October 24 2022
"A developer came to me a week ago with a project they'd been
working on for over a year. The proposition of what they offered
and the importance of what it would mean to historical software at
Internet Archive was so compelling that within 48 hours, we'd
announced it to the world.
The site is DISCMASTER.TEXTFILES.COM, and within its stacks lie
multitudes of previously hidden software treasure, and a directed
search engine that makes it a top-notch research tool.
More than a fascinating site, though, it represents some
philosophies regarding the Archive's stacks that are worth
exploring as well.
The first thing that strikes a visitor to the site is either how
strange, or how nostalgic it looks. The site is strikingly simple
and references the first few years of the world wide web, when
backgrounds were grey by default, and the width of the screen was
almost always under 640 pixels. Same with the link colors, and use
of (to the modern era) small icons next to the words and links.
This is a version of the world wide web long gone.
However, underneath this simple exterior beats the heart of a
powerful search engine and an astounding amount of processing that
has analyzed millions of files to make them easy to interact with.
If your area of research or interest is vintage/historical
software, we've all been handed a top-class tool to discover
long-lost files and bring them back instantly." ...