The Internet Archive is a USA-based not-for-profit organisation founded in 1996 to build an Internet library. It offers permanent access to researchers and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Its reach is not confined to the USA. It has a useful archive search tool, called Wayback Machine Here’s Internet Archive’s description of Wayback Machine:
“Wayback Machine is a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible.”
I tried to find this blog on Wayback Machine, and was pleasantly surprised to see numerous captures. I even tried it out on a [nameless] site that I set up and ran years ago. It had captured that too.
It’s not the answer to the meaning of life, but offers genuine research capabilities mingled with serendipitous fun.