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2005-03-15, 11:33
As you may be aware there is an html archive of this site here (http://www.3-3-3.org/forum/archive/). Actually if you log in using that PDA then you will get a light style/skin which uses low bandwidth because it is text only. When you log in it reverses the order of the archives so that the newest is displayed rather than the oldest.

I used a website copier HTTrack (http://www.httrack.com/) to copy all the html files from the archives. I had to make a couple of changes because I was getting a 403 error. I don't know if it was a clash of cookies, but what I did was to change the Browser ID from Mozilla/4.5 (compatible; HTTrack 3.0x; Windows 98) to Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0). In addition I went to Scan Rules-->Exclude link(s) and added File names containing: pda. Otherwise it would have added a lot of useless login files to the PDA interface, and the display order of some of the subforums would have been backwards. Another thing I did to make it simple was to go into this site's admin control panel and set the archive display to Forum Archive Threads Per Page to 10000 and Forum Archive Posts Per Page to 2000 so that nothing would have a page 2.

I created a folder on a different site here (http://www.tatom.org/archives/) in which I uploaded the zip file of the forum archives. Occasionally I will scan the site archives here and upload it as a zip file to that folder there. That will create a way to preserve this site or for you to view it on your desktop independently of any special Linux server, database, or vBulletin license. With this html archiving there is no copyright or crippling of the site, and it belongs to the public domain. I was hoping to archive The Real Underground in such a manner, and I spoke to The Passion about that possibility a year ago, but unfortunately no one of good character has a copy of that forum anymore.

The 7800 posts in this forum became a zip file that is 2.4 MB in size. That just goes to show that text is the most efficient manner of communication. People say that a picture is worth a thousand words but really nothing compares to text as far as richness of information per space is concerned.