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Here's how to get back old Strangelands stories! by Rocky - Printer Friendly

(Sorry about the double post, but apparently updating stories doesn't work right now - throws some database error).

In any case, I just figured out a way to dig up the most of the writings before early 2014. It will require some work, but if you are up for it, here's how you can get back in time. First of all, have you heard about the Wayback Machine?

See here: http://web.archive.org/web/20140104175639/http://thestrangelands.com/

Unfortunately for the latest archive only the 1-2 top levels are archived so full stories are not visible directly BUT you can indeed access the writer list. If you visit for example this link http://web.archive.org/web/20131220125829/http://thestrangelands.com/authorStories.php?author=70 you'll get a list of all of my writings till date of the last archive which happens to be early this year.

On the list you'll have links to each story. Like this: http://web.archive.org/web/20131220125829/http://thestrangelands.com/getStory.php?storyIndex=2436.

If you take the real, old URL of the story (http://thestrangelands.com/getStory.php?storyIndex=2436) you can now go to Google and search with that URL. If / once you see a link to that page, you can click the small down-pointing arrow right to the link in the search results, and select "Cached". And voila! You'll get to this page: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:b8MDhB6mu9IJ:www.thestrangelands.com/getStory.php%3FstoryIndex%3D2433+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=fi ... which in turn shows you the original story!

Now, this method might take some time but if you're up for it you can speed it up a bit by first preparing a list of all the links / stories you want to salvage then entering them into Google one by one and hitting that cache, copying the text, next one, copying the text etc. I assume with some more oversized patience you could even enter these back in the SQL database under the same story number?

But in any case, I think the Google cache only lasts up till three months so depending on when your servers went down, I'd suggest you hurry up gathering what ever stuff you deem necessary.

Hope this helps to some extent to bring back your mood and the memories!

Entered By Jesse From Waltham
2014-11-24 21:56:43

That was really helpful, Rocky! I was able to get back most of my stuff from prior to this year. A couple didn't turn up for some reason, storyIndex's 2419 and 2409, for whatever reason.

Entered By Ray From Canadian, TX
2014-11-26 11:26:41

Thanks, Rocky!

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