Useful resources

dipswitch - 11:55 20 September 2014 #

Demozoo staff and "powerusers" explore not just the usual pouet/kestra/csdb etc. stes, but also utilise forgotten and unusual resources to build up this DB.

Let's post such things here!

Just doubling my post from Demozoo's FB page:

The Demozoo staff uses a lot of resources to build up its database, including scene databases and compendia that surfaced at the dawn of the Internet. Such a compendium is SCENET, (https://www.scene.org/dir.php?dir=%2Fmags%2Fscenet/), a sceners' mail adresses and homepages list compiled by Ghandy/Gods in the second half of the 1990s, when the Internet was still young, exciting and often ugly. Combining the URLs found in these lists with the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, we are able to look at old group homepages and reconstruct group histories and membership structures. See https://www.google.de/search?q=%22web.archive.org%22+site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fdemozoo.org for entries with Wayback Machine links and explore old scene homepages!

tomaes - 18:25 20 September 2014 #

Here's a rather specific one: http://digilander.libero.it/ice00/tsid/hvmec.html

"This collection contains possibly all available C64 programs that were made in the past for creating music."

The site is dead, but a backup (hvmec-1.0-all.tar) can be found on the intertubes. There are some relevant trackers and audio tools in this archive, not found elsewhere, I believe.

pulkomandy - 19:24 20 September 2014 #

You probably know about it already, but filewatcher (http://www.filewatcher.com/) is a search engine indexing various FTP servers. For example it helped me recover the sources of the DOS version of GrafX2, which the web archive (web.archive.org) didn't have a copy of.

Filewatcher allows searching by filename, so when all you have is a dead link to a file, it can be enough to find a copy that's still online.

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