The Mac Emacs that I use is XEmacs with Andrew Choi's patches, which were never accepted for some reason. I've been using this version since 2005... but I stopped being able to compile it in 2008. It last built successfully on MacOS 10.5, I guess?

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 6.8M Aug 22 2008 /Applications/XEmacs.app/Contents/MacOS/XEmacs

This is probably going to cause me a lot of swearing some time next year.

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I wrote this thing to replace all the links in an HTML document with Wayback Machine links. It looks at the file's date and tries to find contemporaneous archives.

I think I'll also do that with links in every blog post that is more than, say, 5 years old. Opinions differ widely on what the half-life of a link is, but it is Not Long because Everything is Terrible.

It would be nice if there was an easy way to detect whether a site is still really there, and only replace it with an archive link if not, but that's basically impossible to automate since so many sites turn into domain-parking spam pages.

By the way, there are many ways to tell the Archive to save a page immediately. The easiest way to script that is to just load "https://web.archive.org/save/...URL...". Whenever I make a post it does that on everything I've linked to, just in case.

The Archive is a critical piece of infrastructure of both the Internet, and increasingly, our society. Give them money.

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