Internet Archive, also known as archivepuntoorg. it is one of my favorite services on the Internet. It started to gain a lot of popularity thanks to The Wayback Machine, a file in which we can see different versions of the same web page over time. Have you ever wanted to see, or remember, what Google looked like in its early days? Well you can see here its appearance in 1998. Yahoo? So it was in 1997. But over the years it has grown substantially in size and function, becoming the museum of the Internet.
Today, it is possible to find all kinds of content on the Internet Archive, from books to software, through videos, sounds and, of course, websites. And in this regard today we have learned that, in his work for preserve the history of the network of networks, they will also preserve and, of course, allow access, to some Flash-based web page elements, a technology that as we have already been telling you in recent years, and especially in recent months, will not reach 2021. A more than expected and understandable farewell, but that takes many memories with it.
Aware of this, of the importance that Flash has had in the history of the Internet and, therefore, in our lives (and if not, ask anyone whose adolescence coincided with Habbo Hotel), the Internet Archive has decided to preserve part of those contents, more than 500 animations and games specifically, which will work thanks to Ruffle, a Flash emulator developed with Rust. To make the experience easier, Ruffle is added to Emularity, the platform used by the Internet Archive so that users can access various types of content, including software, directly through the browser.
You can see the collection of Flash content that has been preserved in the Internet Archive clicking here. Of course, it is essential that for this you use a browser that supports WebAssembly, that is, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. You can find more information about the technical part of this implementation, as well as read a long and nostalgic review of the history of Flash on the blog from Internet Archive.
And no, in case you’re wondering, the Flash plugin will not be necessary to access said contentRuffle takes care of that. And is that the add-on will no longer be available, so if so, if you need the add-on, the measure taken by the Internet Archive would not make sense.
I am not sure if this is more an exercise in conversation, nostalgia or, directly, the digital version of Diogenes Syndrome. Yes I have to admit that, reading it, I was happy to know that not all content developed in Flash will be lost. Then I have wondered if I will ever go in to try them and, to be honest, it is not very likely. But, even so, that elements that, at the time, were so relevant on the Internet, are preserved, I think it is positive. What do you think? Do you think the Internet Archive is good at preserving these contents?