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TEXTFILES.COM is a archiving site focused mainly on text files.
Main Page cite
On the face of things, we seem to be merely talking about text-based files, containing only the letters of the English Alphabet (and the occasional punctuation mark).
On deeper inspection, of course, this isn't quite the case. What this site offers is a glimpse into the history of writers and artists bound by the 128 characters that the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) allowed them. The focus is on mid-1980's textfiles and the world as it was then, but even these files are sometime retooled 1960s and 1970s works, and offshoots of this culture exist to this day.
Backup tools and progress
Since the early 2000s, the webmaster of textfiles, Jason Scott, has been making the TEXTFILES.COM site available for mirroring from a variety of sources - these mirrors are shown at the top of the opening screen of the site. Ultimately, the sites known as TEXTFILES.COM and WEB.TEXTFILES.COM were uploaded to the Internet Archive as a series of .7z files in early 2011 (see The TEXTFILES.COM Time Capsule - 17024875023 bytes uncompressed, 11591761683 bytes compressed, 285552 files, 5608 folders)
As part of his 2009 Sabbatical, Jason added rsync mirrors to every TEXTFILES.COM subsite, including PDF, ARTSCENE, and AUDIO.
How can I help?
Excerpt from http://textfiles.com/support:
What is of primary concern to me [Jason Scott] is saving the files and text from the 1980's, and that text is located on now-aging disks, tape, and even, I dare say, 10 and 20 meg hard drives. When those media go, that's the end of that data, and I know I haven't gotten every important file ever created. If you've got some old disks that have files you never did anything with, please consider sending them or a copy of them to me. That stuff is precious; and it is rare; and it is finite. That's what matters.
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