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davidh
January 2nd, 2012, 04:19 PM
In the process of learning about [Dixonary] OT: unintended exposure of email addresses? (http://tapcis.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9911), I happened to notice that the Tapcis.com archive http://www.tapcis.com/forums/archive is browsable in a normal "garden variety" way by using one's normal Internet web browser program (e.g. MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).

I also happened to notice that there are a couple (at least) free offline browsers "out there".

One apparently is an extension for Firefox:
SCRAPBOOK http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/
(found by googling [ offline browsing firefox ])

More:
Other tools:
http://www.httrack.com/ – HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.
Webaroo — reviewed here
Wget — command line net retriever (reviewed here)

http://blog.sharpstyle.com/2007/04/10/scrapbook-firefox-extension-for-offline-browsing/

I don't see the offline browsing feature appearing obviously in connection with MS IE "Favorites" now in my Win XP MS IE8, so I'm guessing MS may have taken out that feature?

I'm making this post because I'm curious if any of you readers might have tried something like this?

IIRC, I'd used WGET some years ago, but probably more to get files and/or just a page, as opposed to a whole site, for offline browsing. Of course I've completely forgotten what its command line args are or do.

dgermann
January 4th, 2012, 05:18 PM
David--

Googling man wget produces this page and several others: https://www.gnu.org/software/wget/manual/wget.html

Maybe that is a help?

But the larger question: do we want these open to the world? And do they include the private forums?

davidh
January 4th, 2012, 07:06 PM
David--

Googling man wget produces this page and several others: https://www.gnu.org/software/wget/manual/wget.html

Maybe that is a help?

But the larger question: do we want these open to the world? And do they include the private forums?
Doug,
Personally I am not liking to use command line utilities since I don't use MS-DOS any longer. That's why I use SUPER and Format Factory and VLC to convert and to play various multimedia files. If I had to do such by the various command line (multi platform incl. LINUX?) programs "under the hood", then I'd never get to first base.

As to whether vbulletin archives of private forums exist here or not and who or how to access them, maybe Sidney could answer that?

dgermann
January 5th, 2012, 11:05 PM
David--

OK. I prefer command line in many settings. Maybe if I did multimedia files like you it would make a difference. (I have had a Linux laptop for about 4 or 5 years and just found out that the microphone is probably not working and never has been--shows how little I have needed to use it!)

Sidney, hey Sidney, are you there?

davidh
January 6th, 2012, 02:04 PM
BTW, FWIW, the Wayback Machine at archive.org seem to "drill down" only to this page:
http://www.tapcis.com/forums/archive
and no farther.
So, the actual tapcis.com public message archive contents seem not to appear anywhere in the Wayback Machine.

dgermann
January 7th, 2012, 05:42 PM
David, using your link, I was able to get into many of the posts, even after I logged out from Tapcis Web Forum. The Member's Only was not available to me that way, but I could see it existed.

davidh
January 7th, 2012, 11:16 PM
David, using your link, I was able to get into many of the posts, even after I logged out from Tapcis Web Forum. The Member's Only was not available to me that way, but I could see it existed.Doug,
I did not give any link to archive.org in the msg to which you replied.

However, here is an example link to archive.org to show what I'm talking about:

http://web.archive.org/web/20071015115943/http://tapcis.com/forums/archive/index.php?f-2.html

Note that it is dated Oct 15, 2007, both in the link itself and on the page linked to.

If I then click 1. Welcome to the Tapcis Web Forums!, I am then taken to another archive.org page that says:
The Wayback Machine hasn't archived a capture for that URL.
Here's a capture taken 0 minutes ago from the live web that will become part of the permanent archive in the next few months. In other words archive.org at that moment was acting as a sort of proxy to show me a live view of
Tapcis Web Forums
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In other words, archive.org did not have an archived copy of tapcis.com's archive of the 1. Welcome to the Tapcis Web Forums! thread.

dgermann
January 8th, 2012, 07:53 PM
David--

That's good to know. Thanks for checking it out.