Digging Through the Archives
This website started life as a Tumblr blog (
jonbeebe.tumblr.com) way back in 2010 before I finally registered a domain name for it (
jonbeebe.net). Since then, my life has changed immensely, and so has this website. I’ve reset it and reboot it more times than I can count. Recently, I started posting entries to this site once again. This time, however, I decided to take a different approach.
Rather than blowing everything away and starting new, I thought I would attempt to scour the internet for all traces of past incarnations of this website and restore the archives. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, I was able to restore most of all my previous entries. I also discovered that I had written a lot more over the years than I realized.
Unfortunately, there were several entries that are lost forever due to not being able to find any cached copies anywhere, but I was able to get most of them because there were more snapshots during the times I was more active on this website.
Overall it was a very nostalgic experience for me, and sometimes a little sad, particularly remembering the great experiences we’ve had with Carlos Icaza (my mentor who had passed away last year). For each entry, I could remember the snapshot in time when that entry was written. It really highlighted just how much my life has improved since 2010, and how exciting it has been over these years.
During the process, I tried to fix any links that were broken (or redirect to a cached version if it was available) and add notes wherever necessary. It was a lot of work, but I’m glad I was able to preserve most of the website’s past.
Here’s to no more huge gaps in the archives!