As useful as Google spell checking is, it doesn't measure up to the value the Wayback Machine has had for me.
I love the Wayback Machine. I want it to have my babies.
Take, for example, this gem: ASCII Movies.
There are two things that are cool about this website.
- It's in ASCII text. That's cool for so many reasons.
Hovering the mouse overtop of the text-titles shows a spinner. That's totally pointless but really cool. You can see a | in the final i in "Ascii". My screenshots don't capture my mouse so you can't see me hovering.
I'm saving this one so that I can reverse engineer it and base some of my own work off of this idea/technology.
Here's a real gem. Guess what movie it is.
Maybe if it's smaller you can tell more easily.
(view the animation - you may need to use the dropdown box to reduce its size.)
I know that you can do something vaguely similar with MPlayer, and the ASCII Art "aa" plugin.
\mplayer -vo aa movie.avi
But this website has the only implementation of web-viewable true text movies that I know of.
This is exactly the sort of stuff which vanishes from the web forever, with and without the help of authors and webmasters disappearing.