The Wayback, the Way Forward

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.

Time can be maddeningly slippery; the same is true of the Internet. I discover this anew every week when I lose myself for hours online while trying to replace dozens of dead links in the “this week in the archives” articles.

Somewhere in the midst of all that surging, changing Internet flotsam sits Crunchable.

Two weeks ago, this site turned six years old. And while we haven’t celebrated with another ostentatious display of self-celebration like we did last year, I’ve been thinking a lot about where the site is going — and where it’s been.

I’ve spent hours poking around Crunchable’s entries on the Wayback Machine, a breathtakingly vast online archive that attempts to nail down both time and the Internet. Flipping through these obsolete Crunchable pages has been like flipping through an old photo album — catching snippets of where we were, what we looked like, what the hell we must have been thinking. The Wayback Machine has even let me find a few Crunchable articles that got lost over the years; I’ll be adding them back into our archives soon.

At the same time, I lie awake at nights thinking about Crunchable’s future. The other editors and I have already started kicking around new ideas for the coming year. The most obvious change will be an updated look for the site.

Some other changes are already here. As of this weekend, Crunchable now runs on a new version of WordPress, which required some tinkering under the site’s hood. If you notice that something here has suddenly stopped working, please leave a comment on this post so we can fix it.

This issue featured two new writers and a new column. We’ve recently added an editor. And we’ll have lots more improvements in January, too.

Crunchable has changed a lot since October 22, 2001. Now let’s see what else this baby can do.

Article © 2007 by Michael Duck