Jimmy Hess mysidia at
Tue Aug 20 05:12:56 UTC 2013

On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM, Randy Bush <randy at> wrote:

> > Without Google, how do you know where anything even *is*?
> ask that to 20% of the world's population

Turning off  Google is essentially doing a  rm -rf  http://
www-wide analog to  rm -rf /    or  temporarily loss of the root directory,
pending a fsck.

The important stuff is still there, somewhere...  it's just becomes a real
chore to get to your files without a useful directory  provided by the
indexing system,  until you can get your superblock repaired.

Webcrawler, Gopher sites, and Archie search engine become viable options.

There's also backup on some stacks of tapes somewhere labelled  Bing, DMOZ,
Yahoo,  and a few other misc.  unlabelled stacks, various well-known .COM
and .EDU domains,  which  you could probably use to find your materials if
you downloaded the old Hosts.txt files;  if you look long and hard enough,
  you can still find the filesystem data you need to relink the directory
and get at the files you need;   it  can just be darn inconvenient  sorting
out all the spam.



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