It was yesterday brought to my attention that it is within the ability of the authorities to crash this site at any given time. Thus we need volunteers to download and cache the content on this entire site before that happens. Having that, we can reappear elsewhere immediately at some place on the Net other than the reflexively authority-genuflecting Google.
Now, I rather suspect that Google understands the backlash this would cause, playing by Chinese rules in the United States, but their inbred compulsion to kowtow to power is, so far, apparently irresistible.
Not to stir the pot (much) but why not just make a daily backup and download it your local computer?
I'm not sure how much memory my HP Pavilion has, but I'd gladly give it a try.
how many gigs does it take and we can send you a portable hard drive or two.
Any computer guys know how to grab the whole lot in one go with comments?
There's a couple other sites I wouldn't mind caching too, like gunwriters.fi
Though I haven't tried it, you may want to go here to grab the whole blog. Then you could provide a link to let others download it for safe keeping.
Not stirring the pot at all, A, from where I sit.
What good, pray tell, will it do for Mike to do a backup to his local computer? Or do you think the alphabet agencies will let posterity have access to his computer after taking down the website?
Nah. Ain't gonna happen... hence the caching effort required...
If Mike goes down, I hope Sipsey pops up everwhere on the net just like "V" - and willing to bet it does.
I'd be happy to help Mike.
I'm guessing that the whole thing can be stored on a pocket flash drive. There is more than one blog that we should all "pocket" weekly in the event that a public-library based "upload" is required.
This same thing happened to Dr. James David Manning at The Manning Report two days ago. There are forces afoot who do not want the truth exposed at any cost.
Dr. Manning says that these forces include organizations within the gub'mint and even folks who claim to be on our side.
Mike, I wish that you would call into Dr. Manning's program and let him do an interview with you. He broadcasts from 3-6 pm EST Monday-Friday. His number is 646-845-9707
You will not be disappointed.
I'm a computer professional so I can take care of the system requirements etc.
However, I know next to nothing about blogger so I'd need pointers on how to perform the backup and restore operation...
I have 180 GB's. What can I do to help.
Blogger has an 'export' utility that can be used to archive.
>>> Use the following to backup Mike's entire site offline:
1) Download and install a Java runtime
2) Download and install PageSucker
3) Start pagesucker and give it the url for Mike's site: http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/
A dialogue box will open and you will want to create a directory to store the files within and then let it rip. It will create an index.html page at the root which is the starting page for the site.
I'm downloading the site now and damn it is big. Mike has been a busy man.
ps your page hits are going to go way up as these tools are effectively hitting every page and image within your site.
There's a site called "dropbox"(http://www.getdropbox.com).. 2 gigs are free, extra for more, but what's nice is that you can "share" the contents with as many folks as you'd like so its backed up @ dropbox and anyone with username/password and the dropbox client can download it.. and drop files there for others.
to use the the blog backup software markofafreeman pointed to, you need your username and password for the blog.
Mike, I'll send you an email, if nothing else we can buy you a 1gb external drive for $100 geez..
Use numerous portable hard drives of large capacity and give them to someone or multiple someones you trust. Costco usually has them for cheap. If you need $ for this I'm sure lots of us would chip in.
Im game. Let me know where to grab the data
Whoever and as soon as possible when the backup is done it needs to make it into the torrent world.
If I have the capacity, and my CTO (wife) can help, I'd be proud to help.
I send an e-mail w/ private info so you can contact me.
That program that
post works like a charm. it will download the site with comments. Im doing it now
Maybe (since you're in the limelight and your local computer's not particularly "safe" either) have several "someone else"'s do it from various parts of the country. Hopefully blogger has an "export" function of some kind. You might have to grant them admin access, but maybe there is a way to give limited admin access. I don't have a blogger account, so I'm not sure.
If you had several someones (6 or 7)... they could each pick a day of the week and archive the whole thing... so there is an archive every day, but each person is only dong it about once a week. You'd have several copies with wide geographic separation, and none more than a week old.
Yeah, Mike. You can count on me! They're out to get us, and we need to spend all of our time figuring out every possible angle that The Man can use against us.
OK. full backup with comments here.
only 10 downloads cause its rapidshare but its a start. These are atom xml posts from the blogger backup program linked above. It doesnt backup images.
I'll have a copy as well and try to keep it updated.
Stay safe and God bless.
Already done some weeks back Mike. Will perform it again.
It appears Google kindly takes care of your archives and backups on your behalf, and doesn't allow you a way to manually back up your blog. I would purchase web hosting elsewhere (it's dirt cheap) and make use of the free backup and download tools offered by most hosting companies.
It looks like they offer a tool to link to archives and maybe export them in some way, maybe to be used on another website.
Count me in.
You've got my email.
Here is how you back up a Blogger Blog:
The Import & Export feature in Blogger is now live and can be accessed from the Settings tab of your Blogger dashboard.
With "Export Blog," you can easily create a complete backup of your Blogger blog on to the hard drive and this may come handy in situations when you accidentally delete some old blog post or if Google blocks your blog due to policy violations – at least you’ll have a local copy of all the content that you may publish elsewhere.
Post the zip compressed file and update it regularly and we can all download it and have it ready.
-David T. McKee
I'd love to help. But I have not a CLUE as to what is needed or what to do.
Tell me. Point me in a direction. Give me step-by-step instructions.
I've got a copy operation running using wget on a one-second timer. It'll be easy to copy to and unpack on any web server, and although comments and such won't work, all Mike's writings as posted on SSI will be viewable.
I saved the content of each page along with every graphic for a total of 162MB on a 2GB flash drive. You won't get the comments for each article, but I think you can make do. I'll keep updating it in future days and, if the page ever disappears, I'll send you the whole thing on CD.
If you use Blogger's export function, it would make it much easier. I can host the exported XML or, alternatively, import it into wordpress to act as a read-only cache.
if you export it, you could, of course, import it yourself at wordpress.com and be free of any further outside entanglements.
if you can't export it, say so and I'll spider the content and host it elsewhere.
How much memory do you need, Mike? I have a spare 200GB drive that I would be happy to cache your site on. I'm a retired Web designer, too, and have a good high-speed connection and excellent FTP capabilities.
I'll do what I can to provide a backup of this site.
Mark Freeman's link actually is very good, and you do not need the username/password to the blog to use it.
I have used that tool now to pull the entire Sipsey blog (minus the individual images), and in a format that will allow the entire blog to be pushed into another blog site easily.
Gentlemen, the question here is no longer how, or which tool - each of the tools that have been suggested have different strengths and can be used for this task. We're not trying to create a separate centralized repository. The idea here is to decentralize the content so that the site can not be obliterated easily, but can keep springing up like weeds after rain each time someone with a lawnmower comes by and tries to take it out. :)
Whatever tool works for you, use it to download the site. The tool Mark posted allows you to pull posts and set a date/time to avoid repulling the entire site every day. I have mine set now to go back a week to pick up new comments or edits that may be made to more recent posts.
Get to downloading, keep your copy locally where it's harder to get at, and download frequently to keep your copy up to date. Be ready if the time comes that you need it.
I'm currently archiving the entire blog, comments, images and all - and the program I'm using (WebSite Downloader) is telling me that everything is roughly just over 2GB contained in just over 16000 files.
Link to FREE software:
For those interested, as of this morning the blog, when exported as one XML file per post, with another XML file per post containing that post's comments, totals 2,786 files at 33.9mb (again, without images). Trivial space.
Costco has a sale on until April 14...750GB external hard drive for $99. Regularly $129. (Passport, I think)
If using Firefox, go and grab the plug-in Download-Them-All (and about the only thing I use Firefox for is this util), install, restart, go to the main site, right click and download the entire site.
Archived, 2.89 GB.
I use this.
Besides my own, it's nice to know so many people have Mike's back(ups)! :-)
I am ready to stand up and salute every one of you!! And I agree, even without comments, the inspiration of the articles, the non-revisionist history lessons and the praxes alone will provide years of powerfully useful info.
Like the mans says -
"You can't stop the signal!"
I host my own web site, and have lots of free disk space. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't write off Google just yet; saw a story recently where they shut down their censorship system and are routing Chinese searches through the Hong Kong servers. Technically legal but I guarantee the Chinese will NOT see it that way.
Gonna be interesting to see how that tumbles...
I am willing. There are different ways to go about it, but it might be best to back it up locally and then hand it out to a few trusted folks. I have a hosting account with adequate space and bandwidth. Not that you have any particular reason to trust me. I would even be willing to give you FTP access to my hosted space, so you could upload and remove any information at will.
If someone will tell me how to do it, I'll download it onto DVD and probably wouldn't be averse to sending a few copies hither and yon to interested parties, such as Mike and any others belonging to Absolved.
Pulling down a copy of the entire site tonight Mike. I'll try to keep a regular backup in addition to the other volunteers. I'll send email contact info. I'm an I.T. guy by profession and I have a couple of web servers as well if the site suddenly becomes homeless.
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