Archiveteam Saves 272 Terabytes of MobileMe Websites From Deletion

A volunteer team has been downloading the entire publicly accessible contents of MobileMe webpages, iDisk folders, and photo galleries, ahead of the shutdown of the MobileMe service on June 30.

The team just finished the project, some four days ahead of their deadline. The project began late last yearn and ramped up as the team moved closer to the MobileMe shutdown date.

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Archive Team has finished downloading MobileMe and .Mac before Apple deletes it on June 30. 272 terabytes. 380,000 users. HUUAAARRGG!!!
The Archive Team bills themselves as "a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage." Among other things, the group offers a torrent with 641GB of Geocities sites and a scrape of 90 million tweets across 6 million Twitter accounts.

The group is not affiliated with website storing service Archive.org, but does work with them to preserve data.

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30 months ago
Perhaps I should have been a little more careful about what I put in Public in iDisk!!!
Rating: 15 Votes
30 months ago
Yeah, truly mixed feelings there, but if you put something on the internet - you really should assume it's public forever...
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

Perhaps I should have been a little more careful about what I put in Public in iDisk!!!


I don't use mobileme (did the trial), but that's exactly what I was thinking.
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
Where did they get the list of user names from? Just 'trial and error' ?
Rating: 5 Votes
30 months ago
Perhaps the people left their stuff to be deleted because they didn't give a crap.
Now 272TB is wasted space because no one will every give a crap of looking at it.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago

EXACTLY the reason why I won't put anything of any value to me anywhere outside of my physical control. Grabbing my iDisk content ? That's the same as stealing my wallet, to me. If you nick my wallet, purportedly for the purpose of archiving it for the future, I will still have lost my wallet, and it is still a theft. As long as companies can copy, archive, access, fiddle with my personal data, and they are free from culpability, they can forget about me using their services. Fair enough with the web sites, but iDisk data ??? Come on !!!

I think you misunderstand what's going on here. This isn't anyone's private files.

If you put your wallet on your front porch and put up a sign that said "ANYONE CAN LOOK AT THIS" -- would you get pissed if someone came and looked at it?

They are making copies of public websites for posterity, before they get taken down. They did the same thing with Geocities before Yahoo killed it.
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
How much do they charge to get your files back? ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
Thanks, Archive Team!
Too bad I don't want any of mine back, so you are welcome to keep it all. But thanks!
Rating: 3 Votes
30 months ago

Yet another reason why I still don't consider cloud storage to be anywhere near as safe and convenient as local storage. The same reason why I find that 256GB on the MBP Retina is way, way too small in this era of hi-def-everything, as data is way too big to be downloaded on and off from a standard home connection.


Remember that these were the PUBLIC drives? Just saying, arguing with security is bogeous. It's like saying what you post here shall never be read by anyone... Whatever was there on private drives will be lost forever if not copied before the shut-off.

I really don't know what is not to understand about that being the public data they downloaded.

I guess you guys need a different analogy: If on your Facebook account you make everything visible to all, anyone with a Facebook account will get acces and can download it. Now, even if you abandon the account (like people did with the old Apple service), it will still be accessable. Some of that are blogs, others could be whatever.
Point is that this initiative wants to save old junk data for whatever their reasons are. It's their hobby like some Oil Princes in the Saudis collect sports cars. Just assuming that their might be a questionnable motive behind it is to some degree paranoid for me. But that is just my opinion. Also: If you didn't store anything marked public, your data was not downloaded by this initiative...

Oh, and the storage options for the rMBP are up to 768GB - for those who are willing to spend the money.
Rating: 2 Votes
30 months ago
It's nice to know things like this exist.... I stumbled upon a website, that could have been related to this, which had the contents of old versions of websites which are since gone... such as apple.com, from about 2000 on (missing a lot of pages here and there.. but they're working on it)! The internet as a historical archive will be really important someday... just like old newspapers and such. Only in a lot of ways it's easier to delete a website than destroy all copies of a newspaper...
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