Knowing that by the time I get there, the page will probably have already been dugg to death or viewed by so many people on reddit, del.icio.us and others that I won’t be able to view it, I often give up. Firefox gives us a few more chances to bring that popular web site back up from the dead.
Handy Links and Bookmarklets
First solution I have to share with you would be the bookmarklet way of doing things. Thanks to Stephen Ostermiller and his Cache Bookmarklets – you too can view Coral Cache, Google Cache, or the Wayback Machine history when it comes to checking out that cool link all your friends are talking about.
You could always visit come of these caching services by hand too. Just toss these addresses in front of your link:
- Google – http://google.com/search?q=cache:link
- Coral (CDN) - http://redirect.nyud.net:8090/?url=link
- Archive.org – http://web.archive.org/web/*/link
- DotCache – http://www.dotcache.com/link
All you have to do is replace the word “link” with your own URL you are trying to visit. Handy list of bookmarks to keep by your side. What about the add-on fix?
Firefox Add-ons to Help Resurrect Pages
If you would rather go the extension route, then pick up the Resurrect Pages add-on for Firefox. This tool will give you a way to access these services and more right from the browser. It works from:
- the context (right-click) menu for the current page, and for all links.
- in the toolbar, just customize it to drag the button in.
- with the keyboard: press Ctrl-Shift-U
Another extension for Firefox that may do the trick is CacheIt. It will also display an archived version of the page you are viewing or the link you are hovering over. Does a lot of the same things Resurrect Pages does, it just does it differently.
Got Greasemonkey? Try Digg.com Mirrors. I wish I could toss in a few more Greasemonkey fixes but all the scripts out there that used to be good just are not updated as much as they used to be.
Now you should be ready to view any popular link your friends have to send your way without the fear of being the one “out of the loop” due to the web site being down. Have anymore fixes I didn’t mention? Please share!