The Steptail Wayback Proxy Server serves older (circa 90's) web browsers with pages from the era. It is the easiest way to browse the Internet as it was in 1996 through 1998.
Connecting through a virtual modem is supported. You may use the following guide to set up a virtual modem: Raspberry Pi Virtual Modem.
The server address at this moment is wayback.steptail.com and runs on port ???? for both FTP and HTTP Proxy. This is a closed beta at this time, and will not accept connections from unknown hosts.
We are in the process of archiving popular websites with an emphasis in having a complete experience with working website features. This means that the data downloaded may not be 100% exactly original, as I work to fix broken links and dynamic features such as web search. Some websites have been manually and painstakingly restored to their original state from various sources (including archive.org), while some sites do not exist on the proxy server at this time. If you have ideas culturally significant websites, I take suggestions!
Proxy server is currently in closed BETA ! If you would like to join testing, please contact.
To begin, you will need to connect your vintage machine to the Internet. Then open the web browser. You will need to tell your web browser to use the ALTERNET proxy. We currently have the following web browser instructions covered:
Once the proxy settings are added, you can start browsing! The ALTERNET proxy will serve pages from an archive to your machine, and the user experience will stay true to the experience of the 90's. You will only need to type in an archived web address you would like to visit.
We recommend starting by going to the welcome page at http://swp.inode.com
We will be continuously testing various other web browsers, so you'll know to expect that they work.
One of the early goals of the project is to test and verify that the web will be accessible with at least the following web browsers:
Questions? Comments? Contact Me!