Monday, December 26, 2016

Revisiting the Lost Colony - North Carolina’s Roanoke Island

On a visit to Outer Banks, North Carolina we decided to take a trip to Fort Raleigh and the Elizabeth Gardens. Its a 30 mile drive and after visiting the Fort Raleigh Historic Site many of the members of my friends and family were a tad bit disappointed. The key phrase here "Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England's first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590." From the National Park's website.
1585 is probably  as old as it gets. Sir Walter Raleigh believing that " favorable location for the first English colony in North America" was the Roanoke Island" 

There is no museum or well preserved structures and you have to close your eyes and imagine the adventures of these voyagers as they tried to establish a colony. This was a disappointment to many of my family members as we were visiting the site.
Washington Post 's article -"The Lost Colony of Roanoke loses its portrait of Queen Elizabeth I" brought back the memories of this visit

'The rare painting of the English ruler in the last years of her reign resided for more than 60 years at the site of the “Lost Colony.”
I don't think we went in to the Elizabeth Gardens and so lost the opportunity to see the rare painting of Queen Elizabeth I. Nevertheless visiting a historic site and  imagining what these explorers faced was a thrilling experience.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Rohit Bhargava's Non-Obvious Trends for 2017 Released on Amazon Today

Easily Find the Internet History You Wanted to Forget

For the past 20 years, The Wayback Machine and Internet Archive has had our backs, or rather backed us up. Put any url into the search and it is likely you can get versions of the website from wayback, like the first Google snapshot from Nov 11th 1998. That was only about 18 years ago.

Now instead of searching for just a URL you can search for websites archived using keywords. This feature is now in beta and to check it out you should go to

Curious about Mark Zuckerberg's first post on the Facebook blog, here is what i found and that was in 2006 only 10 years ago. Have fun and don't forget to donate to the Wayback Machine. Let me know how you used it.

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