[ubuntu-uk] Google fu - like kung-fu, but with search :)

Mike Hingley computa_mike at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 29 00:21:20 UTC 2014


Alas my google fu is not so great here, but I was wondering if anyone on the list had any ideas.
I was thinking about the U1 close down, and I got to thinking about Iain Farrell's post on design.canonical.com : http://design.canonical.com/2011/10/so-youve-decided-to-make-an-ubuntu-promotional-video/
in this post Iain provides some resources - unfortunately these are sitting on Ubuntu One storage, and will ultimately disappear.  
The link for the resource in question if you're interested is : 
http://ubuntuone.com/1UtWyqSmCXQy3bs3ijTwck
So I was wondering if we could use Google to identify pages where there a links in the form of http://ubuntuone.com/<stuff> and flag those pages as potentially broken when Ubuntu One goes kaput.
I had a quick go, but I know absolutely nothing about scanning Google.  At least if we could scan - say ubuntu.com, askubuntu.com, canonical.com etc.  We'd find any places where canonical are linking to content that is potentially going to be broken.  For internal pages then this content can be moved, and the link repointed.  For external stuff (like comments) then perhaps some system of notifying the post authors, or even storing the content and re-writing the link ( not sure here).
There is the potential that wiki pages could also be similarly affected.  
 I tried using wayback machine to cache Iain's assets, but I got a 504 Gateway Time-out error - I had thought we could plough the future broken links into the wayback machine but that looks like it's a no go.

What do we think?

thanks
Mike Hingley 		 	   		  
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