Windows Live Spaces
|Windows Live Spaces|
Windows Live Spaces homepage (after logging in), as at 18 March 2011
|Project status||Closing on 2011-03-16|
|Archiving status||In progress...|
|IRC channel||(on EFnet)|
Microsoft announced that it would shut down Windows Live Spaces on March 16, 2011. That day has been and gone, and as of March 20, 2011, Windows Live Spaces is still running. NovaKing is currently scraping Bing for more profiles, so we'll need all the help we can get as soon as he can start producing lists.
Since September last year Microsoft has been notifying every user who had a Space active to migrate it to Wordpress using your Windows Live ID, save it to your hard drive or remove. Still, there are many long-abandoned blogs that have not yet been migrated so that they may not survive. For these reasons I decided to create this tutorial to know who wants to save some Spaces.
Any correction is welcome and any questions or suggestions about it must be raised in the discussion of the article.
We will need a lot of help to download as many Spaces as possible.
- Swicher is currently using HTTrack to download his list.
- Auguste and Dr-Spangle are using Wget to download an additional copy of that same list (see Hotlists).
- NovaKing is currently scraping Bing for more profiles. At the rate he's been going, he could have a list of tens of thousands of profiles ready soon.
This is a list of all Spaces hotlists and their current status. They are generally split into chunks of 1,000 Spaces, and are intended to be downloaded with Perl/Wget, but if you can't use that, use whatever you have available. Microsoft could shut Windows Live Spaces down at any time (it's already past D-Day), so it's better to grab something than nothing.
If you would like to take ownership of one, speak to Auguste on IRC.
If you have taken ownership, please update this table as soon as you are finished, or let Auguste know if you are unable to complete it.
|wls 0001-1000.txt||http://pastebin.com/FMJh3vAa||Auguste, Dr-Spangle||In progress||Auguste has downloaded ~580 Spaces as of 20 March.|
|wls 1001-2000.txt||http://pastebin.com/xrXfPbL4||Auguste, Dr-Spangle||In progress||Auguste has downloaded ~580 Spaces as of 20 March.|
|wls 2001-2202.txt||http://pastebin.com/KAVYAW3c||Auguste, Dr-Spangle||In progress||Auguste has downloaded ~580 Spaces as of 20 March.|
|wls 2203-3000.txt||http://pastebin.com/pygEEHBr||Hydruh||In progress|
Auguste has collected some potentially useful stats and information:
- 120 Spaces can be downloaded in a period of about 24 hours
- On average, 50 Spaces take around 1GB of storage
- Each Space will compress down to about 10% of its original size
- 50 Spaces therefore should compress to about 100MB
There are several ways to download Windows Live Spaces, but using Wget/Perl is recommended.
SpaceInvader2.pl is a small Perl script to simplify the task of archiving a list of Spaces. It parses a hotlist and calls Wget on each line, one at a time. Due to insufficient time and planning, it doesn't download any off-site dependencies and isn't multi-threaded. If you are able to correct either of these issues, please notify Auguste.
To use SpaceInvader2.pl, copy it into the directory that you want your Spaces to be downloaded into.
Usage: SpaceInvader2.pl "HOTLIST"
HTTrack (graphic version)
I will explain what is the procedure to download one or more Spaces using HTTrack graphic version (WinHTTrack in Windows and in Linux is called WebHTTrack).
I assume that the reader should be familiarized with the use of WinHTTrack (or WebHTTrack) so I'll just explain that you need configure (in the Option Panel of the program) to download a Space of Windows Live Spaces.
In the section "Scan Rules" must be added the following lines:
+*.css +*.js -ad.doubleclick.net/* -mime:application/foobar +*.7z +*.pdf +*.doc +*.mid +*.3gp +*.djvu +*.amr +*.mp4 +*.ogg +*.ogv +*.ogm +*.mov +*.mpg +*.mpeg +*.avi +*.asf +*.mp3 +*.mp2 +*.rm +*.wav +*.vob +*.qt +*.vid +*.ac3 +*.wma +*.wmv +*.zip +*.tar +*.tgz +*.gz +*.rar +*.z +*.arj +*.dar +*.lzh +*.lz +*.lza +*.arc +*.gif +*.jpg +*.png +*.tif +*.bmp -*.entry#comment +*.profile.live.com/Lists/* +*.byfiles.storage.live.com/* +*.photos.live.com +*.spaces.live.com
Line 1 to 7 indicate what types of files are downloaded from a Space (if the program finds one these and this lines can be modified to suit the user), the line 8 is because the program tries to capture the comments any post of a blog on Windows Live Spaces and this action generates errors (in addition to a waste of time when exploring a site), line 9 and 12 are used to capturing Spaces of the list of "friends" who might have the Space user which is capturing at that time (these lines are optional), and lines 10 and 11 are to capture the files and photos that the user can have uploaded there.
Finally add in the field Browser "Identity" (from the section Browser ID) the following User Agent:
Googlebot/2.1 (+ http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)
 LSSaver is a Windows Freeware software to save an Windows Live Space blog to your local disk. It saves useful informations such as, blog title, content and comments. It is able to save the pictures included in the blog to local disk also.
LSSaver is very simple to use, so that its operation is:
- First, you need to enter a Microsoft Live Space username.
- Then, you click on the "Get" button to retrive all blog entries, when a blog entry is retrieved, it's title will appear in the tree which is the left part of the window. Wait until all titles are trieved. Then you can browse your blog titles by fold/unfold tree, check those you want to save. Once a blog entry is checked, it's content will appear on the right part of the window, check all blogs you want to save and wait until all of them appear.
- To save the selected blogs, you simply click the Save button, a file selection window will open, select where the files will be saved and give a file name and click the Save button on the window, after a while, all the selected blogs are saved. The saved file is a HTML file, you can open it with a browser.
The program works as it should but we must take into consideration some details that differentiate it from any web site downloader:
- As explained before, when the program save a blog all the articles (and comments) are crammed into an HTML file (which could become a problem if the blog has a lot of content).
- The names of the images are stored as 000001, 000002, etc. thus avoiding that the original can be found on the Internet (this refers to the images of external sites linked in a blog) or recognize the file format.
Auguste's unfinished script
Auguste began to write this script to parse a profile's friend list for more profiles, then output them to a textfile and remove duplicates. Unfortunately, it wasn't completed. Anyone is welcome to use it or finish it off, but NovaKing is currently using a superior scraper to grab profiles from Bing.
- Existed 7.000.000 active sites, but until March 2 only 1.000.000 have been moved to WordPress, that is, only 14% of total.
- Here you can see some statistics from user Swicher on their progress to download some Spaces.
- If you do not know how to use this program you can check this tutorial (in English) or this one (in Spanish)
- I'm not sure if which is allocated in *. photos.live.com will continue to exist after March 16, then I take the opportunity to save the section "Photos" of Spaces (if the user of Space has this section) so that the line 11 is also optional
- Some of the descriptions in this section was taken from http://www.softsea.com/review/LSSaver.html
- This operation may take up to several minutes depending on the number of entries that contains a blog, as well the user connection
- Over 500,000 Windows Live Spaces blogs migrated to WordPress.com
- Over one million new blogs on WordPress.com, but time is running out
- In English:
- In Spanish:
- Microsoft cierra Windows Live Spaces
- Microsoft cierra Windows Live Spaces y transfiere a sus usuarios a WordPress
- Windows Live Spaces se cierra
- Solucion OK: Windows Live Spaces llega a su fin y continúa con WordPress.com
- Recordatorio: Windows Live Spaces cerrará pronto
- Email de Windows Live que le llega a cada usuario con un Space activo