as far as I know google scholar is still alive and well... http://scholar.google.com/
Perhaps this suggests that some of that 'old tech' should be kept working and around just in case... I probably have a modem in a basement somewhere and I'm equally sure I've thrown a bunch out thinking that they'd never be need again
Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"