Having long argued that we should never lose sight of the Troubles I can only applaud a bold new BBC initiative which lets people keep the conflict in focus.
For by opening up their archives to the public, the corporation is providing salutary reminders of the way we were during the violence and hopefully never will be again.
The Beeb's Rewind portal has made it possible for anyone and everyone to access nearly 13,000 clips of old footage dating back to the 50s, 60s and 70s.
And there are plans to expand the archive over the course of the next few years to bring Rewind right up to date.
But the portal isn't just concerned with the province's violent past.
Hundreds of glimpses of a more normal lifestyle are only a click of a mouse away.
But BBC Rewind really should carry a health warning like cigarette packets do.
For like fags it is addictive. Ever since discovering it on its launch day last week, I've been unable to drag myself away from watching stories about everything under the sun right around the province.
However, the upside is that the site will fill many an idle hour for people here and let's face it we have plenty of them at the moment.
For the football fanatic, like yours truly, the portal is a treasure chest of interviews, previews and action from the Irish League but international games are rarer, though they're readily available on Pathé News which owns the copyright.
And copyright issues are also presumably the reason why there aren't more clips of music gigs in Northern Ireland though there are lots of chats with stars and with fans like the Bay City Rollers' girls (below) who will cringe at how they looked back in 1975.
Ironically if you search for the Rolling Stones in Belfast you get a screed of clips about riots where stones were thrown, not rolled.
And frustratingly there's an interview with the punk band The Clash after their Belfast concert in 1977 was cancelled but there's no sound on it.
A youthful and posh sounding Liam Neeson is seen and heard in a programme about the railways.
And other iconic figures like Seamus Heaney, George Best and Mary Peters are there too.
The Beeb say their Rewind site will be a valuable tool for academics and researchers.
And it does indeed have lots of film about Ulster politics of old including Captain Terence O'Neill's famous 'crossroads' speech from 1968 plus footage of civil rights and People's Democracy marches including the one that was attacked by loyalists at Burntollet on the road to Derry/Londonderry.
Bloody Sunday and Bloody Friday are among the later terrorist atrocities from the 1970s that are covered on the site.
And looking back at the reports of the daily bombings and shootings, Northern Ireland looks like a different planet, even to people who lived through that awful era where today's generations still find it hard to believe that shoppers had to go through security checkpoints manned by civilian searchers on the way into Belfast city centre.
The Beeb's news programmes seemed to have had a liking for filming the ring of steel and rag day parades by Queen's students were regularly on the news agenda including one in 1969 when an unamused Ian Paisley was surrounded but not flour-bombed at Belfast City Hall.
Tragedy, however, was to halt the charity event in 1978 after a civilian searcher and a soldier were shot dead at a security checkpoint by IRA gunmen posing as students in fancy dress.
The reporter who covered the story was Alan Green (above left) who went on to become one of BBC radio's top football commentators in England.
Other well-known journalists seen on the Rewind portal included David Capper, Don Anderson, Nick Witchell, Colin Baker, Diane Harron, Bernard Falk, Larry McCoubrey, WD Flackes and Wendy Austin. I feature in a brief clip from 1979 when the BBC filmed a picket line mounted by me and fellow journalists during a strike at Downtown Radio.
Even after only a few days online the response to the Rewind site has been universally positive which is a rarity in Northern Ireland where someone will invariably find fault with anything new.
One comment I read was from a man who found a clip of his father on the site from 1978 and the son said it was the first time he'd heard his father's voice since his death over 20 years ago.
Before I left Ulster Television a team of researchers there were painstakingly going through cans and cans of film to identify what was in them.
And UTV started to put up archive footage and I'm in some of them - including the bloopers tapes, of course - but my old employers have a wee bit to go to catch up on the Beeb.
What a pity that so many gems from the past were lost as TV bosses wiped tapes to record new programmes. Gordon Burns' pop music show Zoom In is a prime example.