INTERNET-ON-A-DISK #8, January 1995
Newsletter of public domain and freely available electronic texts
Circulation: direct = 4,600, indirect (estimated) = 100,000+
This newsletter is free for the asking. To be added to the distribution
list, please send requests to ([log in to unmask]). If you don't
have an email address, we can send it to you by snail-mail on IBM or
Mac diskette. ($30 for ten diskettes -- one with all the back issues,
followed by the next nine issues.) B&R Samizdat Express, PO Box 161,
West Roxbury, MA 02132.
Permission is granted to freely distribute this newsletter in electronic
form. All other rights reserved. (Someday this might become part of a book.)
We plan to produce new issues about once a month (with time off for
vacation). We welcome submissions of articles and information
relating to availability of electronic texts on the Internet and their
use in education.
(texts recently made available by ftp, gopher, www, and LISTSERV)
from the Gutenberg Project --
ftp mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu /pub/etext/etext94
This site has added an extraordinary amount of new material.
Michael Hart and his team of volunteers have been making electronic
texts available to the public for years; and the pace of their work appears
to be accelerating. If you are interested in etexts at all, you must check
out this site. And if you are in a position to donate time and/or money,
please do so. They need and deserve your help.
Edwin Abbott -- Flatland [illustrated with character graphics](flat10a.txt)
Caesar's Commentaries in Latin [Books I thru IV] (galli10.txt)
G.K. Chesterton -- The Innocence of Father Brown (infrb10.txt)
G.K. Chesterton -- The Wisdom of Father Brown (wifrb10.txt)
Joseph Conrad -- The Secret Sharer (sshar10.txt)
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness (hdark10.txt)
Frederick Douglass -- My Bondage and My Freedom (fbree10.txt)
Arthur Conan Doyle -- Return of Sherlock Holmes [Magazine
Thomas Hardy -- A Pair of Blue Eyes (pblue10.txt)
Henry James -- The Aspern Papers (asprn10.txt )
Henry James -- Daisy Miller (dasym10.txt)
Henry James -- An International Episode (intep10.txt)
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw (tturn10.txt)
D.H. Lawrence -- Sons and Lovers (sonsa10.txt)
Henry Lawson -- In the Days when the World was Wide & Other Verses
Somerset Maugham -- Moon and Sixpence (moona10.txt)
Andrew Barton Paterson -- Man from Snowy River & Other Verses
Robert Service -- The Spell of the Yukon [poetry](spyuk10.txt)
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom's Cabin (utomc10.txt)
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden; On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Lao Tzu -- Tao/Dao Te/h King/Ching, [Hsuan Chiao] [taote10x.xxx]
Factorials 1 to 100,000 [a file of numbers] (factr10.txt)
Martin Luther King Anthology #1 (1mlkd10.txt)
Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl.............Harriet Beecher Stowe
An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage..Frederick Douglas
The Negro Exodus..............................James B. Runnion
My Escape from Slavery........................Frederick Douglass
The Goophered Grapevine.......................Charles W. Chesnutt
Po' Sandy.....................................Charles W. Chesnutt
Dave's Neckliss...............................Charles W. Chesnutt
The Awakening of the Negro....................Booker T. Washington
The Story of Uncle Tom's Cabin................Charles Dudley Warner
Strivings of the Negro People.................W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
The Wife of his Youth.........................Charles W. Chesnutt
The Bouquet...................................Charles W. Chesnutt
The Case of the Negro.........................Booker T. Washington
Hot-Foot Hannibal.............................Charles W. Chesnutt
A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South.........W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
The Capture of a Slaver.......................J. Taylor Wood
Mr. Charles W. Chesnutt's Stories.............W. D. Howells
Paths of Hope for the Negro
Practical Suggestions of a Southerner.........Jerome Dowd
Signs of Progress Among the Negroes...........Booker T. Washington
The March of Progress.........................Charles W. Chesnutt
The Freedmen's Bureau.........................W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
Of the Training of Black Men..................W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
The Fruits of Industrial Training.............Booker T. Washington
The Negro in the Regular Army.................Oswald Garrison Villard
Baxter's Procrustes...........................Charles W. Chesnutt
The Heart of the Race Problem.................Quincy Ewing
Negro Suffrage in a Democracy.................Ray Stannard Baker
Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia (vol. 1 of 28)(pge0112.txt)
***Check this to believe it. Volume one is over 8.5 Megabytes. Imagine
the work -- all by volunteers -- that has gone into preparing and
proofreading this volume.
This appears to be the classic Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopedia
Britannica, published in 1910-1911. The information is in the public domain,
but, apparently the folks at Gutenberg are not allowed to use the
"Britannica" trademark and hence have given this work a new name.
I'm disappointed that the lawyers at Britannica have taken this position,
and at a time when Britannica is doing such an excellent job of putting
their new 1995 edition on the Internet and making it accessible over the
World Wide Web in exemplary form and at very reasonable terms.
Britannica should be supporting the Gutenberg Project and encouraging
them to use the original name of this work. Mutual hypertext pointers
between the historical and the current editions would benefit both. And
the Gutenberg Project is so well respected in the Internet-savvy library
community that it would be to Britannica's benefit to be associated
PS -- We have no intention of including this encyclopedia in our PLEASE
COPY THIS DISK collection. Diskettes just don't make sense for a work
of this size -- if the other volumes are anywhere near as long as the
first, it would take over 200 diskettes.
from Stony Run Farm --
This directory contains several texts from the 16th, 17th,
and 18th centuries edited by Richard Bear, along with
a book of poems, Desire for the Land by Richard Bear.
The Shepheardes Calender
The Beggar's Opera
A Defence of Poesie
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
The Lady of May
Prose and Poetry of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
SUGGESTION -- PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD
While very few K-12 schools have good Internet connections, nearly all
have PCs or Macintoshes. And one of the best ways to introduce them
to the treasures of the Internet is by providing them with electronic texts
on disks. (That's a lot easier and cheaper than giving them printouts.)
For those who do not have the capability or the time to retrieve
electronic texts from the Internet, many are available at a nominal price
from PLEASE COPY THIS DISK, a project of The B&R Samizdat
Express. For further information, send email to
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from The United Nations --
Lots of new material here, courtesy of the UN Development Programme.
In particular, check "Environmental Related Information" for the following
gopher://gopher.undp.org/1/undp/sdn = UNDP Sustainable Development
gopher://gopher.undp.org/1/undp/cap21 = UNDP Capacity 21
gopher://gopher.undp.org/1/enviro_gophs = Environment Related Gophers
gopher://unep.unep.no:70"> United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
gopher://gopher.undp.org:70/11/ungophers/unep = United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) on UNDP server
http://www.gsf.de/UNEP/index.html = Harmonization of Environmental
Measurement (HEM), Germany
http://pan.cedar.univie.ac.at = Central European Environmental Data
Request Facility (CEDAR)
gopher://binas.iaea.or.at = Biosafety Information Network and Advisory
Services (BINAS), Vienna
Also check "Public Information about the UN". Here you'll find recent UN
General Assembly and Security Council resolutions and detailed reports to
those bodies on political hot spots around the world, such as Bosnia,
Haiti, South Africa, Somalia, etc. This site and the NATO gopher
(gopher.nato.int ) are great places to check if you need to do in-depth
research on a current-events subject.
from U.S. House of Representatives --
This new server provides public access to legislative information as well as
information about Members, Committees, and Organizations of the House and
access to other U.S. government information resources.
This site includes:
o Information about bills and resolutions being considered in the Congress,
as well as current information about what's happening on the House floor
and about how individual Members voted on specific measures.
o Schedules for the legislative activity of the House of Representatives.
o Name, address and phone numbers for Members, committees and House
o Information on the internal organization and operation of the House of
o Member, Committee, and House Organizations' Published Information
o Links to Gophers published by individual House offices.
o Information on the general and permanent laws of the United States.
o Information and maps for visitors to Capitol Hill.
o Educational documents concerning Congress and the legislative process.
o Links to government efforts to improve the government via citizen input.
o Listing of all information available from the House of Representatives'
NB -- The U.S. Senate has a gopher server (gopher.senate.gov), but the
information there is nowhere near as complete or as easy to use as that
provided by the House. Let's hope they get their act together soon.
from Yahoo --
This continues to be the best starting point for Web cruising and for
trying to find out what's new. The Stanford students running this site
now have over 25,000 URLs in their database. Over 700,000 files are
accessed from here per day, and the usage keeps growing at a ridiculous
rate. (Take a look at their on-line stats).
Their handy cascade of menus shows that at least 16 elementary schools, 8
middle schools, 44 high schools, and 17 school districts are now on the Web.
The high schools include one in Turkey (Bilkent University Preparatory
School, Ankara -- http://bups.info.bilkint.edu.tr/) and one in Australia
(Reece High School, Tasmania -- http://web.reece.tased.edu.au/).
from Greenwood Publishing Group
This group of academic publishing companies (including Greenwood Press,
Praeger Publishers, Quorum Books, Bergin and Garvey, and Auburn House) now
has its complete catalog on-line -- including an enormous backlist, with
fairly detailed descriptions of each work.
from the University of Michigan Press --
"The Journal of Electronic Publishing in its current state, is an
electronic archive of works that we feel are thoughtful and provocative as
well as reflective of the current issues and trends in electronic
publishing. This list is by no means exhaustive." To submit a new work to
the archive or bring the editor's attention to an existing work, contact
Colin Day ([log in to unmask]) or Lorrie LeJeune ([log in to unmask]).
from Gordon Joly --
There's lots of interesting text-related stuff at this site in London,
England. In particular, back issues of Internet-on-a-Disk are available.
And for issue #6, Gordon has done a fine job of adding hypertext links for
all the sites mentioned. Thank you very much.
Modus Internet --
We recently received by snailmail a CDROM packed with Internet shareware
for DOS, Windows, and Macintosh, plus loads of Internet how-to text. We
haven't checked it all out, but we were surprised and pleased to find the
first few issues of Internet-on-a-Disk and our PLEASE COPY THIS DISK
catalog. The price is $9.95. Modus, PO Box 6160, Santa Fe, NM 87502. (505) 820-6500.
(Surprisingly, they don't give an Internet address.)
An add-on for your PC can turn it into a telephone. You can get clearly
audible real-time sound through your PC connected over the Internet.
This enables you to make long-distance phone calls with no long-distance
charges. Apparently, you can even do conference calls, with the parties
in different countries. Keep in mind that all the parties involved in
the call have to have this gadget, and also have to have the right kind
of Internet connection. This looks very interesting. (Imagine hooking
up your class to a class in Australia or Germany or South Africa and
having a voice chat about the current world situation -- at no cost to
you or your school.) VocalTech, Inc. is located in Israel
(phone 9-72-9562121). They also have offices in New Jersey (201) 768-9400.
email [log in to unmask]
USING ELECTRONIC TEXTS IN SCHOOLS
Many teachers are amazed by the rich array of classical works and government
information available on the Internet, but don't know how to use etexts in
the classroom. We asked a couple of users of PLEASE COPY THIS DISK to
share their experiences. Attached are their responses.
From [log in to unmask] Sat Jan 14 19:15:40 1995
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 1995 18:05:39 -0600 (CST)
From: Janet Gill <[log in to unmask]>
To: B+R Samizdat Express <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: PLEASE COPY THIS DISK
The Bloomfield Community Schools, in rural Nebraska, has a network of 75
computers. Students can access the files that have been placed in the
information directory from any one of thse computers anywhere in the
building. The files are flagged "read only" and "sharable" so that
students may copy the information for their use but they cannot change
the original form.
The 1994 World Fact Book is used by the Social Studies Department in
their study of Geography. Students can look up current information on
the countries they are studying and do reports, speeches etc. Both
teachers and students have easy access to the material.
The 1995 United States Budget Overview is also used by the Social Studies
Department. Students are assigned portions of the budget to examine.
The English teacher is just beginning to use electronic texts.
Teachers use the electronic texts to gather teaching information. They
are introduced to the vast resources available on the Internet.
The students gain experience in word processing, gathering, manipulating,
and searching large amounts of data. They have access to current
information at their convenience. The school district is able to provide
current information at a reasonable cost, and address environmental
concerns. Teachers are able to individualize instruction to meet the
needs of the learners.
I think electronic texts are able to provide a win, win environment for
educators, school districts and students.
Janet Gill, Media specialist
Bloomfield Community Schools
311 East Benton Box 308
Bloomfield, NE 68718
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From [log in to unmask] Sat Jan 14 19:15:23 1995
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 1995 16:14:37 -0600 (CST)
From: Paul Rich <[log in to unmask]>
To: B+R Samizdat Express <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: Paul Rich <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: new disks available
There are now more than 400 universities in Mexico, with a total student
body of more than 2 million. The resources for most of these institutions
are extremely limited. The largest libraries are small by American
standards. Now that the peso has been drastically devalued, the
opportunity to create reference collections is even less.
So the creation of electronic libraries has become a must if there is
going to be any credibility to degree programs. At the University of the
Americas in Puebla we have started an electronic collection which, as time
and resources permit, we intended to vastly expand. It seems to us that
this is the only real option for Latin American higher education. It is an
example of what the Internet can do for developing countries: the per
student cost is a fraciton of what it would be with a conventional library.
Paul Rich [log in to unmask]
University of the Americas-Puebla
Sta. Catarina Martir A.P. 100
Cholula Puebla 72820
LETTERS -- RESPONSE TO LYNX ARTICLE
From [log in to unmask] Sat Jan 14 19:17:41 1995
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 09:04:13 +0001 (EST)
From: Arthur L Keenan <[log in to unmask]>
To: B+R Samizdat Express <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Lynx from a Blind User
I use Lynx on a regular basis. I have encountered my share of graphical
images and icons, but they haven't made it imposible to navigate the
web. I didn't know about that -show_cursor command. That will be very
helpful, as my speech software would always read the line the cursor was
on, which was always the line with H)Help O)options etc, and it was very
annoyinh. I too wish they made it able to play audioclips directly
instead of having to download them first.
COMMERCE, DEMOCRACY AND THE INTERNET
by Richard Seltzer, B&R Samizdat Express
The Internet which has captured everyone's imagination over the last year
is an anomaly.
The World Wide Web and point-and-click browsers are so easy to
use that even people who normally shy away from PCs take to this new
But while the Internet traditionally was extremely interactive -- every
user potentially interacting with every other user through mail and
newsgroups and chat and other utilities -- the first users of the Web
simply retrieved information, not interacting with anyone at all.
With the addition of forms capability, you can now interact with the
information provider -- asking questions, commenting in brief, and even
placing orders. But there is still none of the collaborative interaction
among users that in the past was the life and excitement of the Internet.
Yes, a controlled, direct, one-to-one connection between a company and a
potential customer fits the traditional model of a business. And companies
coming onto the Internet over this time have been trying to extend their
traditional operating modes, with metaphors of electronic storefronts and
But this is just a transitional phase. Collaboration and group
interaction can be extremely powerful on a global scale, and those
capabilities will be coming very soon to the World Wide Web --
first as adaptations of older Internet capabilities (like newsgroups)
and transplants of other networking tools (like notes files).
These new collaborative tools will make it far easier to create not just
repositories of multi-media information, but rather true communities of
common interest, where people congregate to share their experiences and
insights, as well as to learn and to shop. These tools, combined with
intelligent search capabilities, will open new business opportunities.
Open villages or communities on the Internet will welcome all, and build
and maintain audience loyalty for the benefit of related businesses as
well as the users themselves. And businesses will be able to form
closed and temporary communities, making it easy for small dispersed
groups to work closely together as teams for the duration of a project;
also enabling the quick formation and smooth running of virtual companies.
We hear a lot today about "interactive television." Compared to the
Internet, that's a misnomer.
When television people talk about interactivity they mean giving the
individual the ability to say yes or no, the ability to choose a
particular product and pay for it on-line, and the ability to make
local changes within the broad framework of a game or other
entertainment product. In their model, a small number of mega-
companies provide the information, the entertainment, and the
choices for a large number of consumers.
With the Internet, anyone can be a publisher/broadcaster. At the
simplest level, using email to distribute an electronic newsletter
(like this one) or contributing to a newsgroup, you can reach thousands
or tens of thousands of people at little or no cost. Then you can
benefit from the responses of those who choose to react, and the
reactions to those reactions, in threads of thought and discussion
and debate that may range far from the original proposition, or
may provide totally unexpected insights.
At the individual level, the Internet promotes the free exchange of ideas
and grass-roots democracy. Anyone of any age or gender or race or
nationality or wealth can have a say, and ideas can clash and develop
based on their merit.
At the business level, the Internet promotes the free exchange of
products and services. Any company, regardless of its age or size
or location or wealth can bring its wares to the marketplace where
they compete freely and on an equal basis with the oldest and
largest and wealthiest.
Over the next year, with the spread of Internet capabilities to the home
and as collaborative tools become available for the Web, the Internet
could act as a social and political catalyst as well as a communication
Already the Internet is playing an important role in government.
Large amounts of useful information are being made available to the
public at no cost. Much of this information was previously expensive
and difficult to get hold of; now everyone with access to the Internet
can get right to the source, and do original research, without having
to depend on the mass media, and can then publish the results and
open discussion on the Internet, once again without having to catch
the attention of the mass media.
In the last few months, the White House and House of Representatives
Web servers came on line, with mechanisms for feedback and clear and
simple mechanisms for navigating through the vast amounts of
Federal government information that is available on line. And,
as a public service and also as a demonstration of the capabilities
of the Web, Digital Equipment put the California election on-line --
providing detailed information about all the candidates, including
those from the smallest of parties on an equal footing with the two
The Internet makes it virtually impossible to control the flow of
information and hence played a role in the collapse of Cold War
dictatorships. Now it can help spread true participative and informed,
town-meeting-style democracy in countries like the U.S. that have called
themselves democracies for many years. And at the same time, on the
commercial side, it can foster foster free trade of goods and services
and open competition on a global scale.
Back issues are available from us on request, and are also found at the
archives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation:
They are also available from a web server in London
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/people/gordo/samizdat.html = catalog of disks
available from PLEASE COPY THIS DISK
" " /internet_disk1.html = issue #1
" " /internet_disk2.html = issue #2 etc.
(We're just starting our own tiny web server at
http://220.127.116.11/index.htm For now, it's only available for a
few hours in the evening, Eastern Time).
They are also found at such sites as:
gopher sjuvm.stjohns.edu /Disabilities & Rehabilitation Resources/
/EASI/EASI's list of available Internet etexts
And also at the GRIST On-Line BBS at (212)787-6562.
You are welcome to include this publication on your bbs or ftp or
gopher or webserver. Please let us know the address, and we'll add it to
NB -- Depending on time and place, Richard Seltzer could be available
for speaking engagements.
Published by PLEASE COPY THIS DISK, B&R Samizdat Express,
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