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*The Project Gutenberg Weekly Newsletter For Wednesday, September 03, 2003*
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9327 Books Done. . .673 To Go. . . !

We Passed 2500 eBooks For 2003!!!

2584 New eBooks So Far in 2003

It took us 30 years for the first 2584 !

That's the 35 WEEKS of 2003 as Compared to ~30 YEARS!!!

We Needed 170 To Pass 20% Of The Distance To 10,000 This Week,

And We Got 178. . .!!!

It Would Take Only 5 More Such Weeks To Reach 10,000,

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Simple Gifts
She Moved Throught The Fair
A Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter (aka Constant Lovers)
The Fisher Who Died in His Bed
Ufros Alienu
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203 Average Per Month in 2002 <<<
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2584 New eBooks So Far in 2003

It took us 30 years for the first 2584 !

That's the 35 WEEKS of 2003 as Compared to ~30 YEARS!!!

Here Is A Sample Of What Books Were Being Done Around #2584

Apr 2001 Queen Sheba's Ring, by H. Rider Haggard [HRH #10][] 2602
Apr 2001 Heartsease or Brother's Wife by Charlotte M. Yonge[] 2601
Apr 2001 War and Peace, by by Leo Tolstoy/Tolstoi[Leo T #9][] 2600
Apr 2001 Legends and Tales, by Bret Harte [Bret Harte #31][] 2599

Apr 2001 Urban Sketches, by Bret Harte [Bret Harte #30][] 2598
Apr 2001 Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands, by Bret Harte[B Harte #29][] 2597
Apr 2001 Awakening & To Let, John Galsworthy[Forsyte#3JG#6][] 2596
Apr 2001 Ramsey Milholland, by Booth Tarkington/Booth T.#10[] 2595

Apr 2001 Indian Summer of a Forsyte, by John Galsworthy[#5][] 2594

Apr 2001 Guy Mannering, by Walter Scott [Walter Scott #13][] 2590
Apr 2001 Experiences of a Bandmaster, by John Philip Sousa [] 2589
Apr 2001 Stories by English Authors in Scotland, Scribs Ed.[] 2588
Apr 2001 Life Is A Dream, by Pedro Calderon de la Barca [] 2587
Apr 2001 The first 498 Bernoulli Numbers[Math Constant #22][] 2586

Apr 2001 The first 1001 Fibonacci Numbers[Math Constant#21][] 2585

Apr 2001 The first 1000 Euler Numbers [Math Constant #20][] 2584
Apr 2001 The Value of Zeta(3) to 1,000,000 Places[Math #19][] 2583
Apr 2001 The Modern Regime V2, by Hippolyte A. Taine OCFV6[] 2582
Apr 2001 The Modern Regime V1, by Hippolyte A. Taine OCFV5[] 2581

Apr 2001 The French Revolution V3, by Hippolyte Taine OCFV4[] 2580
Apr 2001 The French Revolution V2, by Hippolyte Taine OCFV3[] 2579
Apr 2001 The French Revolution V1, by Hippolyte Taine OCFV2[] 2578
Apr 2001 The Ancient Regime, by Hippolyte A. Taine OCFV1[] 2577
Apr 2001 Alps and Sanctuaries, by Samuel Butler [Butler #5][] 2576

Apr 2001 Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, Coleridge #2[] 2575

Apr 2001 On the Frontier, by Bret Harte [Bret Harte #28][] 2574
Apr 2001 The Caged Lion, by Charlotte M. Yonge [Yonge #2] [] 2573
Apr 2001 Decay of the Art of Lying, by Mark Twain [MT#17][] 2572
Apr 2001 Peace, by Aristophanes [Aristophanes #2][] 2571

Mar 2001 Two Men of Sandy Bar, by Bret Harte[Bret Harte#27][] 2570
Mar 2001 The Day's Work [Vol. 1], by Rudyard Kipling[RK#14][] 2569
Mar 2001 Trent's Last Case, by E.C.(Edmund Clerihew)Bentley[] 2568
[This was the British title. US Title: The Woman in Black]
Mar 2001 A Plea for Captain John Brown, by Thoreau [HDT #4][] 2567
Mar 2001 How to Fail in Literature, by Andrew Lang[Lang#26][] 2566

Mar 2001 The Story of the Glittering Plain, by Wm. Morris 4[] 2565
Mar 2001 Wanderings Among South Sea Savages by H. W. Walker[] 2564
Mar 2001 Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry by Lamothe-Langon[?] 2563
Mar 2001 The Clouds, by Aristophanes [Aristophanes #1][] 2562
Mar 2001 Robert Falconer, by George MacDonald [GM #10][] 2561

Mar 2001 The Three Partners, by Bret Harte [Bret Harte #26][] 2560
Mar 2001 Man of Property, by John Galsworthy[Forsyte#1JG#4][] 2559
Mar 2001 Poems, by George P. Morris [] 2558
Mar 2001 Old Mother West Wind, by Thornton W. Burgess[TB#4][] 2557
Mar 2001 Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation, by Bret Harte [BH#25][] 2556

Mar 2001 Under the Redwoods, by Bret Harte[Bret Harte [#24][] 2555
Mar 2001 Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky [FD #4][?] 2554
Mar 2001 Jeanne d'Arc, Her Life and Death, by Mrs. Oliphant[?] 2553
Mar 2001 Thankful's Inheritance, by Joseph C. Lincoln[JL#5][] 2552
Mar 2001 Droll Stories [V. 3], by Honore de Balzac[HdB #95][] 2551
Mar 2001 Tales of Trail and Town, by Bret Harte [Harte #23][] 2550


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Today Is Day #245 of 2003

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125 Days/18 Weeks To Go [We get 53 Wednesdays this year]
686 Books To Go To #10,000
98 Days To December 10, 2003
68 Days To November 10, 2003
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Statistical Review

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It took us from 1971 to 2000 to produce our FIRST 2584 eBooks!!!

That's 35 WEEKS as Compared to ~30 YEARS!!!

With 9,327 eBooks online as of September 3, 2003 it now takes an average

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289 Per Year [About how many we do per month these days!]
24 Per Month
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At 2584 eBooks Done In The 245 Days Of 2003 We Averaged

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73.5 Per Week
321.5 Per Month

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***Headline News***

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From Newsscan:


Who would ever have thought? It turns out that spammers need online
community, too, and they can find it at The Bulk Club -- a support group
for junk e-mailers. The overnight success of The Bulk Club (159 members
signed up since its launch six months ago) belies the stereotype of the
spammer as lone sociopath, lurking in the Internet's shadows. In fact, the
club's rapidly swelling membership signals a move on the part of spammers
to circle the wagons in an effort to protect and legitimize the embattled
bulk e-mail industry. And what do members get for their $20 per month fee?
Access to a variety of how-to articles (such as "How to Spoof"), spamming
software, a members' message board and "300,000 FRESH e-mails/week." Also,
thanks to a Web site security flaw uncovered last week, they received a bit
of unwanted publicity -- the entire Bulk Club membership roster was
revealed, including some of the biggest names in bulk e-mailing: Damon
Decrescenzo, a Florida junk e-mail who's been sued by both Microsoft and
Amazon; Internet porn king Seth Warshavsky; and John Milton -- an alias used
by former neo-Nazi Davis Wolfgang Hawke -- and Jon Thau, both of whom are
responsible for many of those penis enlargement ads you might have received.
( 2 Sep 2003),1284,60224,00.html

AMAZON SUES SPAMMERS has filed federal lawsuits against 11 e-mail marketers it
accuses of faking their e-mail addresses to appear as though the messages
were sent by Amazon (a practice that is known as "spoofing" and is linked
with spam abuses). The research firm IDC predicts that half of all external
corporate e-mail -- more than 2 trillion messages this year -- will be
spam. (USA Today 26 Aug 2003)


EarthLink, the third largest U.S. Internet service provider, has sued 100
spammers located mostly in Alabama and Canada, alleging they used stolen
credit cards, identity theft and banking fraud to pay for Internet accounts
used to send out more than 250 million junk e-mails. The spammers eluded
detection for about six months by creating bogus accounts and leasing phone
lines that would automatically connect to EarthLink, even if the bogus
users were kicked off. "Our investigation has been ongoing for a number of
months, and this is a very tech-savvy spam ring which has made this a
particularly challenging investigation," says Karen Cashion, lead counsel
for EarthLink's lawsuit. The spam messages included ads for herbal
impotence treatments, mortgage loans and fake company Web sites used for
"phishing" personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims.
EarthLink says it is still working to identify each spammer (the lawsuit
lists the Alabama culprits as John Does 1-25), but plans to contact law
enforcement officials once it can finger individuals. (AP 27 Aug 2003)

[At Least The Broadcast Media ID'd Him As An 18 Year Old Boy]


An 18-year-old man has been identified as one author of the Blaster and
LovSan computer worms that have slowed corporate networks throughout the
world. The FBI says he will be arrested today. Another individual
apparently alerted authorities after seeing the man testing the code. All
the Blaster virus variants took advantage of a flaw in that part of Windows
software that's used to share data files across computer networks. Infected
computers were programmed to automatically launch an attack on a Web site
operated by Microsoft,, where Microsoft customers will
find software patches to ward off attacks by computer vandals.
(AP/San Jose Mercury News 29 Aug 2003)


Webcaster Alliance, an organization of 400 music broadcasters, has filed a
federal lawsuit charging that the major music labels and the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA) are monopolists who violated federal
antitrust laws when they went about setting music royalty rates for the
Internet. The webcasters seek an injunction to prevent the major labels
from enforcing their intellectual property rights and collecting royalty
payments. The RIAA calls the suit a publicity stunt without merit." (AP/USA
Today 28 Aug 2003)


Two of the remaining rivals to Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser
each released new beta versions, touting improved speed and performance.
The Mozilla beta, based on an open-source version of the Netscape browser,
offers better Internet Relay Chat and XML support, a spell-checker for
e-mail, faster loading and improved standards support. Opera's beta version
features faster loading, improvements in the version designed for handheld
browsing, and support for Arabic and Hebrew. According to, more
than 95% of today's Web surfers use Microsoft IE, compared with about 1.6%
that choose Mozilla and just 0.6% choosing Opera. (CNet 28 Aug 2003)

[Of Course Linus Torvalds Just Recommends Not Keeping Data So Private]
["Only wimps use backup: _real_ men just upload their important stuff
on FTP, and let the rest of the world mirror it ;)" -- Linus Torvalds]


Because most digital files are dependent on the operating systems in which
they're stored and the software applications used to create and access
them, would-be archivists are faced with the task of retaining and
maintaining the digital hardware necessary to read digital files as well as
the files themselves. "With each passing day, the reservoir of digital
documents grows," says Eastman Kodak manager Andrew Lawrence. "Often, there
is no associated hard-copy output to archive via conventional means. Over
time, the problem is that media decays and hardware and software platforms
evolve, placing the electronically stored information at risk." Lawrence
suggests the best approach to digital preservation is a dual track. For
short-term needs, users can maintain structured electronic archives in
their native formats. But for longer-term purposes, Lawrence suggests
creating a referenced archive of permanent document images in analog
format, such as microfilm, that could provide a technology-proof
repository. Glenn Widener, director of Internet technology at Swiftview,
has a different solution. He recommends using the Printer Control Language
(PCL) format, invented by Hewlett-Packard for its LaserJet family of
printers, as an easy way to preserve documents. "Many PCL viewers can view
15 to 20 years back. There will always be commercial tools readily
available to read it." Meanwhile, Dan Schonfeld, director of products for
Artesia, says his company's digital asset management software enables users
to archive viewers, readers and players along with files. "Because we can
store any type of media, we can actually store applications as well as the
media files themselves." (TechNewsWorld 28 Aug 2003)
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From Edupage


Federal authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Minnesota boy for his
part in the recent "Blaster" virus attack. Jeffrey Lee Parson admitted
that he modified parts of the Blaster virus and distributed it under
several other names, including "Blaster.B." Computers infected with
Parson's version of the virus registered themselves on a Web site
Parson operated, and Parson told the FBI that his variant of the virus
allowed him to reconnect with infected computers later. Parson's
version of the virus reportedly infected at least 7,000 computers,
causing damages far in excess of the $5,000 threshold for most hacker
cases. Worldwide, an estimated 500,000 computers were infected by all
versions of the Blaster virus, making it one of the worst attacks all year.
Wall Street Journal, 29 August 2003 (sub. req'd),,SB106212549173210600,00.html


Included in court documents filed by the Recording Industry Association
of America (RIAA) are details about some of the group's tactics and
methods for determining which file swappers are trading copyrighted
files. The group has subpoenaed the ISP of a woman suspected of trading
copyrighted works, to obtain her identity. The woman, who remains
unidentified, is challenging the RIAA's subpoena. Her attorney has
said that all the files on her computer were copies of legally
purchased songs. In its filings, however, the RIAA indicates that
so-called "hashes," or digital fingerprints, indicate that at least
some of the files on the woman's computer came from Napster as long
ago as May 2000. The RIAA flatly stated that the woman's recordings
were not from her own CDs and that she is "not an innocent or
accidental infringer." The RIAA's court filings also reveal that the
group examines metadata tags, which are buried inside many MP3 files,
as a tool for determining the source of the files.
New York Times, 28 August 2003 (registration req'd)

[Interesting This Never Happened Until Copyrights Were Extended]


Across the country as students show up on college campuses, an
increasingly common component of orientation is a lesson on copyrights,
possible infringements using technology, and the potential
repercussions. The Recording Industry Association of America is
continuing to serve ISPs--including many colleges--with subpoenas to
identify suspected copyright violators, and the group has said it will
begin filing lawsuits against the most egregious abusers. Educating
students about the realities of intellectual property is the approach
many university officials have taken to limit their institutions'
potential liability, as well as to control bandwidth-usage problems
created by file trading. Some students remain unconvinced, however.
Samuel Hicks, who is entering American University this fall, was not
persuaded by the presentation he attended. "This isn't going to stop
me from downloading anything," he said. "[The recording industry would]
have to do a lot of work to catch me."
Washington Post, 28 August 2003

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