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**The Project Gutenberg Weekly Newsletter For Wednesday, January 15, 2003*
******eBooks Readable By Both Humans and Computers For Over 31 Years******


Last Week We Said:

"This is rather an *emergency* edition of the newsletter, as a LOT of email

has been lost, and many functions of my mainframe are not back online so I
am VERY limited in what and how I can do things right now."

We ended up with one less than we thought, so last week's total was 26 and
the grand total was 6,769. Also reported 105 new eBooks, there were 115 !

My apologies for the errors, it was a challenge just doing the Newsletter.


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We have combined most of the statistical information into one section, and
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Over Our 31 1/2 Year History, We Have Now Averaged About 200 Ebooks/Year--
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26 New eBooks Last Week
101 New eBooks This Month [Jan]

Recent Progress:
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200 New This Month of 2002
203 Average Per Month in 2002
103 Average Per Month in 2001

Yearly Totals:
101 New eBooks in 2003
2441 New eBooks in 2002
1240 New eBooks in 2001

Grand Totals:
2,468 New eBooks In The Last 12 Months
4,376 eBooks This Time Last Year
6,844 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks
151 eBooks From Project Gutenberg of Australia

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It took us 22 years to do the first 101!!!

That's 2 WEEKS of 2003 as Compared to 22 YEARS!!!

Here Is A Sample Of What Books Were Being Done Around #101

Jan 1994 Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling [] 101C

Jan 1994 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [LOF] [] 100C
Jan 1994 Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass, a Slave [] 99
Jan 1994 A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens [CD#1] [] 98
Jan 1994 Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott [Math in Fiction] [] 97
Jan 1994 The Monster Men, by Edgar Rice Burroughs [ERB #1][] 96

Dec 1993 The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope [] 95

Dec 1993 Alexander's Bridge, by Willa Cather [Cather #3] [] 94
Dec 1993 Tom Sawyer Detective, by Mark Twain [MT#06][] 93
Dec 1993 Tarzan, Jewels of Opar, E.R. Burroughs [Tarzan #5][] 92
Nov 1993 Tom Sawyer Abroad, by Mark Twain [MT#05][] 91
Nov 1993 Son of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs [Tarzan #4][] 90
Nov 1993 NAFTA, Treaty, Annexes, Tariffs [from September] [] 89
Nov 1993 Price/Cost Indexes from 1875 to 1989 [Est to 2010][] 88
Oct 1993 The 1993 CIA World Factbook, [CIA Factbook #3] [] 87
Oct 1993 A Connecticut Yankee, by Mark Twain [MT#04][] 86
Oct 1993 Beasts of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs [Tarzan #3][] 85
Oct 1993 Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley [] 84
Sep 1993 From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne [verne#1] [] 83
Sep 1993 Ivanhoe, Walter Scott [#1] OBI/Wiretap/Gutenberg [] 82

Today Is Day #14 of 2003

357 Days/51 Weeks To Go
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Week #38 Of Our SECOND 5,000 eBooks

In December, Perhaps Our 10,000th eBook!


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Oct 2004 John Wilkes Booth, by George Alfred Townsend []6628

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Aug 2004 American Wit And Humor, Ed. by T. L. Masson []6313
[Full title: Masterpieces Of American Wit And Humor, Vol. IV]
[Full editor: Thomas L. Masson]

We have posted the following in new formats as indicated:

Jul 2003 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce[#3][]4217
[HTML available in prtrt10h.htm and]
Apr 1999 Story Of Waitstill Baxter, by Kate D. Wiggin [#10][]1701
[HTML version in tsowb10h.htm and]

We have posted an improved 11th Edition of the following:

Jul 2004 Copyright Renewals 1957,US Copyright Office [#5][]6161
Jan 1997 When the Sleeper Wakes, by H.G. Wells [Wells #7][] 775

***] 75 NEW POSTS [***

Oct 2004 Love and Intrigue, (play) by Frederich Schiller, []6784

Oct 2004 Fiesco, (play) by Frederich Schiller, []6783
Oct 2004 The Robbers, (play) by Frederich Schiller, []6782
Oct 2004 The Ghost Seer, by Frederich Schiller, []6781

Oct 2004 Revolt of Netherlands, by F. Schiller, Complete []6780

[Author: Frederich Schiller][Contains: Etext #6776-6779]
Oct 2004 Revolt of Netherlands, by F. Schiller, Book IV []6779
Oct 2004 Revolt of Netherlands, by F. Schiller, Book III []6778
Oct 2004 Revolt of Netherlands, by F. Schiller, Book II []6777
Oct 2004 Revolt of Netherlands, by F. Schiller, Book I []6776

Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Complete []6775

[Author: Frederich Schiller][Contains: Etext #6770-6774]
[See also: Jun 1996 #566]
Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Book V []6774
Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Book IV []6773
Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Book III []6772
Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Book II []6771

Oct 2004 The Thirty Years War, by F. Schiller, Book I []6770

Oct 2004 Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald [?]6695

[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7tjzz10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8tjzz10.txt and]
[UTF-8 version with accented characters in 8tjzz10u.txt and]
Oct 2004 In Midsummer Days and Other Tales,by A. Strindberg[?]6694
[Author's Full Name: August Strindberg]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7mdot10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8mdot10.txt and]
Oct 2004 People of Africa, by Edith A. How []6693
Oct 2004 Swiss Family Robinson/One Syllable, by Godolphin []6692
[Full Title: The Swiss Family Robinson Told in Words of One Syllable]
[Author's Full Name: Mary Godolphin]
Oct 2004 Discours civiques de Danton,Georges Jacques Danton[?]6691
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7dscs10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8dscs10.txt and]
[UTF-8 version with accented characters in 8dscs10u.txt and]
[Language: French]

Oct 2004 The Revolution in Tanner's Lane,by M. Rutherford[6][]6690

[Author's Full Name: Mark Rutherford]
[XHTML in rvtn10h.htm/.zip, text in rvtn10.txt/.zip]
Oct 2004 Fielding, by Austin Dobson []6689
Oct 2004 The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot [Eliot#6][]6688
[Plain text in mlfls10.txt/.zip, Unicode UTF-8 in mlfls10u.txt/.zip]
[HTML in - zipped-file only]
Oct 2004 From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan, Blavatsky[]6687
[Author's Full Name: Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky]
Oct 2004 The Gardener, by Rabindranath Tagore [Tagore#9][]6686

Oct 2004 Story Hour Readers Book Three, by Coe & Christie []6685
[Full author: Ida Coe and Alice J. Christie]
[HTML also posted in sthr310h.htm/.zip]
Oct 2004 Uneasy Money, by P.G. Wodehouse [Wodehouse#9][]6684
Oct 2004 The Little Nugget, by P.G. Wodehouse [Wodehouse#8][]6683
Oct 2004 Nets to Catch the Wind, by Elinor Wylie []6682
Oct 2004 Sganarelle, by Moliere [Moliere#14][?]6681
Oct 2004 The Bores, by Moliere [Moliere#13][?]6680
Oct 2004 The Old Stone House, by Anne March []6679
Oct 2004 Nonsenseorship, by G. G. Putnam []6678
Oct 2004 Seventy-Five Receipts, by Miss Leslie []6677
[Full title: Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry Cakes, and Sweetmeats]
Oct 2004 Rosy, by Mrs. Molesworth []6676

Oct 2004 The Loss of the SS. Titanic, by Lawrence Beesley []6675
Oct 2004 Umbrellas and their History, by William Sangster []6674
Oct 2004 Young Knights of the Empire,by Robert Baden-Powell[]6673
[Full author: Sir Robert Baden-Powell]
Oct 2004 The Caesars, by Thomas de Quincey [#12][?]6672
Oct 2004 Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon V2,by Henry Craik[]6671

Oct 2004 Christmas Eve, by Robert Browning [Browning#4][]6670

Oct 2004 Godliness, by Catherine Booth []6669
Oct 2004 Annette, The Metis Spy, by Joseph Edmund Collins []6668
Oct 2004 Poems of Power, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox [Wilcox#12][]6667
[XHTML in ppow10h.htm/.zip, text in ppow10.txt/.zip]
Oct 2004 Hello, Boys!, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox [Wilcox#11][]6666
[XHTML in helb10h.htm/.zip, text in helb10.txt/.zip]

Oct 2004 The United States of America Part I, by E. Sparks [?]6665

[Author's Full Name: Ediwn Erle Sparks]
[Subtitle: 1783-1830]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7usa110.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8usa110.txt and]
Oct 2004 The Story of a Child, by Pierre Loti [Loti#9][]6664
Oct 2004 Life in Canada Fifty Years Ago, by Canniff Haight []6663
[Subtitle: Personal Recollections and Reminiscences of a Sexagenarian]
Oct 2004 Little Citizens, by Myra Kelly []6662
[Subtitle: The Humours of School Life]
Oct 2004 The Waverley Novels, Vol. XII, by W. Scott [#29][]6661
[Author's Full Name: Sir Walter Scott] [Note: Abbotsford Edition]
Tales Of My Landlord
Count Robert Of Paris
Castle Dangerous
My Aunt Margaret's Mirror
The Mirror
The Tapestried Chamber; Or, The Lady In The Sacque

Oct 2004 Theological Essays and Other Papers v2 [TQ#9][]6660

[Author's Full Name: Thomas de Quincey]
Oct 2004 History of King Charles II of England,by J. Abbott[]6659
[Author's Full Name: Jacob Abbott]
Oct 2004 Owindia, by Charlotte Selina Bompas []6658
[Subtitle: A True Tale of the MacKenzie River Indians, North-West America]
Oct 2004 The Theology of Holiness, by Dougan Clark [?]6657
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7thss10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8thss10.txt and]
[HTML version in 8thss10h.htm and]
Oct 2004 The Kiltartan Poetry Book, by Lady Gregory []6656
[Subtitle: Prose Translations From the Irish]
[HTML also posted in tkpbo10h.htm and]

Oct 2004 Tom Slade, by Percy K. Fitzhugh [?]6655

[Subtitle: Boy Scout of the Moving Pictures]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7slad10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8slad10.txt and]
[HTML version in 8slad10h.txt and]
Oct 2004 Der Verschwender, by Ferdinand Raimund [?]6654
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7rvrs10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8rvrs10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, Vol. 1,Champlain [?]6653
[Author's Full Name: Samuel de Champlain]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7vcv110.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8vcv110.txt and]
[UTF-8 version with accented characters in 8vcv110u.txt and]
Oct 2004 The Humourous Poetry of the English Language []6652
[Subtitle: From Chaucer to Saxe] [Author's Full Name: James Parton]
Oct 2004 Immensee, by Theodor W. Storm [?]6651
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7immg10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8immg10.txt and]
[Language: German]

Oct 2004 Immensee, by Theodore W. Storm [?]6650

[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7imme10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8imme10.txt and]
Oct 2004 Einige Gedichte, by J. Schiller [?]6649
[Author's Full Name: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7nggd10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8nggd10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Penthesilea, by Heinrich von Kleist [?]6648
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7pnth10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8pnth10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Der zerbrochene Krug, by Heinrich von Kleist [?]6647
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7rzrb10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8rzrb10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Das Kaethchen von Heilbronn,by Heinrich von Kleist[?]6646
[Subtitle: Oder, die Feuerprobe]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7khnn10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8khnn10.txt and]
[Language: German]

Oct 2004 Ausgewaehlte Schriften, by Heinrich von Kleist [?]6645

[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7sgwh10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8sgwh10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Der Barometermacher auf der Zauberinsel,F. Raimund[?]6644
[Author's Full Name: Ferdinand Raimund]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7rbrm10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8rbrm10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Das Maedchen aus der Feenwelt,by Ferdinand Raimund[?]6643
[Subtitle: Oder, Der Bauer als Millionaer]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7mfee10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8mfee10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Die gefesselte Phantasie, by Ferdinand Raimund [?]6642
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7gfss10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8gfss10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Maerchen und Sagen, by Ernst Moritz Arndt [?]6641
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7maer10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8maer10.txt and]
[Language: German]

Oct 2004 Maerchen-Almanach auf das Jahr 1828, Wilhelm Hauff[?]6640

[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7alm310.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8alm310.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Maerchen-Almanach auf das Jahr 1827, Wilhelm Hauff[?]6639
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7alm210.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8alm210.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Maerchen-Almanach auf das Jahr 1826, Wilhelm Hauff[?]6638
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7alm110.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8alm110.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Der Alpenkonig und der Menschenfeind,by F. Raimund[?]6637
[Author's Full Name: Ferdinand Raimund]
[7-bit version with non-accented characters in 7alpn10.txt and]
[8-bit version with accented characters in 8alpn10.txt and]
[Language: German]
Oct 2004 Hold Up Your Heads, Girls!, by Annie H. Ryder []6636
[Subtitle: Helps for Girls, In School and Out.]


Statistical Review

In the 2 weeks of this year, we have produced 101 new eBooks.

Note: it took us from 1971 to 1993 to produce our *FIRST* 101 eBooks!!!

That's 2 WEEKS as Compared to 22 YEARS!!!

The production statistics are calculated based on full weeks of

production, each production-week starting/ending Wednesday noon,
starting with the first Wednesday in January. January 1st was
was the first Wednesday of 2003, and thus ended the production
year of 2002 and began the production year of 2003.

With 6,844 eBooks online as of January 15, 2003 it now takes an average
of 100,000,000 readers gaining a nominal value of $1.46 from each book,
for Project Gutenberg to have currently given away $1,000,000,000,000
[One Trillion Dollars] in books.

100,000,000 readers is only about 1.59 percent of the world's population!

This "cost" is down from about $2.29 when we had 4376 eBooks A Year Ago

Can you imagine 6,000 books each costing $.83 less a year later???
Or. . .would this say it better?
Can you imagine 6,000 books each costing 1/3 less a year later???

At 6844 eBooks in 31 1/2 Years We Averaged

217 Per Year [About how many we do per month these days!]
18 Per Month
.6 Per Day

At 101 eBooks Done In 2003 We Averaged

7 eBooks Per Day
50 eBooks Per Week

***Headline News***

[My Comments In Brackets]

Headlines From Newsscan


Elite schools like Harvard University, which largely have avoided the
"distance-learning" boom, are bowing to the popularity of online education
and are beginning to offer a few courses via the Internet. Harvard's
fledgling effort is a master's degree program in public health set to start
in 2004. Brown University is participating in a consortium of schools
developing an online medical-school curriculum, and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, which has a small master's program in engineering
offered partly online, is exploring degree-granting distance learning in a
joint venture with Cambridge University in England. The University of
California at Berkeley offered its first all-online undergraduate course on
gemology last semester, and Stanford University is expanding its online
engineering master's program to include a fourth discipline --
bioinformatics. "The No. 1 reason people take this way of learning is
convenience," says Michael Lambert, executive director of the Distance
Education and Training Coucil. He estimates that 2.5 million U.S. students
took online courses for credit last year. (Wall Street Journal 15 Jan 2003),,SB1042594341876820384.djm,00.html (sub req'd)


Sun and Microsoft are appearing in federal court to argue their positions
before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, who will be ruling on Sun's
request for an injunction requiring Windows to include Sun's latest Java
software immediately, pending resolution of the larger Sun lawsuit against
Microsoft. Sun claims Microsoft has gained an unfair advantage by shipping
Windows with a version of Java that is both outdated and strongly biased
toward Windows, even though Java is meant to make it possible for programs
to run on all computers, regardless of the operating system.
(AP/San Jose Mercury News 15 Jan 2003)

[You might have heard this here first, only we weren't quite as tough
on Mr. Case as was the New York Times, though he may have deserved it.]


The resignation of supersalesman and high-tech "visionary" Steve Case as
chairman of AOL Time Warner marks an obvious admission of the failure of
that company's merger, which was intended to create synergy between an "old
economy" publishing and media empire and a "new economy" Internet venture.
New York Times journalist Steve Lohr says the idea was for AOL to give Time
Warner "sex" and Time Warner to give AOL "class." Industry analysts are now
suggesting that the company will succeed only if it undergoes a serious
attitude adjustment; Jordan Rohan of Soundview Technology Group says:
"If AOL continues to tilt at windmills in terms of trying to generate
spectacular growth, I think it will be a waste of shareholders' capital.
If they begin to treat AOL as a mature business and focus on consistent
returns, I think they can succeed. Case's departure could accelerate
that shift." (New York Times 14 Jan 2003)


The Recording Industry Association of America, the Business Software
Alliance and the Computer Systems Policy Project have hammered out a
compromise agreement that they say will protect copyrights on music and
movies without the need for further government intervention. The pact is
intended to head off efforts by Congress to legislate the inclusion of
government-approved copy restriction technology in all new "digital media
devices." This latest agreement, described by participants as a "landmark
consensus," politically isolates the powerful Motion Picture Association of
America, which was noticeably absent from the negotiations. MPAA has
aggressively advocated new government requirements for built-in locking
controls on new devices, such as DVD players. (AP 14 Jan 2003)


[You definitely heard this one here first!]

The VCR is dead (or dying), long live the DVD (at least for a little while,
for crying out loud). Stores like Circuit City and Barnes & Noble's either
are sharply reducing their inventories of VHS tapes or no longer carrying
them at all. (The video category of Best Buy's offerings is already more
than 80% DVD.) And the storyline is the same out in Hollywood: MGM
Entertainment's VHS library now numbers only 200 films (compared to 1,800
at one previous point), and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is phasing
out certain VHS catalog titles once they are released on DVD. Industry
analyst Tom Adams says, "The issue was always will VHS have the stink of
death of the eight-track tape. By now it's pretty clear that it will."
(USA Today 14 Jan 2003)


The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has released its annual Computer
Report Card comparing the environmental records of 28 high-tech firms, and
reports that most U.S. companies lag behind their Japanese competitors when
it comes to recycling equipment and safe disposal of hazardous substances
used in the manufacturing process. Of the companies surveyed, only Fujitsu
received a passing grade. It's one of a handful of Japanese companies that
has sought to eliminate toxic chemicals by developing and using lead-free
products. "The leadership continues to be by and large the Japanese
companies, and the U.S. companies tend to be far behind," says SVTC founder
Ted Smith. "A lot of (U.S. manufacturers') initiatives are piecemeal and
not really designed to address the vast majority of consumer concerns.
There is still an enormous amount of computer waste being exported to
China." The Computer Report Card notes that some U.S. companies use a
double standard when it comes to recycling. Divisions located in Europe and
Japan, where safe recycling is mandated by law, have implemented programs
but their U.S. operations have not. Meanwhile, Congressman Mike Thompson
(D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would require the EPA to create
grants for private and governmental organizations to develop computer
recycling programs and the National Electronics Product Stewardship
Initiative is working on a nationwide plan for recycling obsolete
electronic devices. ( 10 Jan 2003),1282,57151,00.html


[The Return of Timesharing!]

IBM has launched a new program to rent out processing power on its
supercomputers, and has signed up Petroleum Geo-Services, a petrochemical
company, as its first customer. PGS has about 1,000 of its own
dual-processor Linux computers clustered into a single computing resource,
but it's renting another 400 from Big Blue, says a company spokesman. The
new service reflects IBM's push toward "utility computing," which enables
companies with fluctuating needs for computing power to pay for it as they
use it. An e-commerce operation, for instance, may need to beef up its
processing power during the busy holiday shopping season, but that demand
drops off in January. IBM also expects to find many of its customers in the
petrochemical and life sciences industries. (CNet 8 Jan 2003)


The Venerable Bede school in London will use advanced eye-recognition
software to determine which students are to be billed for their lunches and
which may eat for free because they are poor. The school decided to use the
technology to protect poor children from being ridiculed by the more
well-off children. [As an historical aside, it might be noted that the
concern for poor would probably please the school's namesake. Venerable
Bede, the 8th century monk best known for his history of ecclesiastical
history, said on his deathbed: "I have a few treasures in my box, some
pepper and napkins and incense. Run quickly and fetch the priests of our
monastery, and I will share among them such little presents as God has
given me."] The school's headmaster said that the software will also be
used in the library for book check-out and return but added: "This is not a
James Bond school for spies... This is not science fiction. This is
technology that exists." (USA Today 9 Jan 2003)

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In a blow to the U.S. film industry, Norwegian teen Jon Lech Johansen
was found innocent on all counts in a complaint filed against him for
violating computer break-in laws by the U.S. Motion Picture Association
and the DVD Copy Control Association in January 2000. Now 19, "DVD-Jon"
was 15 when he wrote and posted on the Internet the DeCSS software,
which decodes the Content Scrambling System (CSS) used by the film
industry to prevent illegal copying of DVD films. CSS also prevents
consumers from playing DVDs on certain devices, however, and from
making legal copies of DVDs. Head Judge Irene Sogn ruled that there was
no proof that Johansen or others had used the program for illegal
purposes and that consumers have rights to DVDs obtained legally "even if
the films are played in a different way than the makers had foreseen."
No decision has been made about an appeal in the case.
Washington Post, 7 January 2003


[Could this also be due to backlash from the "real" .net community?"]

Less than six months after Microsoft announced that its next major
operating system would be called "Windows .NET Server 2003," the
company has decided to call the product simply "Windows Server 2003."
The change is part of Microsoft's revised approach to marketing its
NET technology, which is designed to support Web services. After
several months of attaching the .NET tag to most of its products,
Microsoft now will simply refer to those products as ".NET connected,"
indicated with a logo. Ted Schadler of Forrester Research said
Microsoft's strategy should never have been to lump everything under
the .NET umbrella, which many consumers did not understand and found
mysterious. The .NET technology included in Microsoft's products will
not change, but the ".NET connected" logo can be applied to independent
software vendors' products based on the technology, according to an
official from Microsoft.
Wall Street Journal, 10 January 2003 (sub. req'd),,SB1042210597413487704,00.html


More about "The New Timesharing"]

IBM recently announced its supercomputing-on-demand service, targeted

to businesses whose computing needs are cyclical, that offers an
alternative to the costly practice of building and maintaining computer
infrastructure used only during busy periods. The service uses a Linux
cluster of rack servers based on Intel's Xeon processor or a network
of UNIX servers running IBM's Power4 processors. Customers sign a
contract with IBM detailing the project length and resources required,
with price contingent on these factors. PGS Data Processing, an energy
company, has signed up for the Linux-Intel service. The clusters are
currently located at IBM's facility in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with plans
to roll the technology out to IBM data centers worldwide. IBM hopes to
evolve the technology to the point where clients could access computer
resources like "flipping a light switch."
IDG, 9 January 2003


A report from the Center for Public Integrity says that the federal
government's E-Rate program is rife with "fraud and financial
shenanigans." The E-Rate program gives subsidies for telecommunications
projects and is credited with bringing Internet access to thousands of
schools and libraries that would otherwise have difficulty affording
them. The report is based largely on information collected by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which, according to the author
of the report, "found problems everywhere they've looked, and they
haven't looked very hard." A review by Arthur Anderson uncovered
several million dollars' worth of "inappropriate" payments under the
program, and recently the first criminal charges were filed against a
New York company for attempting to steal millions of dollars from the
program through misrepresentation. The inspector general of the FCC
said the program is "subject to unacceptably high risk of malfeasance."
Representatives from the Universal Service Administrative Company,
which administers E-Rate for the FCC, and from the American Library
Association defended the program, arguing that although some abuse is
likely, the problem is not excessive and may turn out to be less than
indicated by the Center for Public Integrity's report.
New York Times, 10 January 2003 (registration req'd)


Developers of a new online-submission tool for dissertations and
master's theses hope the system will make the submission
process--required by most institutions--easier for students and will
speed availability of the papers. ProQuest Information and Learning
receives about 55,000 dissertations and theses each year, but only
about 3,000 are submitted online. The $55 fee for submissions is the
same for online and paper submissions, and some observers predicted
that the ability to submit papers electronically will encourage
students to include less traditional features in their work, such as
embedded databases or audio and video files. The University of Texas at
Austin, which has one of the nation's largest populations of graduate
students, will begin testing the system this month, and it will be
available to other institutions later this year.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 January 2003


The Plagiarism Advisory Service, based at the University of
Northumbria, is a new electronic plagiarism-detection service available
to all British colleges and universities. Papers are returned four
hours after being submitted to the service and are color-coded to
indicate the level of matching to documents available on the Internet.
Red indicates that more than 75 percent of the text has been copied,
blue means less than 10 percent, and other colors are spread in
between. Instructors also see which Web site(s) the copied content
comes from. Because of the ease with which students can cut and paste
content from the Web, plagiarism is a growing problem in the United
Kingdom, as well as in many other parts of the world.
Ananova, 8 January 2003

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