December 11, 2003

Project Gutenberg

I am now downloading a DVD image of 10,000 books from Project Gutenberg:

Item: "pgdvd.iso"
Copied: 85.9 MB of 3.85 GB
Time remaining: About 2 hours

Truly this is an age of miracles--for us infovores, at least.

Posted by DeLong at December 11, 2003 01:32 PM | TrackBack

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Is technology the bain of Archiving? Will your DVD be readable by a computer 15 years from now? 15 years ago you would have been writing on a 5-1/4 floppy or maybe a 3.5 on a new Mac. I don't own a drive that will read either.

That does not even consider the software necessary to read the file if the disk were accessable.

Posted by: bakho on December 11, 2003 01:54 PM

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Ah. But every document I ever had--on floppy, stiffy, network drive, or hard drive--still lurks somewhere on my hard disk...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on December 11, 2003 02:26 PM

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Are you Lucky or unlucky?

I count on an operating system crash and forced full re-install to clean out the junk on my hard drive at least once a year.

Posted by: bob mcmanus on December 11, 2003 03:08 PM

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"Is technology the bain of Archiving? Will your DVD be readable by a computer 15 years from now?

Now you know the fundamental reason to support Project Gutenberg. I view CD/DVD media as a maximum 5 year local caching technology. When the media is obsolete, I'll go back for another copy, in the current media format (and download it at a quite a bit faster rate).

Some of my 15 year old cds are now unlistenable...

Gawd, the content on that DVD is sensationally good.

Posted by: Russell L. Carter on December 11, 2003 04:12 PM

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And one more thing... WWMT[1]? For starters, all of the art in the trappings of the experience has been erased, right down to the egregrious onscreen layout and typography. I'm still unable to read more than 10 or 20 pages at a sitting of onscreen 1280x1024 text, and it's really not fun from the beginning. And then there's the notion that the hoi polloi have access to all this stuff, it's probably worse than the scandal of letting them read the actual text of the Bible. OTOH, he wouldn't have written his manual if he didn't have something to share, and boy this is sharing in an immense way. And jeebus, all those authors... that's a lot of people to be friends with. Four hours a night wouldn't be enough time. We need to figure out how to put the contents of the media directly into the brain.

[1] What would Machiavelli think? (sorry for posting twice, I think that Machiavelli's Library post is the grandest thing you've written on this blog)

Posted by: Russell L. Carter on December 11, 2003 05:06 PM

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