|www.textfiles.com is a bit more than the name would suggest. It is a collection of approximately 20,000 text files -- with a focus on the heyday of BBS's, 1980-1990. However, significant files from other periods are archived here as well. They do a good job of preserving the earlier days of computing and the earlier methods of sharing information electronically.|
Some of the more interesting categories:
Anarchy "Files that you should not follow"
Arcade "Information files on video games"
BBS "Running and using bulletin boards"
Artwork "Various ASCII Artwork/Illustrations"
Conspiracy "They are out to get you"
Hack "The seamy underside of everything"
Magazines "Collections of E-zines, including Phrack"
Piracy "All hail the Warez"
Programming "All the deep geek stuff"
Science Fiction "Science Fiction reviews and lists"
Survival "Be suspicious, Be worried, Be prepared"
UFO "Files indicating that we are not alone, or that we are"
E-Texts "The classics meet ASCII"
This is an important, and generally useful collection. Project Gutenberg, as you may know, has been busy transcribing classic texts, and others with expired copyrights, into computer files. Here, you can find many of those works, as well as other interesting titles. A few examples for your reading pleasure...
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A Tale of Two Cities
The Monster Men
The House of Seven Gables
Tom Sawyer Abroad
Aladdin and the Lamp
Alice in Wonderland
The Pit and the Pendulum
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains
Around the World in 80 Days
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Hacker Bible
At the Earth's Core
The Secret Garden
A Ghost Story
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Lost Continent
... and this barely scratches the surface!
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