Chapter 0-03 

A Brief History of the Internet 

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Flash Forward

Today there are about 500 volunteers at Project Gutenberg
and they are spread all over the globe, from people doing
their favorite book then never being heard from again, to
PhD's, department heads, vice-presidents, and lawyers who
do reams of copyright research, and some who have done in
excess of 20 Etexts pretty much by themselves; appreciate
is too small a word for how Michael feel about these, and
tears would be the only appropriate gesture.

There are approximately 400 million computers today, with
the traditional 1% of them being on the Internet, and the
traditional ratio of about 10 users per Internet node has
continued, too, as there are about 40 million people on a
vast series of Internet gateways.  Ratios like these have
been a virtual constant through Internet development.

If there is only an average of 2.5 people on each of 400M
computers, that is a billion people, just in 1995.  There
will probably be a billion computers in the world by 2001
when Project Gutenberg hopes to have 10,000 items online.

If only 10% of those computers contain the average Etexts
from Project Gutenberg that will mean Project Gutenberg's
goal of giving away one trillion Etexts will be completed
at that time, not counting that more than one person will
be able to use any of these copies.  If the average would
still be 2.5 people per computer, then only 4% of all the
computers would be required to have reached one trillion.

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