7.6 Some Interesting FTP Sites
Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet

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     What follows is a list of some interesting ftp sites, arranged by
category. With hundreds of ftp sites now on the Net, however, this list
barely scratches the surface of what is available.  Liberal use of archie
will help you find specific files.                 
     The times listed for each site are in Eastern time and represent
the periods during which it is considered acceptable to connect.
 
AMIGA
 
     ftp.uu.net  Has Amiga programs in the systems/amiga directory.
     Available 24 hours.

     wuarchive.wustl.edu.  Look in the pub/aminet directory.
     Available 24 hours.

ATARI
 
     atari.archive.umich.edu  Find almost all the Atari files you'll ever
need, in the atari directory.
     7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
 
BOOKS
 
     rtfm.mit.edu   The pub/usenet/rec.arts.books directories has
reading lists for various authors as well as lists of recommended
bookstores in different cities.  Unfortunately, this site uses incredibly
long file names -- so long they may scroll off the end of your screen if
you are using an MS-DOS or certain other computers.  Even if you want
just one of the files, it probably makes more sense to use mget than get. 
This way, you will be asked on each file whether you want to get it;
otherwise you may wind up frustrated because the system will keep telling
you the file you want doesn't exist (since you may miss the end of its
name due to the scrolling problem).
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
                      
     mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu  Project Gutenberg is an effort to translate
paper texts into electronic form.  Already available are more than 100
titles, from works by Lewis Carrol to Mark Twain; from "A Tale of Two
Cities" to "Son of Tarzan."  Look in the /etext/etext92 and
/etext/etext93 directories.
      6 p.m. - 9 a.m.

COMPUTER ETHICS
 
     ftp.eff.org  The home of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  Use cd
to get to the pub directory and then look in the EFF, SJG and CPSR
directories for documents on the EFF itself and various issues related to
the Net, ethics and the law.
     Available 24 hours.
 
CONSUMER
 
     rtfm.mit.edu  The pub/usenet/misc.consumers directory has
documents related to credit.  The pub/usenet/rec.travel.air directory
will tell you how to deal with airline reservation clerks, find the best
prices on seats, etc.  See under Books for a caveat in using this ftp
site.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
COOKING
 
     wuarchive.wustl.edu  Look for recipes and recipe directories in the
usenet/rec.food.cooking/recipes directory.
 
     gatekeeper.dec.com  Recipes are in the pub/recipes directory.
 
ECONOMICS

     neeedc.umesbs.maine.edu  The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston uses
this site (yes, there are three 'e's in "neeedc") to house all sorts of
data on the New England economy.  Many files contain 20 years or more of
information, usually in forms that are easily adaptable to spreadsheet or
database files.  Look in the frbb directory.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.

     town.hall.org.  Look in the edgar directory for the beginnings of a
system to distribute annual reports and other data publicly held
companies are required to file with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.  The other/fed directory holds various statistical files from
the Federal Reserve Board.

FTP
 
     iraun1.ira.uka.de  Run by the computer-science department of the
University of Karlsruhe in Germany, this site offers lists of anonymous-
FTP sites both internationally (in the anon.ftp.sites directory) and in
Germany (in anon.ftp.sites.DE).
     12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
 
     ftp.netcom.com  The pub/profiles directory has lists of ftp sites.
 
GOVERNMENT
 
     ncsuvm.cc.ncsu.edu  The SENATE directory contains bibliographic
records of U.S. Senate hearings and documents for the past several
Congresses.  Get the file README.DOS9111, which will explain the cryptic
file names. 
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
     nptn.org  The General Accounting Office is the investigative wing of
Congress.  The pub/e.texts/gao.reports directory represents an experiment
by the agency to use ftp to distribute its reports. 
     Available 24 hours.

     info.umd.edu  The info/Government/US/Whitehouse directory has copies
of press releases and other documents from the Clinton administration.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.

     leginfo.public.ca.gov  This is a repository of legislative
calendars, bills and other information related to state government in
California.
     Available 24 hours.

     whitehouse.gov  Look for copies of presidential position papers,
transcripts of press conferences and related information here.
     Available 24 hours.

     See also under law.

HISTORY
 
     nptn.org  This site has a large, growing collecting of text files. 
In the pub/e.texts/freedom.shrine directory, you'll find copies of
important historical documents, from the Magna Carta to the Declaration
of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation. 
     Available 24 hours.
 
     ra.msstate.edu  Mississippi State maintains an eclectic database of
historical documents, detailing everything from Attilla's battle strategy
to songs of soldiers in Vietnam, in the docs/history directory.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
     seq1.loc.gov  The Library of Congress has acquired numerous
documents from the former Soviet government and has translated many of
them into English.  In the pub/soviet.archive/text.english directory,
you'll find everything from  telegrams from Lenin ordering the death of
peasants to Khrushchev's response to Kennedy during the Cuban missile
crisis. The README file in the pub/soviet.archive directory provides an
index to the documents.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
HONG KONG
 
      nok.lcs.mit.edu  GIF pictures of Hong Kong pop stars, buildings
and vistas are available in the pub/hongkong/HKPA directory.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
INTERNET
 
     ftp.eff.org The pub/Net_info directory has a number of sub-
directories containing various Internet resources guides and information
files, including the latest online version of the Big Dummy's Guide.
     Available 24 hours.
 
     nic.ddn.mil The internet-drafts directory contains information about
Internet, while the scc directory holds network security bulletins.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
    
LAW
 
     info.umd.edu  U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1989 to the present
are stored in the info/Government/US/SupremeCt directory.  Each term has
a separate directory (for example, term1992).  Get the README and Index
files to help decipher the case numbers.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
     ftp.uu.net  Supreme Court decisions are in the court-opinions
directory.  You'll want to get the index file, which tells you which file
numbers go with which file names.  The decisions come in WordPerfect and
Atex format only.
     Available 24 hours a day.
 
LIBRARIES
 
     ftp.unt.edu  The library directory contains numerous lists of
libraries with computerized card catalogs accessible through the Net. 
 
LITERATURE
 
     nptn.org  In the pub/e.texts/gutenberg/etext91 and etext92
directories, you can get copies of Aesop's Fables, works by Lewis Carroll
and other works of literature, as well as the Book of Mormon. 
     Available 24 hours.
 
     world.std.com  The obi directory has everything from online fables
to accounts of Hiroshima survivors.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
MACINTOSH
 
     sumex-aim.stanford.edu  This is the premier site for Macintosh
software.  After you log in, switch to the info-mac directory, which will
bring up a long series of sub-directories of virtually every free and
shareware Mac program you could ever want.
     9 p.m. - 9 a.m.
 
     ftp.uu.net   You'll find lots of Macintosh programs in the
systems/mac/simtel20 directory.
     Available 24 hours a day.
 
MOVIE REVIEWS
 
     lcs.mit.edu  Look in the movie-reviews directory.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.

MS-DOS
 
     wuarchive.wustl.edu  This carries one of the world's largest
collections of MS-DOS software. The files are actually copied, or
"mirrored"  from a computer at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range
(which uses ftp software that is totally incomprehensible).  It also
carries large collections of Macintosh, Windows, Atari, Amiga, Unix, OS9,
CP/M and Apple II software.  Look in the mirrors and systems directories. 
The gif directory contains a large number of GIF graphics images.
     Accessible 24 hours.
 
     ftp.uu.net   Look for MS-DOS programs and files in the
systems/msdos/simtel20 directory.         
     Available 24 hours a day.
 
MUSIC
 
     cs.uwp.edu  The pub/music directory has everything from lyrics of
 contemporary songs to recommended CDs of baroque music. It's a little
 different - and easier to navigate - than other ftp sites.  File and
 directory names are on the left, while on the right, you'll find a brief
 description of the file or directory, like this:
 
 
SITES              1528  Other music-related FTP archive sites                
classical/            -  (dir) Classical Buying Guide                         
database/             -  (dir) Music Database program                         
discog/               =  (dir) Discographies                                  
faqs/                 =  (dir) Music Frequently Asked questions files         
folk/                 -  (dir) Folk Music Files and pointers                  
guitar/               =  (dir) Guitar TAB files from ftp.nevada.edu           
info/                 =  (dir) rec.music.info archives                        
interviews/           -  (dir) Interviews with musicians/groups               
lists/                =  (dir) Mailing lists archives                         
lyrics/               =  (dir) Lyrics Archives                                
misc/                 -  (dir) Misc files that don't fit anywhere else        
pictures/             =  (dir) GIFS, JPEGs, PBMs and more.                    
press/                -  (dir) Press Releases and misc articles               
programs/             -  (dir) Misc music-related programs for various machines
releases/             =  (dir) Upcoming USA release listings                  
sounds/               =  (dir) Short sound samples                            
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     When you switch to a directory, don't include the /.
     7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
 
     potemkin.cs.pdx.edu  The Bob Dylan archive.  Interviews, notes,
year-by-year accounts of his life and more, in the pub/dylan directory.
     9 p.m. - 9 a.m.
 
     ftp.nevada.edu  Guitar chords for contemporary songs are in the
pub/guitar directory, in subdirectories organized by group or artist.
 
NATIVE AMERICANS

      pines.hsu.edu  Home of IndianNet, this site contains a variety
of directories and files related to Indians and Eskimos, including
federal census data, research reports and a tribal profiles database.
Look in the pub and indian directories.

PETS
 
     rtfm.mit.edu The pub/usenet/rec.pets.dogs and
pub/usenet.rec.pets.cats directories have documents on the respective
animals.  See under Books for a caveat in using this ftp site.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
PICTURES
 
     wuarchiv.wustl.edu  The graphics/gif directory contains hundreds of
GIF photographic and drawing images, from cartoons to cars, space images
to pop stars.  These are arranged in a long series of subdirectories.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY
 
     ftp.nevada.edu  Photolog is an online digest of photography news, in
the pub/photo directory.
 
RELIGION
 
     nptn.org  In the pub/e.texts/religion directory, you'll find
subdirectories for chapters and books of both the Bible and the Koran.
     Available 24 hours.
 
SCIENCE FICTION
 
     elbereth.rutgers.edu  In the pub/sfl directory, you'll find plot
summaries for various science-fiction TV shows, including Star Trek (not
only the original and Next Generation shows, but the cartoon version as
well), Lost in Space, Battlestar Galactica, the Twilight Zone, the
Prisoner and Doctor Who.  There are also lists of various things related
to science fiction and an online science-fiction fanzine.   
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
SEX
 
     rtfm.mit.edu  Look in the pub/usenet/alt.sex and
pub/usenet/alt.sex.wizards directories for documents related to all
facets of sex.  See under Books for a caveat in using this ftp site.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
SHAKESPEARE
 
     atari.archive.umich.edu  The shakespeare directory contains most of
the Bard's works.  A number of other sites have his works as well, but
generally as one huge mega-file.  This site breaks them down into various
categories (comedies, poetry, histories, etc.) so that you can download
individual plays or sonnets.
 
SPACE
 
     ames.arc.nasa.gov  Stores text files about space and the history of
the NASA space program in the pub/SPACE subdirectory.  In the pub/GIF
and pub/SPACE/GIF directories, you'll find astronomy- and NASA-related
GIF files, including pictures of planets, satellites and other celestial
objects.
     9 p.m. - 9 a.m.
 
TV
 
     coe.montana.edu  The pub/TV/Guides directory has histories and other
information about dozens of TV shows.  Only two anonymous-ftp log-ins are
allowed at a time, so you might have to try more than once to get in.
     8 p.m. - 8 a.m.
 
     ftp.cs.widener.edu  The pub/simpsons directory has more files than
 anybody could possibly need about Bart and family.  The pub/strek
 directory has files about the original and Next Generation shows as well
 as the movies.
      See also under Science Fiction.
 
TRAVEL
 
     nic.stolaf.edu  Before you take that next overseas trip, you might
want to see whether the State Department has issued any kind of advisory
for the countries on your itinerary.  The advisories, which cover
everything from hurricane damage to civil war, are in the pub/travel-
advisories/advisories directory, arranged by country.
     7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
 
USENET
 
     ftp.uu.net  In the usenet directory, you'll find "frequently asked
questions" files, copied from rtfm.mit.edu. The communications
directory holds programs that let MS-DOS users connect directly with UUCP
sites. In the info directory, you'll find information about ftp and ftp
sites.  The inet directory contains information about Internet.
     Available 24 hours.
 
     rtfm.mit.edu  This site contains all available "frequently
asked questions" files for Usenet newsgroups in the pub/usenet directory. 
See under Books for a caveat in using this ftp site.
     6 p.m. - 6 a.m.
 
VIRUSES
    
     ftp.unt.edu  The antivirus directory has anti-virus programs for MS-
DOS and Macintosh computers.
     7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
 
WEATHER
 
     wuarchive.wustl.edu   The /multimedia/images/wx directory contains GIF
weather images of North America.  Files are updated hourly and take this
general form: CV100222.  The first two letters tell the type of file: CV
means it is a visible-light photo taken by a weather satellite.  CI
images are similar, but use infrared light.  Both these are in black and
white.  Files that begin with SA are color radar maps of the U.S. that
show severe weather patterns but also fronts and temperatures in major
cities.  The numbers indicate the date and time (in GMT - five hours
ahead of EST) of the image: the first two numbers represent the month,
the next two the date, the last two the hour. The file WXKEY.GIF explains
the various symbols in SA files.