This week's book giveaway is in the Other Languages forum. We're giving away four copies of Functional Reactive Programming and have Stephen Blackheath and Anthony Jones on-line! See this thread for details.
Applets can only connect back to the server they downloaded from. You can either digitally sign the applet to get around it or use a server-side app (like a servlet) to remotely obtain the files and feed them to your applet.