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By Newsgroup Usenet October 31st, 2015
Reddit calls itself ‘The Front Page of the Internet,’ and for many who visit, this may as well be true. Reddit.com is ranked #32 in the world and #9 in the United States for site traffic. A link on the home page of Reddit.com will almost certainly create tens of thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of page views. With about 70 million unique visitors a month and approximately five billion page views, Reddit generates more traffic than the New York Times, Fox News, and Skype.
Of course, be careful what you wish for: some smaller sites with content linking to Reddit have received the Reddit effect, otherwise known as the ‘hug of death.’ That happens when traffic back to the linked site is so big that it crashes the overloaded servers.
For those who haven’t visited, Reddit is website with news, entertainment, and social media content. Much of that content is created by registered community members, and includes texts, direct links, video, and pictures. In a nutshell, Reddit is an online bulletin board system.
Bulletin Board Systems have been around since the earliest days of dial-up modems, and originate before there was such a thing as a graphical user interface (GUI) which meant early bulletin boards online were text only. These early BBS sites were still very big back in the day—in 1994, 17 million users in the U.S. alone constituted a bigger market together than the major online services (anyone remember CompuServe?) The BBS sites were devoted to a variety of different interests, and were controlled by the person who’d set the whole thing up.
Evolution always happens, and the first attempt to create a network beyond local private BBS communities was the creation of Usenet, aimed at the general public. Emoticons, flaming, trolls, and lots of slang acronyms like “LOL” found their first use on Usenet.
And while no one can say the founders of Reddit didn’t sell an idea that proved immensely profitable, today most people are hard pressed to accurately describe the real operational differences between Reddit and Usenet.
There are some overwhelming similarities:
- Both Reddit and Usenet usage centers around accessing online content of interest.
- Reddit allows members to post content; Usenet allows members to post content
- Both Reddit and Usenet have text, pictures, links, & social interaction.
- Content is categorized by interest in Reddit as ‘subreddits;’ in Usenet these categories are called “Newsgroups.”
- Both Usenet and Reddit foster a sense of ‘community’ in the online members who view and post content in the specialized groups.
- Both Usenet and Reddit have a significant amount of (ahem!) salacious content.
- Everyone around the world can access the content in both Usenet and Reddit.
And some differences:
- Reddit is privately owned by Conde Nast.
- Usenet is decentralized, and not owned by any single organization.
- Reddit can easily be accessed with any web browser—though many find navigating through the site is a complete mess.
- Usenet virtually requires a dedicated newsreader program to use the content.
A dedicated newsreader program like Newsdemon.com offers powerful ways to search, navigate, and manage messages in Usenet newsgroups. Most find that the specialty groups inside of Usenet to be very useful, with credible information inside. The wide-open nature of Reddit has naturally led to some of the content being of a less useful nature, and because the web is kind of a lowest-common-denominator interface which is simply ‘good enough’ for the Reddit video gamers and “Gone Wild” subscribers. Or, as the New York Times categorized them, the typical Redditor… a nerdy, pervy, compulsively masturbating pothead.
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By Newsgroup Usenet September 28th, 2015
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The latest upgrades to the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups services now allows customers to access articles on all supported 107,000 newsgroups that are over 2600 days old. This follows a just recent upgrade to 2500 day binary retention increase announced earlier.
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By Newsgroup Usenet September 4th, 2015
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By Newsgroup Usenet September 3rd, 2015
Sheana Easton had a hit with Devil in a Fast Car. There was a secret Chevy Corvette Z06 project that featured a turbocharged LS7 engine with more than 650 horsepower— codenamed Blue Devil. And the high-speed weather phenomenon known as a Dust Devil is capable of wreaking havoc similar to an EF0 tornado.
People have been linking the notion of speed with the Prince of Darkness for a long, long time.
Perhaps it’s because Satan represents earthly temptation, and who would choose to go slow, when they can speed things up a bit? That’s especially true when it comes to fast internet service. Unfortunately, in serving up speedy internet, sometimes the devil is in the details.
On the good front, there is recent news that Comcast is working on their speed of service, and it may wind up as fast as Google Fiber—perhaps even faster. Technology is being tested that can deliver more than 1 Gigabit per second. That’s right—more than 5 times faster than a typical (for now) fast broadband connection of 200 mbps. And with the right modem, under a perfect scenario, internet speeds of up to 10 Gigabits-per-second may be possible.
That’s fast enough to tempt the devil himself. Problem is, the scenario is rarely perfect.
Comcast may offer the ability to receive blazing hot connections, but the actual speed is going to be much slower if the entity delivering the content doesn’t speed up. Consider yourself lucky if you get Netflix content, for example, served up faster than 3.4 Mbps. Hulu used to offer a setting that allowed varying the level of Mbps for best service, but that option was removed from their website, and Amazon won’t even comment on the whole matter..
Just as with a car, internet speed is expensive.
The faster you receive content, the more bandwidth you use, possibly affecting service for others on the network. That’s why it’s entirely possible your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is throttling your service as well, giving you a devil of a time trying to maximize the signal for which you are paying.
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By Newsgroup Usenet June 23rd, 2015
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By Newsgroup Usenet June 20th, 2015
Once again, retention is on the rise again at NewsDemon.com Newsgroups. Another retention increase puts binary retention to 2,500 days and growing!
With 2500 days, that allows members to access posts that had originally been included more than 6 1/2 years ago!
The binary retnetion rate that our services provide reflect the length of time that a binary or text file is available on any of the active USENET newsgroup groups we support. With this new milestone, our NewsDemon.com Newsgroup members are now able to access posts that are up to 2,500 days old. This enhancement is just one part of the many other features that NewsDemon provides including:
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By Newsgroup Usenet June 2nd, 2015
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By Newsgroup Usenet May 8th, 2015
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By Newsgroup Usenet April 20th, 2015
Two and a half billion, that’s billion with a “B.” That’s how much Microsoft paid to acquire the Swedish Minecraft game developer Mojang last year. When you consider that as of 2012, the company had revenues of less than 100 million, you get the idea that our pals in Redmond wanted Mojang a lot more for the intellectual property than the actual revenues.
In any case, players of Minecraft know that Redstone is the coveted ore that powers the things that Minecrafters build. And apparently Microsoft is proud enough of their purchase to name the expected updates for Windows 10 to be released in 2016 after it: Two ‘substantial’ updates are reportedly dubbed project ‘Redstone.’
The relationship between the two companies has already proved symbiotic. Close followers of Mojang may have to wonder about the latest security patch addressed in Minecraft version 1.8.4 and whether it’s sudden appearance might have been prodded along by Microsoft’s tech crews. Speedily addressing updates as part service is nothing new to Microsoft, but the Minecraft major security flaw (that could cause servers to crash) had been identified and brought to Mojang’s attention, yet remained unaddressed, for almost two years.
The Redstone updates for Windows 10 may be nothing more than just tweaks for the 2015 release of Windows 10, or for core features that don’t make the cut or aren’t finished for this year’s release. And the big news of course will be the Spartan browser, the (mostly) replacement for Internet Explorer.
There are, however, rumors that Windows 10 and the Redstone patch will bring to Microsoft’s OS new classes of devices that aren’t currently supported. It’s possible, just possible, that Windows establishes Redstone to be the ‘fuel,” much like in Minecraft, that powers new devices that others may build. This is where the question gets interesting for newsreaders, and the truth of the matter is that the compatibility of current Windows-based newsreader with Windows 10 remains to be seen. But if Usenet services like NewsDemon Newsgroups are allowed to build and/or adapt themselves to be driven by Redstone, the world just became a more interesting place.