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40 Years of Usenet: The Online Milestones & Timeline

January 31st, 2020

 

What a long, strange trip it’s been. For 40 years, Usenet has brought together people all over the world. Creating communities, sharing ideas, interests, conversations and more. Without it, who knows what would have become of the internet we all know today?

 

Would Tim Berners-Lee (who was an active participant on Usenet) ever create the World Wide Web?  Larry Page was also part of Usenet groups, seeking answers to Java questions. Would he have been able to figure them out without Usenet to later create Google? Luckily, we pushed away those altered paths by the birth and sustaining resources Usenet newsgroups have been able to provide. And not just for individuals, but also as the foundation and framework for many other online platforms that have been created since (we’re looking at you, Reddit and Twitter) 

 

In celebration of the first 40 years, we’ve included a timeline of major milestones in the online world since Usenet has been released to the masses and the advancements…and sometimes a step back….we’ve taken throughout this historic journey.

 

 

1979

Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis, graduate students at Duke University, conceived a computer network to link together those in the Unix community. They met and discussed their idea with other interested students, including Steve Bellovin, a graduate student at the neighboring University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Once the program was functioning on their respective machines, Jim Ellis went to a meeting of what was then the academic Unix users group known as Usenix. This marks the origin  of USENET

 

1980

During the summer of 1980 at a Usenix meeting in Delaware, Usenet was first announced via handouts that were distributed at the conference that explained the technology and goals that Usenet could offer.

Usenet is launched

 

1991

On August 6, 1991 Tim Berners-Lee (while working at CERN in Switzerland) announced his idea for the WorldWideWeb on the usenet group alt.hypertext. The post was one of the most important steps in bringing the modern communication age into existence.

 

1993

The Eternal September (September that never ended). It refers to the time period when Usenet saw its heaviest influx of users and especially newbies, after AOL starting providing Usenet access to its users.

Also, the first Web browser, Mosaic (created by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications), is released. Mosaic later becomes Netscape which ultimately fails, but partially rises again within the soul of Firefox.. 

 

1994

SSL was developed by Netscape in order to secure communications between a client and server online.

TLS was actually based off of SSL 3.0, despite this, the two are not interchangeable.

Amazon is first launched. 

Forté Agent, one of the first and a highly popular usenet newsreaders, was conceived

 

1996

Many who have been kicked off of newsgroups for breaking Usenet rules find sanctuary in ICQ

 

 

1997

A little company called Netflix is launched with a business model that consists of DVD sales and rentals by mail.

The Usenet Death Penalty (UDP) is implemented to combat spam

 

1998

The birth of Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Google was founded. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) is created to oversee a number of Internet-related tasks.

At the same time, a new version of accessing Newsgroups, named Usenet II was launched.

 

1999

Wireless technology called 802.11b, more commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, is standardized

Accessing Usenet newsgroups without an ethernet cable is now a thing.

 

2000

The dot-com bubble bursts. Web sites such as Yahoo! and eBay are hit by a large-scale denial of service attack, highlighting the vulnerability of the Internet. AOL merges with Time Warner

Deja.com sells its Usenet archive to Google

 

2001

Blackberry is the first internet cellphone with push email.

Google Groups is launched that provides a gateway to Usneet newsgoups via a shared user interface.

 

2004

In his dorm, Mark Zuckerberg launches a small social website named Facebook

Usenet still leads as the largest online community.

Thunderbird, a Mozilla Foundation product, is released and is a Usenet newsreader

 

2005

YouTube and Reddit are launched. Cat videos explode online.

Newsdemon is born

 

2006

Twitter is launched (#hashtagseverywhere). By the end of the year, the number of websites reaches 100 million.

Usenet reaches 7.54 Million Daily Posts

 

2007

First iPhone is released. Hulu was launched.

Access to over 1 billion newsgroup articles in over 100,000 newsgroups are available on Usenet

 

2008

Google index reaches one trillion URLs. Android Market is launched.

PC Magazine declares Usenet dead, later that year they announce they will stop printing their magazine.

Usenet traffic exceeds all previous years.

NZB is born. SABnzbd is first released.

 

2009

Tom Trustcott and Brad Templeton reflect on and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Usenet with NewsDemon

ARPANET turns 40

 

2010

Photo sharing evolves with the launch of Pinterest and Instagram. The first iPad is released.

Usenet achieves 5.42 TiB in daily volume

 

2011

First NZB newsreader is released for iOS and Android phones. Linux turns 20

Newsdemon reaches 1000 Days Binary Retention

 

2012

The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, which would have enacted broad new rules requiring internet service providers to police copyrighted content. The successful push to stop the bill, involving technology companies such as Google and nonprofit organizations including Wikipedia and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (where Brad Templeton is a chairman), is considered a victory for Usenet and sites such as YouTube that depend on user-generated content, as well as “fair use” online..

 

2016

Google unveils Google Assistant, a voice-activated personal assistant program, marking the entry of the Internet giant into the “smart” computerized assistant marketplace. Google joins Amazon’s Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Cortana from Microsoft.

 

2018

The Cambridge Analytica scandal rocks Facebbok and sees a mass exodus from its social platform.

Usenet users and newsgroup posts remain anonymous.

 

2019

The World Wide Web turns 30 Years Old

Newsdemon launches new website

 

2020

Usenet continues on, 40 years strong

 

 

NewsDemon Newsgroups Charters

September 4th, 2019

There are a ton of specialty newsgroups available on Usenet. Ranging from Animals to Video Games, there is a discussion group for practically anything. How do these newsgroups get created? How does it get displayed?

Newsgroup Charters

A detailed statement is explained to USENET provider on what the group will be about and the general guidelines for the newsgroup members.  After it’s submitted and approved, they may create an FAQ regularly.  Both the FAQ and Charter would be posted to the newsgroup after creation so that new members (and old) are able to know about what the group is about.

NewsDemon has long kept a Charter Archive of the many newsgroups. Here, you can select by directory and find what you’re looking for by category and drilling down from there.

 


 

By example:

 


 

That’s it! Looking for a charter in particular you’re having trouble finding? Want us to add a charter in particular? Contact us at [email protected] and we’ll be glad to help.

Newsdemon Newsgroups is proud to be a hub for many of the newsgroup charters available on the web, helping the newsgroup community through our knowledgebase.

 

NewsDemon Blockbuster Summer Sale

June 1st, 2018

Starting June 1st, get UNLIMITED USENET ACCESS for only $13
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Usenet New Year Super Sale 2018

December 31st, 2017

Starting at midnight, celebrate more than just the New Years with an incredible deal

 

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April 29th, 2017

 

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NewsDemon TV Giveaway

February 4th, 2017

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At NewsDemon, we LIKE TV.  We like it A LOT!

And we think you do, too.  Especially at SuperBowl time… right?   And if you’re in America, unless you have tickets to watch the game at NRG Stadium in Houston,you’re likely going to be watching the Fox  telecast of the game… (if outside the USA you may need SlickVPN to watch, but that’s another story)  so wouldn’t it be nice to do that watching on a BRAND NEW TV?

Anyone can do it.  Anyone can enter.  And anyone can WIN one of the three following prizes:

  • A Brand New LED TV (description needed)
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How to Enter

In order to enter our  Giveaway, fill out our contest entry form here:

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Promotion Dates

Contest entries will be collected and counted from now until 11:59 PM EDT DATE AND TME.

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Winner Notification

Each winner will be chosen at random from valid entries, and we’ll contact the winner through the email used on the Contest Entry Form

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

NewsDemon is America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider, and we think you’ll like it just as much as you like TV!

If you are considering a USENET newsgroup provider, or if you want a better Usenet service to join, now is a great time.

NewsDemon has been growing so much because its users love the large number of Newsgroups available (currently over 107,000), being able to access both from the United States and European Union server locations, the super-fast connections, AND the fact that NewsDemon.com does NOT limit or throttle speeds in ANY way to ANY customer.

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Cyber Monday Deals Are Here!

November 28th, 2016

With the tremendous success we had with our Black Friday specials, we’re bringing them back for Cyber Monday!

Save big, with new deals being posted every hour. Hurry, as the deals are already underway

CYBER MONDAY DEALS

 

 

 

NewsDemon Black Friday Deals!

November 25th, 2016

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Why Black Friday?

Ever wonder why the day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday?”  You’ve probably heard the tale that retailers mark this day as when they pass their breakeven point and begin operating “in the black,” as opposed to operating “in the red,” or at a loss for the year.

Why the public would embrace this name for that reason hasn’t been explained.   But Jacobin magazine cites another, perhaps more believable scenario:

“Black Friday began as a traffic accident. Or a series of them. In Philadelphia in the early 1960s, police noted that the two days after Thanksgiving were characterized by heavy traffic, and, in the pre-Nader days of perilous auto travel, more bloody mayhem than usual.”

Whether true or not, this seems to make a lot more sense.  But no matter what the real reason, Black Friday deals are expected by consumers and they know to look for them.  That’s why we’re writing to you today.

DEALS starting as low as $5.00 are coming on NewsDemon, America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider!

So be careful while looking for all the things you want on Black Friday—and if you also love to look for the things you want online, you’ll want to know about the BlackFriday deals coming from NewsDemon!   There’s more than 1 deal coming to suit your fancy!

Choose from:

  • $5 one-time charge for unlimited SSL for a month, which includes complimentary SlickVPN membership
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  • $25.00 recurring ONE YEAR access with 200GB, including year-long SlickVPNmembership
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If you have been considering joining a USENET newsgroup provider, or if you’re looking for a better Usenet service to join, this deal will make it easy for you.

NewsDemon has enjoyed explosive growth due to the large number of Newsgroups available (currently over 107,000), their service access from both the United States and European Union server locations, their super-fast connections, and the fact that NewsDemon.com does NOT limit or throttle speeds in ANY way to ANY customer.

In short, America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider, NewsDemon has a goal.  They want to be the largest USENET service provider in the world.  That’s why they are offering these Black Friday deals.  You’ll get a great deal, and more:

  • You get access to anything posted to Usenet in the last 2967 days—that’s more than 8 years of data!
  • You’ll enjoy 99.9% completion rates

o   This is important because messages posted must be replicated by a server.  Some services generate more errors than other and actual damage the file attachments.  NewsDemon’s near-perfect completion rate outperforms many others in delivering the messages and files to you with integrity

  • You get a secure 256 bit SSL connection in the US and EU
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SlickVPN protects your privacy and prevents your ISP from monitoring, throttling, and buffering your online communications and browsing activity.

 

These deals are too good to last.

 

NewsDemon Flash Sale – This Saturday!

September 29th, 2016

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If you have been considering joining a USENET newsgroup provider, or if you’re looking for a better Usenet service to join, you’ll want to hear about this.

First of all, for those who may be unfamiliar:  Usenet Newsgroups are Internet discussion groups.  Now that may not sound sexy right off the bat.  But when you consider the vast amount of binary files such as images, video, music, programs, and games that can be shared among Usenet users, you begin to understand why Usenet Newsgroups are so popular.

Usenet Newsgroups are a widely utilized file exchange medium, and this technology has been around a long time, so it’s tried and true.  But to access all that is out there, you need a USENET Newsgroups provider.

NewsDemon.com has enjoyed explosive growth due to the large number of Newsgroups available (currently over 107,000), their service access from both the United States and European Union server locations, their super-fast connections, and the fact that NewsDemon.com does NOT limit or throttle speeds in ANY way to ANY customer.

In short, America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider, NewsDemon.com has a goal.  They want to be the largest USENET service provider in the world.  That’s why they are offering a very special offer.

NewsDemon.com, the USENET provider that brings all the Newsgroups content to you in a FLASH, is having a FLASH sale.

Just $5.50 per month.

Unlimited, with secure SSL connections.

You see, NewsDemon.com has a goal:  they want to be the largest USENET service provider out there.  That’s why they are offering this super-low price during this FLASH sale.

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  • You get access to anything posted to Usenet in the last 2967 days—that’s more than 8 years of data!
  • You’ll enjoy 99.9% completion rates
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  • You get a secure 256 bit SSL connection in the US and EU
  • Over 107,000 Newsgroups!
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UNLIMITED USENET ACCESS

July 12th, 2016

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UNLIMITED NewsDemon USENET access for only $9.00 through August 31st, 2016

NewsDemon– America’s #1 Premium Usenet Provider– is giving 800 people the chance to discover UNLIMITED USENET access through August 31st, 2016, for only $9.00

 

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  • With NewsDemon, you will find, browse, explore virtually anything you want
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