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Get 12 Months of Unlimited Access for $32.29 through our Price Matching Program

March 21st, 2020

We are currently getting a lot of people asking us to price match a competitor offer of $35.88 for 12 months unlimited access. I am trying to relieve some load on my support team, so I will match that deal here instead of requiring users to contact support to get it done.

I had previously stated that I would match backbone providers 110% so here is the link for price match on the deal. 12 months unlimited access for $32.29.

https://www.newsdemon.com/billinginfo.php?pricepointid=202003011

Stay safe!

Greg

 

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 Blockbuster Summer Sale

June 1st, 2018

Starting June 1st, get UNLIMITED USENET ACCESS for only $13
No subscription. No renewal. No other commitments.
Get unlimited access to all 140+K newsgroups, without any limits, until August 31st.
50 simultaneous connections and multiple server farms to ensure the fastest speeds.

VPN Access also included!
And SlickVPN service is part of the deal!  Thousands of subscribers use SlickVPNand its advanced encryption and authentication to control their own internet experience.   Some choose the service for enhanced online personal security.  Others don’t like their IP addresses being collected by “Big Data” companies.  And still others—foreign nationals among them– count on SlickVPN to allow them to access the entire internet—and not just the pages approved by governments in other countries.

How does this work?

Say you signed up after the deal started on June 2rd. You would still have unlimited access for 90 days. Pro-rated, that comes out to $4.33 a month and also provides unlimited access to SlickVPN – absolutely free!

Want to keep your account after August 31st?

Great! You can upgrade before August 31st and be billed only $7.00 a month for both Unlimited Usenet and VPN access.

 

 

Hurricane Irma – Potential Impact

September 8th, 2017

Hurricane Irma is rapidly approaching the Florida coastline. Most of our staff live in Florida. We would like our customers to know that we will still be handling support tickets as quickly as possible, but that some tickets may go unanswered for longer than normal. Please bear with us as our employees/friends/family get to safe areas and hopefully avoid the hurricane.

We DO NOT anticipate and NNTP service interruptions related to the hurricane.

Thanks,

Greg

 

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 now with SlickVPN Takes Your Privacy Seriously

July 11th, 2016

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Privacy.  It’s not just a modern issue.

 

In 1933, Germany’s President Hindenburg signed the Reichstagsbrandverordnung, or Reichstag Fire Decree.  Historians regard this decree as one of the key steps leading to the establishment of a one-party Nazi state in Germany.  It not only nullified many German civil liberties, but also suppressed publications considered unfriendly to the government.  Ferdinand Schlingensiepen’s biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer– one of Hitler’s leading critics– stated quite simply that the decree meant that “the right to privacy of communication by mail or telephone no longer existed.”

 

Today, the Privacy Coalition is an impressive nonpartisan group of  member organizations:  consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology supporters, who have all take the Privacy Coalitions Privacy Pledge.  Privacy Coalition members take individual privacy seriously.

 

Not everyone seems to agree it’s a problem, however.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was quoted in an article in The Guardian saying, “People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people… That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”  Of course, Facebook makes millions selling member information, and Zuckerberg’s words could be regarded as self-serving.  The fact is that Facebook has been criticized again and again about the  highly controversial privacy settings for Facebook members.

Disagreements aside, The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is clear:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

Freedom to read what you want, to hear what you want, and to view what you want has never been more important as more and more entities gather, collect, and monitor online activities as part of their daily business.

That’s why NewsDemon is proud to once again show why they are true privacy advocates.

NewsDemon is America’s #1 Premium Usenet Provider, with secure, private and unlimited Usenet access.

  • You’ve long been able to find, download, and keep virtually whatever you want over 50 (256 bit) SSL connections with NewsDemon.
  • You also may not have known that NewsDemon members are allowed to delete all account information after signing up– while your account remains active until the end of your paid term.

  • You may not have known as well that NewsDemon is one of the only known providers to allow Bitcoin, checks, money orders– even cash– to pay for your membership.

  • And now NewsDemon users enjoy another layer of privacy and security:  a complimentary membership to SlickVPN.com!

 

SlickVPN has been rated one of the best VPNs available by BestVPN.com, allowing you to control your own internet experience in complete privacy.  Now SlickVPN brings that protection to NewsDemon Usenet access.

Downloading, or ‘leeching’ on Usenet has long been regarded as a safe activity.  Uploading, however, carried some risk of an IP address associated with you begin matched to the uploaded content.   With a SlickVPN account, you can browse the web anonymously so that nobody can see your real IP address– including on Usenet!  With SlickVPN, since no one can see your IP address, your privacy and security increase beyond where it was already with NewsDemon– and now this extra layer of protection is included with your NewsDemon membership!

You get access via computer, smartphone, or tablet.  A variety of protocols to tailor your protection.  You get a strong encrypted internet connection and IP address from countries and cities around the world. No one knows who you are, where you are, or what you are looking at via your online communications.

If you value your privacy– and want to protect your identity online– NewsDemon.com makes it easy, with SlickVPN as part of your membership.  Just access in the admin control panel. 

NewsDemon.com offers high speed, one of the longest retention rates, 99.9% completion rates, terrific value at all package levels, efficient and reliable technology, and security built-in with 256 bit SSL encryption over 50 connections.  Plus 24/7 support from knowledgeable, experienced and trained staff.


And now the best VPN protection in the business, too from SlickVPN.com!

 

Reddit and USENET Newsgroups

October 31st, 2015

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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.

 

Of course, you can find virtually any kind of content you’d like with Usenet as well.  If you like Reddit, you’ll likely like Usenet.  So if you haven’t looked at Usenet newsgroups, get yourself a newsreader program like Newsdemon.com and see what you’ve been missing on Reddit.  You’ll get fast, reliable, secure Premium Usenet Access, 256-Bit secure server connections, and a FREE TRIAL.

 

What’s to lose?  Just visit http://newsdemon.com, create an account, download the free software, and have at it!  Access, search, and share the best of Usenet Newsgroups with Newsdemon.com

 

Retention Increase to 2600 Days at NewsDemon

September 28th, 2015

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NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce another binary retention milestone now at 2600+ days! The retention increase is now available to all of our members. The increase to 2600 days of binary retention is yet another step forward to delivering the best possible USENET experience to users.

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.

The amount of days that messages and articles can be accessed on a Usenet newsgroup translates to binary retention. The longer amount of days, the longer the history of articles are available.

The increase in retention comes at no additional price. Existing customers will not see their price increase, nor will they have to choose a more expensive plan to gain access to the new 2600 day retention.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups continues in providing extended features for all its members. Committed to superior service and exceptional support to the Usenet community and its members, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to offer affordable premium access to over 107,000 newsgroups at blazing speeds.

 

PREMIUM USENET Service 50% OFF—One Day Only!

September 4th, 2015

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TGIF with America’s #1 Premium USENET service provider, NewsDemon.com.

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Free USENET Access for Military Personnel

June 23rd, 2015


NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce a new offer that allow Military personnel FREE USENET access.

As part of our Summer of Savings, we’re saluting those in the United States Military with FREE USENET access. Only a limited number of these accounts are available and we expect to run out fast.

In order to qualify, visit our FREE USENET access page located here:

FREE USENET ACCESS FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL

Simply provide your .mil email address in our application form. Once we have verified your email address, we’ll send out your member information access.

This offer provides no obligation to continue service once our FREE USENET access program ends on August 31st. We do hope that the features and service throughout this Free period will help us spread the word on the benefits that USENET provides, grow the USENET community and the quality of USENET access NewsDemon delivers.

We want to be able to show our gratitude and support for those who serve. This limited time offer allows personnel to submit their registration regardless of the military branch they serve.

No billing information is required and no obligation to continue service after the August 31st expiration date.

Join Now!