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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

 

 

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!

 

NewsDemon Announcement: Newsgroup Header Modification

February 1st, 2016

As part of our continuous effort to provide superior service and features to our customers, we have recently moved to a new header numbering scheme so members can access the full depth of retention through headers. Users no longer have to worry about having only part of the retention available through headers.

What this means is that a full refresh, or a re-download of headers to subscribed newsgroups must be executed in order to reflect this change.

If there any questions regarding this matter, please contact our support group at [email protected]

Thank you!

 

 

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.

 

3 Months of Unlimited USENET Access for Only $14

June 2nd, 2015

Get out the Suncreen and grab hold of your wallets, the
NewsDemon Sizzling Summer Sale has started!

Limited to a select number of accounts, NewsDemon is currently providing 3 Months of UNLIMITED USENET access for only $14.00!

Are you ready for summer fun? Make it that much sweeter with this cool offer on a hot deal. For only $14.00, you’ll have access to:

 

  • 107,000+ Uncensored Newsgroups
  • 50 Blazing Fast Connections
  • Almost 2500 Days of Binary Retention
  • Both US and EU Servers
  • 24/7 Live Customer Support
  • UNLIMITED USENET ACCESS!

For less than $5.00 a month, you can enjoy USENET all Summer long!

 

Whats the catch?

NONE! After enjoying your 3 Months of UNLIMITED USENET access, there is no rebilling, no sales catch, no other obligations (although we do value all of our members and would hope you’d remain as an active subscriber).

 

Why, NewsDemon, Why?

We’re running this sale to help turn on more people to USENET, that’s why! USENET has always been a sanctuary for online communities to share their interests with the world. Now that school is out, the weather is hot, the nights are long, this is a perfect opportunity to bring the experience USENET provides to more of the masses.

 

Where did it the Sale go?

We told you it was going fast!

Don’t pass up on this hot Sizzling Summer Sale. Dive in now to this fantastic offer before it fades away into the Sunset.

Get your USENET on with 3 Months of UNLIMITED USENET Acceess for only $14.00!

JOIN TODAY!

 

Linux Based USENET Newsreaders

December 18th, 2014

If you’re as much of a Linux lover as many of us here at NewsDemon, you can’t fathom the thought of going back to Windows or iOS. The difficulty sometimes though, is finding software that is compatible with your OS.

Fortunately, newsreaders shouldn’t be an issue. Here are two that we suggest should be your go-to newsreaders to get the most out of USENET newsgroups on Linux:

 

SABnzbd – This is the go-to USENET newsreader for many Linux lovers and works on all distros. The program is easy to set up and use. A great advantage is the ability to remotely access the newsreader from other devices in the home or abroad. Allowing you to cue up your newsreader from anywhere you are.

NZBGet -This program has some advantages with USENET enthusiasts as it has built in scripts in order to distinguish and remove spam posts from newsgroups. The latest version works on both Linux and Mac OSX
The big winner we recommend is not so much a newsreader, but a full USENET suite of services tied into an Ubuntu distro. Combined with XBMC and/or the built-in Plex Media Server, Tretflix is a great way to get a USENET based media center up and running for home and on-the-go entertainment in under 5 minutes.

The suite of software contains CounchPotato, Headphones, NZBDrone, Plex, Sick Beard and Transmission. All of which are considered “Essential” apps for many USENET goers.

The list of apps here are a great way for you to get deep into the USENET experience. Easy to install and configure software for USENET is more advanced than many other software categories. Above are just a sum of a great whole of Linux-based newsreaders available.

We don’t pretend to know it all though. Have one you think is better? Let us know in the comments! Happy USENET-ing!

 

Lifehacker Users Vote NewsDemon Top USENET Provider

July 30th, 2014

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A recent survey on Lifehacker asked users of the site to vote for their favorite USENET Newsgroup access provider.  After tallying the votes, NewsDemon.com was voted amongst the Top 5 USENET Providers.

Users of the site were able to pick any USENET access provider they liked and were able to provide information on what they liked best about their USENET provider.

We’re proud here at NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to have been voted among the best USENET Access providers in the world. Reviews on the site noted speed, price and features for their reasons why they chose and remain loyal as NewsDemon.com members.

Lifehacker is a weblog that features hacks on software, online destinations, digital equipment and more. Established is 2005, the Gawker owned site has been a destination for many USENET and tech enthusiasts.

We hope to continue providing our members with superior service and want to thank all who voted.

We also are always striving to improve all that we offer at NewsDemon.com. Have a suggestion or want to leave a tip? Contact [email protected]. We want to hear from you!

 

Do You Have Blazing Fast USENET Access?

February 24th, 2014

How fast are you able to access USENET newsgroups with NewsDemon.com Newsgroups?
NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has stated for a long time now that users are able to access newsgroups at blazing speeds.

Many times these speeds reach the connection limits of many Internet Service Providers – both in the US and EU.

If you’re a NewsDemon customer, we’d like to hear from you. How fast is your connection?
Send your correspondence to [email protected]

If you have any issues with your speed and connections, we urge you to check out our help page with assistance on port changes and specific server addresses that may assist you in getting even faster access.

You can also check out our connection pages that show typical download speeds.

We also have a USENET tester that can help diagnose and check your connections as well as specific newsgroups you’d be interested in.

Lastly, if you have any other questions or want to speak to one of our specialists, NewsDemon offers 24/7 Customer Support to help you get the most out of your USENET experience.

 

 

One Day Sale: Four Months Of Unlimited USENET for $20.14

February 20th, 2014

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has reached another milestone by surpassing over 2000 days of binary retention.

Through a series of ongoing upgrades to their infrastructure, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to be able to offer members even more features than ever before.

The latest upgrade allows users to search through more than 5 years of content on over 107,000 active newsgroups. The changes are automatic for members. In order to access the extended content, members need only to download all headers for any newsgroup to access over 2000 days of newsgroup posts.

In order to celebrate this event, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is running a special to commemorate the event. Being that today marks 2014 days of binary retention, which reflects our current year, we’re offering a one day sale on our Unlimited Usenet plan.

Get Unlimited USENET with SSL for FOUR MONTHS for only $20.14.

The Unlimited USENET plan offers new members all the features that have made NewsDemon.com a leading and trusted name in the USENET industry.

With up to 50 256 BIT SSL blazing fast connections, members can experience limitless USENET access.

As a bonus, the plan recurs at the $20.14 every four months at the end of the initial term. The offer is only available for today but subscribers who get in on the deal are able to recur at this amount for the lifetime of the account.

All payment options are available including our newest addition of accepting Bitcoins.

With over 2000 days of retention on top of our other member features including free Online Storage and Newsreader, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups demonstrates their effort in giving their members everything they need to have the best USENET experience available.