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Large Reward to Define Large Internet

By Daniel Li September 16th, 2011

Google wonders, ‘how expansive is the world wide web?‘ They’re giving a $1 million grant to a group to answer just that question.

Founded by Tim Berners-Lee, who actually created the Internet and first announced it on USENET newsgroups, the World Wide Web Foundation is the recipient of the grant which will involve a compiling the World Wide Web Index. This will be a ‘multi-dimensional measure of the Web and its impact on people and nations’.

The group’s study will be revealed as a series of annual reports and will hopefully help improve the impact that the web has on the human race. This could help to settle theories regarding the web’s influence around the world, and may help answer the question of whether a nation’s investment in internet infrastructure really helps grow the gross domestic product (GDP) of that nation.

The study is expected to be a useful resource as policy makers and investors analyze the web’s impact, which will allow them to make better decisions and form more effective strategies for investment and growth. It’s expected that the first edition of the World Wide Web Index will be released early next year.

Meanwhile, regardless of how many pages are currently on the internet, Nielsen has found that time spent on social media and blogs accounts for about a quarter of the time Americans spend on the web. The results revealed that in May of 2011, Americans spent over 53 billion minutes on Facebook, which accounted for more time than any other website.

If you’re beginning to conjure up images of teenagers sitting in front of their computer at all waking hours, hold on just a minute. The Nielsen report indicates that about 40 percent of social media users access such content using their mobile phones, and internet users who are over 55 years old are the group ‘driving the growth of social networking through the Mobile Internet.’

So as Google looks at how large and far-reaching the internet really is, Nielsen reveals that Americans are spending a good deal of their time using the world wide web connecting with others on social media. The findings of the World Wide Web Foundation will be interesting as we learn of the impact social media has had on American society.

Meanwhile, Usenet continues to be a useful tool for connecting with others across the globe. Usenet actually preceded the internet and for a while was the chief way that people connected with others and shared ideas and new projects. Despite its age, however, Usenet continues to be a popular means of sharing new technology projects and unveiling innovative new services and products.

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eBook Inventor Passes Away, Remembered on USENET

By Newsgroup Usenet September 11th, 2011

Michael Hart, who invented the eBook in 1971, passed away on Tuesday, September 6 at the age of 64. You’ve probably heard of Amazon’s Kindle, or Apple’s iPad. Those products got their idea from Hart’s idea, which he hoped would lead to free books, which would eventually lead to greater literacy. With greater literacy comes greater opportunity for a larger number of people, a long tradition that USENET newsgroup subscriber community have long promoted.

Hart was the founder of Project Gutenberg, which makes available thousands of free texts including classics such as Moby Dick and Jane Eyre, as well as the Declaration of Independence, released an obituary for Hart. Part of its obituary read:

“The invention of t eBooks was not simply a technology innovation or precursor to the modern information environment. A more correct understanding is that eBooks are an efficient and effective way of unlimited free distribution of literature. Access to eBooks can thus provide opportunity for increased literacy. Literacy, and the ideas contained in literature, creates opportunity.

Today, of course, products such as the Kindle and iPad charge plenty for the actual product, and then charge for most digitally delivered books as well. Sometimes, prices of digital books run parallel to their printed counterparts, or more in some cases. Hart digitized and distributed the Declaration of Independence in 1971 after he found a free printed copy of the document at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was more interested in making literature and important text available free of commercial complications than turning the eBook into a cash cow. Today Project Gutenberg offers more than 36,000 free eBooks.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Explorer to Include Ribbons

By Newsgroup Usenet September 2nd, 2011

According to reports on Microsoft related newsgroups, Windows Explorer in Windows 8, will utilize the Ribbons interface currently used in Microsoft Office 2007 and beyond. The decision has been met with hostility from many power users and tech savvy individuals, but Microsoft has indicated that after evaluation and analysis, they decided that the ribbon interface was the best way to go.

According to a post on the General Microsoft Newsgroup “We evaluated several different UI [user interface] command affordances including expanded versions of the Vista/Windows 7 command bar, Windows 95/Windows XP style toolbars and menus, several entirely new UI approaches, and the Office style ribbon,” Microsoft’s Alex Simons explained.  “Of these, the ribbon approach offered benefits in line with our goals.”

The ribbon display was used with Microsoft Office 2007 to replace the traditionally-used drop-down menus. The idea is that it allows certain functions that may otherwise be hidden to be easily accessible to the user.

Critics complain that the ribbon interface takes up too much real estate, especially when using a notebook or other mobile computing devices. However, Simons cited data that Microsoft obtained from millions of users that indicated that a vast majority use Windows 7 on a widescreen display.

There will be four tabs in Windows Explorer—Home, Share, View and Manage. The new format will also bring back the ‘up’ button that allows the user to jump a level higher in their folders. The new design is said to allow users easier access to the most-used commands such as copy, cut and paste, which are said to account for more than a third of the functions in Explorer. Microsoft indicated that, according to its data, users used the same 10 functions in Explorer over 80 percent of the time.



New USENET and Online Slang Terms Enter Dictionary

By Daniel Li August 24th, 2011

By now everybody knows full well what the USENET born terms like ‘OMG’, ‘LOL’ and ‘FYI’ mean, and this year the Oxford English Dictionary caught up by adding these to the dictionary. Now, newsgroup subscribers report that in the dictionary’s latest update, more words from the Internet age will appear in the well-respected dictionary.

USENET subscribers report that the latest update, which take place four times per year, will include words like ‘retweet’, ‘cyberbullying’, ‘sexting’, ‘woot’ and ‘jeggings’.

In case you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, to “retweet’ means to forward another Twitter user’s message, while ‘cyberbulling’ means to bully somebody via online means. ‘Sexting’ is to send a sexually explicit text message to another person, and ‘jeggings’ are tight leggings meant to look like jeans. ‘Woot’ is a commonly used term to express excitement. ‘Mankini’ was also added. This is a very revealing male bathing suit similar to what was worn by Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie Borat.

Say what you will about adding these terms to the respected dictionary, but they’re commonly used terms and including them will make the dictionary more helpful to its users unsure of one of these words’ meanings. These terms are commonly found on internet forums and message boards, as well as on Usenet, where many users rely on terms such as these to communicate their ideas and points of view.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first edition of the dictionary, released in 1911 and compiled by Henry and George Fowler. Angus Stevenson of the Oxford University Press noted that they were interested “in setting out new meanings for words. Some of the subjects now as well as then are new technology and slang.”

So it is only fitting that the dictionary continues to adapt to the new slang and new words used in our everyday lives.



World Wide Web Turns 20 On USENET

By Newsgroup Usenet August 8th, 2011

On Saturday, the World Wide Web celebrated its 20th anniversary on USENET, marking two decades of the openness of the internet to the public.

Way back in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee, who has since been knighted, took to Usenet to post a summary of the World Wide Web in the alt.hypertext newsgroup, describing the project. He noted at the time that “[t]he WWW project aims to allow all links to be made to any information anywhere.” Previously the web was used by those technologically-inclined few, but opening the web to the public allowed it to grow and expand into what it’s become today.

The web has grown so much that for those born in the eighties or nineties, it’s difficult to imagine a world without access to the internet. Now you will find web access on phones, blu-Ray or DVD players, and even televisions. The spread of information was made simpler and quicker than ever with the introduction of the web to the public.

It’s hard to imagine that Berners-Lee imagined that his post on Usenet twenty years ago would help to spark such a revolution in information sharing and access. Usenet continues to be a forum for the announcement of new technology projects twenty years after Berners-Lee introduced a summary of the web. There are countless newsgroups dedicated to the discussion of technology both new and old.



MTV Turns 30 Years Old Today

By Lionel Dietz August 1st, 2011

MTV turned 30 years old today, marking three decades of entertainment geared towards young people and music lovers—although the network hasn’t exactly devoted much time to music lately.

Born in the eighties, MTV began as a network dedicated to airing music videos and has since developed into a network showing a variety of different programs including several reality television shows. Almost as old as USENET which was first founded in the late seventies, has also evolved throughout its three decades-long existence.

Newsgroups in the eighties and early nineties discussed MTV during the network’s heyday at the forefront of the music video era, and today you’ll find several newsgroups dedicated to music and music videos. Given that today marks MTV’s 30th birthday, you’ll probably find some users getting a little nostalgic about the network’s past, as well as those discussing what it’s become today on a variety of music related newsgroups.

Usenet has always been a place where users could share and discuss their favorite hobbies, and given MTV’s popularity in Usenet’s early days, it was a hot topic at times. Today Usenet has grown into a vast network of users from across the globe discussing all kinds of subjects, but music remains a favorite topic of discussion for many, and will continue as such into the future.



Hierarchies on Usenet

By Newsgroup Usenet July 28th, 2011

What appeals to many users of Usenet is that experts in various fields participate, sharing their expertise and insight with others. Many experts in a variety of fields use Usenet to converse with other experts in their field. With your run-of-the-mill internet forums taking a lot of potential Usenet users, Usenet has become a system of experts to a degree.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean users cannot find some casual discussions in which to participate. Hierarchies compose the organizational system utilized by Usenet and there is a huge variety of newsgroups within the different hierarchies. This means that you’ll find intense discussions among academics and experts, but also some more casual discussions among interested parties.

You may find that the rec. hierarchy is a great way to connect with people discussing ways in which they can relax and unwind. Here you’ll find an array of subjects to pique just about anybody’s interests. Whether collecting stamps is your thing or you get a thrill from riding jet skis, you’re very likely to find others with your same interests in the rec. hierarchy on Usenet.

Hierarchies may overlap at times, too. Video games can be a good way to relax, but many also have an interest in the computer aspect of video games. You’ll probably find more discussions about video games in the rec. hierarchy than in the comp. hierarchy, though.

For some good, old fashioned conversation, try the talk. hierarchy. Here you’ll come across a wide array of newsgroups with users discussing various subjects. Some groups are dedicated to those who would like to talk a little politics—some are more specific than others and others may discuss entire political philosophies.

On Usenet you probably won’t have much trouble coming across a spirited debate in which users discuss links between what’s happening now and what is going to happen in the future. These can be enjoyable newsgroups with open-minded, forward-thinking people who like to peel back the layers of the subject and really get into a deep discussion.

For those who like to combine their learning with entertainment, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Usenet as well. Those who are interested in astronomy should check out the sci. hierarchy where they’ll find conversations pertaining to the subject. Experts will probably be in the newsgroup to answer any questions you may have, but there should also be others who just enjoy deeper discussions with others who enjoy talking about the same kinds of things. It’s easy to see how you can learn from experts who use Usenet, but you can also take a lot of enjoyment and entertainment out of talking about a subject with experts in the field.



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By Newsgroup Usenet July 15th, 2011

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By Newsgroup Usenet July 14th, 2011

One question that many users have regarding Usenet is how to add new newsgroups. Depending on the kind of newsgroup you’re looking to make, you may find the process ranges from quite simple to pretty challenging.

The first thing you’ll have to do when adding a newsgroup is determine in which hierarchy you’d like the newsgroup to appear—familiarize yourself with the ‘Big 8’ newsgroups hierarchy when doing this. Next, figure out if the group is going to be moderated or non-moderated. If it’s moderated, the administrator must give the newsgroup regular attention and moderated newsgroups allow only content associated with the newsgroup to be published. Free newsgroups do not have rules regarding adding brand new newsgroups.

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Where Did The Google Bing Facebook Twitter And Other Strange Names Come From?

By Steve Schwartz June 27th, 2011

There are a lot of websites and online services on the web today. And although you may frequent them daily, do you really know what they are about? NewsDemon.com Newsgroups researched a few to find out where the names originated from some of the most popular online destinations.

The meaning of Yahoo!?

From search engine newsgroups, we learn:

“The Web site started out as “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” but eventually received a new moniker with the help of a dictionary. The name Yahoo! is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,” but Filo and Yang insist they selected the name because they liked the general definition of a yahoo: “rude, unsophisticated, uncouth.” Yahoo! itself first resided on Yang’s student workstation, “Akebono,” while the software was lodged on Filo’s computer, “Konishiki” – both named after legendary sumo wrestlers.”

How did Microsoft come up with Bing?

Combing through Microsoft newsgroups we learn:

No, it doesn’t stand for “big investment, no goals” although it may seem like to some. Nor does it mean “but its not google”. No, the real story is that Steve Balmer was looking to “verb up” a phrase for users when searching. Much like the popularity “Google It” has become, Steve hoped that “Bing” would unambiguously said search.

Why choose the name Twitter for a social network?

Popular newsgroups reveal:

The service’s name morphed from “Status/Stat.us” to “twittr” to Twitter. From the creators, they stated “Twittering is the sound birds make when they communicate with each other—an apt description of the conversations here. As it turns out, because Twitter provides people with real-time public information, it also helps groups of people mimic the effortless way a flock of birds move in unison.”

Where did Mark Zuckerberg come up with the Facebook name?

USENET reveals:

The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by Harvard university administrators to help students get to know each other better.

What does USENET mean?

Duke University graduate students Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis conceived the idea of USENET in 1979 and it was established in 1980. The name came from the love of UNIX and something that best described its function – The USERS NETWORK.

What does Cisco stand for?

Nothing actually.

The name “Cisco” was derived from the city name, San Francisco, which is why the company’s engineers insisted on using the lower case “cisco” in the early days.

What does the Google name mean?

Page and Brin began developing a search engine called “BackRub” as grad students at Stanford in 1996. Google derived its name from the word “googol”, a term coined by then nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner. The story goes, Kasner had asked his nephew to invent a name for a very large number – ten to the power of one hundred (the numeral one followed by 100 zeros), and Milton called it a googol. The term was later made popular and in Kasner’s book, Mathematics and the Imagination. After focused brainstorming, they come up with the name “Google”—a derivative of the mathematical term.

How did Steve Jobs come up with Apple

Steve Jobs worked summer jobs at a California apple farm. He also liked the Beatles and their label, Apple Records. When he and Steve Wozniak tried to come up with a company name, they decided that if they couldn’t think of anything better by the end of the day, they’d go with the name “Apple”. And they couldn’t, so they did.

As far as the logo, the Apple newsgroup post the following from the original designer:

“I designed it with a bite for scale, so people get that it was an apple not a cherry. Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience … It was after I designed it, that my creative director told me: “Well you know, there is a computer term called byte”. And I was like: “You’re kidding!” So, it was like perfect, but it was coincidental that it was also a computer term.”

How did Intel get their name?

When pioneers Moore and Noyce left Fairfield Semiconductors to start their company they were going to call it Moore Noyce but it sounded like More Noise… very unfortunate for a semi-conductor/electronics company. They decided on INT(egrated) EL(ectronics) after trading under NMElectronics for a while but had to buy some rights for Intel as there was a similar sounding hotel chain called INTELCO.