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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. Free USENET 5 Hour Special

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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. Newsgroups offers users a simple way of adding newsgroups to our list of over 107,000 newsgroups that are currently accessible. Newsgroups only asks that user submit a request for a new newsgroup through our website. Before proceeding, though, consider a few items so that your newsgroup is not taken off of the server:

A newsgroup will exist on the server only if and when customers request it, meaning that if you’re the only one interested in the newsgroup it probably won’t get off the ground.

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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? 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/” 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.

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Online Access Will Explode By 2015

By Lionel Dietz June 1st, 2011

Online usage, including USENET, is growing so rapidly that just its incremental, one-year growth between 2014 and 2015 will be equal to all the online traffic recorded worldwide last year.

A report from Cisco predicts that the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple between 2010 and 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year (equal to 966 billion gigabytes). That’s nearly a fully zettabyte.

An exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes. In 2004, global monthly internet traffic passed one exabyte for the first time.

The projected increase in Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010.

Those are just some of the mind-blowing statistics released Wednesday in Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index, a comprehensive view and forecast of the data trends shaping the Internet.

The company, in its fifth annual Visual Networking Index forecast, also said that the number of network-connected devices by 2015 will reach more than 15 billion, or about twice the world’s population.

On an hourly basis, the amount of data consumed will equal the contents of 28 million DVDs. The increase of 200 exabytes between 2014 and 2015 is by itself more than all the data consumed in 2010. Cisco predicts the proliferation of tablets, mobile phones, connected appliances and other smart machines will drive this growth.

In 2010, PCs generated 97% of consumer online traffic, however this is predicted to fall to 87% by 2015, as consumers continue to adopt devices such as tablets, smart phones and Connected TVs for online access. Accessing the Internet on Web-enabled TVs is continuing to grow, according to Cisco, which predicts that by 2015, 10% of global consumer Internet traffic and 18% of Internet video traffic will be consumed via TVs.

Newsgroups report that Cisco also said that by 2015, about 40 percent of the world’s population will be online.

The biggest problem with the forecasts is that they appear to fall into the inferential statistics trap. Put simply, this means looking at a historical trend and assuming that it will continue to grow in the future, without taking into account limitations on that trend. In this situation, the limit is that the new Internet users are most likely to be in locations where for either economic or geographic reasons; maximum speeds are considerably lower than today’s average.

While not addressed in Cisco’s report, the numbers are further cause for concern for arbitrary data caps with overage fees. According to Cisco, the average fixed broadband speed in 2015 will reach 28Mbps, up from 7Mbps in 2010. What good will all that speed be if ISPs continue to clamp down on the amount of content users are able to consume every month?