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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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How To Add USENET Newsgroups

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.

Make sure that others are also interested in the newsgroup and will use it once it is added. If there is poor support for the newsgroup, it will remain empty and will eventually be erased by the managers of the server.

Go about finding supporters for the newsgroup you’d like to add in whichever manner you please; as long as they request the group after it’s added, you’re newsgroup won’t go anywhere.


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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By Newsgroup Usenet June 15th, 2011

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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?



CDC Zombie Guide Takes Down Website

By Daniel Li May 19th, 2011

A Centers for Disease Control blog post mentioning a “zombie apocalypse” as a lighthearted way to get Americans to read about preparing for the hurricane season drove so much traffic that it crashed the website, the center said on Thursday.

The CDC has decided that if you’re prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re prepared for any emergency. Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan wrote a blog that includes a series of badges and recommendations on what to do in case flesh-eating zombies take over the world. The steps are pretty simple: prepare an emergency kit, make a plan for evacuation routes and family meeting spots, and be prepared by following CDC alerts on Twitter and expectedly, USENET.

Turns out the steps you would take to prepare for a zombie apocalypse are remarkably similar to the steps you should take to prepare for any disaster. You’ll need food, water, medicine, blankets and other stuff to help you survive until you can get to an evacuation shelter (or a zombie free zone).

Here is a list of items you should include in an emergency kit, according to the Zombie Apocalypse article:

• Water (1 gallon per person per day)
• Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
• Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
• Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
• Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
• Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
• Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport and birth certificate to name a few)
• First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane.)

The surge of traffic from the post took out their whole blog. And it’s still down this morning! (It’s since been cross-posted here on a different area of the CDC site.) Now, the power of the web to destroy the will of servers is well documented. But this is actually somewhat sobering. It makes you wonder if the CDC would be ready for a real outbreak or if their server would melt the moment they posted the life-saving solutions for surviving the next ferret-flu attack. Luckily, if an apocalyptic situation does occur today (or more likely, on Saturday), the main CDC site is still available.

The most traffic on record had been a post that saw around 10,000 visits. By the end of Wednesday, with servers down, the page had 60,000. By Thursday, it was a trending topic on Twitter and shared around many USENET newsgroups.

The CDC has some experience with zombies, if only in fiction. Its Atlanta headquarters was blown up during an episode of AMC’s hit zombie show “The Walking Dead.”

Many USENET Newsreaders Get Updates

By Newsgroup Usenet May 18th, 2011

Changes are happening to a number of USENET newreaders that may tempt many newsgroup subscribers to break away from the traditional ones they’re used to in order to try out new features.

Just recently, News Rover had rolled out the new version 16, which is available free to Newsgroup members. The News Rover newsreader offers a host of changes ranging from performance, additional options and integration with other USENET tools.

NewsBin has been busy with a completely new user interface in version 6 (currently in beta). The newsreader is expected to come out with a solid force of features, including the way it handles and displays headers to other integrated functions to keep everything USENET related centralized within the newsreader. Additionally, NewsBin has dropped their current purchase price down to just $15.00.


NewsLeecher, who had been on version 4 since 2009 is starting to deliver a more polished version 5 which was first released in the beginning of 2011. With each beta release of version 5, the NewsLeecher newsreader has been getting a serious facelift in design and functionality with each release. The movement in each release, now up to Beta 6, has been much more frequent than ever with a better GUI and features, including in their SuperSearch Watchdog functions.

Lastly, Grabit has been rumored to be releasing a new beta, 1.7.2 beta 4, which has been long overdue. Just like NewsLeecher, updates and releases have been few and far in between over the last couple of years. The new release from Grabit should address a number of bug fixes and some minor new features.

The newsreaders arena is starting to see much more action lately, much to delight of hardcore newsgroup subscribers, who have longed for better releases to integrate with newer technologies and functions that come along with accessing USENET newsgroups.

Stay tuned, as Newsgroups will soon be updating all of our guides on these new releases for our members.

NewsDemon Reaches 1000 Days Binary Retention

By Steve Schwartz May 12th, 2011 Newsgroups is proud to announce another milestone in binary retention which now supports over 1000 days of retention across all supported binary newsgroups.

Recent upgrades to Newsgroup servers located in both the US and EU locations now spool over a full 1000 days of binary retention and well over three years of text retention with a full 99.9% completion rate.

USENET Newsgroup retention reflects the length of time that a binary and/or text article is accessible to subscribers. The new increase in retention means that Newsgroup subscribers may access binary newsgroup articles that were posted over 1000 days ago! Find out more about USENET newsgroup retention increase here.

It doesn’t stop here! Newsgroups expects the retention rate to only increase over time, allowing members even more articles available in all binary and text newsgroups.

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