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Internet Hijacks 61st Emmy’s

By Newsgroup Usenet September 21st, 2009

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Last night for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards, host Neil Patrick Harris did a skit as Dr. Horrible, his online blog persona, proclaiming the death of television and forecasting the future of internet entertainment. Didn’t that already happen 10 years ago?

Entertainment newsgroups postings discuss how Emmy host Harris made and showed a quick skit starring his character Doctor Horrible from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The sketch guest-starred actor Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer and a couple of other cast members from the online blog.

If you haven’t seen Neil Patrick Harris and his Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, it just won its own Emmy as an Outstanding Special Class: Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program Emmy Award.

From Howser to Dr. Horrible, Neil Patrick Harris, who is also a cast member on “How I Met Your Mother,” opened up with a song begging viewers to stick with the show, and made several references throughout to the challenges facing broadcast television.

He earned kudos from critics, and from people appearing on the show. Harris successfully hosted the award show last year and was hoping for an even better show this year. He delivered.

Harris made a few good points that have been active considerations from TV broadcasters as more of its audience have been migrating online and away from the  TV tube.

Here in its entirety, is the clip from the awards show:



Microsoft Copies NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Student Discount Offer?

By Newsgroup Usenet September 18th, 2009

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It appears that NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is not alone in trying to help out Students. In a Twitter posting last night, as well as postings on various Microsoft newsgroups, Microsoft stated that U.S. College students will be able to get the software license for a discounted $29.99.

It’s a good time to be a student, thanks in part to NewsDemon.com and a sweet Windows 7 discount from Microsoft.

Microsoft newsgroups points the deal to the win741.com site, a recently launched site from Microsoft.  The site proclaims: “For a limited time, eligible college students can get the sweetest deal on Windows 7 – for only $29.99 USD.  That’s less than most of your textbooks! Hurry — offer ends January 3, 2010 and 12 a.m. CST.” After that, it may go back up to $120 or Microsoft could extend the offer.  There are no set deadlines for the NewDemon.com offer.

Noting that to avail the offer students would require a valid college e-mail address, a Microsoft representative said: “This offer is specifically designed for those students who are not planning to purchase a new PC this year, but would still like to take advantage of what Windows 7 offers.”

Also, just like the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Student Discount offer, to buy the student version of Windows 7 Home Premium customers need to provide a valid .edu e-mail address or an e-mail address from one of a number of listed educational institutions that do not provide .edu e-mail addresses. With the Microsoft offer, some customers may also have to provide current proof of enrollment.

On Wednesday of this week, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups had announced a similar approach, offering college and university students discount access to all subscription based plans. Two days later, Microsoft announces this new special. Coincidence?

This smart move clears as a path as Apple does have Microsoft beat on standard prices, with a copy of Home Premium (upgrade) retailing for $120 and $200 for a Professional upgrade (versus $29 for Snow Leopard).  With the price bar set nearly four times as high as Apple’s, the pressure is on Microsoft to deliver a dynamite product .

Microsoft Windows 7 is getting closer to its October 22 launch date.  With improved security, better compatibility, and a slick new look, the OS should please owners of both powerful and underpowered machines alike.

Microsoft also intends announcing similar offers in Canada, Australia, Mexico, Germany, France, and Korea, though at different prices.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Student Resource Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet September 16th, 2009

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An individual’s prosperity, happiness and impact on the future is mostly dictated by education in this day and age. Educating the minds of the young provide the future we hope to behold.

The importance of this has been a reminder during our efforts to give back to our community. With the free USENET access and our new Student discount offer, we hope to provide more with the resources USENET provides in continuing education.

From teachers and students alike, USENET newsgroups have been formed to contribute towards education through research and debate on current issues, structures and expectations at all levels of education.

Many new students throughout time have found that College newsgroups have provided them with a forum in which they have been able to formulate answers to expand their knowledge. Financial aid newsgroups to admission newsgroups have made many lives easier by taking out a lot of the guess work and generally being better prepared with moving forward with their educational path.

Whatever school a person may attend, many graduate school newsgroups exist to assist. Many of these newsgroups are filled with like minded individuals on either the same path or have the experience to help.

Education is a fundamental building block of a modern-day vision of success. With newsgroups dedicated to education as a tool, it can unlock volumes of knowledge to explore and discover.



Newsgroups Report Angry Weekend

By Newsgroup Usenet September 14th, 2009

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What do a Beyonce video, a Tennis match and the German National Democratic Party have in common? As many newsgroups are discussing, they’re all things that got people very angry this weekend.

To start off the weekend, German newsgroups began reporting riots that started first on Friday after scores of National Democratic Party (NPD) fans in Germany tried to sabotage a left wing party music festival in Hamburg. This led to an unauthorized demonstration on the Streets of Hanover that grew to thousands of people that took the street demanding a ban on the activities of the NDP. The demonstration turned out all wet as German riot police had to use water cannons to disperse rock throwing protesters in order to break the demonstration.

Serena Williams then caught the headlines of anger this weekend  after her outburst stemming from a foot fault that a line judge had given her towards the end of the US Open tennis match. She had cursed and screamed at the line judge, which then reported her to the other judges. Sport newsgroups report that having already received a conduct warning for throwing her racket in the first set, Williams was docked a point for her outburst. At 15-40, that was match point, and Serena lost the match – 6-4, 7-5 – without hitting another ball or shoving any down anyone’s throat.

Music newsgroups got the last surge last night as Kanye West made headlines for interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Music Awards. After Taylor Swift was announced for winning an award for her video, it motivated Kanye West to interrupt her speech to insinuate that Beyonce had a much better video. This is the third time that Kanye West’s anger has been caught by a live MTV event, which he probably believes he should win award for too.

On a positive note, new data recently released today by the FBI shows a drop of almost 4% of violent crimes throughout the US. The 3.9% percent decline in murder and manslaughter cases are part of nationwide drop in crime of about 1.7% from 2007-2008. The statistics were gathered by the FBI from local police reports. The report in the decrease in crimes was then posted on a variety of newsgroups related to both the FBI and US Government newsgroups.

So at least even with all the verbal anger, statistics provide a lesser chance of any of them getting violent.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Video Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet September 10th, 2009

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As online video channels such as YouTube, Hulu and a host of others gain popularity, so has the hobby of video production.

The YouTube slogan of “broadcast yourself” has been taken literally and seriously as more and more are finding creative ways to express themselves and communicate through video. USENET newsgroups themselves have been finding video a more popular medium for sharing content between users to illustrate topic points.

USENET newsgroups host a variety of different newsgroups that directly deal with video production. Video production newsgroups provide a medium for folks to communicate about the latest tricks and tips involved in creating those internet sensations we’ve grown to love.

Even professional video newsgroups are available for more advanced users that are looking more towards commercial cinematography and editing come to converse about the latest technologies and techniques used in larger productions.

Regardless, USENET newsgroups present a great resource to both average and advanced users alike. If you’re looking to find help or to create videos for on or off line, video newsgroups may be your answer. Providing in depth conversations and topics regarding producing, editing and distributing video, USENET newsgroups are the first channel you’ll want to try.



Discount USENET Access To All Educators And Students

By Newsgroup Usenet September 8th, 2009

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NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is now offering discounted USENET access on all of its subscription based plans to all students and faculty that belong to a college or university.

It’s no surprise that education has a become a hot topic issue across the world. In response, NewsDemon.com is assisting by offering affordable access to that resources USENET provides to assist with higher learning.

More than 107,000 newsgroups are supported by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups. Many of these newsgroups provide large communities exist to share and discuss particular topics.

Newsgroup access provides educators and students a forum to cooperatively discuss ranging topics that newsgroups provide.

In order to qualify, you must have a “.edu” email address (example: [email protected]). After selecting your subscription based plan, enter in your .edu email address, submit, and the USENET access discount will automatically be applied.



Microsoft Newsgroups: Windows 7 Party

By Newsgroup Usenet September 4th, 2009

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Windows 7 gets by with a little help from it’s friends. Microsoft has announced in all of its operating system related newsgroups that they are giving away a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition to party hosts.

Microsoft is not letting just anyone host such a party though. The company is being very selective in the application process it has set up with HouseParty.com.

USENET newsgroups report that the offer is only open to residents of 12 countries: Australia, Italy, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, the US, Hong Kong, the UK, and India.

A “Windows 7 Party Pack” that includes Host Help Videos, Host Notes, and other materials to make your Launch Party fun is included if selected.

Every host also has a chance to win a PC worth $750.00, according to the Web site. Winners will be notified and their prizes delivered after Oct. 30.

The house parties are set to run between October 22 and 29.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Internet Newsgroups Revisited

By Newsgroup Usenet September 2nd, 2009

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Precisely forty years ago on September 2, Leonard Kleinrock and some other associates started testing a system that would eventually become the worldwide network we know as the internet today.

Revisiting World Wide Web newsgroups, we spotlight on the history of the internet in celebration of its 40th birthday.

On September 2, 1969, two computers send out test data at Kleinrock’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. That was the humble beginning of what was originally called the ‘ARPANET‘ network — a government-supported data network that would use the technology which by then had come to be known as “packet switching.”

From this point on DARPA and ARPANET became the biological manufacturing parents of the internet and are two of the most important acronyms pertaining to the internet.

(DARPA) is the central research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) otherwise referred to as The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The ARPANET is the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network that was created by (ARPA) and it is essentially the predecessor of the global Internet.

It would be 10 years later that the USENET would come to be utilizing the ARPANET. It would be the USENET that would bring the masses online. With the introduction of newsgroups, a new online word of discussion groups arose.

Later, in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee used the USENET to announce the foundation of what we know the Word Wide Web to be today.

Tthe continuing growth of the internet community forced an expansion of its development and use. As time passed and as the popularity of the Internet grew, competition eventually made the internet  more accessible and its availability even more widespread.

Len Kleinrock and his team never imagined the spread of all of the Internet trends and fads that would follow. But since using the World Wide Web became commonplace among average people, the medium has quickly evolved and gone through several different stages.

Contrary to claims once made by Al Gore, it was not invented by him.

Coincidently, the first domain name ever registered was sold on August 31st of this year.

On March 15, 1985, the Internet officially became active with the registration and use of the Symbolics.com domain name.

Said to be the oldest on the web, it has remained the property of its original owner since then. Symbolics.com was bought by XF.com Investments, which said it was “excited” about the purchase.

The address was registered by computer manufacturer Symbolics in March 1985, months before rivals Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Sun Microsystems swooped to secure their own presence on the nascent web.

Nearly 25 years later, over 180,000,000 registered domains are currently in use.



Verizon Announces Newsgroup Service To Be Discontinued

By Newsgroup Usenet September 1st, 2009

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Verizon has begun to notify customers informing them that newsgroup service provided by the company will cease by September 30th.

Verizon had late last year discontinued access to a number of newsgroups. Many have speculated that this termination of service was imminent. Customers will continue to have access to post or view articles on the Verizon USENET newsgroup service until the termination date.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is offering a 20% discount to all Verizon customers. Simply copy the coupon code below at checkout for any of our subscription based plans.

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NewsDemon.com Newsgroups welcomes all Verizon customers who wish to continue to gain access to valuable resources available on USENET newsgroups. The discount is valid for the lifetime of the subscription.

Earlier this year, Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T had also discontinued USENET access. As maintenance costs rises for supporting USENET newsgroups, many internet service providers have opted to drop access for its customers.



Marvel And Disney Merger Creates Debate On Animation Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet August 31st, 2009

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Today, Walt Disney unveiled a surprise four billion US dollar bid for Marvel Entertainment, and paving the way for Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America to be united with Mickey Mouse and The Jonas Brothers.

Animation newsgroups were woken up to news that under this new deal, Disney will acquire more than 5,000 Marvel characters as well as several multi-million-dollar movie franchises. In return, Marvel gets the distribution heft of the world’s No. 2 media company. Films starring Marvel characters including Wolverine, Spider-man 3 and Iron Man are among the highest-grossing at the box office every summer.

Many on these USENET newsgroups consider this to be a game changer for Disney’s foes. Marvel’s rival DC Comics; with its stable of Batman, Watchmen and other, darker comic champions, is already a part of Time Warner. For the fantastic leap comic books have made to the big screen, this could be the last hurrah.

However, theme-park rival Universal Orlando will likely retain the park rights to its four Marvel superstars, including Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk.

“Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Marvel characters are a beloved and important part of the Universal Orlando experience. They will remain so,” said Tom Schroder, a Universal spokesman. “Our guests are going to get to meet Spider-Man and all our other Marvel characters. We believe our agreement with Marvel stands and that the Disney/Marvel deal will have no impact on our guest experience.”

Many on these newsgroups have mixed feelings over the merger. Much in the same way when Time Warner had acquired the DC franchise, many wonder how the landscape will change for their mighty heroes.