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NewsDemon.com Increases Available Number of Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet July 20th, 2009

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has announced that it will begin offering more newsgroups as part of their USENET access services. Previously at 75,000 newsgroups, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups will now begin to offer over 107,000 newsgroups to choose from for all existing and current members.

The increase to the newly available newsgroups requires no modifications to NewsDemon.com Newsgroups memberships. This affects all US and European customers.

The retention rate of these new newsgroups may vary. However, most newsgroups will be spooling along to the scheduled 400 day retention for binaries and 720 days for text.

With many newsreaders, the change will require users to refresh and download groups available. Tutorials are available here for many of the popular newsreaders. Members can also contact support directly for assistance.

The increase in the number of newsgroups is part of the continuing effort by NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to provide premium USENET access to its members. With the additional newsgroups offered, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups members now have access to more discussions and resources than ever before.



Technology Newsgroups: Google OS Gets Attention From Microsoft

By Newsgroup Usenet July 17th, 2009

Google becomes more like Microsoft every day. It used to be that only Microsoft could pre-announce a product to mass hysteria. After the announced plans to develop a second Linux-based operating system to complement its Android smartphone platform, though, the similarities become even more eerie.

This new project, called Chrome OS, will consist of Google’s Chrome Web browser layered atop a Linux kernel and will rely on the Web as its application development platform .Google hasn’t yet given up a lot of information about its Chrome OS – including on how USENET would be able to be accessed from the OS – so there’s plenty of room for speculation about potential features and whether the technology will give users a reason to switch from the operating systems they’re using.

On a variety of USENET newsgroups, the new OS by Google has sparked a number of discussions. such as noting facts such as it being based off a Linux distribution makes it more of an integration of Chrome into Linux than it is a revolutionary new OS.

Google’s indication (hardly an announcement) that they’re getting into the OS business comes as no surprise. It’s already got Android and it’s got Web-based apps that are now (finally) out of beta. Analysts have gone on record saying Chrome OS could dilute the Android brand, further confusing a fragmented Linux market.

Microsoft, the undisputed market champion of the desktop operating system and keeper of the fat-client flame, in responce, recently released a Technical Preview build of Office 2010, the latest iteration of its venerable productivity suite to a lukewarm reception.

It begs the question though: Does the computing world really need another operating system? Google proposes Chrome OS as lightweight and designed to serve Web apps. Most consumers don’t even know what that means. If Chrome OS doesn’t pose truly astonishing speed and efficiency gains—from install to boot-up—what is the point? The OS is the platform on which everything else rests. If the benefits of Chrome OS aren’t noticeable by agerage computer users, what’s the point? If it means that it will have no compatible newsreader out of the gates, whats the point?

Bill Gates said it was hard to really say much about Chrome OS, since Google has said so little about how it will actually work. “The more vague they are, the more interesting it is,” he said. Meanwhile, CEO Steve Ballmer suggested on Tuesday that Windows, rather than a browser-centric OS was the right approach. To bolster his argument, Ballmer noted that half of PC use today is spent doing work outside the browser.

“We don’t need a new operating system,” Ballmer said Tuesday, as part of his keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. “What we do need to do is to continue to evolve Windows, Windows Applications, Internet Explorer, the way IE works in totality with Windows and how we build applications like Office…and we need to make sure we can bring our customers and partners with us.”

Google’s decision to target the netbook market may help the prospects of Chrome OS. Although Microsoft has made a concerted effort to push Windows on netbooks to fend off low-cost Linux-based challengers, Google may find it easier to compete in the netbook market because access to cloud-based services and software is more valuable on devices with constrained resources than on high-powered desktop computers.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Photography Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet July 15th, 2009

Photography newsgroups on USENET can include hundreds of different topics and comments on virtually anything related to digital photography in a single day. Many different newsgroups exist on the matter of photography to cover both the novice to the pro.

Members of these photography newsgroups are usually active  photographers that are dedicated to capturing moments one shutter click at a time. Photography newsgroups are also usually available to help anyone who’s new to photography, whether it’s a brand new SLR or a Point and Shoot.  There are even newsgroups that cover the market and sale of photography equipment. Marketplace photography newsgroups are a great place to meet other photographers.

Photography newsgroups often include Frequently Asked Questions that explain basic photography techniques. Some of these newsgroups may also include photography tutorials as well.

Whether you’re shooting with an advanced Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony or Fuji SLR Or a simple point and shoot you are more than welcome to a hosts of newsgroups related to photography.

Here are some other photography newsgroups to help you along:
alt.journalism.photo The work of photo journalists

aus.photo – Photography in general

comp.graphics.apps.photoshop – Photoshop discussion group

fj.rec.photo – Photo Newsgroup in Japanese

rec.photo.darkroom – Developing, printing and other darkroom issues

rec.photo.digital – Digital Photography

rec.photo.equipment.35mm – 35mm Camera issues

rec.photo.equipment.large-format – Large format Camera issues

rec.photo.equipment.medium-format – Medium-format Camera issues

rec.photo.equipment.misc – Photo equipment issues

rec.photo.filmlabs – Film and Lab issues

rec.photo.marketplace – Trading of personal photographic equipment

rec.photo.misc – General issues related to photography

rec.photo.moderated – The art and science of photography

rec.photo.technique.art – Misc photo techniques

Rec.photo.technique.misc – Various shooting techniques not covered specifically

rec.photo.technique.nature – Nature and photography topics

rec.photo.technique.people – People and photography



Newsgroup Subscribers To Receive Beta Invites To Office 2010

By Newsgroup Usenet July 13th, 2009

Microsoft is firing all guns on competitors such as Google by introducing Office Web, an online version of Microsoft’s Office suite that will be available free on the Web.

Much of what is in the technical preview of Office 2010 is not a shocker, given that a test version of the software leaked onto the Web as well as their own USENET newsgroups earlier this year.

Microsoft is also simplifying the number of different Office bundles it sells. There will be three consumer versions:

  • Office Home and Student comes with OneNote, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Office Home and Business adds Outlook to the mix
  • Office Professional includes all that, plus the Access database and Publisher page-layout programs.

Microsoft on Monday announced plans to begin widespread testing of a new version of its market-leading productivity suite for Windows PCs that will tie into a series of new Web-based Office applications similar to those offered by rival Google. This testing will be done by beta invites to online users, including interested subscribers in Microsoft newsgroups related to Office.

Microsoft will offer for free to consumers Web-based versions of its Office suite of programs, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and a note-taking program. The company hopes to make money by using the free software to lead users to its ad-supported websites, including Bing.

Microsoft will release the web offerings when it starts selling Office 2010, it next major release of the product, sometime in the first half of next year. Its current version came out in January 2007.



Newsgroup Spotlight: European Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet July 8th, 2009

Europe is a continent whose boundaries are the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Ural Mountains and Ural River in the east, the Caspian Sea, Caucasus mountains and Black Sea in the southeast and the Mediterranean Sea as the southern boundary. Europe is known as the birth place of western culture, Greek culture and also by the Roman Empire which left its influence on language, engineering government, architecture and general history. No surprise then that there are a multitude of European Newsgroups on the USENET that deal specifically to each part of this continent.

Europe newsgroups are almost always open to everyone who has any interests in any one or whole of the nations that compromise the union. Be it cultural, political, social, travel related, sports related or food, each provide a forum for discussion and exchange of information by a hosts of different communities.

Groups exist for a host of countries such as Greece , France, United Kingdom, Czech, Sovak Republics newsgroups and many more. Most of these newsgroups revolve around the same concept. For instance, soc.culture.german newsgroup on USENET is intended to generally provide a medium for those interested to express, share, and exchange their views, ideas, and feelings about Germany and Germanic culture whilst the soc.culture.europe newsgroup provides a forum to those European countries currently without their own newsgroup.

Each one of these communities host a great deal of information and most cover all of the most recent headlines occuring lately in these countries.



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Block Accounts Now Available

By Newsgroup Usenet July 7th, 2009

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce the addition of block account packages to its array of different services available.

Block accounts for USENET access allow users to control the amount they use without month to month fees. With a NewsDemon.com Newsgroups block account, users will now be able to meter their usage versus metering there time – all at affordable prices.

Ranging from 10GB to 1000GB accounts all at affordable prices, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups can now provide more solutions to fit practically any budget or need.

Both month-to-month as well as new block account customers will receive the same retention rates (increasing to 400 days of binary retention), blazing speed and secure simultaneous connections that’s made NewsDemon.com Newsgroups America’s #1 Usenet Provider.



USENET Sees CompuServe Cousin Pass Away

By Newsgroup Usenet July 6th, 2009

CompuServe, the first major online commercial service, has been shut down by AOL. AmericaOnline, the current owner of CompuServe, has confirmed the passing of CompuServe Classic in a message sent to subscribers last week. The company had announced plans to shut down the service back in April, urging customers still dependent on dial-up services to move to a surviving version, CompuServe 2000.

The correlations between CompuServe and the USENET in both their history provides many similarities. Both systems provided online access to many first users as well as providing discussion forums on a variety of topics. In those days, everything that we now think of as being part of the Web was only available in far smaller, text-based portions on online services like AOL, BIX, CompuServe, Delphi, Prodigy and the USENET newsgroups. Lastly, USENET and CompuServe are both 30 years old.

The original CompuServe service, first offered in 1979, provided its users with unique addresses and was one the first major online service alongside USENET.

CompuServe users will be able to use their existing CompuServe Classic (as the service was renamed) addresses at no charge via a new e-mail system, but the software that the service was built on has been shut down.

Tellingly, the current version of the service’s client software, CompuServe for Windows NT 4.0.2, dates back to 1999. CompuServe Classic has ceased operating as an Internet service provider and its services are slated to be taken offline. AmericaOnline itself is slated to be decoupled from Time Warner. Meanwhile, USENET continues to thrive.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Web Design and Internet Newsgroups Revisited

By Newsgroup Usenet July 1st, 2009

With the recent update of the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups website, it seemed appropriate to revisit the world of web design and internet related newsgroups and spotlight the many resources it has and continues to provide the USENET community.

Considering that the USENET has long been home to one of the first communities of web design and standards, its no surprise how many active newsgroups remain today.

The most popular of which, alt.html, has been the most active and has had a long reputation of offering expert advice by industry leading designers to this day. Also, if you ask many of these webmasters where they started with design and generally online, and you’ll probably be surprised by how the majority all contribute the USENET as more of a starting ground than even there schooling had been.

As trends continue to evolve in the web arena, so have web related USENET newsgroups. Large USENET newsgroups exists and are active regarding trends such as CSS, AJAX and Ruby.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups new website is a prime demonstration of many new website elements that were unthinkable less than 5 years ago. If not for the collaboration between the web design community and emerging technologies brought together by elements such as the USENET newsgroups, it might have remained unachievable.

Below are just some of the newsgroups that exist in just the realm of HTML

alt.html

clari.web.xcache.html

macromedia.dynamic.html

alt.html.critique

fido7.ru.html.chainik

free.it.comp.lang.html

sybase.public.easerver.htmldw

alt.pl.www.jezyki.html

alt.html.css

microsoft.public.inetsdk.html_authoring

microsoft.public.inetsdk.programming.html_objmodel

warlordz.ads.html

uniserve.www-html

phoenix.html

mygale.html

gfido.html.ger

cwcom.discussion.html

enterprise.support.html

alt.discuss.html.social

alt.html.editors

alt.html.dynamic

alt.discuss.html.sig

alt.html.tags

alt.html.dhtml

alt.html.webedit

alt.html.writers

alt.html.server-side

alt.discuss.html

a.b.html

alt.html.editors.webedit

alt.html.editors.enhanced-html

alt.html.web-accessibility

alt.html.editors.toppage



NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Announces New Website Redesign

By Newsgroup Usenet June 29th, 2009

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is pleased to announce the unveiling of the new website design. The URL remains the same, however, www.newsdemon.com has literally a new face in the world with the introduction of the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups mascot.

Alongside the addition of the new mascot, the re-designed website allows both members and visitors to more easily navigate and find information faster.

The website navigation was simplified and content was reorganized to better meet the needs of our customers. The changes to the website are the result of comments and suggestions from all of our members and visitors. The site is an effort to take NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to the the next level in terms of technology and functionality.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups new website design is part of the overall collective movement to bring awareness on the valuable resources USENET is able to provide to its community. As a leading provider of USENET access, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups provides premium services to its members to thousands of uncesored newsgroups.



Newsgroup Spotlight: About Microsoft Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 24th, 2009

With a new search engine – Bing, a new free anti-virus software – Morro, further integration with Facebook and a new operating system due in October, Microsoft seems to be dusting off any negative perceptions that they may have received by thinking they were slowly crumbling. A great example of this growth is the new height of activity Microsoft newsgroups have been receiving.

There are currently over 2,000 Microsoft newsgroups NewsDemon.com carries dedicated to discussing Microsoft products. If you have a problem with a Microsoft product – from a smartphone, spreadsheet, or music player that you can’t solve, chances are you can find an answer on a microsoft related newsgroup.There are many valuable newsgroups on USENET on nearly every available topic and in many different languages. Regardless of your problem, chances are someone on a newsgroup can help. For example, if you can’t figure out why a formula in your spreadsheet produces errors, asking someone in a newsgroup can often help troubleshoot your problem.

With thousands of IT pros visiting on a regular basis, Microsoft newsgroups offer an incredible amount of support for techs that use Microsoft products. With USENET access, you can freely access and participate in the constant discussions.