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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. Newsgroups Block Accounts Now Available

By Newsgroup Usenet July 7th, 2009 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 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, 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 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 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. 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.editors.toppage Newsgroups Announces New Website Redesign

By Newsgroup Usenet June 29th, 2009 Newsgroups is pleased to announce the unveiling of the new website design. The URL remains the same, however, has literally a new face in the world with the introduction of the 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 Newsgroups to the the next level in terms of technology and functionality. 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, 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 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.

CERN Slips Off September To Smash Particles Again

By Newsgroup Usenet June 22nd, 2009

Large-Hadron-ColliderMany USENET newsgroups are reporting today of the world’s largest atom smasher, stating reports it will likely be October before the collider is restarted.

The Large Hadron Collider went live last year in September. It kicked particles for about nine days after a technical problem caused the LHC to stop. Although it was supposed to go live in April, it was delayed until September 2009 because the damages were worse than first thought. The 20-nation operator, CERN, said the collider needs more repairs and safety features that will end up running about $37 million in the next few years.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is up for repair ever since it got nicked by faulty wiring just nine days after it was started last September, and CERN’s officials are saying that current estimates for when repair is going to be finished are getting kicked back to sometime this October. Scientists are still carrying out tests and putting new safety measures in place to prevent a repeat of the faults that sidelined the $10 billion machine.

There are 10,000 splices around the underground collider’s 27-km (17-mile) ring, which smashes particles together at a temperature of just above absolute zero to recreate the conditions believed to have been present at the beginning of the universe 13.7 billion years ago.

Once it’s running, scientists will use the machine to smash together protons from hydrogen atoms inside a 17-mile circular tunnel that runs under the Swiss-French border near Geneva. By recording what particles are produced by the collisions they hope to better understand the makeup of the universe and everything in it.

Apollo 11 Tweets Its Way Back To Space

By Newsgroup Usenet June 19th, 2009

In July, it will have been 40 years since Apollo 11 made history. That was the first manned mission to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s famous “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” came as he left his footprint in the lunar soil. Now, thanks to the folks at Nature, Apollo 11 will tweet its mission.

The countdown to the online launch began yesterday on People interested in experiencing the virtual recreation of Apollo 11 can pre-register to receive event email reminders and get regular “real time” updates during the four-day mission in July. Users will be able to follow the event on Twitter and AOL.

“This site represents a unique opportunity for viewers to ‘go back in time’ and experience one of mankind’s most amazing achievements,” said Tom Putnam, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. “From actual mission audio transmissions and archival video to mission factoids and news reels, visitors to will be able to track every step of the Apollo 11 mission, as it happened, 40 years later.

Nature, a publishing group, is mixing the old with the new by “tweeting” the Apollo 11 moon mission as it happened — 40 years later. Followers on Twitter will be able to read about technical milestones, political challenges, and related events in the space race starting today, just over a month before the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched the Saturn V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969, landing safely on the surface of the moon four days later.

Also, a 1970 documentary on the voyage of Apollo 11 and its historic lunar landing is set to be re-released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the event. The film also includes footage that captures the essence of the world’s reaction to Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, when he uttered the immortal phrase.

Newsgroup Spotlight: World Wide Web Internet Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 17th, 2009

Surfing through the internet today can be sometimes confusing. It’s even more difficult if you’re job is to maintain and manage systems that coordinate with the ever changing world wide web.

USENET newsgroups, celebrating its 30th year this year, has long been a hub for all things involved about the internet. It was after all that Tim Berners-Lee, cited for creating the internet, used a USENET newsgroup to first post about the WorldWideWeb Project that would eventually lead up to be the foundation of the internet that we know and love today.

Since then, hundreds of newsgroups have been created and active on practically any topic related to the internet. From information system newsgroups that deal with technology used to connect to the world wide web to internet language newsgroups such as comp.lang.php for php coding and alt.html for html related discussions are just some samples of all of the categories and sub-categories that internet related USENET newsgroups provide.

To this day, many of these newsgroups provide insightful answers on the evolving world of the internet that eventually turn into the technologies and systems that we use today.

One of the most popular trends on the internet today as an example, cloud computing and storage, owes its source to USENET. USENET has been the oldest version of cloud computing in existence. With emerging cloud computing technologies from Google, Sun, Microsoft and Citrix, the foundation and architure for all is based on the fundamentals of USENET.

Whether just an active surfer, a professional web designer, or an IT networking administrator, USENET newsgroups are a hub for all the internet related discussions that you could possibly imagine.