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ATT Announces Discontinuation of USENET Newsgroup Services

By Newsgroup Usenet June 9th, 2009

On July 15th, all USENET access provided by ATT  for its customers will be eliminated. An email has been sent stating that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the messages posted on newsgroups as well as their official site which that states definitively the July 15th date. The USENET access offered by the ISP will be eliminated, but USENET itself will still be accessible by use of a third party vendor, such as Newsgroups.

From ATT:

AT&T Usenet Netnews Service Shutting Down

Please note that on or around July 15, 2009, AT&T will no longer be offering access to the Usenet Netnews service. If you wish to continue reading Usenet newsgroups, access is available through third-party vendors. Newsgroups is currently offering a limited time offer of 25% Off on all pricing plans for the life of the account for all ATT customers who wish to continue to have USENET access.

In order to access this special, simply type or copy the coupon code below on the last step of checkout.


ATT has slowly been pulling away from USENET since July of last year, when it removed most binary newsgroups from its roster. Since then, the 48-72 hour retention on text and a limited range of binary newsgroups have since remained.

As of July 15th, all USENET access provided to ATT customers will be eliminated. The email sent, a bit different than the post on the newsgroups, state that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the newsgroup message that states definitively the July 15th date. Newsgroups Reaches 300 Day Binary Retention; On Road To 400

By Newsgroup Usenet June 8th, 2009 Newsgroups is proud to announce today its efforts to increase to 400 days of binary retention is drawing closer as it hits the 300 day mark today.

We had announced earlier on how we had been moving towards to a full 400 days of binary retention back in March. While reaching this milestone, our daily increase of binary retention has reached the 300 day mark and will continue to increase by one day each day after.

The amount of days that messages and articles can be accessed on a Usenet newsgroup translates to binary retention. The longer amount of days, the longer the history of articles are available.

Text retention is not affected by this upgrade and currently remains well over three years. The increase to a full 300 days of binary retention is automatically available for both US and EU customers of Newsgroups as it continues to build to our 400 day goal.

Newsgroup Spotlight: Animal and Pet Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 3rd, 2009

Pet newsgroups are communities for animal lovers with comprehensive discussions on all types of animals and their care taking. From Reptiles to Pigeons, every animal of land, sea and air is covered. On these newsgroups, one can share related knowledge and experience, ask questions, get advice on practically every kind of animal on newsgroups.
Even Badgers have a dedicated newsgroup that discusses the health, behavior and spotting of badgers throughout the world.
Usenet newsgroups give pet owners and animal enthusiasts alike the opportunity to ask questions, share stories, read and talk about current events in the animal kingdom. Reptiles and wildlife newsgroups are great as they offer practical education as they give the knowledgeable care, materials and resources that are needed to understand these animals.
Naturally, dog newsgroups and cat newsgroups dominate the arena. Groups such as and rec.pets.cats discussion groups invite pet owners to talk with other owners about everything from food and nutrition, care and grooming, to toys and furniture.
Pet newsgroups are a primary source for news and expert advice on dog and cat behavior, health, breeding, showing, and care specifically.
You’ll find a great multitude of enthusiastic and knowledgeable members; all who would love to answer questions, look at your pet pictures, and welcome you into these Usenet newsgroups.

Microsoft’s Bing Time Thing Lacks Usenet NewsGroups

By Newsgroup Usenet June 1st, 2009

Microsoft has replaced Live Search with a new brand: Bing. The new Microsoft search destination is in part an overhaul of Live Search and in part a renovation of Microsoft’s search technology. According to Microsoft, Bing lets you find Web content fast and excels at refining searches so that you can unearth the lowest airfares, discover reviews of neighborhood boutiques, or track down reliable health information.

Microsoft’s research shows only one in four searches are satisfactory on the first try. Most others force users to repeatedly refine their queries or to click around on the Web before locating what they need.

Bing’s goal is to improve the search experience, and it does that well overall in an incremental way, but especially in four key categories – shopping, travel, local, and health; by tailoring the experience in much the same way as Usenet newsgroups to specific goals associated with those categories.

Why Bing? CEO Steve Ballmer admits: “I am not what you would call the creative side of life. Short matters. Being able to verb up can be helpful.” But he also says, “We wanted something that unambiguously says search.” At least they’re not calling it Microsoft Windows Live Search Ultimate Professional Business Search Engine Edition 2009 V 1.01.060109.

We tested to see if older messages posted on the Microsoft newsgroups would appear as Google Group messages do with Goole search terms. The Microsoft Discussion Newsgroups are not indexed on Bling nor does there seem to be any integration as they are with competitor Google as part of the search results.

It’s too soon to say if the site will result in sucess or failure, but either way, it has sent a great number of conversations going on microsoft related newsgroups such as

Newsgroup Spotlight: Agriculture Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 27th, 2009

Agriculture newsgroups have offered opportunities for farmers to take part in online conversations among other farmers and agriculture professionals for over 20 years. Agriculture is defined as the occupation, business, or science of cultivating the land, producing crops, and raising livestock. It includes the art, science, and industry of managing the natural resources of plants, animals, soil, water and air. There are several different forms of agriculture as well, often defined by geography.

In the United States, agriculture has generally been mechanized and heavily dependent upon an integrated system of supporting same related businesses. In the United States and Canada, most farmers and ranchers depend heavily upon technology. With USENET, it has been a home to those involved in agriculture as they have been able to build communities in order to share and learn on new methods that lead to the progress of agriculture methods.

Most farmers practice monoculture, relying upon a single crop for their primary income, and have expanded to very large acreages in order to take advantage of economies of scale. Such farms are referred to in terms of the primary crop, for example, a dairy farm, a cattle ranch, or a wheat farm. Some small farms are run by part time farmers who also have other occupations.

Many Agriculture USENET newsgroups offer the latest information in agricultural news, weather, markets. They provide a grassroots voice of farmers and ranchers. Discussions occur on a variety of different topics: from livestock and machinery, to beekeeping newsgroups and farm humor. These newsgroups on agriculture invites you to read what “people on the land and close to the action” have to say about the events and progress in agriculture.

Below are a variety of agriculture newsgroups to enjoy


Happy Memorial Day From Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 25th, 2009

We’d like to take this opportunity to remember those who have gone before, who have sacrificed all to ensure our enduring freedom. We hope this weekend you find time to rest and enjoy yourself. But we also hope you take the time to remember that our freedom has sometimes come with a cost, at the hands of young men and women who could have chosen any number of other careers. We at Newsdemon are thankful that they chose to defend the great red, white and blue. May their sacrifices be remembered well this weekend.

For more information on Memorial Day and general information on the armed forces, USENET hosts a variety of newsgroups that offer information and communities of individuals involved and interested in military affairs.

















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Newsgroup Spotlight: Pregnancy and Parenting Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 20th, 2009

Parenting is a tough job….really tough.  At the same time, it’s arguably one of the most important jobs any of us will ever have.  Usenet parenting newsgroup communities have a rich history of helping others, making new parenting friends, and to grow as a parent.  These parenting newsgroups have historically had a long lasting positive impact on the lives of many parents and children.

Usenet parenting newsgroups are a great source of information and support for parents, and parents-to-be. Parenting newsgroup communities, like invites you to participate in parenting discussions – by either asking for advice/support or providing answers and sharing parenting tips with others.

Many Usenet newsgroups also provide critical information such as the decision-making moment that women face during crisis pregnancies on There are newsgroups that assist adopters and birth parents to find families by helping hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true on adoption newsgroups such as alt.adoption.issues and alt.adoptive.parenting. There are parenting newsgroups such as soc.adoption.parenting and alt.adoptive.parenting that are committed to helping children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find families.

Many parenting newsgroups have been created and have lasted throughout the years with the goal of building an online community of parents.  These newsgroups are only a great source of information for parents, but also a venue that both outreaches and provides resources to the parenting community at large.

Google Experiences Second Outage In A Week

By Newsgroup Usenet May 18th, 2009

165046-google-error_180After an initial service outage on Thursday, Google was dealt with another service outage this Monday morning which impacted users around the world. Beginning around 8:30AM, the primary Google service, Google News, had been inaccessible to many users, generating a “503 Server Error”.

The first outage on Thursday had already resulted in paniced users, including Usenet newsgroup users who also felt the affect as Google Groups was also down for the hour and a half it was reported being down. The net result was that not only did five percent of the traffic disappear, but it also jammed the rest of the web, as it slowed to a crawl. In a recent official company blog post, Google said that an error in one of its  systems caused it to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. It claimed that only 14 per cent of its  users experienced slow services or even interruptions.

Traffic would have fallen even more if the outage had been wider, as it affected just 14 percent of Google’s users. Analysts said the outage demonstrated exactly how reliant the world has become on Google, which now handles nearly three out of four search queries in America each day. Google Groups, which many had considered a stable source of accessing Usenet, was also compromised.

The outage happened after Google accidentally routed online traffic through Asia, creating a massive backup. The slowdown peaked around mid-afternoon in Europe and morning in the US, affecting millions of users.

Usenet newsgroups lit up throughout the morning with comments and complaints about the outage and the company.

”An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our Web traffic through Asia,” Google said.

“We’ve been working hard to make our services ultrafast and always on, so it’s especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens.”

The disruption prevented users around the world from loading Google Group newsgroup pages, but the problems were in scattered areas. The outage was been reported by users from California to Massachusetts and as far away as Sydney, Australia, India, and the United Kingdom.

Although today’s outage is still being determined, only Google News has been reported to be affected this time around, versus the suite of applications and services affected at the end of last week.

Newsgroup Spotlight: Science and Physics Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet May 13th, 2009

Angels & Demons, the sequel to the The DaVinci Code, debuts this week and early reviews describe the film as a lighter, quicker-paced film than its predecessor. Based on the novel by controversial author Dan Brown, the plot of the film centers around a plan to use anti-matter created at the Large Hadron Collider and stolen from the European particle physics laboratory CERN to destroy St. Peter’s Basilica.
But could the plot become reality? Scientists hope to use dramatic elements of the movie to raise interest in, and awareness of, the real science of anti-matter, the Large Hadron Collider (where anti-matter is created in Angels & Demons and in real life), and particle physics research.
The science in the plot both hits and misses, Erich Varnes, a University of Arizona associate professor of physics, who works alongside other UA physicists at the ATLAS detector, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. “Some is very accurate, and some is inaccurate.”
The USENET hierarchy contains a number of newsgroups dedicated to the discussion of physics and physics-related topics. These include sci.physics, sci.physics.research, sci.physics.cond-matter and  sci.physics.particle
USENET newsgroups are unique in topics such as sci.physics, an unmoderated newsgroup dedicated to the discussion of physics, dealing with news from the physics community, and physics-related social issues. Whereas sci.physics.research is a moderated newsgroup designed to offer an environment with less traffic and more opportunity for discussion of serious topics in physics among experts and beginners alike.
Other Physics related Usenet newsgroups such as sci.physics.fusion which has approached new discoveries and interest as of late and sci.physics.electromag dealing with a relative component of the Hadron Collider, Electromagnetism, is discussed.
The movie uses particle physics as the basis of its entire plot and has already spawned a growing interest in physics sparking new conversations from the novice to professors on the matter.

Free Wi-Fi Access To Usenet Newsgroups Announced By Qwest

By Newsgroup Usenet May 8th, 2009

The Denver-based telecom company, Qwest Communications, said it partnered with AT&T wireless to give Qwest’s residential and small-business broadband customers unlimited use of the wireless Internet hotspots at the three chains’ shops, including access to Usenet newsgroups. Qwest does not have a wireless service of its own.

Mimicking an increasingly popular practice among broadband service providers, Qwest Communications has struck a deal to offer AT&T’s Wi-Fi service to its own broadband customers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Qwest pursued the offering after a survey informed the company of the “strong demand” for wireless Internet service.

Starting today, millions of Qwest High-Speed Internet customers, including small-business customers, can enjoy free, unlimited nationwide access to Qwest Wi-Fi offered at 17,000 hotspots, including popular coffee shops, bookstores and restaurants and access Usenet newsgroups from these locations as well.

Free access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network is available to all current and new Qwest High-Speed Internet customers. To access the network customers simply need to look for the “QwestWiFi” SSID or service set identifier. More information regarding how to login and where Wi-Fi locations are located can be found through the Qwest Wi-Fi website. Once you are connected at a location, you can then use a newsreader in order to gain access to Usenet newsgroups.