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Newsgroup Spotlight: Radio Hobbyists Newsgoups

By Newsgroup Usenet April 22nd, 2009

For as long as Usenet has been around and specialized newsgroups came to form on practically every subject, so did hobbyists. One large group that started to form were amateur and professional radio enthusiasts.
Radio newsgroups offer a variety of different topics and specifics to meet almost any need. From Ham Radio Newsgroups to Digital Radio Newsgroups If you’re a hobbyist at heart, this is the community for you.

These newsgroups are intended to be a place where any radio monitoring topic or hobbies can and should be discussed. The community of hobbyists like tohear from posters who listen to any part of the radio or microwave spectrum, from DC to daylight. Discussions range from shortwave broadcasting, DXing small or distant shortwave stations, utility and teletype monitoring, station schedules, spectrum usage, equipment design and modifications, antennas, receiver reviews and recommendations and many, many more.

Here are just some of the newsgroups to discover if you are a radio hobbyists enthusiast:
rec.radio.amateur

rec.radio.antenna

rec.radio.amateur.antenna

rec.radio.amateur.equipment

rec.radio.amateur.equipment

USENET : REC / RADIO / AMATEUR

rec.radio.amateur.antenna.

rec.radio.amateur.boatanchors.

rec.radio.amateur.digital.

rec.radio.amateur.digital.misc

rec.radio.amateur.dx.

rec.radio.amateur.equipment.

rec.radio.amateur.homebrew.

rec.radio.amateur.misc.

rec.radio.amateur.moderated.

rec.radio.amateur.packet.

rec.radio.amateur.policy.

rec.radio.amateur.space.

rec.radio.amateur.swap.

seerec.radio.swap.

rec.radio.swap

rec.radio.broadcasting.

rec.radio.cb

rec.radio.info

rec.radio.noncomm

rec.radio.scanner

rec.radio.shortwave

rec.radio.swap

USENET : ALT / RADIO

alt.radio.amateur

alt.radio.amateur

alt.radio.broadcasting

alt.radio.cb

alt.radio.college

alt.radio.commercials

alt.radio.digital

alt.radio.family

alt.radio.free.

alt.radio.george-noory

alt.radio.highschool

alt.radio.international

alt.radio.international

alt.radio.internet

alt.radio.networks

alt.radio.oldtime

alt.radio.online-tonight

alt.radio.parg

alt.radio.paul-harvey

alt.radio.pirate

alt.radio.satellite

alt.radio.scanner

alt.radio.stations

alt.radio.talk

alt.radio.uk

alt.radio.whadya-know

alt.radio.wktu



Stephen Hawking Seriously Ill in Cambridge University Hospital

By Newsgroup Usenet April 20th, 2009

Usenet Newsgroups are currently abuzz with the news that mathematician/cosmologist/theoretician Stephen Hawking who filled Sir Isaac Newton’s shoes at Cambridge University for several years is seriously ill in Cambridge. He has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks and is now undergoing tests at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on the outskirts of Cambridge.

Wheelchair-bound Hawking is perhaps most famous for ‘A Brief History of Time‘ which explored the origins of the universe in layman’s terms, is considered a modern classic. It was followed in 2001 by another book, “The Universe In A Nutshell“, television documentary appearances and even cameos in popular television shows like “The Simpsons” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Professor Hawking was awarded a CBE in 1982, became a Companion of Honour in 1989 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Hawking has Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS), which is usually fatal after three years. Hawking has survived for more than 40 years since his diagnosis. Hawking, 67, has achieved international fame despite being wheelchair-bound because of motor neurone disease and having to communicate through a voice synthesiser. He has received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) as well as a string of honorary degrees.

His distinctive appearance and artificial speech have made him instantly recognisable world-wide, and he has never shirked the media spotlight.

Hawking has always insisted he is determined not to let his physical condition get in the way of his work. He has worked at Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for more than 30 years and since 1979 has been the University’s Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.



Time Warner Backs Out Of Download Limits

By Newsgroup Usenet April 17th, 2009

Time Warner’s new CEO, Glenn Britt, issued a statement yesterday saying the company had shelved the pricing trials in Rochester, N.Y.; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; and Greensboro, N.C. Those trials, which started only two weeks earlier, charged subscribers for the amount of bandwidth they used. Time Warner called it a “consumption-based” model.

The cable giant’s plan was to price its home broadband service by tiers according to how much data customers use. Critics of the plan said it would raise rates dramatically for those who use Internet video, phone and other bandwidth-heavy applications.

Time Warner Cable recently backed off from its attempt to impose “usage-based pricing” of its Road Runner service in several regions of New York, after Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer strenuously opposed such a plan. But cable companies will continue to push its heavy usage penalties, until regulation is in place to stop them, say consumer rights critics.

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing a study of cable companies for Congress, due next year. The commission will evaluate pricing, speed, affordability and availability, and the cable companies are terrified federal regulations are on the way.

Late last year, Time Warner Cable had dropped access to Usenet Newsgroups to its customers as well.

The cost of equipment to upgrade Internet capacity is falling rapidly and is about to fall more with new high-speed technology, called Docsis 3, which will increase capacity and offer speedier downloads.

To keep up with this growing demand, carriers have said that they have to enlarge their networks quickly and deploy more efficient technologies that increase capacity. It seems inevitable to all parties that Internet access will cost more, but making the transition to a new pricing scheme based on consumption can’t be done overnight.

Time Warner Cable said it was going to focus for now on making measurement tools available so consumers can learn how much bandwidth they consume.

Under the trial that was shelved, customers were asked to choose Internet usage plans that capped monthly uploads and downloads at 10GB, 20GB, 40GB or 60GB. Customers would pay $1 per gigabyte if they went over those caps, with overage fees limited to $75.

Time Warner will be charging $99 a month and Comcast $139 a month, for its new 50-megabit service. Comcast currently charges approximately $45 a month for 8-megabits-per-second downloads. Countries like Japan that have competition between its Internet providers, charge $60 a month for 160-megabits-per-second. All services and plans offered by these ISPs is supported by all Newsdemon.com Newsgroups membership.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Golf Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet April 15th, 2009

Besides Web sites, there are other areas of interest for golf lovers. Usenet newsgroups are a popular source for interactive bulletin boards designed for discussion and dispute. The rec.sport.golf newsgroup is one of the best for golfers.

Filled with golf nuts, who have wanted a place of their own to write, to share opinions, and to gather, rec.sport.golf was born and a host of other golf related newsgroups then followed. Golf Newsgroups offers news, swing tips, opinions, and a whole lot of information.

Everything from golf equipment to handicap information – including insturctional information – can be found on newsgroups. Discussions about players,prize money, results, TV coverage, courses etc are broken down to specific regions, allowing you to narrow down the groups that interest you. Specific discussions may relate to professional golf tournaments and issues relating to the men’s and women’s professional golf tours as well.

For those people interested in the rules of golf: handicapping procedures, golf equipment, swing techniques, or you just want some information on golf courses across the globe, Usenet Newsgroups are a great resource for golf lovers everywhere.

For more about Golf and Golf Newsgroups, check out some of these:

rec.sport.golf

uk.sport.golf

clari.sports.golf

clari.web.sports.golf

de.rec.sport.golf

it.sport.golf

alt.golf.forsale

aus.sport.golf

fr.rec.sport.golf



Mobile Application Usenet Newsgroup Newsreaders For iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile

By Newsgroup Usenet April 13th, 2009

Looking to access newsgroups while on the go? Nowadays its easier than ever, especially with current gen phones.

For the ever popular Apple iPhone, NewsTap is available as a Usenet newsreader for the devices, including the iTouch. Features include:

  • It’s easy and simple to subscribe, manage and read news groups.
  • The application fully supports the portrait and landscape mode.
  • Limited support for binary groups so photos and pictures can be displayed as well. It’s possible to add photoes into the photo album.
  • Quotes are displayed in different colors. Hyperlinks can be opened in the web browser Safari.
  • Optimized article layout for the small iPhone display. The original layout is also available.
  • Navigate articles via thread tree or by flicking with one finger.
  • Filter available for read articles and quotes.
  • Build-in help, which explains all the application features.
  • Backup feature (requires a Macintosh computer and the Mac application “NewsTap Backup Tool”), which can be used to save and restore preferences and subscriptions. This feature can also be used to import export “newsrc” files so you can synchronize NewsTap with other Newsreader applications on your Mac. This feature requires a Mac, currently it doesn’t work with Windows.

It is available for $4.00 on the iPhone App Store. NewsTap is pretty easy to navigate and as noted by the list of features, has many different options to customize the iPhone newsreader to your liking. NewsTap Lite is also available for trial use.

For the Android platform, Almarsoft has released Groundhog Newsreader. Some of the features include:

  • Online/Offline modes, so you can choose to download the messages anywhere or in bulk when you have a fast connection (like WI-FI.)
  • Easy reading using colors for the different levels of quoting.
  • Screen to easily select what lines to quote when replying to someone.
  • Messages are grouped by thread using separators to clearly define thread changes and thread level indicators.
  • Starring of users and authors.
  • Banning by thread and author (don’t feed the trolls!)
  • Mail forwarding of Usenet messages.
  • Configurable text size.
  • Group search.

Although currently in beta, the Groundhog Newsreader is pretty stable on the Android system with little to no comments of any crashing (as often is the case with 3rd party applications) with its latest releases. Best of all, its Free.

For Windows Mobile, you can use Outlook or your mail client as your newsreader. However, you may want to try a 3rd party Usenet newsreader such as Qmail or Qusnetsoft NewsReaders available for the device. These programs have not been tested by us, but does seem to get good reviews, which features:

  • NNTP, RSS and RDF Transport support.
  • SSL Encryption for NNTP support.
  • NNTP Authentication support.
  • Online and Offline reading.
  • HTML and Attaches support.
  • Working with several servers.
  • Working without PC Synchronization.
  • Today Screen Plugin.
  • VGA Resolution Display support.
  • Autobackup and Autorestore.



TimeWarner Cable New Bandwith Limits and Usage Plans

By Newsgroup Usenet April 10th, 2009

Time Warner Cable unveiled a new pricing structure for broadband Internet access to quell customer criticism questioning the service provider’s plans to cap bandwidth usage.

In a statement released to the media on Thursday, Time Warner COO Landel Hobbs says, “Some recent press reports about our four consumption based billing trials planned for later this year were premature and did not tell the full story. With that said, we realize our communication to customers about these trials has been inadequate and we apologize for any frustration we caused. We’ve heard the passionate feedback and we’ve taken action to address our customers’ concerns.”

Time Warner says the new pricing model is a direct result of increased content on the internet and they say “bandwidth consumption is growing exponentially.”

Among the changes:

  • Bandwidth tier sizes in trial markets, including Rochester, will be increased to 10, 20, 40 and 60GB for Road Runner Lite, Basic, Standard and Turbo packages, respectively. Package prices will remain the same, ranging from $29.95 to $54.90 per month. Overage charges will be $1 per GB per month. Previously, the tier sizes were 5, 10, 20 and 40GB.
  • A new 100 GB Road Runner Turbo package for $75 a month will offer speeds of 10 MB/1 MB. Overage charges will be $1 per GB per month.
  • A new 1 gigabyte-per-month tier, offering speeds of 768 kilobytes download/128 kilobytes upload, will cost $15 a month, with overage charges of $2 per GB per month. Hobbs said the company’s usage date shows that about 30 percent of Time Warner customers use less than 1GB a month.
  • Overage charges will be capped at $75 per month. “That means that for $150 per month customers could have virtually unlimited usage at Turbo speeds,” Hobbs said.

If Internet users don’t moderate their bandwith consumption, and providers don’t put in caps on their usage, the Internet could start seeing “brownouts” by 2012, said Time Warner Cable’s chief operating officer Landel Hobbs today.

Preventing outages for users was the rationale behind Hobbs’ latest statement on Time Warner Cable’s plans to expand its metered broadband trials to more areas of the U.S. The cable company is testing a “pay-by-the-byte” approach to billing and consumption of Internet services, rather than the flat-price “all you can eat” model of most competitors.

Time Warner representative stressed that the tiered pricing models are just trials at this point and customers won’t be immediately billed or impacted. Instead, Time Warner will provide two months of data usage and then a one-month grace period in which overages will be noted on customers’ bills, but they won’t be charged. They state that this gives customers a chance to access their usage and pick the right service package before charges are applied.

The company also said the plan’s trial will begin in Rochester and Greensboro, N.C., in August, and said it plans to launch the super-fast DOCSIS 3.0 service in the trial markets.

Comcast is another provider that is capping usage, but with a larger 250 GB limit. Even so, it seems odd that while the rest of the world is offering faster, unlimited broadband access for approximately $20 a month, the United States is looking to adopt a more restrictive policy that threatens to stifle innovation for the sake of salvaging yet another dying business.

How this affects downloads of headers and the bandwidth consumption of many newsgroups is something that these plans fail to address as well as the other limits this plan will cause:.Time Warner’s cap level is tier-based with the maximum set at 40 gigabytes per month with a $1 charge for every gigabyte of overage. An average HD quality movie downloaded from iTunes is around 4 GB with an HD TV show hovering around 2 GB. For NetFlix, this can easily double in size for BluRay downloads. If you were to watch one TV show a night, you’d be over the cap by 20 GB, or an extra $20 on your bill. Not including viewing YouTube videos, digital photos, or Web browsing.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Job and Resume Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet April 8th, 2009

Job-hunting is rarely fun. No matter what kind of job you’re looking for or what method you’re using to find it, searching for employment is often just, well—work! That’s why it’s imperative that job-seekers keep an open mind to some relatively new (compared to the newspaper, that is) places to look for job listings.

There are many newsgroups that are created especially for the purpose of job searching. Most are computer-related jobs, but there are other kinds of jobs also available through newsgroups. There are newsgroups dedicated to job ads and those that only accept resumes. There are those on career choices and the job market. Employers can even post employment opportunities on newsgroups. A lot of job sites, recruiters and employers check these sites regularly for resumes or other job- related activities.

Some groups are dedicated to job ads, while others are dedicated to résumé submissions, job-wanted messages, or general discussions about jobs and careers. Job sites, résumé banks, recruiters and employers often visit newsgroups to retrieve résumés, read job-wanted messages or post job ads.

Networking is what job-related newsgroups are all about.You may even run across your own résumé. Some recruiters, job sites and résumé banks post résumés to newsgroups, to give you maximum exposure.

Before you post, study the messages to get an idea of what is allowed, so you aren’t banned from future postings. You also want to avoid getting flamed for posting inappropriate messages.

When you begin browsing through the available job-related newsgroups, some of the ones you see may include misc.jobs.misc, alt.jobs, us.jobs, and biz.jobs. These are some of the major newsgroups.

Using newsgroups to find jobs is all about networking. So make sure that you have a strong network to work with. Before you post anything on a job related newsgroup, make sure you are clear about what you are posting, as there are moderators who will block you from future posting, if they find your remarks inappropriate.

Here are four tips while searching through on Job Newsgroups:

1) Not only is there a misc.jobs.misc group, but there is also a misc.jobs.offered, misc.jobs.entry, and a misc.jobs.contract group. (Other hierarchies follow similar patterns.) Misc.jobs was the original group, but it became so large that it split into several smaller, more specific groups. The intended content of these groups should be pretty obvious. Misc.jobs.entry focuses on entry-level jobs, misc.jobs.contract covers contract employment, misc.jobs.offered is the place to find full-time jobs, and so on

2) For a quick guide about the purpose of a particular newsgroup, read through its list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Understanding the basic content of a particular newsgroup will not only help you decide if you want to join the group, it will also tell you what types of posts are acceptable.

3) Besides the general hierarchies, there are hundreds of newsgroups that cater to specific geographic areas. If you’re looking for a job in your hometown and you don’t want to sift through an infinity of posts for jobs in other places, your best bet is to find a job-related newsgroup for your city or state. Narrowing your search to a more location-specific group should save you quite a bit of time and frustration.

4) Finding newsgroups for job openings in specific fields. These groups aren’t as common, and there certainly isn’t a group for every type of job. Nonetheless, it doesn’t hurt to check it out. Examples of newsgroups we found include alt.medical.sales.jobs, alt.building.jobs, and prg.jobs (for programming jobs). Although these groups aren’t usually location-specific, they will save you the time of browsing through listings that aren’t even in your field of interest.

Job-hunting isn’t usually an overnight process so make sure you don’t give up on newsgroups if your first experience is disappointing.  You never know where you’ll find your next job, it could be that the position you’re looking for is as close as your newsreader. Good Luck!

Here is but the first few of the hundreds of possible newsgroups to choose from related to finding a job:
alt.bestjobsusa.computer.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.computer

us.jobs

nyc.jobs

ny.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.ny.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.pennsylvania.jobs

alt.jobs

nj.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.newjersey.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.philly.jobs

md.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.management.jobs

balt.jobs

dc.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.sales.jobs

prg.jobs

comp.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.pittsburgh.jobs

pgh.jobs

tw.bbs.campus.job

alt.bestjobsusa

jobs.misc.jobs

misc.jobs

jobs.misc

ott.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.engineering.jobs

ma.jobs

ont.jobs

nyc.jobs.contract

alt.bestjobsusa.jobs.offered

pa.jobs.offered

comp.jobs.computers

comp.jobs.computer

comp.jobs.offered

us.jobs.offered

misc.jobs.offered

phl.jobs.offered

nyc.jobs.offered

comp.jobs.contract

aol.neighborhood.ma.jobs

can.jobs

conn.jobs

conn.jobs.offered

ct.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.conn.jobs

va.jobs

mtl.jobs

ca.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.boston.jobs

oh.jobs

alt.medical.sales.jobs.offered

qc.jobs

macromedia.general.job.opportunities

ab.jobs

ithaca.jobs

calgary.jobs

bc.jobs

can.jobs.ont.jobs

tx.jobs

perl.jobs

van.jobs

alt.jobs.offered

bionet.jobs.offered

tor.jobs.offered

misc.jobs.misc

misc.jobs.resumes

cle.jobs

jobs.offered

be.jobs

alt.bestjobsusa.cincinnati.jobs

chi.jobs

misc.jobs.contract

alt.job

alt.jobs.as400

alt.bestjobsusa.cleveland.jobs

atl.jobs

cn.bbs.campus.job

cinci.jobs.offered

seattle.jobs.offered

houston.jobs

us.jobs.contract

uk.jobs.offered

nb.jobs

us.jobs.misc

biz.jobs.offered

alt.bestjobsusa.california.jobs

kw.jobs

ga.jobs

biz.jobs

dfw.jobs

z-netz.fundgrube.job-boerse

in.jobs



E7 Hi-Tech Police Car Expected

By Newsgroup Usenet April 6th, 2009

Car and Vehicle NewsgroupsCarbon Motors is hitting the road with its next generation law enforcement vehicle to meet with state and federal government officials and promote its E7 police car. The new high-tech cop car prototype is a welcome addition to the police force.

The E7 prototype a step above the Ford Crown Victorias you typically see patrolling the streets. The high tech vehicle was designed in part based on input and suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals.

The rear passenger compartment alone is enough to make experienced cops get teary-eyed. The rear-hinged “suicide doors” make it easier for handcuffed passengers to get in and out, and the seat is designed so “guests” can ride comfortably with their hands cuffed behind their backs. The E7 also features a rear compartment made entirely of seamless, washable plastic, with drain plugs in the floor to make for easy cleaning of “accidents” or injuries.

The interior of the E7 prototype features an embedded computer and shotgun mounts.

Chase ready, the E7 is equipped with a 300-horsepower clean diesel engine that propels the car from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. At those speeds, safety is a top concern and the vehicle has an aluminum space-frame body structure and can withstand a crash of up to 75 mph. The interior features an embedded in-dash computer. Other cop-centric must-haves include:

* Police lights embedded in the roof
* 360-degree exterior surveillance capability
* Automatic license plate recognition system
* Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
* Integrated shotgun mounts
* Weapons of mass destruction detectors (optional)

Carbon hasn’t released a price for this top-of-the-line police car, but company officials estimates the car could cost about $50,000. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, doesn’t yet have a factory, but has named five states where it could locate: Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Production is scheduled to begin in 2012.

KITT was not available for comment for this story.

You can find out more about the E7 as well as other news regarding cutting edge vehicles on newsgroups:

aus.cars

uk.rec.cars.maintenance

uk.rec.cars.modifications

fido7.mo.cars

uk.rec.cars.misc

fido7.ru.cars.lada

fido7.spb.cars

a.b.automobiles.carshows

fido7.ru.cars.japan

fido7.ru.cars.chainik

uk.rec.cars.classic

fido7.su.cars

a.b.autos.performance-cars

fido7.ru.cars.gaz-uaz

aus.cars.offroad

uk.rec.cars.vw.watercooled

rec.toys.cars

alt.autos.kitcars

alt.autos.microcars

free.uk.cars.vauxhall

uk.adverts.cars

alt.cars

uk.rec.cars.4×4

alt.autos.performance-cars

fido7.kiev.cars

uk.rec.cars.fuel.lpg

fido7.ru.cars.ford

aus.ads.forsale.cars

fido7.mo.cars.audio

uk.rec.cars.imports

uk.rec.cars.mg

fido7.ru.cars.travel

uk.rec.cars.vw.aircooled

alt.cars.clubgti

uk.rec.cars.kit-car

alt.autos.artcars

alt.rec.cars.maintenance

aus.cars.racing

alt.cars.subaru

aus.cars.racing.touring-car

aus.cars.racing.auscar

msn.forums.cars.buying

msn.onstage.motorsite.classiccars.british

msn.forums.cars.clubhouse

msn.onstage.motorsite.classiccars

fido7.cars

alt.lotus.cars

msn.forums.cars.trucktalk

msn.forums.cars.industry

msn.onstage.motorsite.classiccars.american

msn.forums.cars.announcements

msn.forums.cars.garage

fido7.ru.cars.uaz

fido7.ru.cars.tuning

fido7.spb.cars.moskvich

fido7.ru.cars.audio

fido7.ru.cars.audi

fido7.ru.cars.foreign.f4x4

fido7.russian.z1.cars

fido7.ru.cars.mercedes

fido7.mo.cars.work

fido7.kharkov.sale.cars-trucks

fido7.mo.cars.streetracing

fido7.mo.cars.offroad

fido7.ru.cars.gas

fido7.moldova.cars

fido7.pvt.exch.cars

fido7.ru.cars.from.usa

fido7.mo.cars.azlk

afn.marketplace.cars

alt.cars.ferrari

alt.hobbies.slotcars

fido7.ru.cars.talks

hk.rec.cars

uk.rec.cars

fido7.ru.cars.moscvich



NewsDemon Announces Retrocative 11,000 Day Retention On All Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet April 1st, 2009

NewsDemon has announced today that it will soon be able to offer 11,000 days of retention as well as allow an unprecedented 150 simultaneous connections for all NewsDemon.com members. This increase in retention is retroactive, meaning that members will be able to access articles since the very first post on Usenet, almost 30 years ago! The retention will also span and cover all BBS posts made throughout time as well.

“By utilizing new technology, we’ve been able to use thousands of 500 Terabyte hard drives in a facility that’s about the size of Wisconsin. We hope that with the new Octuplet Quad Dual Sedecuplet 40Ghz Processors with each running 85GB of DDR4 memory a piece we’ve included in these machines, it will continue to drive the same consistent service that NewsDemon.com members have relied on.” said Marty McFly, Operations Director for NewsDemon.

The largest obstacle faced has been  power and HVAC for all of these machines to remain green. Luckily, with the help of solar panels and windmills, NewsDemon.com is able to power the 260,000 machines for approximately 2 years with as little of a carbon footprint as possible.

In order for members to access the now available tecbillion of messages on Usenet, NewsDemon bandwidth has been increased to support multiple OC12 connections. This will give users the ability to download messages at an astounding 622Mbit/s with each connection!

The new service utilizes cutting edge technology and will grow the Usenet community to new bounds as community members posts of questions from the early 80’s are finally expected to receive a response.

“This is all new to the world of Usenet. And to bring back all of the posts that have  been thought to be lost and now available at your fingertips is the result of incredible new advanced technologies” said Lead Engineer, Dr. Emmett Brown.

NewsDemon is already working on other projects to save the entirety of the Internet in much the same fashion.

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Newsgroup Spotlight: April Fools and Humor Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet April 1st, 2009

Newsdemon April Fools and Humor Newsgroup SpotlightJokes and pranks are everywhere today celebrating April Fools’ Day, traditionally celebrated on April 1. Whether you are the prankster or the gullible one who falls for a gag, you are sure to be one of millions who are part of some kind of April Fools’ Day prank on this lighthearted holiday.

Many Usenet newsgroups explain that while April Fools’ Day is connected to festivals held in ancient Rome on March 25, the Hilaria and a celebration on March 31 in India called the Holi. However, it is most closely related to All Fools’ Day in France. All Fools’ Day began in France when the Gregorian calendar moved New Year’s Day from March 25 to Jan. 1 in 1582. It is said that those who continued to celebrate the end of the year on April 1 were called fools.

Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.his tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool’s Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.

By example:

England – Jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

Scotland – April Fool’s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April ‘Gowk’, another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.

Portugal – April Fool’s Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.

Rome – the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as “Roman Laughing Day”.

India – The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don’t be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you. April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light hearted days of the year.

For all things April Fools and general Humor, you can find out more about the history as well as historical pranks on newsgroups:

alt.humor.puns

rec.humor

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alt.humor.jewish

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rec.humor.jewish

chile.rec.humor

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at.gesellschaft.humor

pl.rec.humor.najlepsze

alt.humor.dutch

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han.rec.humor

fido7.su.humor

fido7.esib.humor

esp.rec.humor

rec.humor.oracle.d

alt.tasteless.humor

alt.humor.best-of-usenet.d

rec.humor.funny.reruns

alt.humor.best-of-usenet

yu.humor.vic

rec.humor.funny

msn.forums.ufo.alienhumor

msn.forums.jewish.humor

msn.forums.israel.jewish.humor

msn.forums.reading.humor

msn.forums.chronic.disease.healing.humor

athenet.humor

msn.forums.pets.animalhumor

a.b.humor

msn.forums.emergency.common.humor