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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 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, 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:

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,,, and 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 group, but there is also a,, and a group. (Other hierarchies follow similar patterns.) 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. focuses on entry-level jobs, covers contract employment, 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,, and (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:









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:






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 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 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, 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:



































Access Usenet Newsgroups Via Airline WiFi

By Newsgroup Usenet March 31st, 2009

It’s Cloud Computing to a whole new level. In a nod to the prevalence of Internet-ready mobile devices and stronger wireless services, American Airlines announced today that it’s poised to offer WiFi on 300 domestic aircraft over the next two years. The experiments they had been running before have been a success and airlines are scrambling to equip more planes with in flight Internet and Usenet access.

American Airlines began offering Wi-Fi aboard just over a dozen of its planes last year and charged varying fees from just under $8.00 for Internet and e-mail access via hand-held devices to just under $13.00 for laptop Internet and Usenet access to Newsgroups on longer flights.

The news from American should be welcomed by Usenet users, as more and more airlines expand WiFi capabilities to keep up with growing demand among Usenet members with mobile Web-ready iPhones, smartphones, Netbooks and other devices.

Your flight will probably have the service if you’re flying on an MD-80 aircraft because those planes will be outfitted with the technology first. You can check your e-ticket to see if you’ll be flying on an MD-80 aircraft. The only thing missing from the service is the ability to make in-flight phone calls via Skype or any other instant communications service. In flight phone calls, unless made with the airplane’s built-in equipment, are banned by the FCC.

The news follows a February announcement from Southwest Airlines saying it was testing in-flight WiFi on one of its jets. Should passengers find themselves on a WiFi plane during the trial, they can use the service for free.

Delta Airlines also announced last summer that it would be offering WiFi on all 330 planes in North America. Delta also operates on Aircell’s service and has identical pricing to the above prices listed for American Airlines, although there is no mention of a cheaper flat rate fee for handheld devices or if Usenet Newsgroup access would be supported.

Firefox Gains Share As Usenet User’s Browser Of Choice

By Newsgroup Usenet March 26th, 2009

It’s been around only since the end of 2004, but in that short period, Mozilla’s open-source, multiplatform Web browser Firefox has managed to dominate 43.13% percent of all visitors to Used by many as a more secure, dependable and standards-abiding alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (which is still the most used browser by a considerable margin), Firefox seems to be on a continuing upward trend.

Despite Microsoft’s global domination, Firefox is a vastly more dominant browser. Between 2008 and 2009, Firefox was responsible for share gains of 5.47%, at the expense of other browsers, especially IE.

Firefox’s advances in the market against IE have been extremely impressive and at this point it’s impossible to tell whether 2009 results are the beginning of an upward trend for the open source market or a one-time anomaly, considering the new release of IE8 (although it has initially gained lack luster reviews), and forthcoming Windows 7.

Since Google’s entry into the web browser market last September, Chrome’s share has increased from to being non-existent to beating out Opera and closely bridging the gap with Safari with a 3.29% share.

For sure Google has got the word out big time, but real success and results will come when people actually stick to the browser rather than trying it out for a little while and going back to their usual browser of choice.

With the latest release of Safari, which proclaims itself as the fastest browser, as Google once held the title for, many reports have actually demonstrated a dip in usage than an increase. Many speculate this too is because of the Firefox dominance.

Below are the 2008 and 2009 comparisons of all the most popular browsers our site visitors use:

Internet Explorer 56.32% 46.16%
Firefox 37.66% 43.13%
Safari 3.23% 4.55%
Chrome 0.00% 3.29%
Opera 1.91% 2.00%
Mozilla 0.42% 0.45%
SeaMonkey 0.00% 0.11%
Netscape 0.21% 0.08%
Mozilla Compatible Agent 0.02% 0.06%
Camino 0.10% 0.05%

More information about these browsers and other browser related info, including open source browsers, can be found on newsgroups, such as:









































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Newsgroup Spotlight: Culture and Geography Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet March 25th, 2009

Usenet has been home to communities for a long period of time that post questions, share information and learn about other cultures. There are many different newsgroups where you can learn about specific cultures and specific areas of the world. These culture and geography newsgroups are home to vast communities of those who wish to participate and share in discussions about their specific region.

The best place to look is in the soc hierarchy newsgroups, among all of the soc.culture.* newsgroups. In these newsgroups, you can ask about cities, languages, history, cultural traditions, and the like. In many cases, these newsgroups will have discussions in two or three different languages.

The purpose of these groups is to exchange news and information about its people, culture and history, and general geogrpahy of different regions.This newsgroups provide a place to talk and get information about practically any region of the world.

Topics of interest many of these newsgroups follow include:

  • Politics, new/old legislation, politicians
  • Culture, history, philosophy, ideology, geography
  • Educational issues
  • Business related issues
  • Societies, traditions, customs
  • Literature, poetry, art, music, folklore
  • Languages, books
  • Science, technology
  • Food, cookery
  • The media, popular entertainment, television, cinema
  • Local events, news, programs, economy
  • Communities abroad, problems, needs
  • Cultural interaction
  • Travel information
  • News from specific regions

Regions are specific, ranging from Africa to Yugoslavia. More information on these groups, including charter page information for each, can be found in our Cultures and Geography newsgroups section.