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Samsung and Netbook Maker Announce Android Devices

By Newsgroup Usenet April 27th, 2009

Two Android powered devices have recently been announced, growing the exposure and the adoption of the Google OS. The open source operating system is being displayed in new phones and netbooks. The Android OS currently supports Usenet newsgroups by means of the mobile version of Google Groups as well as a 3rd party newsreader application.

Samsung released its first handset based on Google’s Android platform, the I7500. O2 Germany will launch the phone in June. The candybar handset will have tri-band 7.2 Mbps HSDPA (in the 900 MHz, 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands), WiFi, a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot capable of holding up to an additional 32GB). It also has Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and a 3.5 mm headset jack. The phone does not have a physical keyboard.

This model will have a tablet shape and an HVGA display. Users will need to depend on the touchscreen for text input and dialing numbers, as there is no hardware keyboard.

With the introduction of the I7500, there are now two handset makers currently selling Android phones. HTC has unveiled both the G1 and the Magic, and plans on releasing at least two more Android handsets by the end of the year. LG Electronics and Motorola have also indicated their intentions to release Android phones this year, as have smaller firms such as Acer and Huawei.

In the netbook market, Skytone announced the first Android-powered netbook earlier this week, when the Alpha 680 quietly appeared on the company’s website. The Alpha 680 is to be the first netbook to carry the Google Android platform from Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies Company LTD. The Alpha 680 will run a low cost ARM chip and is expected to become available possibly within the next 3 months.

Roughly priced at $250, the Alpha 680 will run on Google’s Android operating system, and will make use of the economical and energy-efficient ARM processor – used in mobile phones, including iPhone – rather than the commonly-used Atom processor used in most netbooks.

The current prototypes measure 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide and 1.2 inches thick, which is small enough to inside a small bag. The unit will also be very lightweight at just 700g (1.5lbs) and between 2 to 4 hours of battery life out of the Alpha 680’s 2-cell battery. ARM 11 533MHz processor,128MB RAM and 1GB of flash storage are standard on the device. An optional upgrade to 256MB RAM and 4GB flash storage is possible. For those that want more, a SDHC slot is also supported.

They were showcased at Hongkong’s electronics trade show last week and will likely be readied by June, with the final product to become available within a couple of months after that.

Currently, the only supported newsreader for the Android OS is the Groundhog Newsreader.

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:



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 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 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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