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Newsdemon.com Offers Free Usenet Access to Genealogy Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet February 11th, 2009

geneblogNewsdemon.com has announced that it will begin to offer free access to genealogy newsgroups. The free access includes all of the most popular and known genealogy newsgroups on Usenet. Those interested do not need to have a Newsdemon.com membership as it is open and available to access free of charge to the public.

Historically, genealogy has been a very important field as family connections between nobility were crucial to the idea of inheritance and the passing down of titles and ruler ship. Genealogy is the study of a family’s lineage and ancestry. Genealogy covers everything from a family tree to when and how people lived almost a century ago. The word genealogy is derived from the Greek, and means the study of family history and descent. Usenet hosts a variety of newsgroups related to the topic of genealogy and extensive research by the newsgroup community has expanded genealogy research since 1995.

Complete details on how to access Genealogy and the groups that are included can be found on the Newsdemon.com Genealogy Newsgroups page.

Newsdemon.com has created this free access in a continuing effort to promote awareness of the values that Usenet has to offer.  By including free access to genealogy, it is the intention to promote awareness and value to the terrific resources the genealogy newsgroups in particular have to offer the online community.



Newsgroup Spotlight: Cell Phones on Usenet

By Newsgroup Usenet February 4th, 2009

It’s undeniable that cell phones are being used less and less nowadays as a phone. Recently, research studies have suggested that cell phones are being relied upon for everything from using your email to downloading and playing favorite tunes and videos. The future of this market seems only to be increasing by the day as phone manufacturers rush to supply the latest and greatest. The iPhone, G1, Blackberry Storm and the new Palm Pre are all examples of these all-in-one devices that are quick to cater to the flood.

A great source for both fans and owners of these devices have been found on newsgroups. From development to the technology in which they’re based, many newsgroups are hosts to dedicated discussions of the different phones and platforms they’re based upon.
As an example, newsgroups such as misc.phone.mobile.iphone hosts general discussions of fans of the iPhone. Users of the recently released Google phone, the G1, have been active on alt.cellular.t-mobile – the only US Carrier suporting the phone. While patiently awaiting fans of the new Palm Pre have been getting leaked details of the new phone on alt.comp.os.palm. Other newsgroups dedicated to the development of the platforms and the phones themselves have been an invaluable resource for developers. The newsgroups have been responsible for creating and maintaining some of the core functions these phones feature.
General chatter on providers, service and technology also are prominent on Usenet. For the US, alt.cellular.attwsand alt.att have been a meeting ground regarding ATT service, while the UK community meets upon groups such as uk.telecom.mobile and tw.bbs.rec.mobilecomm.
Many other newsgroups exist on the subject as well that cater to different phones and providers alonside the other thousands of newsgroups that exist on Usenet today. Many of these newsgroups came into existence even before there products were released, as others will be created as technology and advancements are made.



Newsdemon Provides Free Access to Humor Newsgroup

By Newsgroup Usenet February 3rd, 2009

Newsdemon.com has announced it will begin offering free access to the Usenet newsgroup rec.funny.humor. The newsgroup will have exclusive free access provided by the premium Usenet provider in a continuing effort to grow awareness of the vast variety of topics Usenet represents.

 Usenet has had a long history of building online communities on specific topics. Ranging from science to philosophy, Usenet has been home to communities that catered to practically any subject or matter.

One of the oldest and most popular newsgroup to date has been rec.humor.funny. The newsgroup is a comedy publication that provides daily editor-selected jokes.

Since the early days of Usenet, a moderated joke newsgroup rec.humor.funny has been the longest standing and consistently active newsgroup of its kind. As a response to the un-moderated rec.humor newsgroup, rec.humor.funny lent itself to be the source of comedy. Started by Brad Templeton, rec.humor.funny took the challenge of weeding out duplicates, misdirected messages and comments of other same topic newsgroups and created the premier comedy newsmagazine haven.

 For your entertainment and continuing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Usenet, Newsdemon.com is now offering free access to the newsgroup.

 You’ll need a newsreader to access the group. Please use the information below to enter the information in your newsreader which you’ll need to access, download and read the newsgroup.

             Server Address: humor.newsdemon.com

Newsgroup Name: rec.humor.funny

Username: funny

Password: free

 Newsdemon.com is proud to offer free access to rec.funny.humor as an example of one of thousands of active and current newsgroups that Newsdemon.com Usenet access provides. We hope you enjoy your access and that it brings upon a smile.



Free Newsdemon.com Usenet Access for Librarians and Researchers

By Newsgroup Usenet February 2nd, 2009

Premium Usenet access provider, Newsdemon.com, now offers free Usenet access to qualifying Librarians and Researchers. Newsdemon.com will begin offering free access to librarians and researchers beginning January 1st. Those interested and qualified can apply here.

Usenet has represented a tremendous value since its inception by creating communities to participate and share information. Usenet, as a tool, has been part of great achievements by the group exchange and process it has fostered.

One of the great elements of the Usenet community has been the involvement of Librarians. Librarians and Researchers have received equal benefits they have provided to and from the Usenet. With prominent interest in English, education, art and book dedicated newsgroups, Librarians with access to Usenet have been able to exchange information easily, freely and openly. Usenet is still the world’s largest community network, with over 100,000 separate discussion groups covering humanities, the sciences, business, politics, computers, and much more.

In order to promote this process of exchange and grow community newsgroups such as rec.arts.books, alt.education, alt.usage.english and similar on-topic Newsgroups that can benefit Libraries and Academia, Newsdemon.com is proud to announce free access to qualified Librarians and Researchers who wish to participate in the Newsgroup communities they wish.

In order to be qualified, you must be a Librarian or Researcher employed at a Library or similar. You can find this form here.

Those who qualify will enjoy the same benefits as other members of Newsdemon.com, including complete uncensored, unfiltered access to thousands of newsgroups with retention well over 180 days on binaries and more than 600 days of text.

Newsdemon.com has added Librarians and Researchers to its list of its growing contribution to help grow the Usenet community further. Newsdemon.com understands that in order for these groups to flourish, it relies on the minds that can provide and offer sought out solutions. Recently, Newsdemon.com has also offered free Usenet access to Professors and Faculty Members of Colleges and Universities. More information can be found here: https://www.newsdemon.com/free_usenet_form.php

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to email us at [email protected]



Newsgroups Average Feed Size

By Newsgroup Usenet January 28th, 2009

As Usenet celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we at Newsdemon.com are proud to be part of the growth of its community. Over the last 30 years, Usenet has been part of significant achievements in fields such as science, academics and so much more.

Usenet is one of the oldest communication systems still being used today. The popularity of Usenet as well, is only on the rise, giving strength to the integrity and foundation of Usenet.

Over the last 8 years in particular, we’ve seen growth in both membership as well as participation.

Average Feed Size

Between the years of 2000 and 2008, Usenet has increased leaps and bounds, once again demonstrating how Usenet is easily adaptable to changes in technology.

In 1979, Usenet was born from an idea to share information through the Unix operating system. After picking up steam through the 1980’s, it encompassed more than 11,000 computer networks by 1988. It was not long before Usenet users found more to talk about than Unix and as the community grew, so did the variety of subjects that Newsgroups began to cater to.

Nowadays, newsgroups are in the thousands, and represented in our chart, the sharing of information is more relative than it was in its inception, dictating the strength and longevity that Usenet represents. At 30 years young, it becomes apparent that Usenet will only continue to be a grand resource for communities to share information.



Maybe The First Concept for Usenet and Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet January 24th, 2009

From conception to reality, this video made in 1969 forecasts a pretty accurate vision of what the future of technology would encompass 40 years later.

30 years ago, the vision began to materialize alongside the birth and growth of Usenet today.

Using “Electronic Correspondence Machines”, a community was brought together and allowed the communication that was dreamed about 10 years prior.

Usenet became one of, if not the first, channels for online shopping, monitoring, electronic transfers of documents and records.

This gives us a glimpse of the impact Usenet has participated in to grow yesterdays world of tomorrow, and the intricate part it continues to play in growing current technology for the future.



Newsdemon.com – History of Usenet

By Newsgroup Usenet January 15th, 2009

This year celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Usenet. It was in 1979 that two college grad students created the foundation of what Usenet and Newsgroups have become. In recognition of its anniversary, Newsdemon.com now offers a complete History of Usenet.

Usenet is a worldwide system of discussion groups used by tens of millions of people on the internet today. Think of Usenet Newsgroups as a one-to-many teleconferencing system. The operation of Usenet is most similar to the way that the combination of e-mail AND forums work. Working much like an email/forum, a posted message/article gets posted publicly to a local group. With Usenet access, you can read and post messages (called “articles” or “posts”) at your own convenience. Allowing the user to follow these articles days, weeks and even months from the date it was posted with the ability to respond and read responses from these local groups.

The History of Usenet covers its basic origins, functionality and instructions to access newsgroups via Usenet.

Reflective over the 30 year growth that Usenet has achieved in a constantly evolving dynamic arena is unequaled to any other technology. The scope and reach Usenet has supplied to countless individuals and communities is every day increasing. More than any social network, forum or other community based technology; Usenet has remained unmoving to trends and consistent throughout.

Throughout the course of the existence of Usenet, its newsgroup communities have been responsible for the first mention of a fax machine to the first announcement of the release of the Internet that we know and love today.

The History of Usenet is a look back and a glance forward of one of the oldest – and most relevant – computer network distribution system to date.



Usenet is Dead…Really?

By Newsgroup Usenet January 12th, 2009

Recently, an article was published for PC Magazine that made the claim that Usenet, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2009, is supposedly dead. The article goes on to write presumptuous claims on the direction that Usenet has taken as well as the impact that both Usenet and its Newsgroups represent.

Usenet Dead?

First off – Usenet is not dead, and far from it, as facts provide. As evidence, Newsdemon.com as well as other 3rd party Usenet service providers alone have users in the hundreds of thousands that use newsgroups in both HTML translated base and NNTP.

The article fails to reflect that Usenet is not part of, nor can be compared to other internet services that may exist. Usenet may not be the prevailing discussion system that exists on the internet today, but its popularity has proven only to be increasing once again.

Just because it may not be integrated into your “MySpace” or “Facebook” profile yet does not mean it does not exist anymore. Usenet is still vital and useful.

Usenet In Use

Usenet’s technological underpinnings predate its association with the Internet, resting on dial-up-based store-and-forward e-mail BBS systems and UUCP protocols and programs. Usenet is perhaps best described as a huge, loose collection of informal information-exchange communities that have little in common beyond their naming convention and their reliance on the Network News Transfer Protocol used to manage Usenet messages.

People had been predicting the death of Usenet almost from the beginning by those that have not comprehended the conception or the value of the protocol. However, almost 30 years later, tons of intelligent, meaningful, and important conversations still take place in just a couple megabytes worth of text-based posts.

Consider that Microsoft uses Usenet for community discussion and support. Realize that Google Groups makes Usenet searchable for people who may not have Usenet access. Google Groups alone has a high traffic volume and promotes considerable community participation off this channel of access alone.

Usenet is constantly evolving. Unlike most technologies, Usenet continues to surpass the longevity of most decentralized networks. There are, of course, online communities and massive acts of collaborative authorships today, but Usenet has always been the first.

To this day, Universities and Colleges alike actively use Usenet for studies and group discussions.

Usenet vs. The Web

 While it’s fair to characterize it as a series of bulletin boards, it is much more. The thousands of newsgroups on arcane topics was the first place that collective authorship really shined in the form of FAQ’s and tutorials. A role that Wikipedia itself models itself after. For many of us, this was the closest thing to a reference on rapidly changing technologies. Follow groups like comp.lang.c.moderated, microsoft.public.development.device.drivers, microsoft.public.platformsdk.msi to see that Usenet is still vital for power users.

 Sifting through Usenet has become increasingly easier over the years with feature rich Newsreaders such as Newsrover and many others that allow multiple Newsgroup results on search terms. These methods rival, if not surpass, the searches found on Google or Google Groups as the extension of Newsgroups that are not carried on either of the Google services are easily accessible with a Usenet account and a multitude of Newsreaders. Additionally, unlike many web forums, reading through posts do not require authentication on the part of the user to access the content.

 Usenet is doing quite well. The programming-related newsgroups are in fine shape. “comp.lang.python”, “comp.lang.javascript”, and “comp.databases.mysql” have heavy traffic from knowledgeable people, including developers of the underlying systems. It’s much faster to see the day’s updates on Usenet than to search through a half dozen archaic PHP-based forum systems. Usenet in comparison to even Web 2.0 standards still stands with an advantage.

 Usenet is fast, being a simple text protocol with built-in multicasting that can support communities of millions with virtually no drain on resources. Web forums and sites frequently rich limits when they start to become popular because the centralized hardware requirements and the use of a database mean that once it starts getting more than a few readers per second, specialized solutions are a priority. Otherwise, there is a great chance of losing the community to database overload crashes and general slowness. As long as there’s a Usenet, there will be service providers such as Newsdemon.com who disseminate and maintain it. If anything, Usenet may actually return to a more usable medium again, now that it won’t be free for all the spammers and trolls anymore. There are some things that no Web site can offer that you can only find on Usenet.

 The Future of Usenet

The bitterness that this is not “your fathers” Usenet is not relative. Usenet should be noted as a champion by surviving the dot com crashes that continue to plague the Web today. The geek paradise is still the utopia known as Usenet. The society of Usenet still thrives and continues to grow. Although it may have turned off some, Usenet remains consistent on bridging the gap with new members on a daily basis, contributing to the growth that Usenet continues to exhibit.

 Usenet is far from dead. The fact is, the evolution of what Usenet has become is greater and stronger than it has even been before. Since its inception, we have seen factual technological growth of Usenet over the years. Newsdemon.com serves as a great example as a 3rd party Usenet provider that continues to grow retention rates, completion of articles, bandwidth limits and capacity 100 times more than it was in 1993. Usenet follows a variant of Moore’s law and as time progresses, these values will only increase. With any technology, it is better to understand and realize the evolution as progress, rather than making ill assumptions of its demise by presumptions.

Even as the author states:

“It’s hard to completely kill off something as totally decentralized as Usenet; as long as two servers agree to share the NNTP protocol, it’ll continue on in some fashion.”

The fact of the matter is that Usenet will always in exist in a certain capacity. As it stands now, Usenet has evolved and grown by catering to the community it represents. Besides the protocol, Usenet will continue to exist as long as there is an interest in the conversations that take place on Newsgroups. Usenet is well alive and more capable than it has ever been.

Usenet hosts a robust and vital discussion community. Other internet based services capture a limited site-specific audience. Same topic groups may be found on other sites, but unifying these sites the way Newsgroups operate on the Usenet global distribution network for unified discussion groups is a limitation that internet services still cannot duplicate.



CES 2009 Top 5 Best Gadgets

By Newsgroup Usenet January 10th, 2009

The tech world’s focus shifted to Las Vegas from January 8th through the 11th as the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show kicked off. Expectantly, a parade of shiny, tiny, and wireless gadgets from CES exhibitors–including a 3G watch-phone from LG Electronics, a wafer-thin Samsung TV that’s 6.5 millimeters thick, and an emphasis on emerging fields such as environmentally friendly green technologies and Wi-Tricity, a technology that allows wire-free power charging of small devices.

As CES 2009 comes to a close, exhibitors presented some fantastic new products coming out throughout the year. Our top 5 favorites we’re watching are:

The Palm Pre – The Palm Pre goes well beyond updating the stale Palm OS platform, and brings an entirely new interface and hardware paradigm in the form of the Palm WebOS. The WebOS is a jewel of a touchscreen interface, and it includes some interesting synchronization options to allow users to seamlessly navigate between corporate mail, personal e-mail on Google as well as social networking on Facebook. The Palm Pre hardware itself packs all the high-end features you’d expect from a modern smartphone, all in a slim, rounded design

Ultra-thin TVs –  As expected, CES 2009 is awash with ultra-skinny TVs. All the top brands – Samsung, Phillips, Sharp and Sony – represented their own versions of their waife tvs.

Dishwasher-Safe Gadgets –  Seal Shield’s line of dishwasher-friendly gadgets and computer peripherals featured at CES 2009 is another collection that is long overdue. Not only are all of the products in the Seal Shield line boast antimicrobial properties, they come with a three-year warranty. Keyboards and mice come in both wireless and corded forms, and there are two remotes from which to choose. All are guaranteed to be waterproof and can even be tossed in the dishwasher to clean. Seal Shield keyboards and mice are meant for hospital settings, but I think they’re perfect for bloggers, students, gamers, and Internet fiends.

Next-Gen GPS – Ford showed off what its SYNC system might one day look like at the 2009 CES in Las Vegas. The video demos configurable controls and a personal assistant “avatar” named Eva. This is definitely targeted to a female marketplace, which is smart given the fact that women participate in a whopping 80% of purchases for all goods and services.Ford and Microsoft’s 3.0 version of Sync, due to be in every Ford by 2011, gives users true hands-free control of their phones. In addition to making hands-free calls over a Bluetooth connection, Sync can manipulate any smartphone applications compatible with it. So if your phone maker got on board with Sync’s open API, you could, for instance, have your new email read to you (in that reassuring GPS lady voice), get feed updates, or have anything else voiced out for you. For anyone who’s been tempted to geek while driving, it’s also a safety upgrade. Speaking of Microsoft products..

Windows 7 – Windows 7 is going to be big in 2009. From the millions of early adopters who’ll try out the public beta to the monumental Microsoft marketing machine that will continue to drive the point home – there will be no escape. Windows 7 already looks like it will be a lot better than Vista.



Newsdemon Credit Card Outtage Fixed

By Newsgroup Usenet January 2nd, 2009

On January 2nd, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Newsdemon.com experienced a critical error with their credit card processor which prevented successful checkout for those who had attempted to pay via Credit Card.

We at Newsdemon.com have since repaired this issue, and we are happy to report that credit card methods of payment are now fully operational.

This had only effected those customers who attempted to pay by credit card only. All PayPal methods of payment, including PayPal transactions that are paid by credit card, are not related to and have not been affected by this error as they are separate payment processors and systems.

The issue that caused this error involved a dropped communication between our server to our payment processor. No information gathered or stored on our servers were ever at risk of being compromised. The error solely caused an unsuccessful transaction.

At 6:00 PM today, after extensive testing, Newsdemon.com has taken measures to remove the error, allowing customers to checkout via credit card.

Any questions or concerns regarding this matter specifically can be directed via email at [email protected] We apprecitate your patronage and greatly apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.