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BlizzCon Tickets Go On Sale Today

By Newsgroup Usenet August 11th, 2008

BlizzConBlizzCon tickets go on sale today. Blizzard Software, makers of such classics as Diablo, Starcraft and World of Warcraft is having there convention in Anaheim, California between October 10th-11th.

Last year, the sold out event allowed attendees a first hand look at Starcraft II.

This year, with Starcraft II in the works for release later this year the expected turn out should be huge.

Tickets will go on sale sometime today and go for $100.00. There will be contests, tournaments and discussion panels at the convention.

Even though tickets have yet to go on sale yet, there are many who have already made travel arrangements to attend the event.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest August 7th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet August 7th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  When was the first mention of Microsoft made on Usenet?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



How Special Are You?

By Newsgroup Usenet August 7th, 2008

Working with multiple US databases of names, you can see how unique your first and last name is to the rest of the country with this free search from HowManyOfMe.com. Around the office here at Newsdemon.com, this started a chatter as some names which we thought would be particularly unique actually have a large list of people with similar names but fewer with those we assumed would be more common.

Give it a shot, see how unique you may really be – http://www.howmanyofme.com/



Star Trek DJ Spock

By Newsgroup Usenet August 1st, 2008

Something fun for Friday, DJ Spock takes the Star Trek Turntables for a spin.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 31st, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 31st, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  Today, we’re going to do an anagram. Decipher the correct word using the following group of letters. First one to respond correctly receives a FREE MONTH of Newsdemon Newsgroups Service.

TNESUE

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



NetZero and Comcast Bow Down to Cuomo

By Newsgroup Usenet July 30th, 2008

Recently, we had commented on how Cuomo had been putting pressure on Comcast to join its other ISPs in complying with its request to remove specific groups from its Usenet groups.

Today, both Comcast and NetZero have agreed to Attorney General Cuomo’s request and attain compliance by the New York state Attorney General’s office.

The agreement has not yet been revealed on how it will be handled by either company. Sprint and and Verizon recently have deleted certain groups where AT&T and Time Warner have alternatively eliminated thousands upon thousands of groups already. All companies have stated that more adjusting will be done down the line.

While news awaits on what excatly Comcast and NetZero will do to comply, it certainly means a step foward in censoring Usenet.

And don’t forget, we’re also offering refugees of all of these ISPs a 15% LIFETIME DISCOUNT to all new subscribers, regardless of which you plan you choose.
At Checkout, simply use the coupon code twarner15 to include this discount for as long as you are a member.



New Harry Potter Trailer Released

By Newsgroup Usenet July 30th, 2008

Today, the new Harry Potter trailer was released. Judging by the trailer Half Blood Prince will kick some serious tail and rightfully so as Dumbledore looks to be even angrier than in the last film.



Happy Birthday NASA

By Newsgroup Usenet July 29th, 2008

NASAOn July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed National Air and Space Act, establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a civilian agency in response to the challenge of the Soviet launch of Sputnik nearly a year before.

Before the establishment of NASA, American space efforts, such as they were, were divided among the branches of the armed services. The establishment of NASA gathered into one civilian agency, along with the aeronautics research efforts of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) that had been founded in 1915.

Even so, President Eisenhower was somewhat skeptical of funding a large space program and barely approved of the first American man in space program, Project Mercury. It would take another Soviet space feat, the successful orbital flight of Yuri Gagarin, and a new President for NASA to really come into its own.

The first space age, for NASA, was the Apollo program to land a man on the Moon. Born of Cold War necessity, Apollo was one of the greatest and, ultimately, most bitter sweet technological feats in human history. Even decades later, people who were alive when man first landed on the Moon remember it with a kind of heady nostalgia.

With success came a perverse and almost inevitable punishment by the political powers that be. For a time it seemed that publically funded space flight might end in the United States in the early 1970s. Fortunately Richard Nixon, who care less about space exploration than he did about votes and campaign contributions, tasked NASA to a more practical job than lunar voyages of exploration.

NASA was ordered to build a reusable space shuttle that handle all of the nation’s space flight needs, commercial, military, and NASA. The idea was that a reusable space vehicle would decrease the cost of space travel, making possible space stations, a return to the Moon, and maybe voyages beyond. NASA would also have roughly half the budget it thought it needed to do it. Thus the second space age was born.



Former Google Employees Launch New Search Engine – Cuil

By Newsgroup Usenet July 28th, 2008

Cuil A group of former Google engineers Monday unveiled a new search engine they hope will challenge the Internet giant’s supremacy. Cuil, (pronounced “cool”), takes a different tack than previous threats to Google.

Instead of concentrating on links to Web pages, Cuil focuses on a Web page’s actual content. The venture-financed search engine also presents the data in a different manner – a horizontal layout that includes images rather than Google’s low-key plain text displayed vertical.

Privacy is another area the four founding engineers hope will differentiate Cuil. The search engine won’t hold onto search histories, unlike Google.

Cuil also boasts it searches 120 billion Web pages. In 2005, when Google stopped publicly divulging the size of its search database, the Internet giant said it had a database of 8.2 billion Web locations. Friday, after public prodding, Google said it searches 1 trillion Web links.

Cuil, who’s name originates from Celtic folklore, is the child of three former Google engineers: Anna Patterson, Russell Power and Louis Monier, along with Tom Costello, Patterson’s former-IBM search husband. In 2004, Google acquired Patterson’s last search engine.

Cuil’s inventors have a tough road to hoe to compete with Google. Searches for Usenet and Newsgroups are much different than Google results and seem to partial more to blog community sites rather than useful resources at the moment.



Linux Commands for Usenet

By Newsgroup Usenet July 26th, 2008

Printed with permission, is a small tutorial on common commands for Linux users to work with Usenet files.

 How do I extract multiple-part Rar archives with Linux ? ( rar r00 r01 r02, etc )

With the unrar command line. Unrar is open source ( exotic licence). Notice that once unrar is installed, front-ends like File-roller, Ark, Xarchiver, or Gnome’s right click’s “Extract here” can extract Rar archives automatically.

$ unrar e file.rar

Do not install the “GNU unrar” it will not work on Rar3 files, use the unrar-nonfree ( Debian/Ubuntu ) , unrar from plf ( Mandriva ) packages, or the files from the author’s website ( rarlab ).

How do I create Rar archives with Linux ? ( thanks to Ohmster for this part, see his comment bellow for reference )

The Rar command-line is the only way to do it. It costs about 30$ at rarlab.com. Like you probably already know, it is the de facto standard way for posting binaries.

example of use :

rar a -s -v15m ppv-erica_campbell-672 *.* ( LOL!!! )

This will create 15Mb volumes from the content of the current directory.
The file mask “*.*” will include all files ( including par2, nzb, nfo, screenshot, video sample, etc ) in the

To create a rar archive file that is broken into specified size parts, use this syntax:

rar a -v15000k hotstuff *

What this does:

* rar to run the rar program.
* “a” to command “Add to archive”. If the archive does not exist, it will be created.
* -v15000k is the switch to tell rar to create archive parts no larger than 15,000Kb or 15Mb.
* hotstuff is the name of the archive you wish to create.
* * will tell the rar program to include all files in the current directory.

If you’re not willing to pay 30$, consider splitting the file in chunks instead ( see question below ) since it’s the second most common way to post usenet binaries these days.

How do I repair incomplete files with the par2 parity files ?

With the parchive package ( or par2 package if you use Debian/Ubuntu )and the par2 command :

$ par2 r file.par2

or :

$ par2repair file.par2

Or with Quickpar that works fine with Wine.

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