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‘SOS’ Still Healthy and Active at 100

By Newsgroup Usenet July 1st, 2008

SOS!“SOS”, the distress signal that is responsible for saving thousands of lives celebrates it’s 100th birthday today. SOS is most commonly used as the international morse code as a distress sigal which contains three dots three long dashes and then three more three dots.

SOS was first adopted by the German goverment in radio regulations which occured on April 1st, 1905. The standard became worldwide and in the 2nd International Radiogrpahic Convention which became effective officially on July 1st 1908.

In the past century, ‘SOS’ has become a firm part of popular culture used in everything from DIY programme titles to Abba hits, British newspaper ‘The Times’ reported. 
But, it may be mentioned here that the call actually became famous when one of the radio operators of the ill-fated Titanic had supposedly said to his colleague: “Send SOS”. The tragedy revealed just how vital a universal system was. 

After the collision in April 1912, the ship’s radio operators sent out both the old CQD and the new ‘SOS’ signals, but some ships in the area ignored both, thinking that they were having a party.

The new SOS distress signal was rarely ignored after that. Of course, technology has moved on dramatically since 1908 and only very occasionally are the telltale dots and dashes that have saved countless lives employed today.

Happy Birthday, ‘SOS’, and thanks for saving as many lives.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest June 30th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet June 30th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  The father of the web, Tim Berners, announced the birth of the World Wide Web project to the Usenet community in what year?

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!



Asparagus Agriculture Possible On Mars

By Newsgroup Usenet June 30th, 2008

Phonex Mars LanderAccording to NASA scientists, preliminary analysis of the red planet by the Phonex Mars Lander mission, the soil is much more alkaline than expected.

“We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life, whether past, present or future,” said Sam Kounaves, the project’s lead chemist, from the University of Arizona.

“It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard – you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well.”

This comes after extensive analysis the Phoenix Mars Lander has made on soil it pockets as it digs through the surface of mars then analyzes the contents by powerful microscopes.

The Arctic location where Phoenix touched down is thought to hold large stores of water-ice just below the surface.

Last week, scientists said they were positive there was ice on the planet after eight dice-sized chunks were seen melting away in a series of photographs.

But Phoenix has so far not detected organic carbon – considered an essential building block of life.



Google Launches New Media Server

By Newsgroup Usenet June 27th, 2008

Google just announced its odd Google Media Server, a Windows app that finds photos, music, and video and makes it available to DLNA devices like the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and most Media Center PCs.

Google Media Server is a Windows application that aims to bridge the gap between Google and your TV. It uses Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google Desktop Search to locate media files. All you need is a PC running Google Desktop and a UPnP-enabled device (e.g. a PlayStation 3). At the touch of a button, you can then:* Access videos, music, and photos stored on your PC* View Picasa Web Albums* Play your favorite YouTube videos



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest June 26th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet June 26th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What image format was developed due to the extensive Usenet collaboration?

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!



A Great Goodbye to Gates

By Newsgroup Usenet June 26th, 2008

Bill GatesWho would have thought that back in the 1970s a bunch of geeks from New Mexico would be the tech behemoth that it has become today. Microsoft, as however you think of them, set the standard for operating systems in PCs with Windows and since then, has attempted to infiltrate and conquer everything from browsing to gaming.

Since 1975, Gates has had a hand in everything in the company, whether it be software development or the business cument. When the company went public in 1986, Gates stood as the CEO and chairman before stepping back in 2000 giving the role to Steve Balmer.

In 2006, Microsoft announced that Gates would slowly be transitioned out of his responsibilities as chairman and work more closely to the charities he and his wife Melinda have been part of.
During the late 80s to the late 90s, Outlook Express, a Microsoft creation was one of the top programs in the Usenet community to connect and access newsgroups. Although many other Usenet specific programs have grown to replace it in popularity, it is still one of the most widely used programs to access newsgroups.

What happens to Microsoft after Gates departure is still to be seen. But the impact, regardless of perception, that Bill Gates has made to both Microsoft and consequentially – the world – is undeniable.



Comedian George Carlin Passes Away At Age 71

By Newsgroup Usenet June 23rd, 2008

George Carlin Dies At Age 717 Censored words that have been and continue to be taboo on broadcast television to this day, that normally wouldn’t even be discussed, was exactly what Carlin focused on for the first time in 1972. Since then, “Seven words” hasn’t only been an all time comedy classic, but gained mass-media attention and even a Supreme Court ruling.

“So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” Carlin told The Associated Press earlier this year.

Sadly, Carlin at the age of 71 passed away today due to heart failure.

A great comedic force, his legacy of pushing the envelope uncensoring the censored, made a mark not just in society, but in history.

Speaking of uncensored, Newsdemon offers over 60,000 heavily traveled newsgroups completely uncensored.

We’ll miss you Carlin!



Newsdemon Discounts Usenet for Time Warner, Verizon, Sprint

By WebMaster June 22nd, 2008

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Newsdemon Newsgroups Usenet Trivia – June 20th

By Newsgroup Usenet June 20th, 2008

Today’s Question:  A bit of a tough one today: The Network News Transfer Protocol allows traffic generated by Usenet to be natively routed over TCP/IP. This was not always the case. What Year was this protocol released?

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 IN THE COMMENTS section of this post after we have emailed the winner. 



Firefox 3 Release

By Newsgroup Usenet June 17th, 2008

Firefox 3 BrowserAs you may or may not know, Mozilla releases the official Firefox 3 browser. Firefox has high hopes that its users will surpass the record for the most amount of downloads in one day of all time. Either way, if you didn’t know, now you do. You can download it here:

Firefox 3 Release