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Newsdemon Newsgroups Usenet Trivia – June 15th

By Newsgroup Usenet June 15th, 2008

Today’s Question: Truscott and Ellis, the founders of Usenet, presented and attended for the first time at a conference in Boulder, Colorado in 1980 which would lead to a key involvement by Steve Daniel. What did they call this presentation?

 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.



Seriously Connected

By Newsgroup Usenet June 15th, 2008

You thought gas prices were getting high? Denon, a manufacturer of mostly entertainment system devices, have a high end solution to keeping you connected. The AK-DL1 Ethernet Cable is supposedly designed to connect to high end audio equipment. Obviously, using this for your PC would work as well, even though its not mentioned. At $499.99 (yes, almost $500.00 for an ethernet cable), you can test it out yourself to see if there is any difference in what you have to this “high quality insulation, tin-bearing alloy shielding and woven jacketing to reduce vibration and to add durability” versus a $10.00 Radio Shack alternative.

http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/3429.asp



N.Y. Attorney General forces ISPs to curb Usenet access

By WebMaster June 10th, 2008

Three major internet service providers have all agreed to block customer access to newsgroups, according to the agreement that was announced yesterday by the New York attorney general’s office.

Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to dismantle usenet access to their users, either partially or entirely. Details on what each company will end up censoring in total has still yet to be announced.

 

Time Warner Cable has been the only company to go on the record currently to state that it will be shutting down ALL Newsgroups it controls on its network. Time Warner Cable has already been in the news recently as it announced a tentative release of a new rate plan which would charge users who went over a set download limit per month.

 

Sprint and Verizon have yet to state anything other than they would “limit access” to newsgroups on their networks to their customers. Verizon has also been a very big proponent of limiting general download usage of customers, as Sprint has been rumored to be in the works of creating a similar rate plan as Time Warner Cable has announced.

 

The incentive for these companies appear to be noble on the cover. However, with information regarding concerns on the usage of their networks many are speculating that this is drawn from an agenda to reduce traffic on there networks in order to gain higher returns. One of the top arguments is that the proposed incentive is to shut down thousands of legitimate newsgroups that are irrelevant in this case rather than just a few offending groups that would be questionable.

 

At Newsdemon, we hold open arms to all the refugees of these networks that are being left out in the cold by these ISPs. As an incentive, we’re offing 15% off all of our monthly rate plans for a limited time only for customers  from Time Warner, Verizon and Sprint.

Simply use the discount coupon twarner15 on our join page to receive a discount for the life on your account.

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Time Warner Cable drops Usenet

By WebMaster June 6th, 2008

According to DSLReports.com, Time Warner cable has decided to discontinue providing usenet access as part of their included services for customers.

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Time-Warner-Cable-To-Stop-Offering-Newsgroup-Access-95030

 Newsdemon welcomes the Time Warner refugees with open arms!  We will give a 15% discount to all incoming Time Warner customers.  Simply input the couponcode twarner15 in the ‘coupon code’ box on our join page and you will receive a 15% discount off all our regularly priced monthly accounts.



Newsdemon has added more support for Mac

By WebMaster June 3rd, 2008

We have had a few customers request a tutorial on how to setup a newsreader on their Mac.  Here are two pages we created to help:

Newsdemon Hogwasher setup: http://www.newsdemon.com/hogwasher.php

Newsdemon Unison setup:  http://www.newsdemon.com/unison.php



A gift for the science geeks…

By WebMaster June 2nd, 2008

This author remembers spending hours upon hours in science labs memorizing the periodic table of elements.  I was browsing through one of the newsgroups the other day and I found a discussion about this chart.  Its pretty cool….for science geeks like us.

http://www.touchspin.com/chem/SWFs/pt2k61012.swf



Latest Version of Newsrover has been uploaded

By WebMaster June 1st, 2008

Newsrover Version 13.3 has been uploaded to our system.  If you would like to download this copy, please download a copy from the following url:
 
 

http://www.newsdemon.com/nrsetup_v13_3_0.zip  (zipped)

http://www.newsdemon.com/nrsetup_v13_3_0.exe  (executable):
 

Here is a summary of recent changes.  For more detailed information, see
www.NewsRover.com/whatsnew.htm
 

* Changed the Configure/Server screen so that it is now possible to have two
entries for the same news server.  You can specify a server nickname to cause
the two entries to have different display names.

* Improved the error retry facility so that logon errors are retried as well
as download I/O errors.

* Improved the handling of arrow and Home/End keys in the search screens.

* Made a change so that the currently selected message is not changed when a
download of another message finishes.

* The up/down-arrow and page up/down keys can now be used to scroll through
the newsgroup subscription list.

* Fixed a bug that could cause News Rover to crash when pictures were deleted
while viewing them in the Slide Show viewer.

* Fixed a bug related to changing the Encrypted/Non-encrypted status of a
group that had a file attachment larger than 2GB.

* Fixed a bug that could cause News Rover to crash if the “Folders” item on
the menu for the File Attachments section was clicked when there were no
defined filing folders.

* Fixed a bug that could cause News Rover to crash if a file was launched
from the File Attachments section and the file attachments section was closed
and reopened while the file was being launched.

* Fixed a problem that could cause News Rover to crash if the Delete key was
held down to delete many messages while other messages were being downloaded
by the same group.

* Fixed a problem that could cause News Rover to crash if the message list
was refreshed while performing a Save-As or Move-To operation.

* Fixed a bug that could cause News Rover to hang in some conditions if the
up-arrow key was used to try to move above the top item in the message
display list.

* Fixed a bug that caused serious display problems when News Rover was run
with Vista 64 with SP1.



Newsdemon Newsgroups Usenet Trivia – May 28th

By WebMaster May 28th, 2008

Today’s Question:  When was the first transatlantic fiber-optic cable linking North America and Europe completed?

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.



Newsdemon Newsgroups Usenet Trivia – May 22th

By WebMaster May 21st, 2008

Today’s Question:  What does a 502 error mean?

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.



Newsdemon European SSL Beta Testing – Update

By WebMaster May 16th, 2008

We have currently filled all our beta testing spots.  We will likely reopen the beta testing next week.  Check back for an update.