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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

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



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



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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