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By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

The Usenet Newsgroups Trivia contest appears to be a success.  We have received over twenty correct answers for each of the first two questions.  We are sure once the idea catches on, we will probably get even more people interested in joining the game and we will begin asking more difficult questions.  The competitive aspect of the game will likely increase as people try to guess what time of day we will be posting the questions, so they can be the first to answer.  We will try hard to accomodate all our global customers, not just posting questions during times where certain time zones have an advantage.  We don’t want you losing sleep over this!

With that said, we would like to point out that we have been putting in a lot of hard work to generate useful Usenet and Newsgroups related content on the site.  If you haven’t already been there, we recommend you try out our “What is Usenet” page.  There are lots of helpful pages of information regarding the usenet, newsgroups, and how it all got started.  We also try to answer some of the common questions our support department receives regarding “Usenet Rules”, etiquette, and just a general overview of how NNTP works.  Many of our usenet trivia answers can be found in these pages.  We have a whole section of our staff dedicated to creating these pages, so check back on these frequently, we are adding new pages every day.  If you think we have left something out, or you disagree with our take on a certain process or term, please do not hesitate to inform us.  We are not perfect, but we are trying!  Oh wait!  We ARE the perfect Usenet and Newsgroups Provider!  (gotta keep the bosses happy!)  :)



Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia for April 19th, 2008

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

Today’s trivia question:  What does it mean if your newsreader returns a status code of 440?

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.



Newsdemon Newsgroups Trivia Winner for April 18th

By WebMaster April 19th, 2008

We have a winner!


Juan N. from Madrid, Spain was the first to submit that Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis were given credit for conceiving the Usenet at Duke University in 1979. Juan will receive a free month of Newsgroups access from Newsdemon.com!



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest April 18th, 2008

By WebMaster April 18th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What are the names of the two graduate student given credit for creating 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!



Winner for first Newsdemon Usenet Trivia Contest

By WebMaster April 17th, 2008

We have a winner!
Sam C. of Aurora, Colorado, USA successfully answered June 25, 2005 as the date AOL discontinued servicing usenet customers through their service!
Sam will receive a free month of newsgroups access from Newsdemon.com!

Check back tomorrow for another trivia question!



Free Usenet Trivia Contest!

By WebMaster April 16th, 2008

We have decided to offer a regular “Free Usenet Trivia Contest”.  We will be asking a single trivia question regarding something “usenet related”.  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!

Today’s question: On what date did America Online (AOL) discontinue providing free newsgroup access through its service



Usenet Feed Size

By WebMaster April 16th, 2008

Just a quick note, the usenet feed size, or the amount of data posted into Newsdemon.com usenet newsgroups, for the month of March was roughly 3.8 TB per day.  We will try to post a monthly note regarding the feed size.

This number is up from a little over 3 TB per day a year ago, and 2 TB per day in 2005.

Newsdemon Newsgroups Average Feed Size



Free Newsdemon Newsgroups Accounts!

By WebMaster April 14th, 2008

Thats right.  We know the economic times have tightened.  Thats why we have decided to offer creative ways for our customers to get free usenet access.  We have created three easy ways you can get a free month of Newsdemon Premium Newsgroups Service.  All it will take is a little of your time and your creative energy!

Click here for more details!



Newsrover, a usenet newsreader, has been updated.

By WebMaster April 14th, 2008

The Latest revisions of Version 13.2 address the following:

  • Improved the error retry facility so that logon errors are retried as well as download I/O errors. There is a new parameter on the Configure/Advanced screen that specifies the number of times to retry errors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When event logging is turned on, News Rover now presents a screen with a button that can be clicked to copy the event log file specification into the clipboard.
  • Removed the option from subscribed newsgroups and Autoscan to not combine parts of multipart messages.

Just a reminder, Newsdemon provides a FREE registered copy of Newsrover with ALL Newsdemon Newsgroups subscription plans!



Douglas Adams on USENET!

By WebMaster April 11th, 2008

Yes, it is from 1993. Still very cool though:

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.douglas-adams/browse_frm/thread/29b40b7d2300ce6e/1bde2619252bd648#1bde2619252bd648

An excerpt:

Hi,
I’ve finally managed to get a convenient connection to the Internet. I
opened an account at the Santa Fe Institute earlier in the year, but it was
slow and complicated using it from London so I gave up on it.

I know there is a ton of accumulated mail on my Santa Fe account, which I
will try and get to. I’ll try and post news here from time to time if it
seems like it might interest people – for instance, it looks as if the HHGG
movie is finally coming after the shelf after 10 years.
I’m going to be doing a book signing tour in November, and I’ve posted a
current provisional list of where I’m going.

Best,
Douglas Adams
London, UK

Too bad Newsdemon was not around at the time to help. Come back, Mr. Adams!