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NewsDemon Site/Service Update

July 16th, 2017

I would like to thank all our loyal customers for helping make NewsDemon one of the best Usenet communities on the planet! I have decided to give a status report on where our service stands currently:

The Good:

  • 1)  Our actual server farms are running very smoothly. We have not had a service interruption of any kind in over five years, and that outage was because of a fiber cut.
  • 2)  We continue to increase our retention daily.
  • 3)  We are currently developing a new website interface for both our web portal and the members area of our site designed to modernize the site and user experience.  ETA sometime before year end.
  • 4)  We will soon be adding some new payment options!
  • 5)  We continue to provide a FREE VPN account with every recurring account.
  • 6)  Users will have a better interface to upgrade/downgrade their accounts, add blocks, add multiple blocks at once, a better vacation pause feature, easier addition of backup payment options, etc.  If anyone has some requests for feature adds, please comment on this blog post!
  • 7)  We continue to be the only provider to give special discounts to military and students.
  • 8)  We continue to be the only provider to offer free accounts to journalists/media and to educators.
  • 9) We are adding a Price Match policy.

Known Issues:

  • 1)  Some of our users are not receiving emails from NewsDemon if they are using Microsoft/Live/Outlook/MSN/Hotmail accounts.  We are working on the issue.  No firm ETA.  In the meantime, please use an alternative email address for signing up and support tickets.  If you do not have one, please send support tickets to newsdemon (at) as a LAST RESORT.
  • 2)  We have been made aware of some customers being billed multiple times in a month.  This is a legacy code issue with our older website code and we are going to eliminate this issue with the new site design/architecture.  Please be assured that anyone who is billed in error can receive a full refund.
  • 3)  We have also been made aware that some users have NOT been billed in months and they should have.  Again, this will be solved in the new site architecture.  We will not be going back to “catch up” on your billing.  We thank those of you who have been forthcoming!
  • 4)  The signup/join process is not showing updated pricing once a coupon has been accepted.  This should be resolved soon.
  • 5)  Some users have complained about their transaction not being accepted.  This is a fraud monitoring issue and we will have to work continuously to adjust and tweak our fraud prevention system to help eliminate some of this.  Unfortunately, I can not see this ever totally going away based on the nature of how fraud monitoring for credit cards works.

I would like to finish up by saying that I really appreciate all the support you have given us over the years.  I started the company to provide a quality Usenet service at an affordable price and I think we have done that for sixteen years!  I stepped away from management of the company for a few years and the Usenet industry changed and my team did not adjust and change with it. Unfortunately things did not run as smoothly as our customers expect and deserve.  I apologize and promise that will never happen again.  Satisfying our customers is the #1 goal.
Thank you for sticking with us!

G. Lyda


Newsgroup Spotlight: Internet Newsgroups Revisited

September 2nd, 2009


Precisely forty years ago on September 2, Leonard Kleinrock and some other associates started testing a system that would eventually become the worldwide network we know as the internet today.

Revisiting World Wide Web newsgroups, we spotlight on the history of the internet in celebration of its 40th birthday.

On September 2, 1969, two computers send out test data at Kleinrock’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. That was the humble beginning of what was originally called the ‘ARPANET‘ network — a government-supported data network that would use the technology which by then had come to be known as “packet switching.”

From this point on DARPA and ARPANET became the biological manufacturing parents of the internet and are two of the most important acronyms pertaining to the internet.

(DARPA) is the central research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) otherwise referred to as The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The ARPANET is the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network that was created by (ARPA) and it is essentially the predecessor of the global Internet.

It would be 10 years later that the USENET would come to be utilizing the ARPANET. It would be the USENET that would bring the masses online. With the introduction of newsgroups, a new online word of discussion groups arose.

Later, in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee used the USENET to announce the foundation of what we know the Word Wide Web to be today.

Tthe continuing growth of the internet community forced an expansion of its development and use. As time passed and as the popularity of the Internet grew, competition eventually made the internet  more accessible and its availability even more widespread.

Len Kleinrock and his team never imagined the spread of all of the Internet trends and fads that would follow. But since using the World Wide Web became commonplace among average people, the medium has quickly evolved and gone through several different stages.

Contrary to claims once made by Al Gore, it was not invented by him.

Coincidently, the first domain name ever registered was sold on August 31st of this year.

On March 15, 1985, the Internet officially became active with the registration and use of the domain name.

Said to be the oldest on the web, it has remained the property of its original owner since then. was bought by Investments, which said it was “excited” about the purchase.

The address was registered by computer manufacturer Symbolics in March 1985, months before rivals Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Sun Microsystems swooped to secure their own presence on the nascent web.

Nearly 25 years later, over 180,000,000 registered domains are currently in use.


Verizon Announces Newsgroup Service To Be Discontinued

September 1st, 2009


Verizon has begun to notify customers informing them that newsgroup service provided by the company will cease by September 30th.

Verizon had late last year discontinued access to a number of newsgroups. Many have speculated that this termination of service was imminent. Customers will continue to have access to post or view articles on the Verizon USENET newsgroup service until the termination date. Newsgroups is offering a 20% discount to all Verizon customers. Simply copy the coupon code below at checkout for any of our subscription based plans.

Coupon Code: hearmenow Newsgroups welcomes all Verizon customers who wish to continue to gain access to valuable resources available on USENET newsgroups. The discount is valid for the lifetime of the subscription.

Earlier this year, Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T had also discontinued USENET access. As maintenance costs rises for supporting USENET newsgroups, many internet service providers have opted to drop access for its customers.


Newsgroup Spotlight: Real Estate and Housing Newsgroups

August 12th, 2009


For those in the Real Estate industry, USENET newsgroups have long been an indispensable resource. Real Estate and Housing newsgroups are places where like-minded individuals gather to swap information and advice.

USENET newsgroups are broken into sub topics related to the different aspects associated with the Real Estate and the Housing markets covering much of the world. Housing Newsgroups have long existed for those people who are interested in buying real estate, discussing the buying process, picking a home, finding services, finding information about foreclosures, short sales, mortgages, and much more.

USENET newsgroups offer hundreds of real estate articles and guides on how to get started in Real Estate – whatever the role.

With dozens of different newsgroups to choose from, anything and everything you want to know about the Real Estate profession and Housing can be found on newsgroups. No other online source comes close to providing the same high level of information than what USENET newsgroups have to offer.

All aspects of Real Estate are covered on USENET – from Interior Design Newsgroups to Home Ownership Discussion Groups.

As the housing market becomes a center point of America’s attention recently, a number of housing related newsgroups have experienced a huge spike of new subscribers. Looking for answers on a variety of aspects of Real Estate, USENET again remains a necessity for many to stay informed.


Newsgroup Spotlight: Animation and Comic Book Newsgroups

June 10th, 2009

Comic book and animation newsgroups

Recently and upcoming, movie studios have been pushing and putting emphasis on a range of animation and comics book adaptations. From Wolverine: Origins to G.I. Joe and Watchmen, the recent and predicted success of these movies seem to indicate that only more are destined to hit the box office this decade.

Before this recent push, these movies were few and far in-between, receiving luke warm responses in the past. A large source of why these movies have suddenly received more accolade can be directly linked to the activity and discussions of all things related to animation and comic book online.

One of the largest sources of these discussions have been animation and comic book newsgroups. These newsgroups have been some of the world’s leading portals and resources for news, information and community activities for animators, comic book fans and artists.

Newsgroups like and rec.arts.animation have long been home to discussions of the technical aspects and technique of computer animation by industry insiders and fans alike. Where rec.arts.comics covers the superhero realm and an abundance of discussion of hero specific movies.

Many of these newsgroups have been responsible for running events where animation professionals are free to network with each other and discuss future collaborations. Comic book newsgroups and animation newsgroups both provide updates, news and events that affect animators and the animation world, including comic books.

Discussions are guided by a variety of figures from the animation and comic book world – from animators and directors, to the likeness of the comic book guy from The Simpsons.

Whether you are new or long experienced with the world of Animation and Comics, if you haven’t checked out the corresponding Usenet newsgroups on the matter, chances are you don’t know the full story.


ATT Announces Discontinuation of USENET Newsgroup Services

June 9th, 2009

On July 15th, all USENET access provided by ATT  for its customers will be eliminated. An email has been sent stating that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the messages posted on newsgroups as well as their official site which that states definitively the July 15th date. The USENET access offered by the ISP will be eliminated, but USENET itself will still be accessible by use of a third party vendor, such as Newsgroups.

From ATT:

AT&T Usenet Netnews Service Shutting Down

Please note that on or around July 15, 2009, AT&T will no longer be offering access to the Usenet Netnews service. If you wish to continue reading Usenet newsgroups, access is available through third-party vendors. Newsgroups is currently offering a limited time offer of 25% Off on all pricing plans for the life of the account for all ATT customers who wish to continue to have USENET access.

In order to access this special, simply type or copy the coupon code below on the last step of checkout.


ATT has slowly been pulling away from USENET since July of last year, when it removed most binary newsgroups from its roster. Since then, the 48-72 hour retention on text and a limited range of binary newsgroups have since remained.

As of July 15th, all USENET access provided to ATT customers will be eliminated. The email sent, a bit different than the post on the newsgroups, state that access will be removed “on or around July 15th”, as opposed to the newsgroup message that states definitively the July 15th date. Newsgroups Reaches 300 Day Binary Retention; On Road To 400

June 8th, 2009 Newsgroups is proud to announce today its efforts to increase to 400 days of binary retention is drawing closer as it hits the 300 day mark today.

We had announced earlier on how we had been moving towards to a full 400 days of binary retention back in March. While reaching this milestone, our daily increase of binary retention has reached the 300 day mark and will continue to increase by one day each day after.

The amount of days that messages and articles can be accessed on a Usenet newsgroup translates to binary retention. The longer amount of days, the longer the history of articles are available.

Text retention is not affected by this upgrade and currently remains well over three years. The increase to a full 300 days of binary retention is automatically available for both US and EU customers of Newsgroups as it continues to build to our 400 day goal.


Newsgroup Spotlight: Agriculture Newsgroups

May 27th, 2009

Agriculture newsgroups have offered opportunities for farmers to take part in online conversations among other farmers and agriculture professionals for over 20 years. Agriculture is defined as the occupation, business, or science of cultivating the land, producing crops, and raising livestock. It includes the art, science, and industry of managing the natural resources of plants, animals, soil, water and air. There are several different forms of agriculture as well, often defined by geography.

In the United States, agriculture has generally been mechanized and heavily dependent upon an integrated system of supporting same related businesses. In the United States and Canada, most farmers and ranchers depend heavily upon technology. With USENET, it has been a home to those involved in agriculture as they have been able to build communities in order to share and learn on new methods that lead to the progress of agriculture methods.

Most farmers practice monoculture, relying upon a single crop for their primary income, and have expanded to very large acreages in order to take advantage of economies of scale. Such farms are referred to in terms of the primary crop, for example, a dairy farm, a cattle ranch, or a wheat farm. Some small farms are run by part time farmers who also have other occupations.

Many Agriculture USENET newsgroups offer the latest information in agricultural news, weather, markets. They provide a grassroots voice of farmers and ranchers. Discussions occur on a variety of different topics: from livestock and machinery, to beekeeping newsgroups and farm humor. These newsgroups on agriculture invites you to read what “people on the land and close to the action” have to say about the events and progress in agriculture.

Below are a variety of agriculture newsgroups to enjoy



Happy Memorial Day From Newsgroups

May 25th, 2009

We’d like to take this opportunity to remember those who have gone before, who have sacrificed all to ensure our enduring freedom. We hope this weekend you find time to rest and enjoy yourself. But we also hope you take the time to remember that our freedom has sometimes come with a cost, at the hands of young men and women who could have chosen any number of other careers. We at Newsdemon are thankful that they chose to defend the great red, white and blue. May their sacrifices be remembered well this weekend.

For more information on Memorial Day and general information on the armed forces, USENET hosts a variety of newsgroups that offer information and communities of individuals involved and interested in military affairs.

















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Newsgroup Spotlight: Pregnancy and Parenting Newsgroups

May 20th, 2009

Parenting is a tough job….really tough.  At the same time, it’s arguably one of the most important jobs any of us will ever have.  Usenet parenting newsgroup communities have a rich history of helping others, making new parenting friends, and to grow as a parent.  These parenting newsgroups have historically had a long lasting positive impact on the lives of many parents and children.

Usenet parenting newsgroups are a great source of information and support for parents, and parents-to-be. Parenting newsgroup communities, like invites you to participate in parenting discussions – by either asking for advice/support or providing answers and sharing parenting tips with others.

Many Usenet newsgroups also provide critical information such as the decision-making moment that women face during crisis pregnancies on There are newsgroups that assist adopters and birth parents to find families by helping hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true on adoption newsgroups such as alt.adoption.issues and alt.adoptive.parenting. There are parenting newsgroups such as soc.adoption.parenting and alt.adoptive.parenting that are committed to helping children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find families.

Many parenting newsgroups have been created and have lasted throughout the years with the goal of building an online community of parents.  These newsgroups are only a great source of information for parents, but also a venue that both outreaches and provides resources to the parenting community at large.