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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) gmail.com 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
President
 
 
 

 

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Grand Prize Winner Announced

November 21st, 2013

Now at the end of our NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Holiday Giveaway, we’ve randomly picked our winner:
(drum roll please)
Congratulations to S. Nichols, our newest 500GB non-expiring block account member who has won our Grand Prize drawing!

S. Nichols will receive ALL FOUR of our prizes including a $50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate, a Google Chromecast, a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player and a free upgrade to 1 year of Ulimited Usenet plan.

Thank you to all that have entered! We received a great response and stay tuned as we have great news coming soon!

We hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys their NewsDemon USENET access.

 

NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway Winner For November 16th

November 17th, 2013

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce our latest winner to our Holiday Giveaway for November 16th!

Congratulations to G. Michalopulos, a new Unlimited Plus VPN member, who has won one of our first prize drawings of a free upgrade to 1 Year Of Unlimited Plus service!

Thank you to all who have joined and entered into our Giveaway and stay tuned tomorrow for our next winner. We’ll be choosing a daily winner each day until November 19th, where we’ll then announce our Grand Prize winner.

Join Today and get in on the Holiday fun!

The NewsDemon Team

 

NewsDemon.com Newsgroup Members Receive NewsBin Pro Discount

April 25th, 2010

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is now offering all existing and new customers a $10.00 discount to the popular newsreader program NewsBin.

Any customer or member of NewsDemon.com Newsgroups qualifies for the discount to the registered version of NewsBin Pro. Newsbin Pro is an award winning newsreader with a host of features that are popular with the Usenet community. Newbin Pro Newsreader is compatible with most current windows based operating systems.

Any new customer who registers or those who have recently joined automatically qualify for the discount. To receive the discount, simply download the preconfigured newsreader from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups members area. The program comes with a 10 day free trial. The full lifetime license will automatically discount $10.00 from the final price for NewsDemon.com Newsgroup members once the trial has expired.

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to be able to offer additional features and benefits to our users. The NewsBin Pro Lifetime Subscription Newsreader Discount and our continuously growing binary retention which is shadowing 600 days is part of our overall commitment to constantly deliver premium USENET newsgroup features to all of our customers.

 

Text Based Messages Skyrocket In US

April 21st, 2010

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Upward trending since the beginning of Usenet, text based messaging has now eclipsed even the phone itself as to become the most frequent form of communication among US teenagers. Even more surprising is that girls send more than twice as many messages as boys, according to a new study.

The study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the University of Michigan released Tuesday found that the average adolescent sends or receives 50 or more messages a day, or 1,500 texts per month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month. Much to the dismay of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, daily text messaging among American teens has shot up in the past 18 months, from 38% of teen’s texting friends daily in February of 2008 to 54% of teens texting daily in September 2009. Texting has gotten so prolific; there are even competitions now to see who can text the fastest: the LG Mobile Worldcup. This should not come as a big surprise if you simply look at the amount of communication on many throughout history on Usenet newsgroups.

However, although 71 percent of parents with teenagers aged 12 to 17 years old say they know how to and do text, kids still perceive their elders as being out of the texting loop.

Although some of the popularity of texting can be chalked up to generational trends, teens interviewed in the Pew study also cited practical and economic reasons for their enthusiasm. With some of the same initial draws to subscribing to and sharing on newsgroups, texting is quieter and easier than a phone call for brief messages, and many teenagers are on cellphone plans that limit minutes for calls but that allows unlimited texts.

 

300MBPS WiMax2 Coming Soon

April 13th, 2010

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USENET Newsgroup access may become faster on the go as several industry heavyweights are getting behind an effort to roll out the next generation of WiMAX technology, which boasts peak rates of more than 300 Mbps.

Although WiMAX has barely carved out a place in the market, a number of WiMAX supporters have announced the next version of the technology, WiMAX2. Newsgroups report that a slew of technology and warless companies each announced commitments to both the technology and to make their devices interoperable. WiMAX2 technology, according to technology newsgroups, will provide 300-Mbits of throughput, with less latency and more bandwidth available for applications like VOIP calls.

The technology provides a low-cost, open network system with an all IP mobile Internet solution that enables efficient and scalable networks for voice, data, and video transmission.

Presently there are two forms of WiMAX – “Fixed WiMAX” (802.16d) for faster Wi-Fi Hotspot / Wi-Fi ISP style network replacement and “Mobile WiMAX” (802.16e) for use as a 3G replacement by mobile phone operators. Mobile WiMAX can deliver download speeds of up to 144Mbps (35Mbps uploads), though in a real-world environment you wouldn’t expect more than 30Mbps. WiMAX2 is designed to meet IMT-Advanced (4G) standards which require delivering 1Gbps access speeds to fixed locations and 100Mbps to fast moving mobile nodes, low latency and capacity for VoIP.

Intel suggested that the new standard could help in the eventual transition from WiMax as the platform begins to feel the strain of increased data traffic from smartphone and multimedia file transfers. The new standard, which will be endorsed by the US electronics industry body Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will only be the first step in a three-year process before products start hitting the market. The working group, including seven other firms, expects certification of products to start by late next year, following which production can start in 2012.

According to official sources the WiMAX Forum tracks about 559 WiMAX deployments in 147 countries covering over 620 million people globally. Also it was revealed that more than 130 devices and 60 base stations have been certified by the WiMAX Forum for the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.

 

NYC Road Runner Customers Get Free Wi-Fi Access To USENET

March 25th, 2010

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Time Warner Cable this morning confirmed that it’s launching Wi-Fi hotspots for customers of its NYC RoadRunner broadband service, allowing USENET access on the go. The free Wi-Fi is now available at several Wi-Fi zones in Manhattan and Queens, including several parks and some Long Island Railroad platforms and their respective parking lots in the company’s service area.

The access to Wi-Fi allows those into USENET to login and subscribe to newsgroups at more places than ever. The free Wi-Fi allows anyone with a Road Runner account and a Wi-Fi capable device to access the service in several spots across the city.

Road Runner customers using laptops and WiFi-enabled phones can access the WiFi by entering their Road Runner ID and password when prompted. After that, any newsreader they use can then be used to access and browse USENET newsgroups.

“Road Runner customers can experience a fast, simple and easy connection from their laptops or portable Wi-Fi-enabled devices in Time Warner Cable Wi-Fi zones, meeting their growing need for mobility,” said Howard Szarfarc, executive vice president of Time Warner Cable’s New York City region, in a press release.

Time Warner Cable customers will also have access to thousands of hotspots operated by Cablevision around the area. Customers that are already signed up for Roadrunner with Time Warner Cable in one of the areas will be able to sign into the Wi-Fi hotspot using their RoadRunner screen name and password.

 

Microsoft Bill Gates Goes Nuclear

March 23rd, 2010

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Environmental and MS Newsgroups have posted that former Microsoft CEO turned philanthropist Bill Gates is teaming up with Japanese nuclear technology giant Toshiba Corp. to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor. TerraPower, a U.S. start-up company backed by Microsoft are investigating technology for mini-reactors, which are more cost-efficient than conventional units.

Toshiba and TerraPower have begun exchanging information in a move that would bring together Gates’ ample wealth and the know-how and experience which the Japanese electronics giant has established in the nuclear power business. Mr. Gates is the principal owner of TerraPower, which investigates ways to improve emission-free energy supplies using small nuclear reactors.  Under the partnership and agreement, Toshiba would provide TerraPower with the expertise to manufacture nuclear power equipment. Gates is expected to invest his personal wealth on the development of the reactor, which could reach billions, newsgroups have reported. The hope is that the new reactors might be suitable for use in cities or emerging-market countries.

Toshiba expects to get U.S. approval for its ultra compact design this fall and start construction of the first such reactor by 2014. Mini-reactors could last up to 100 years without refueling, unlike today’s units which need replenishing every few years.  Power outputs of these units are projected to range from 100-thousand to 1-million kilowatts which is much larger than current commercialized reactors. Current light-water reactors require refueling once every several years. The company is preparing to apply for US approval to start constructing the first such reactor as early as 2014 and put it into practical use by the end of the decade.

The deal was sealed when Gates visited the Japanese maker’s nuclear research center in Yokohama near Tokyo in November. Gates, a newsgroup subscriber who is deeply involved in global health work through his private foundation, has shown a growing interest in nuclear and other energy technologies that could potentially meet the power needs of the world’s poor without contributing to global warming.

 

Newsgroups: Quake Shifted Axis And Shortened Day

March 2nd, 2010

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Feeling behind as if time is working against you? You may be right. Due to the magnitude of the earthquake that hit Chile recently, it may have changed the planet’s rate of rotation and shortened our days. The 8.8 earthquake has been reported by NASA scientists on space related newsgroups that earth’s axis likely shifted by about 3 inches, shortening the day by about 1.26 microseconds.

USENET newsgroups have been covering this story and have been discussing on how moving hundreds of kilometers of rock underground can change the earth’s distribution of mass, and, in turn, change the planet’s rate of rotation. When an earthquake hits with the magnitude of the one in Chile, it moves this lot of rock under the ground which has caused the earth’s axis to slightly shift and shortening the day, as the rate of speed the earth spins is how we calculate how long the day is.

If you remember your physics, changes in rotating bodies affect its rotation. The huge 8.8 earthquake in Chile has affected our rotating Earth in just such a way, making it turn a bit faster and giving us 1.26 microseconds less of time.

Some changes may be more obvious, and islands may have shifted, according to Andreas Rietbrock, a professor of Earth Sciences at the U.K.’s Liverpool University who has studied the area impacted, though not since the latest temblor. She reports that Santa Maria Island off the Chilean coast may have been raised 6 feet because of the earthquake, if past quake patterns hold true.

This is not the first, or only, time an earthquake has had such an impact, USENET newsgroups notes. The magnitude 9.1 earthquake that generated the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds. The consequences of both have also taken the lives of many. More than 700 people died in the Chilean earthquake, which struck on the 27 February. NASA experts have said the Chile predictions will likely change as data on the quake are further refined.

 

Virgin Media Plans To Offer 100MB Connections To USENET

February 26th, 2010

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UK members may be getting a speed bump when accessing USENET Newsgroups. Virgin Media, the UK’s leading cable, phone and internet service provider, has announced it will begin the roll-out of a 100Mb broadband service, the fastest available commercial product in the UK, by the end of 2010.

Various ISP and UK related newsgroups have posted that Virgin Media has added 34,200 new cable TV subscribers during the last quarter, taking the provider’s total market share to over 3.7 million. The television and broadband provider has indicated that it will introduce the high-speed internet offering to households across the country by the end of 2010. Its flagship service will also be around 24 times faster than the average speed offered by other internet service providers.

According to Virgin’s website, that would suggest no limits on downloads at all. On the face of it, the policy avoids various peak time traffic management tactics that reduce line bandwidth once a certain transfer threshold has been breached. No word on how USENET related traffic would be handled with this upgrade. The group claimed the service would allow web surfers to download a music album in as little as five seconds, an hour-long TV show in 31 seconds and an high-definition movie in less than eight minutes.

CEO Neil Berkett said: “There is nothing we can’t do with our fiber optic cable network, and the upcoming launch of our flagship 100 megabits service will give our customers the ultimate broadband experience.”

In late 2008, Virgin made its real move to compete with DSL and emerging fiber-based broadband services with its 50 Mbps downstream service, which was more than twice the speed of its 20 Mbps tier.

The new 100Mb service will help the UK catch up with other markets that are pushing ahead with broadband, such as Japan and Korea, which are rolling out 1 GB broadband.  Virgin added a total of 28,600 new subscribers in the last three months of last year, the biggest increase since the company’s creation through the merger of NTL and Telewest in 2006. With this new rollout, expect USENET access and activity in the UK to increase significantly.