The Usenet – an alternative to the World Wide Web

The Usenet – an alternative to the World Wide Web

The Usenet – an alternative to the World Wide Web

The aim of this article is to inform the reader about the Usenet (Unix User Network), giving a brief overview about its possible usages and explaining some of the key elements that characterize it.

What is the Usenet?

The Usenet is an electronic, worldwide network, consisting of so called newsgroups. While it might not be known by many internet users today, the Usenet actually is older than the internet and can be seen as an alternative to it. An internet connection, however, still is necessary to access the Usenet.

Usenet newsgroups

Newsgroups work somehow similar to discussion forums on the web, in a way that users can post and reply to messages on different topics. Through this way of discussing, big discussion trees (so called threads) developed over time. A virtually unlimited amount of threads about all kind of topics can be found on the Usenet in many different languages.

Special kinds of newsgroups are the binary newsgroups, which can be used to share binary files through the Usenet. The difference to other file sharing services like BitTorrent is that files are not shared peer-to-peer, but instead are stored on news servers. This way files uploaded once can be downloaded by an unlimited number of people, taking advantage of their full download-bandwith.

How can I access the Usenet?

To access the Usenet, it is necessary to use special newsreader software. While accessing the Usenet has been rather complicated before, newsreaders allow an easy access to and handling of the Usenet. They also help the user to efficiently browse and search the Usenet to find exactly the topic or file they are looking for.

Newsreader software for download and additional information can be found at Usenet.de, an information source around the topic Usenet, available in six different languages.

Set-Top Multimedia Players an Inexpensive & Easy to Use Entertainment Alternative


EGreat EG-M31B Networked Media Tank


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2009

For many TV viewers, the thought of piping Internet media like YouTube.com to their TV’s brings forth images of expensive, complicated equipment that’s difficult and impractical to use. If you think you need to spend a bundle or have a degree in computer science to start watching internet media on your TV, think again. One of the models in the latest generation of set-top multimedia players could be the answer for you.

New set-top HD TV Media Players like the EGreat EG-M31B and the TVIX HD PVR R-3310 make watching internet media on any television simple and affordable, and they don’t require a PC. For example, the EGreat NMT, building on the success of the Popcorn Hour A-110 and A-100 and the Syabas NMT software, allows viewers to stream BitTorrent and Usenet downloads directly to their TV’s. In addition, viewers can stream tube sites such as YouTube.com and other free internet media content straight from the web to their living rooms. Most players support wired or wireless network connections and UPNP for easy setup. All control is navigated on screen with a simple remote.

For tech savvy viewers, the EGreat EG-M31B and EG-M32B offer support for TVersity media aggregation software allowing viewers to watch a wide range of available and programmable content at their leisure.

During a time of economic shrinkage when viewers are tightening their belts, multimedia player manufacturers are packing their players with features making them an attractive and valuable TV entertainment alternative. And they’re not stopping at free internet media.

Both EGreat and TVIX solutions offer the ability to store and playback entire home media collections. They can store photos, DVD’s, CD’s and Blu-Ray discs in addition to a long list of audio and video files. With its powerful digital and analog PVR capabilities, the TVIX PVR R-3310 allows users to record and time-shift cable and over-the-air HD and SD broadcasts. Users can convert VHS tapes to digital files for posterity and HD home movies can be stored and played in full High-Definition brilliance on demand.

According to the management team over at EGreat USA, if someone is into internet media, chances are they are watching it on their PC. It’s their rule that if you have to call your family to come watch a video over your shoulder, you might as well be watching it in the living room, on your big screen.

“It can get a little cramped huddling around a PC to watch a video, don’t you think?” asks Jackie Waters lead sales manager at EGreat USA.

“When you can watch everything–personal media, internet downloads and subscriber services–in the living room for a single 0-0 purchase, anything else just doesn’t make sense.”

EGreat USA and TVIX Box are retailers and distributors of high-definition digital multimedia players and high-definition personal video recorders. For more information please visit either company at www.egreatusa.com or www.tvixbox.com.

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