Here’s an Internet meme that’s older than the Internet. It’s from the mainframe/time share days. I first read it on USENET back in the 1980s. #oldfartcomputerstories

Here’s an Internet meme that’s older than the Internet. It’s from the mainframe/time share days. I first read it on USENET back in the 1980s. #oldfartcomputerstories
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why is Google Groups and Usenet down for the last two days (June 28, 2011)?

Question by : why is Google Groups and Usenet down for the last two days (June 28, 2011)?
Google Groups and Usenet are not receiving posts for the last 48 hours as of 28.6.2011
Contrary to the assertion of one answer, Google Groups is still down as of 29.6.11 in Europe. Logging in from the USA on a US server using an anonymizer such as HMA does not change things. Google Groups is down; Google Groups not working. Usenet indeed may be fine but I use Google Groups as the interface.
As of 30.06.2011 Google Groups is slowly working again, but only posting things from two days ago. There appears to be some huge traffic jam or backup.

Best answer:

Answer by Happy Harpo
Not sure, have seen same problem since June 25 2011, the system hiccup’ed and then went down solid. WTF, its part of a *lot* of people’s lives to get daily feeds on information and conversation with like minded folks. I’ve been using USENET News for a number of years, since about 1989 or so and was shocked when Google took it over, bought it out, or whatever and started Google Groups. It basically has gone downhill since. Centralized is not the answer, distributed is the answer.

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what’s the fuss about the IRC and USENET these days? does anyone still use this kind of technology?

Question by : what’s the fuss about the IRC and USENET these days? does anyone still use this kind of technology?
aint those 80s stuff? or at least early 90s? ever since the world wide web becomes standard, i doubt anybody is still retrieving information from the usenet, but I’d be surprised when I accidently logged in to my almost 20 yr old usenet acct. and guess what? A LOTTA ACTIVITIES are still going on there. jee. when the chat room just died, usenet is still thriving…

Best answer:

Answer by Andi
a lot of illegal material and pron (esp v illegal) gets exchanged there…

A lot of the world is not on high speed broadband.. so it is still a useful network.

and for those who are not windows/http based…
It provides the original ease of access and interchange of information.

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Is it OK if I use Usenet for 14 days free with a fake credit card but cancel after 13 days?

Question by Forrest: Is it OK if I use Usenet for 14 days free with a fake credit card but cancel after 13 days?
Please answer my question

Best answer:

Answer by ez80227
if it’s a fake credit card, it wont work as they do an authorization to verify both the card and the age.

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Does anyone remember and miss the old internet days?

Question by toukonstuart: Does anyone remember and miss the old internet days?
Does anyone else kind of miss the “early” days of mainstream internet? When mp3s were almost unheard of and we played midis of our favourite songs. When web page designs were so basic and to even have a graphic on them was exciting? When spyware and ads didn’t slaughter our browsers? When guestbooks were still hip and we didn’t have comment systems? When message boards were extremely simple and the only real feature they had was a customizable background colour? When Usenet was still actually popular (compared to now at least, but even then message boards were starting to take many of its users)? The brief period when everyone used the pay-to-surf advertising program, AllAdvantage (hey, I got a check from them once)? And so on…

Okay, its pointless nostalgia, but some of us remember those cool days when to me at least, the internet was a great big adventure and finding new friends wasn’t so darn easy (MySpace, etc.).

Best answer:

Answer by a_blue_grey_mist
my favorite part was how the pages loaded gradually, like a curtain falling . ..i liked waiting 30 seconds for each page.

jk

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Looking up: despite the massive gloom and doom of recent years, some media executives and analysts see brighter days ahead for digital advertising on news … An article from: American Journalism Review

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Binary Newsgroup Retention Growing to 90 Days at Giganews

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 23, 2006

Giganews, Inc. announced today a storage increase for single and multi-part binary newsgroups. Over the next few weeks, retention in these newsgroups will start to grow to an unprecedented 90 days. Giganews’ current binary newsgroup retention of 70 days will increase day by day as the additional storage starts to fill with new articles.

Thanks to a significant increase in the storage capacity of Giganews’ US and European Usenet clusters Giganews will be able to keep pace with the ever increasing Usenet posting volume.

Typically it is a struggle for a newsgroup provider to simply upgrade storage often enough to keep pace with the growth of Usenet. Giganews has continued to lead by not only keeping pace with Usenet, but by constantly raising the bar for the Usenet industry in terms of retention, completion and reliability.

This announcement marks the fifth such storage upgrade at Giganews this year.

“Giganews is dedicated to providing a reliable service that goes above and beyond what users expect from a typical Usenet provider. Keeping up with increasing Usenet traffic is a challenge we face every day. Our strategy has always been to continue to lead the premium Usenet industry with proactive service upgrades such as our latest storage increase,” said Jonah Yokubaitis, Giganews CEO.

No configuration changes are necessary for Giganews customers to enjoy the increasing newsgroup retention levels. All binary newsgroups will continue to grow as Giganews’ storage is filled. The end result will be approximately 90 days of retention in the binary Usenet hierarchy.

Because Giganews does not expire articles in text newsgroups, retention of text newsgroups is currently over 1,150 days and grows day by day.

Customers of Giganews can check the retention level of any newsgroup by visiting http://www.giganews.com/newsgroup_search.html

For more information on Giganews, please visit http://www.giganews.com/

Giganews is a trademark of Giganews, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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