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711 Spooky Mart
2021-09-29 14:04:16 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.

Anyone can set up a news server with their own hierarchies. In fact some
organizations still do just that. I am considering how to run my own
NNTP rig on a VPS with sci.crypt on the roster. I also am thinking of
how to set up a Bitmessage <--> Usenet gateway that mirrors Bitmessage
chans as Usenet hierarchies.

It seems SUSE realizes that Usenet is a treasure.

[quote]
[https://events.opensuse.org/conferences/oSLO/program/proposals/3028]

Reviving Usenet
Presented by:
jsevans
from Suse

I'm a training engineer and open-source enthusiast at SUSE in Prague.
No video of the event yet, sorry!

I am located in Prague Time zone: CEST

Abstract:

The Big-8 newsgroups are those that begin with comp., misc., news.,
rec., sci., soc., talk., and humanities. They have been the backbone of
much of the Usenet since the 1980's.

These newsgroups are maintained by the Big-8 Management Board. In 2015,
a new board was voted in. The term for a board member is 18 months. By
late 2017 the entire board had either resigned or let their terms
expire. Since then, no new news groups have been created, no abandoned
newsgroups have been removed, and no other maintenance have been done.

This was surely a sign that Usenet is dying.

In late 2019, two openSUSE members came together on Reddit and began
working with the former board members to put in a new board and to draw
attention again to the benefits of Usenet. There is no reason for it to
die. In fact, it should be protected as one of the most important living
artifacts of Internet history. Not in a museum, but a living active
organ of the internet.

This is our story to bring back the Big-8 Management Board and to breath
new life into Usenet.
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Rich
2021-09-29 14:44:06 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like.
It is also obscure because:

1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did not
already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate access,
then there was limited to no discovery on the part of new people
on the 'net' of Usenet

2) the growth of "the web" began over time to overshadow many of the
older 'net protocols, to the point that many users today think of
"the web" as "the internet". And again, for much the same reason
as #1, if the new user did not alreay know of Usenet, they had
little to no possibilty of discovery

3) around the same time as #1 and #2 were happening, Usenet was also
massively overrun by spammers hawking everything imaginable.
That, combined with the trolls, likely led some who were using
Usenet to switch to other forums (web forums, etc.) which promised
some level of "filtering" out of the trash. Yes, real newsreaders
provide kill/score files, but for a new Usenet entrant, having to
deal with building out over time a kill/score file to filter the
small bit of signal from a large amount of noise meant that of the
few who did discover Usenet in one way or another, only a subset
of those new folks remained around after some short length of
time.

The spam problem has largely gone away (mostly) -- due to the users
also going away, if all the users came back, so too would the spam
likely follow.

Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Michael Trew
2021-09-30 05:44:05 UTC
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Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
Andreas Kohlbach
2021-09-30 16:25:46 UTC
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Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-09-30 19:03:36 UTC
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I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
Radioactive!
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Bob Eager
2021-09-30 23:36:02 UTC
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Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
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Dan Espen
2021-10-01 00:20:38 UTC
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Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Michael Trew
Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'd have to guess, I think it was 79.
I was at Bell Labs.

So, 42 years. I'm old but not old enough.
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Anne & Lynn Wheeler
2021-10-01 00:45:32 UTC
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I'd have to guess, I think it was 79.
I was at Bell Labs.
So, 42 years. I'm old but not old enough.
not usenet, started with vmshare (predating usenet), TYMSHARE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tymshare
started offering its (VM370) CMS-based online computer conferencing free
to IBM user group SHARE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHARE_(computing)
in Aug1976 as VMSHARE ... archives here
http://vm.marist.edu/~vmshare

I had deal with TYMSHARE to get monthly tape dump of all VMSHARE (and
later PCSHARE) files for putting up on IBM internal systems and network
... most difficult time was with IBM lawyers who were concerned that
internal employees would be contaminated with customer information.

I was then blamed for online computer communication on the internal
network (larger than arpanet/internet from just about the beginning
until sometime mid/late 80s) ... folklore is that when corporate
executive committe was told about it, 5of6 wanted to fire me. from IBM
Jargon http://www.comlay.net/ibmjarg.pdf

Tandem Memos - n. Something constructive but hard to control; a fresh of
breath air (sic). That's another Tandem Memos. A phrase to worry middle
management. It refers to the computer-based conference (widely
distributed in 1981) in which many technical personnel expressed
dissatisfaction with the tools available to them at that time, and also
constructively criticized the way products were [are] developed. The
memos are required reading for anyone with a serious interest in quality
products. If you have not seen the memos, try reading the November 1981
Datamation summary.

although there were only about 300 active, claim was there were possibly
25,000 reading, activity had really taken off after I distributed a trip
report about a visit to Jim Gray at Tandem. Summer of 1981, printed
about 300 pages ... prefixed with an executive summary and summary of
the summary, packaged in Tandem 3-ring binders and sent one to each
executive committee member.

Later after leaving IBM in the early 90s, pagesat gave me a full usenet
sat. feed in return for writing SGI+AIX (unix) & MS/DOS sat. modem
drivers and a article for boardwatch magazine. I also had it up on 486
ms/dos machine with waffle.
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Jan Panteltje
2021-10-01 06:30:41 UTC
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On a sunny day (Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:20:38 -0400) it happened Dan Espen
Post by Dan Espen
Post by Bob Eager
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Michael Trew
Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'd have to guess, I think it was 79.
I was at Bell Labs.
So, 42 years. I'm old but not old enough.
OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and Free Agent.
But in that same year I think it was I found a CD with SLS Linux.
So as C exercise wrote my own newsreader, had to be a Linux Free Agent like style:
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/index.html
still using it today.

The interesting thing is that I now have a searchable database of all those postings I found interesting going back to 1998.

As for age, I will be 75 in a few months.
Hey I am still coding and designing electronics :-)
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/download.html
Rich
2021-10-01 14:48:30 UTC
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Post by Jan Panteltje
On a sunny day (Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:20:38 -0400) it happened Dan Espen
Post by Dan Espen
Post by Bob Eager
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Michael Trew
Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'd have to guess, I think it was 79.
I was at Bell Labs.
So, 42 years. I'm old but not old enough.
OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and Free Agent.
But in that same year I think it was I found a CD with SLS Linux.
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/index.html
still using it today.
The interesting thing is that I now have a searchable database of all
those postings I found interesting going back to 1998.
As for age, I will be 75 in a few months.
Hey I am still coding and designing electronics :-)
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/download.html
I got access to the internet circa 1992, a terminal session over dialup
to a Sun sparc station 50. Sometime after that I discovered Usenet.
So I've known about/been lurking in Usenet since circa 1993. But I
likely spent more time lurking than posting back then, as the internet
access was a "work account" that came with all the normal "behave"
legalese that "work accounts" come with. It would be until I got a
personal dialup account before I really started being more active than
a lurker. And the exact time for that is lost to history, but is
likely circa 1996 or 1997. So somewhere from 24 to 29 years for me.
Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-01 17:43:25 UTC
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Post by Jan Panteltje
On a sunny day (Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:20:38 -0400) it happened Dan Espen
Post by Dan Espen
Post by Bob Eager
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Michael Trew
Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'd have to guess, I think it was 79.
I was at Bell Labs.
So, 42 years. I'm old but not old enough.
OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and
Free Agent. But in that same year I think it was I found a CD with
SLS Linux. So as C exercise wrote my own newsreader, had to be a
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/index.html
still using it today.
The interesting thing is that I now have a searchable database of all
those postings I found interesting going back to 1998.
As for age, I will be 75 in a few months.
Hey I am still coding and designing electronics :-)
http://panteltje.com/panteltje/newsflex/download.html
I got access to the internet circa 1992, a terminal session over dialup
to a Sun sparc station 50. Sometime after that I discovered Usenet.
So I've known about/been lurking in Usenet since circa 1993. But I
likely spent more time lurking than posting back then, as the internet
access was a "work account" that came with all the normal "behave"
legalese that "work accounts" come with. It would be until I got a
personal dialup account before I really started being more active than
a lurker. And the exact time for that is lost to history, but is
likely circa 1996 or 1997. So somewhere from 24 to 29 years for me.
32 for me. In 1989 a local BBS (Mind Link) established a link to
Usenet in a way that made a number of newsgroups look like their
local message groups. I've been on a.f.c ever since.
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Andreas Kohlbach
2021-10-01 17:47:19 UTC
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OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and Free Agent.
Must have started 1996, using the Netscape Communicator Suit first under
Windows, then Forte Agent. Since 1997 I use Linux but until around 1998 I
was still booting Windows to check the usenet. I think my first Linux
newsreader was slrn. Around 2002 I switched to Gnus which I still use
today.
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Andreas
Jan Panteltje
2021-10-01 17:56:11 UTC
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On a sunny day (Fri, 01 Oct 2021 13:47:19 -0400) it happened Andreas Kohlbach
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Post by Jan Panteltje
OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and Free Agent.
Must have started 1996, using the Netscape Communicator Suit first under
Windows, then Forte Agent. Since 1997 I use Linux but until around 1998 I
was still booting Windows to check the usenet. I think my first Linux
newsreader was slrn. Around 2002 I switched to Gnus which I still use
today.
Actually I think it was win3.1 with trumpet winsock and Free Agent for me
so on Usenet a bit earlier than 1998.
Been in Linux since 1998 and never went back to windows,
Had to use it and program in it for my work at times though.
Michael Trew
2021-10-02 02:07:51 UTC
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On a sunny day (Fri, 01 Oct 2021 13:47:19 -0400) it happened Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Post by Jan Panteltje
OK then, I think I started in 1998 with win98 and trumpet winsock and Free Agent.
Must have started 1996, using the Netscape Communicator Suit first under
Windows, then Forte Agent. Since 1997 I use Linux but until around 1998 I
was still booting Windows to check the usenet. I think my first Linux
newsreader was slrn. Around 2002 I switched to Gnus which I still use
today.
Actually I think it was win3.1 with trumpet winsock and Free Agent for me
so on Usenet a bit earlier than 1998.
Been in Linux since 1998 and never went back to windows,
Had to use it and program in it for my work at times though.
Yes, no need for Winsock after Windows 3.1 .. I have a Gateway 2000
machine with Windows 3.11 from 1994 or so, still hooked up on my desk
here. It has an internal modem, and I occasionally boot it up and toy
around with it for fun. There aren't many websites that work with it,
but text Usenet and basic text e-mail would still work fine.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-01 19:49:11 UTC
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On 30 Sep 2021 23:36:02 GMT
Post by Bob Eager
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
Ah the joys of being in the right place at the right time, I first
heard about USENET and the UUCP network in the mid 1980s but failed
(despite repeated attempts) to persuade my employer that they needed a feed
from UKC so I didn't get connected until I got a Demon account in 1992 -
eek that's nearly thirty years ago! Where's my time fly swatter ?
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Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-01 22:03:03 UTC
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On 30 Sep 2021 23:36:02 GMT
Post by Bob Eager
Post by Andreas Kohlbach
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
Ah the joys of being in the right place at the right time, I first
heard about USENET and the UUCP network in the mid 1980s but failed
(despite repeated attempts) to persuade my employer that they needed a feed
from UKC so I didn't get connected until I got a Demon account in 1992 -
eek that's nearly thirty years ago! Where's my time fly swatter ?
Over there. The flies are on that arrow beside the banana.
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\ / <***@kltpzyxm.invalid> | It can be beautiful -
X I'm really at ac.dekanfrus | but it won't.
/ \ if you read it the right way. | -- Lily Tomlin
Michael Trew
2021-10-02 14:49:45 UTC
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Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
Branimir Maksimovic
2021-10-02 15:13:14 UTC
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I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
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Mainlander
2021-10-02 16:35:45 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
I got onto the Internet using an Amiga, and a cheap cheap dialling
method, which caused a major phone bill when it failed. Must be 1994+.
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J. Clarke
2021-10-02 16:49:33 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
Chris M. Thomasson
2021-10-02 20:34:03 UTC
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On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:13:14 GMT, Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
J. Clarke
2021-10-03 00:04:53 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 13:34:03 -0700, "Chris M. Thomasson"
Post by Chris M. Thomasson
Post by J. Clarke
On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:13:14 GMT, Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
Mine would have been some time in the early '80s. I still have my
Smartmodem 300--if the 1200 had existed at the time I would have gone
with that so that puts me somewhere around 1981.
Branimir Maksimovic
2021-10-03 01:50:18 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 13:34:03 -0700, "Chris M. Thomasson"
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Post by J. Clarke
On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:13:14 GMT, Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for a
long time before that.
My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
Mine would have been some time in the early '80s. I still have my Smartmodem
300--if the 1200 had existed at the time I would have gone with that so that
puts me somewhere around 1981.
Bravo, you are the *oldest* then in internet !
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Bob Eager
2021-10-03 05:52:05 UTC
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Post by J. Clarke
On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:13:14 GMT, Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I
don't mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
Mine would have been some time in the early '80s. I still have my
Smartmodem 300--if the 1200 had existed at the time I would have gone
with that so that puts me somewhere around 1981.
Bravo, you are the *oldest* then in internet !
1981 for me too. I was able to find a very early post, but these days it
seems impossible to get Google to search for me.
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Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-03 17:31:44 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 13:34:03 -0700, "Chris M. Thomasson"
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Post by J. Clarke
On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:13:14 GMT, Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
Mine would have been some time in the early '80s. I still have my
Smartmodem 300--if the 1200 had existed at the time I would have gone
with that so that puts me somewhere around 1981.
At least if you could afford the 1200 bucks for the modem.

The shop where I worked at the time had a 1200-bps modem attached
to the mainframe for remote maintenance. It was seldom used, so
I often snuck it home so I could dial up BBSes at something better
than 300 bps.
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-03 04:13:22 UTC
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My first post was way back on Compuserve around 1994 iirc.
All the historical Compuserve data would probably be very valuable on
the data market. There's likely personal and business secrets to be
gleaned that would still be useful intelligence today. I wonder who
might have that data in their possession.
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2021-10-03 01:48:41 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
I was sysadmin in blood transfusion institute setting up mail and
news with ///uuc/p n 'unix worstation :P
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Michael Trew
2021-10-03 02:23:32 UTC
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Post by Branimir Maksimovic
Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i am
on "usenet since 1996 :P
Earliest post of mine that I can find is 1997. Was on Compuserve for
a long time before that.
My uncle, I think, still has his numeric CompuServe e-mail address from
back when.
Bob Eager
2021-10-02 16:07:10 UTC
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Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying
it anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss
anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26
years old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of
my life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
My 40 years is when we started a feed to the UK from the USA. Slow
initially, but we ended up being a major provider for a while.

A few years later I set up a news server on our VAX/VMS cluster (ANU News
anyone?) for those who didn't use UNIX.
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Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-02 17:06:02 UTC
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My 40 years is when we started a feed to the UK from the USA. Slow
initially, but we ended up being a major provider for a while.
UKC I presume.
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Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-02 21:17:35 UTC
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Post by Bob Eager
My 40 years is when we started a feed to the UK from the USA. Slow
initially, but we ended up being a major provider for a while.
UKC I presume.
Indeed! Your son was there, I think you said.
No you must be thinking of someone else. In the mid 1980s I was
trying to persuade my employer at the time to sign up for a slot to connect
via UKC - it would have been 15 minutes at dark o'clock if I'd succeeded.

I was an undergrad at Cambridge when UUCP was getting started so
missed out on all the fun then. The closest I got to global networking in
those days was watching a fellow student (who did some very questionable
work on copy protection as a profitable sideline) using the EPSS[1]
terminal to hop from system to system in various places using credentials
gleaned from somewhere[2] until he gleefully reached a login screen claiming
to be at the Pentagon and said he was stuck there (thankfully!).

[1] Prototype X25 network.
[2] I have no idea where or how.
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Bob Eager
2021-10-03 08:15:01 UTC
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Indeed! Your son was there, I think you said.
No you must be thinking of someone else. In the mid 1980s I was
trying to persuade my employer at the time to sign up for a slot to
connect via UKC - it would have been 15 minutes at dark o'clock if I'd
succeeded.
O probably mixed up two peope, sorry.
Post by Ahem A Rivet's Shot
I was an undergrad at Cambridge when UUCP was getting started so
missed out on all the fun then. The closest I got to global networking
in those days was watching a fellow student (who did some very
questionable work on copy protection as a profitable sideline) using the
EPSS[1] terminal to hop from system to system in various places using
credentials gleaned from somewhere[2] until he gleefully reached a login
screen claiming to be at the Pentagon and said he was stuck there
(thankfully!).
[1] Prototype X25 network.
Of course, we had EPSS too. Think the gateway was a PDP-11.
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Andreas Kohlbach
2021-10-02 17:29:51 UTC
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I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
Since 1995 or 1996 for the usenet. But only read German groups at that
time.

I think I only "recently" (2017) subscribed for this group.
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Anne & Lynn Wheeler
2021-10-02 17:53:12 UTC
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I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
archived usenet (including a.f.c.) from 1993
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/93.html

after leaving IBM and getting full (satellite) usenet feed from pagesat
http://www.art.net/lile/pagesat/netnews.html
in return for doing satellite modem drivers and writing boardwatch (BBS)
magazine article.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boardwatch

before that, vmshare back to aug1976 ... previous post (google archive)
https://groups.google.com/g/alt.folklore.computers/c/VM5_IvSR6gw/m/PMNWpqmaAwAJ

and IBM internal network (larger than arpanet/internet from just about
beginning until sometime mid/late 80s).
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Alan Ralph
2021-10-02 18:58:29 UTC
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Post by Michael Trew
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
after leaving IBM and getting full (satellite) usenet feed from pagesat
<http://www.art.net/lile/pagesat/netnews.html>
in return for doing satellite modem drivers and writing boardwatch (BBS)
magazine article.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boardwatch>
I was a subscriber to Boardwatch for many years back in the 1990s, I still
remember the (in)famous 'Billgatus of Borg' cover:
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-03 04:27:34 UTC
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I was a subscriber to Boardwatch for many years back in the 1990s, I still
<https://searchengineland.com/figz/wp-content/seloads/2010/11/billgatus.png>
And right on cue, Billgatus of Borg has succeeded with Event 201 and
COVID-1984. Hundreds of millions of former humans have been assimilated.
Masking rituals, useless shots of experimental, contaminated placebo
serum, vaccine passports and contact tracing are technologies to keep
drones obedient to the Borg collective, at least in the hive mind of
Billgatus and Fauccitus. The old magazine cover is prophetic!
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2021-10-03 15:34:29 UTC
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And right on cue, Billgatus of Borg has succeeded with Event 201 and
COVID-1984. Hundreds of millions of former humans have been assimilated.
Masking rituals, useless shots of experimental, contaminated placebo
serum, vaccine passports and contact tracing are technologies to keep
drones obedient to the Borg collective, at least in the hive mind of
Billgatus and Fauccitus. The old magazine cover is prophetic!
*facepalms*
Rich Alderson
2021-10-03 00:04:43 UTC
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Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
Everyone I've seen so far has been in the early to mid 1990s.

I began looking at Usenet news around 1987 or 1988, though I did not
participate much until 1990 or so. Started with rn on an Ultrix VAX 3600, then
graduated to Gnews on an Ultrix VAX 2200 on (under) my desk. Eventually I
started reading news on the 3600 again, now via Xterm from the Mac IIci on my
desk.

Got a Netcom account after getting laid off from Stanford in 1991, so they were
my first commercial ISP. When Netcom imploded early this century, got an
account at Panix, and have been here for roughly 2 decades. Both had full news
feeds, so I've been happy every since.
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Audendum est, et veritas investiganda; quam etiamsi non assequamur,
omnino tamen proprius, quam nunc sumus, ad eam perveniemus.
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songbird
2021-10-03 04:24:57 UTC
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Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
i have no idea when my first post to this newsgroup happened and
i don't know exactly when my first usenet post happened, but it was
probably sometime between the fall of 1981 and 1986. i know i was
reading and writing to some email lists back then too. for a while
i could only read usenet posts but could not write back and then
someone made it work that the local system would propagate posts.

i wrote some good stuff back then, i was full of much more BS
than i am now. :)

my real early posts i had saved some of them but that disk
crashed and i never recovered all of it and eventually i even
erased my backups of the bits of the crashed disk so i could
stop thinking about messing with it more. i just did not want
all that old e-mails to dredge through and also all my old
usenet posts. the things that i missed the most though were
a few poems i wrote. they were good. now lost in the bits
of time unless someone finds a full usenet archive that i can
actually search without tearing what is little left of my
hair out.


songbird
Scott Lurndal
2021-10-04 14:17:49 UTC
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Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files". And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well. I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
40 years for me, and that's more than half of mine!
I'm quite curious who the oldest poster is on this newsgroup.. I don't
mean age, but who's been here the longest.
Probably Dan, he beat me by a year (1979 vs. 1980).
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-04 15:42:58 UTC
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Probably Dan, he beat me by a year (1979 vs. 1980).
Anyone who claims to have used USENET before 1979 is having memory
problems.
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Richard Heathfield
2021-10-04 16:17:32 UTC
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Probably Dan, he beat me by a year (1979 vs. 1980).
Anyone who claims to have used USENET before 1979 is having memory
problems.
I distinctly remember several long discussions with Abe Lincoln in
soc.it.2me in the 1850s. IIRC he went on to develop quite a keen
interest in politics.
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Branimir Maksimovic
2021-10-04 16:38:48 UTC
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Probably Dan, he beat me by a year (1979 vs. 1980).
Anyone who claims to have used USENET before 1979 is having memory
problems.
I distinctly remember several long discussions with Abe Lincoln in
soc.it.2me in the 1850s. IIRC he went on to develop quite a keen
interest in politics.
Great! Thank YOU!
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Lawrence Statton (NK1G)
2021-10-01 21:26:14 UTC
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I'm reading and posting for 25 years now, which is more than half of my
life (is that what you call "Half Life? ;-).
My first Usenet post was in 1985 — before the Great Renaming.

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Dave Garland
2021-10-02 04:19:29 UTC
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Post by Rich
Now we have a problem that few folks younger than X even know of
Usenet, or if they do, they only know if it as "that place where one
downloads binaries via NZB files".  And with #1 (few ISP's carrying it
anymore) it is hard to gain new folks joining up to discuss anything.
Ah, but there must be a few stand-outs.. I've been lurking in various
text newsgroups for years, and posting in a few as well.  I'm 26 years
old, for the record.. :)
I hooked my dialup BBS to a few newsgroups in the mid '90s (yes,
UUCP). My BBS was business oriented, so alas I had to deal with a few
spammers (who I think at that time just didn't know it wasn't
acceptable). Then came the web, and dialups vanished.
Questor
2021-09-30 18:38:06 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like.
1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did not
already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate access,
then there was limited to no discovery on the part of new people
on the 'net' of Usenet
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on former New
York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to prosecute ISPs over
alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and gave the major ISPs an excuse
to shut down their NNTP servers entirely back in the mid-aughts.
Rich
2021-09-30 19:26:42 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it
dead. It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social
media, reddit, and the like.
1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did
not already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate
access, then there was limited to no discovery on the part of
new people on the 'net' of Usenet
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on
former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to
prosecute ISPs over alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and
gave the major ISPs an excuse to shut down their NNTP servers
entirely back in the mid-aughts.
That did also have an impact. But consider that had NNTP/Usenet
service been seen as a major selling point for folks buying ISP
accounts, or a major revenue center for the ISP, those same ISP's would
likely not have shut it down, even with the bluster of the NY AG.

The ISP's had probably already targeted NNTP/Usenet service for
termination and were likely simply looking for some reason to shutter
NNTP/Usenet service anyway, and the NY AG provided a convienent reason
at the moment. Had he not done so, they would have likely latched onto
some other reason to turn it off.
Carlos E. R.
2021-09-30 19:39:13 UTC
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Post by Rich
That did also have an impact. But consider that had NNTP/Usenet
service been seen as a major selling point for folks buying ISP
accounts, or a major revenue center for the ISP, those same ISP's would
likely not have shut it down, even with the bluster of the NY AG.
The ISP's had probably already targeted NNTP/Usenet service for
termination and were likely simply looking for some reason to shutter
NNTP/Usenet service anyway, and the NY AG provided a convienent reason
at the moment. Had he not done so, they would have likely latched onto
some other reason to turn it off.
Indeed.

My ISP, for instance, since years does not provide email to new clients,
but fortunately has not cancelled the existing accounts. They also
closed our web pages.
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Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-01 17:43:22 UTC
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Post by Rich
That did also have an impact. But consider that had NNTP/Usenet
service been seen as a major selling point for folks buying ISP
accounts, or a major revenue center for the ISP, those same ISP's
would likely not have shut it down, even with the bluster of the
NY AG.
The ISP's had probably already targeted NNTP/Usenet service for
termination and were likely simply looking for some reason to
shutter NNTP/Usenet service anyway, and the NY AG provided a
convienent reason at the moment. Had he not done so, they
would have likely latched onto some other reason to turn it off.
Indeed.
My ISP, for instance, since years does not provide email to new
clients, but fortunately has not cancelled the existing accounts.
They also closed our web pages.
You're lucky. My ISP sold all its e-mail accounts down the river
to Google (and yes, I do know the provenance of that phrase).
Fortunately I was already getting email and Usenet through
third parties.
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Carlos E. R.
2021-10-01 19:32:39 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
Indeed.
My ISP, for instance, since years does not provide email to new
clients, but fortunately has not cancelled the existing accounts.
They also closed our web pages.
You're lucky. My ISP sold all its e-mail accounts down the river
to Google (and yes, I do know the provenance of that phrase).
Fortunately I was already getting email and Usenet through
third parties.
I think that my ISP did sell us to some local mail provider, certainly
not google. I suffer hiccups.

Now, I realize that I should be with an independent mail provider,
because it makes me impossible to migrate ISP. Too many people know my
address, too many services I registered or subscribed, too big a
nuisance to change. Back then, I did not imagine this. Although I think
that back then independent mail providers were more expensive or didn't
offer similar service to what my ISP offered.
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Cheers,
Carlos E.R.
Rich
2021-10-01 20:31:30 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
Indeed.
My ISP, for instance, since years does not provide email to new
clients, but fortunately has not cancelled the existing accounts.
They also closed our web pages.
You're lucky. My ISP sold all its e-mail accounts down the river to
Google (and yes, I do know the provenance of that phrase).
Fortunately I was already getting email and Usenet through third
parties.
I think that my ISP did sell us to some local mail provider,
certainly not google. I suffer hiccups.
Now, I realize that I should be with an independent mail provider,
because it makes me impossible to migrate ISP. Too many people know
my address, too many services I registered or subscribed, too big a
nuisance to change. Back then, I did not imagine this. Although I
think that back then independent mail providers were more expensive
or didn't offer similar service to what my ISP offered.
My first 'internet email' was with $job, and as I knew full well the
monitoring/tracking possibilities of internet networking I used it only
for $job. When dialup ISP's suddenly popped onto the scene in my area,
I signed up and got a ***@isp-domain.com email address (in large
part driven by $job actually starting to do some of those
monitoring/tracking possibilities). When 'broadband' (DSL) appeared
later in my area, I realized the negative aspects of having my email
address tied to "@isp-domain.com" and bought my own domain and setup my
own email hosting. That was circa 2000 now, and I've had the same
email address through three different ISP's and four different "links".
That was also generally in the time before the advent of
google/yahoo/hotmail "webmail" service overall, so one's options were
generally an "@isp-domain.com" including the negatives related to
switching ISP's or "host it yourself".
Branimir Maksimovic
2021-10-01 21:24:44 UTC
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switching ISP's or "host it yourself".
Sure, that is why you scared to live you real email address :P
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-02 16:12:51 UTC
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I think that my ISP did sell us to some local mail provider, certainly
not google. I suffer hiccups.
Now, I realize that I should be with an independent mail provider,
because it makes me impossible to migrate ISP. Too many people know my
address, too many services I registered or subscribed, too big a
nuisance to change. Back then, I did not imagine this. Although I think
that back then independent mail providers were more expensive or didn't
offer similar service to what my ISP offered.
I ran into problems like this once. So I registered my own domains and
run my own mail server so I know I'll never be left hanging by a
provider. It is the safest way to maintain continuity especially with a
personal brand or business presence. Since this hierarchy is beginning
to look like a retirement community I want to offer some advice to our
future caretakers.

All youngsters and nascent hackers:

1. Register a domain name and never lose it.

2. Pay for at least 5 years in advance and put it on your calendar to
check yearly.

3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.

4. Get a cheap backup VPS, super encrypt and backup your stuff to it. Do
not use free cloud services for anything important. Pay the $20-30 per
year for the VPS ... it's worth it.

5. Every geek should have at least one VPS playground. Several is better
for separation of concerns and robustness. Running a couple physical
servers off your home or business connection is equally advised. Heck
even a few raspberry pi cards will do for most private stuff.

6. Run your own Usenet feed on one of your VPS machines and invite me.

This advice comes from me learning the hard way: always encrypt and
backup your stuff onto an ecosystem that you control, and maintain your
presence on infrastructure that you control, or else, you will likely
get clobbered when you least expect it.
--
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Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-02 17:09:32 UTC
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Since this hierarchy is beginning to look like a retirement community
We are sometimes known as the auld farts of computing - although
sadly several of the auldest farts are no longer with us and are much
missed, but we're not all retired some of us are still active in the biz.
--
Steve O'Hara-Smith
Odds and Ends at http://www.sohara.org/
Jan Panteltje
2021-10-02 18:32:41 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
Post by Carlos E. R.
I think that my ISP did sell us to some local mail provider, certainly
not google. I suffer hiccups.
Now, I realize that I should be with an independent mail provider,
because it makes me impossible to migrate ISP. Too many people know my
address, too many services I registered or subscribed, too big a
nuisance to change. Back then, I did not imagine this. Although I think
that back then independent mail providers were more expensive or didn't
offer similar service to what my ISP offered.
I ran into problems like this once. So I registered my own domains and
run my own mail server so I know I'll never be left hanging by a
provider. It is the safest way to maintain continuity especially with a
personal brand or business presence. Since this hierarchy is beginning
to look like a retirement community I want to offer some advice to our
future caretakers.
1. Register a domain name and never lose it.
2. Pay for at least 5 years in advance and put it on your calendar to
check yearly.
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
4. Get a cheap backup VPS, super encrypt and backup your stuff to it. Do
not use free cloud services for anything important. Pay the $20-30 per
year for the VPS ... it's worth it.
5. Every geek should have at least one VPS playground. Several is better
for separation of concerns and robustness. Running a couple physical
servers off your home or business connection is equally advised. Heck
even a few raspberry pi cards will do for most private stuff.
6. Run your own Usenet feed on one of your VPS machines and invite me.
This advice comes from me learning the hard way: always encrypt and
backup your stuff onto an ecosystem that you control, and maintain your
presence on infrastructure that you control, or else, you will likely
get clobbered when you least expect it.
I have now my website and domain registered by godaddy.
Before that I was running my own serverS at home, ftp, web, but there was an ever increasing number of attacks
from all over the world, many bots trying to get in via ssh, so maintaining it and checking the logs
became a lot of not very interesting work, iptables has 4430 or so entries now... some whole IP ranges..
Now I also have unlimited email addresses with godaddy, popmail, so good old
fetchmail and good old pine work great.
But it cost money of course.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-02 19:41:27 UTC
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Post by Jan Panteltje
Before that I was running my own serverS at home, ftp, web, but there
I run web, incoming email, ssh and VPN servers at home all in
separate FreeBSD jails - with a gigabit down and 100 megabit up why not.
Post by Jan Panteltje
was an ever increasing number of attacks from all over the world, many
bots trying to get in via ssh, so maintaining it and checking the logs
The ssh attacks I ignore, sshd is set up to only accept keys and I
keep those safe, likewise the VPN.

The incoming mail server does get attempts to use it as a relay but
it only accepts mail for delivery not relay so they don't get far.

The web attacks I ignore (well occasionally I look at the logs and
giggle a bit) but then my web server serves only static pages from a
read-only mount and CGI support is turned off not that there are any
script to handle POST, PUT or DEL it's GET only.
--
Steve O'Hara-Smith
Odds and Ends at http://www.sohara.org/
711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-03 04:40:58 UTC
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Post by Jan Panteltje
Before that I was running my own serverS at home, ftp, web, but there
I run web, incoming email, ssh and VPN servers at home all in
separate FreeBSD jails - with a gigabit down and 100 megabit up why not.
I agree with your true "can do" attitude. Perhaps this sentiment is
appropos: 'I do it because I can. That is "can do so, so do can"
attitude.' You are a digital martial artist in the art of "can do so, i do."
--
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Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-03 17:31:44 UTC
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On Sat, 02 Oct 2021 18:32:41 GMT
Post by Jan Panteltje
Before that I was running my own serverS at home, ftp, web, but there
I run web, incoming email, ssh and VPN servers at home all in
separate FreeBSD jails - with a gigabit down and 100 megabit up why not.
I agree with your true "can do" attitude. Perhaps this sentiment is
appropos: 'I do it because I can. That is "can do so, so do can"
attitude.' You are a digital martial artist in the art of "can do so, i do."
Be careful - it's dangerously easy to cross over into the belief that
"if something can be done, it should be done." A lot of bad things
have been done - and are being done today - because of this.
--
/~\ Charlie Gibbs | Life is perverse.
\ / <***@kltpzyxm.invalid> | It can be beautiful -
X I'm really at ac.dekanfrus | but it won't.
/ \ if you read it the right way. | -- Lily Tomlin
Carlos E. R.
2021-10-03 11:31:57 UTC
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Post by Carlos E. R.
I think that my ISP did sell us to some local mail provider, certainly
not google. I suffer hiccups.
Now, I realize that I should be with an independent mail provider,
because it makes me impossible to migrate ISP. Too many people know my
address, too many services I registered or subscribed, too big a
nuisance to change. Back then, I did not imagine this. Although I think
that back then independent mail providers were more expensive or didn't
offer similar service to what my ISP offered.
I ran into problems like this once. So I registered my own domains and
run my own mail server so I know I'll never be left hanging by a
provider. It is the safest way to maintain continuity especially with a
personal brand or business presence. Since this hierarchy is beginning
to look like a retirement community I want to offer some advice to our
future caretakers.
1. Register a domain name and never lose it.
2. Pay for at least 5 years in advance and put it on your calendar to
check yearly.
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
And how do you do this?
--
Cheers,
Carlos E.R.
711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-04 03:57:13 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
And how do you do this?
TL;DR : Hestia Control Panel -- https://hestiacp.com/
Instant solution : namecheap.com hosting

Option A : become mired to your eyeballs in Linux / BSD administration
and set up networking, hosts, bind for DNS, and a mail server,
interface, MTA, and your DKMS, and SSL certificates using
Acme/LetsEncrypt. If you want heavy-duty security, maybe run with
FreeBSD and do everything with SSH using ECC key authentication with
password login and challenge disabled.

Option B : use a shared web host with cPanel or WebMin which saves a lot
of config foo and usually does all your configuration automatically just
by putting pointing your registrar to the host and adding your domain in
cPanel. This is a good option for people who don't know Linux command
line foo.

Option C : get a VPS or single board at home and install something like
HestiaCP, WebMin, cPanel. I like hestiaCP. It's like cPanel but free and
open source. I've not had a hiccup with it. HestiaCP creates all your
DNS records, manages your clamav, mail, package updates, firewall, and
ssl certificates automatically. It lets you administer everything on the
server with a web browser interface. There is some major shell power
under the hood and lots of command line options so you can manage it
over SSH if you want.

I mostly use option B and C with my setups. Option A is a lot more work
and I'd rather play with spiders than mess with a monster pile of config
code, especially trying to make bind play nice. I also dislike manually
configuring IPtables--never a pleasure and easy to get wrong then
painful to troubleshoot. If I need to jump ship to another machine or
host, I would likely need to configure everything all over again, which
I want to avoid.

With Hestia Control Panel you can backup and export configuration so if
you need to move hosts you can do so quickly with little fuss. Once you
have it set up on a home server or a VPS it should run for years with
little or no problems. The team of programmers that develops HestiaCP
are hosting providers and administrators who use it in production so it
should be around for a long time.

To back up your email folders from the server use rsync over SSH or SFTP
to another host or to a physical machine at home. Rsync is efficient and
has worked for me for many years.
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Carlos E. R.
2021-10-04 12:06:04 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
And how do you do this?
TL;DR : Hestia Control Panel -- https://hestiacp.com/
Instant solution : namecheap.com hosting
Option A : become mired to your eyeballs in Linux / BSD administration
and set up networking, hosts, bind for DNS, and a mail server,
interface, MTA, and your DKMS, and SSL certificates using
Acme/LetsEncrypt. If you want heavy-duty security, maybe run with
FreeBSD and do everything with SSH using ECC key authentication with
password login and challenge disabled.
That is, install a mail server at home. Requires a fixed IP.

Having my own domain is trivial, setting up and maintaining a mail
server is not.

(no problem with Linux)
Post by 711 Spooky Mart
Option B : use a shared web host with cPanel or WebMin which saves a lot
of config foo and usually does all your configuration automatically just
by putting pointing your registrar to the host and adding your domain in
cPanel. This is a good option for people who don't know Linux command
line foo.
Option C : get a VPS or single board at home and install something like
HestiaCP, WebMin, cPanel. I like hestiaCP. It's like cPanel but free and
open source. I've not had a hiccup with it. HestiaCP creates all your
DNS records, manages your clamav, mail, package updates, firewall, and
ssl certificates automatically. It lets you administer everything on the
server with a web browser interface. There is some major shell power
under the hood and lots of command line options so you can manage it
over SSH if you want.
I mostly use option B and C with my setups. Option A is a lot more work
and I'd rather play with spiders than mess with a monster pile of config
code, especially trying to make bind play nice. I also dislike manually
configuring IPtables--never a pleasure and easy to get wrong then
painful to troubleshoot. If I need to jump ship to another machine or
host, I would likely need to configure everything all over again, which
I want to avoid.
With Hestia Control Panel you can backup and export configuration so if
you need to move hosts you can do so quickly with little fuss. Once you
have it set up on a home server or a VPS it should run for years with
little or no problems. The team of programmers that develops HestiaCP
are hosting providers and administrators who use it in production so it
should be around for a long time.
To back up your email folders from the server use rsync over SSH or SFTP
to another host or to a physical machine at home. Rsync is efficient and
has worked for me for many years.
So, there is no easy solution, it is not "just setup your own domain".
You need to "somehow" setup your own mail server, either at home, or
rented. And maintain it, either fully or partially.
--
Cheers,
Carlos E.R.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-04 13:11:03 UTC
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Post by Carlos E. R.
That is, install a mail server at home. Requires a fixed IP.
You only *need* a public one, it is possible to operate with a
dynamic public IP using dynamic DNS - every domain provider I know of also
provides free DNS with DDNS support, there are other options (such as
Hurricane Electric's free DNS service). A fixed IP address does avoid a
little bouncing retrying when it changes but SMTP MTAs are robust things
that have a long history of delivering over unreliable networks.
Post by Carlos E. R.
Having my own domain is trivial, setting up and maintaining a mail
server is not.[4 yorkshiremen]
An incoming delivery only (no relaying permitted) server coupled
with an IMAP/POP3 server is pretty trivial to set up, at least as long as
you keep the IMAP/POP3 on the LAN so you don't have to worry about it being
attacked - I VPN to my LAN when travelling rather than deal with exposing
services externally.

Sending outgoing mail directly is a nightmare of the first order
subject to sudden death when someone else spammed with the dynamic IP you
just picked up - bad craziness! But then every ISP I know of provides an
outgoing mail relay so just use that if it works or find one that does
(my ISP's doesn't so I use the free tier of a commercial email delivery
service whose main business is ensuring delivery for big companies).

It did take some fiddling to set up the arrangement I have, but
it's maintenance free apart from keeping OS and packages up to date.

[4 yorkshiremen] For a while on my first home internet connection with
Demon I used Demon's packaged ka9q on MSDOS which included an SMTP server
to which Demon would deliver mail for my domain (a subdomain of demon.co.uk)
and any subdomains of it I cared to use. While I was online mail would
be delivered directly to it using the static IP address provided as part
of the service and configured as the primary MX. This, along with email,
ftp, usenet and telnet clients all built in under ka9q's multitasker, was an
effortless "install and use it" thing provided gratis by the ISP back in
1992.
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Odds and Ends at http://www.sohara.org/
Rich
2021-10-04 14:21:04 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
And how do you do this?
TL;DR : Hestia Control Panel -- https://hestiacp.com/
Instant solution : namecheap.com hosting
Option A : become mired to your eyeballs in Linux / BSD administration
and set up networking, hosts, bind for DNS, and a mail server,
interface, MTA, and your DKMS, and SSL certificates using
Acme/LetsEncrypt. If you want heavy-duty security, maybe run with
FreeBSD and do everything with SSH using ECC key authentication with
password login and challenge disabled.
That is, install a mail server at home. Requires a fixed IP.
Having my own domain is trivial, setting up and maintaining a mail
server is not.
Setting up a mailserver for a single domain at home using Postfix
involves editing about four to five lines of the default Postfix config
file (and the config file is heavily commented, 90%+ is comments
describing what each option performs).

It comes, out of the box, already configured for this use-case (single
domain), and all you are telling it by the edits is little more than
what your domain name is so it knows who to send/receive as and what IP
addresses are used on your local network.

Long gone are the days of sendmail.cf files and arcane M4 macros (both
still exist if you prefer that). But Postfix makes it nearly 'turnkey'
for setting one up. And that default setup is also secure overall as
well.

Postfix has also been quite good at forward compatibility, seldom does
an old config file fail to 'configure' a newer version, so
"maintaining" is more often than not a "shutdown, upgrade to new
version, restart" cycle for the mailserver.
Branimir Maksimovic
2021-10-04 15:29:42 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
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Post by Carlos E. R.
Post by 711 Spooky Mart
3. Set up your emails on your own domain so you won't ever lose them.
And how do you do this?
TL;DR : Hestia Control Panel -- https://hestiacp.com/
Instant solution : namecheap.com hosting
Option A : become mired to your eyeballs in Linux / BSD administration
and set up networking, hosts, bind for DNS, and a mail server,
interface, MTA, and your DKMS, and SSL certificates using
Acme/LetsEncrypt. If you want heavy-duty security, maybe run with
FreeBSD and do everything with SSH using ECC key authentication with
password login and challenge disabled.
That is, install a mail server at home. Requires a fixed IP.
Having my own domain is trivial, setting up and maintaining a mail
server is not.
Setting up a mailserver for a single domain at home using Postfix
involves editing about four to five lines of the default Postfix config
file (and the config file is heavily commented, 90%+ is comments
describing what each option performs).
I have my own smtp server, but don't feel the need to do that :P
as i wuold be only user :P
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Evil Sinner!
to weak you should be meek, and you should brainfuck stronger
https://github.com/rofl0r/chaos-pp
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-01 05:22:36 UTC
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Post by Questor
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on
former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to
prosecute ISPs over alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and
gave the major ISPs an excuse to shut down their NNTP servers
entirely back in the mid-aughts.
That did also have an impact. But consider that had NNTP/Usenet
service been seen as a major selling point for folks buying ISP
Consider also that it was dropped globally not just in the US.
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Odds and Ends at http://www.sohara.org/
Rich
2021-10-01 14:55:40 UTC
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Post by Rich
Post by Questor
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on
former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to
prosecute ISPs over alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and
gave the major ISPs an excuse to shut down their NNTP servers
entirely back in the mid-aughts.
That did also have an impact. But consider that had NNTP/Usenet
service been seen as a major selling point for folks buying ISP
Consider also that it was dropped globally not just in the US.
True, and anyone outside of the US would not have cared much about the
NY AG's blustering.

From the ISP perspective, it is a simple matter to monitor number of
users signing up vs. number of users using "the web" and number of
users using "Usenet". They all likely had logs and stats showing
something like 99% of new users never touch Usenet and something like
98% of existing users never touch Usenet and so after some time, they
decided to drop Usenet because it was a direct cost to them, but
clearly not a reason why all those users were paying them for access.

And, if those ISP's were running NNTP servers *and* carrying the
alt.binaries hierarchy, the huge size of alt.binaries made the NNTP
server a huge cost burden for the amount of storage necessary for even
a few days of retention on alt.binaries.

Now, they /could/ have just dropped alt.binaries.* and saved themselves
the expense of storage for that portion of Usenet. But if they did
have stat's showing something like only 2% of their users ever use
Usenet, then dropping everything in their view did little harm to
anyone. They were not likely to lose anything but pocket change from
the 2% of users who might complain or go elsewhere.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-01 16:19:42 UTC
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And, if those ISP's were running NNTP servers *and* carrying the
alt.binaries hierarchy, the huge size of alt.binaries made the NNTP
server a huge cost burden for the amount of storage necessary for even
a few days of retention on alt.binaries.
Not just storage (which is cheap) but also bandwidth lwhich after
all was (and is) their main product and at the time very expensive. Losing
vast quantities of bandwidth to a full USENET feed (and often that was the
option for USENET peering take it all or take none of it) at a time when WWW
was often claimed to stand for World Wide Wait was not good business.
Post by Rich
They were not likely to lose anything but pocket change from
the 2% of users who might complain or go elsewhere.
Not even that when nobody is providing an NNTP service as part of
the package because even if you have to go elsewhere for USENET you still
need the ISP for connectivity.

but USENET was just the first service to go, most ISPs these days
provide connectivity, maybe static IPs, maybe IPv6 and (reluctantly) an
outgoing SMTP relay, but you'll have to ask about it and they probably
wouldn't bother if they didn't need it for themselves. You want email, or
web hosting or USENET or an ftp archive or ... "Go find it yourself start at
Google they've got everything you need".
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Rich
2021-10-01 17:13:06 UTC
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Post by Rich
And, if those ISP's were running NNTP servers *and* carrying the
alt.binaries hierarchy, the huge size of alt.binaries made the NNTP
server a huge cost burden for the amount of storage necessary for
even a few days of retention on alt.binaries.
Not just storage (which is cheap) but also bandwidth lwhich
after all was (and is) their main product and at the time very
expensive. Losing vast quantities of bandwidth to a full USENET feed
(and often that was the option for USENET peering take it all or take
none of it) at a time when WWW was often claimed to stand for World
Wide Wait was not good business.
Ah, yes, a 'peering' arrangement that is "all or nothing" causes a huge
bandwidth charge, to receive alt.binaries.*, even if they were all
subsequently dropped locally to avoid any 'copyright infringement'
appearances. That right there would have given the bean-counters at
the ISP reason enough to target Usenet as a "drop this cost center"
item.
Mainlander
2021-10-02 16:26:05 UTC
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Post by Rich
And, if those ISP's were running NNTP servers *and* carrying the
alt.binaries hierarchy, the huge size of alt.binaries made the NNTP
server a huge cost burden for the amount of storage necessary for even
a few days of retention on alt.binaries.
Not just storage (which is cheap) but also bandwidth lwhich after
all was (and is) their main product and at the time very expensive. Losing
vast quantities of bandwidth to a full USENET feed (and often that was the
option for USENET peering take it all or take none of it) at a time when WWW
was often claimed to stand for World Wide Wait was not good business.
Post by Rich
They were not likely to lose anything but pocket change from
the 2% of users who might complain or go elsewhere.
Not even that when nobody is providing an NNTP service as part of
the package because even if you have to go elsewhere for USENET you still
need the ISP for connectivity.
but USENET was just the first service to go, most ISPs these days
provide connectivity, maybe static IPs, maybe IPv6 and (reluctantly) an
outgoing SMTP relay, but you'll have to ask about it and they probably
wouldn't bother if they didn't need it for themselves. You want email, or
web hosting or USENET or an ftp archive or ... "Go find it yourself start at
Google they've got everything you need".
news.individual.net
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2021-10-02 17:11:30 UTC
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themselves. You want email, or web hosting or USENET or an ftp archive
or ... "Go find it yourself start at Google they've got everything you
need".
news.individual.net
Sure or Eternal September or Aoie or ... but for sure not your ISP
who don't care where you go for the many services they don't provide.
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Dan Espen
2021-09-30 21:30:36 UTC
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I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media,
reddit, and the like.
1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did not
already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate access,
then there was limited to no discovery on the part of new people
on the 'net' of Usenet
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on
former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to
prosecute ISPs over alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and
gave the major ISPs an excuse to shut down their NNTP servers entirely
back in the mid-aughts.
I don't remember it quite that way. The complaint was "copyrighted
material" which was all over Usenet at the time.

If someone pointed to child pornography I don't remember it.

All the ISPs dropped Usenet like a hot potato.
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Thomas Koenig
2021-10-01 18:27:49 UTC
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I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like.
1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did not
already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate access,
then there was limited to no discovery on the part of new people
on the 'net' of Usenet
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on former New
York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to prosecute ISPs over
alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and gave the major ISPs an excuse
to shut down their NNTP servers entirely back in the mid-aughts.
I thought the correct description was "the naughties"?
Jakob Bohm
2021-10-01 20:46:09 UTC
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I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like.
1) many (most?) ISP's began dropping NNTP feeds as part of their
provided package of features when one purchased an account. If
one's ISP did not provide NNTP, and the person signing up did not
already know of Usenet and also know how to buy separate access,
then there was limited to no discovery on the part of new people
on the 'net' of Usenet
As I mentioned in another forum, blame also needs to be placed on former New
York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who threatened to prosecute ISPs over
alleged child pornography in binary newsgoups and gave the major ISPs an excuse
to shut down their NNTP servers entirely back in the mid-aughts.
I thought the correct description was "the naughties"?
I was fortunate in the 1990s to early 2000s to use a dial up ISP that
had a private NNTP hierarchy as their main support channel (it grew out
of a local distributor of Modem hardware, and their initial setup was a
huge modem bank from the rack-mounted variant of the modems that I had
purchased directly). Before that, they had run their own support BBS.

Later they were bought out by incompetent foreign operators and the
dedicated newsgroups faded away. Much later they sold all the e-mail
accounts (which I paid for until the price was dropped to 0) to a local
search portal's e-mail service. I'm now stuck with a DSL line that
keeps changing my home IP too often, while our office connections are
with more expensive providers, that keep at least some semblance of
stable IP connectivity for our company servers.

Which means company e-mail runs on our own and rented servers, while
personal e-mail is hosted at a dedicated provider that also sells web
hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.


Enjoy

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2021-10-01 21:26:31 UTC
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hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.
me as well, usenet server 5$ for lifetime :P
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Enjoy
Jakob
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2021-10-02 06:12:51 UTC
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hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.
me as well, usenet server 5$ for lifetime :P
Which server is that? Do they still offer it and has binaries? ;)
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hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.
me as well, usenet server 5$ for lifetime :P
Which server is that? Do they still offer it and has binaries? ;)
https://usenet-news.net
10GB lifetime for only 5$.
If you need binaries you pay more, of course :p
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2021-10-02 16:31:14 UTC
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hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.
me as well, usenet server 5$ for lifetime :P
Which server is that? Do they still offer it and has binaries? ;)
binaries are a PITA. No necessary, specially when you are 77+ :)
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Scott Lurndal
2021-10-04 14:19:50 UTC
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hosting (to those that need it). For NNTP, I pay for a personal account
with a global usenet host, while home access uses a free provider
that doesn't allow access from work networks.
me as well, usenet server 5$ for lifetime :P
Which server is that? Do they still offer it and has binaries? ;)
binaries are a PITA. No necessary, specially when you are 77+ :)
At that age, alt.binaries.woodworking is probably more interesting
than alt.binaries.erotica.
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2021-09-29 15:25:52 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've heard many times that Usenet is dead.
There is a branch of USENET that's alive and kicking that funds a
number of commercial NNTP servers with enormous retention times (multiple
years), a large catalogue of binary groups and some very odd posting
arrangements. But that's not really USENET it's file sharing by NNTP.

I keep getting tempted to run up a text only server here but
managing misbehaving users is a PITA.
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-09-30 13:17:13 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've heard many times that Usenet is dead.
There is a branch of USENET that's alive and kicking that funds a
number of commercial NNTP servers with enormous retention times (multiple
years), a large catalogue of binary groups and some very odd posting
arrangements. But that's not really USENET it's file sharing by NNTP.
I keep getting tempted to run up a text only server here but
managing misbehaving users is a PITA.
Indeed. That's why I am hesitating to set up a open NNTP
server--managing the rabble is a tedious job. I really want to set one
up, but I really do not want to commit to all the daily janitorial work.

If we had Usenet hierarchies that could require proof of work from
clients, sort of like Bitmessage does, or imposed post limits based on
signing keys that require a long time to generate one signing key, that
could mitigate a lot of the spam and trolling.

But then we get into the need for re-factoring client software and all
the associated boondoggle.
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2021-09-29 15:56:34 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
I'm glad you liked my presentation. I've been trying to get more people
to use it. I've written a couple of "for newbs" tutorials and I've gotten
some good feedback.

I'm hoping to do some more projects in the future to shed light on Usenet
as something more than just a file-sharing platform.

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2021-09-29 16:22:56 UTC
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using
Usenet. I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered
That's not really "using": or maybe it is - like drug-user; purely consuming.
Post by Jason Evans
Post by 711 Spooky Mart
it dead. It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social
media, reddit, and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their
addictive behavior modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we
will serve the ASCII.
I'm glad you liked my presentation. I've been trying to get more
people to use it. I've written a couple of "for newbs" tutorials and
I've gotten some good feedback.
I'm hoping to do some more projects in the future to shed light on
Usenet as something more than just a file-sharing platform.
__
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2021-09-30 13:23:26 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using
Usenet. I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered
That's not really "using": or maybe it is - like drug-user; purely consuming.
Semantics, shmantix.
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
I'm glad you liked my presentation. I've been trying to get more people
to use it. I've written a couple of "for newbs" tutorials and I've gotten
some good feedback.
I'm hoping to do some more projects in the future to shed light on Usenet
as something more than just a file-sharing platform.
__
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A slick and highly secure client interface that abstracts away some of
the "clunk" might be a good draw. These days people expect things to be
"appified.

Automatic threading for replies, like text boards and reddit do, would
greatly improve the reading experience, and eliminate the debate about
top posting and bottom posting, since the client could format
automatically and make it fool proof.

Keep plugging away!
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2021-09-30 13:27:32 UTC
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Automatic threading for replies, like text boards and reddit do,
would greatly improve the reading experience, and eliminate the
debate about top posting and bottom posting, since the client could
format automatically and make it fool proof.
Oh ye of little faith.

Don't you know that once you make something "fool proof" that the world
goes and creates a better "fool".
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2021-09-30 17:58:04 UTC
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Automatic threading for replies, like text boards and reddit do,
would greatly improve the reading experience, and eliminate the
debate about top posting and bottom posting, since the client could
format automatically and make it fool proof.
Oh ye of little faith.
Don't you know that once you make something "fool proof" that the world
goes and creates a better "fool".
I see, said the blind man. True words.

It's as if the gremlin knows a problem has been solved and so it creates
two new ones.
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2021-09-30 18:12:14 UTC
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It's as if the gremlin knows a problem has been solved and so it creates
two new ones.
<raises lightning rod>

Gremlins evolve like everything else.
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2021-09-30 20:16:48 UTC
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It's as if the gremlin knows a problem has been solved and so it creates
two new ones.
<raises lightning rod>
Gremlins evolve like everything else.
Have you ever fed them past midnight? Ouch. ;^)
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Post by 711 Spooky Mart
It's as if the gremlin knows a problem has been solved and so it creates
two new ones.
<raises lightning rod>
    Gremlins evolve like everything else.
Have you ever fed them past midnight? Ouch. ;^)
Just be sure you don't feed *me* after midnight!

Unless it's pizza, that's ok.
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Chris M. Thomasson
2021-10-02 00:38:42 UTC
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On Thu, 30 Sep 2021 12:58:04 -0500
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It's as if the gremlin knows a problem has been solved and so it creates
two new ones.
<raises lightning rod>
    Gremlins evolve like everything else.
Have you ever fed them past midnight? Ouch. ;^)
Just be sure you don't feed *me* after midnight!
Unless it's pizza, that's ok.
:^D Indeed! lol.
Jan Panteltje
2021-09-29 17:36:36 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
Anyone can set up a news server with their own hierarchies. In fact some
organizations still do just that. I am considering how to run my own
NNTP rig on a VPS with sci.crypt on the roster. I also am thinking of
how to set up a Bitmessage <--> Usenet gateway that mirrors Bitmessage
chans as Usenet hierarchies.
It seems SUSE realizes that Usenet is a treasure.
I sure hope it is nit an covered up attempt to censor Usenet,
We Need No Control

Youtube is canceling channels with 600,000 subscribers...
https://www.rt.com/news/536068-rt-de-youtube-channel-deleted/
https://www.rt.com/news/536174-youtube-bans-anti-vax/

AND soon you will all need to be chipped like your pet dog to do anything.
Big Brothel will follow and control you, and issue the KILL command if you do not comply

My newsreader still works, see headers, but libforms has changed, so much for Suse.
Running Slackware

Secret message: baaaah

plaintext: <if all else fails use smake signs>
Branimir Maksimovic
2021-09-29 22:32:09 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
usenet is not for average JOE. It is for open minded people, and
Google make it accessible which is WRONG, and it's BUGGy client
makes it WORSE.
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711 Spooky Mart
2021-09-30 13:25:19 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
usenet is not for average JOE. It is for open minded people, and
Google make it accessible which is WRONG, and it's BUGGy client
makes it WORSE.
Google knows how to make a simple thing three orders of magnitude more
complicated.
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D.J.
2021-10-02 15:57:55 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
I first got onto Usenet about fall of 1991, via a feed on a
Professor's Windows ms-dos 386 computer withl imited groups.

The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.

So, we went about proving they were wrong.

My branch campus got Usenet in 1992. I vaguely remember my first posts
happening to here and a few other places. Unfortunately, my posts i
have are on floppy, and no drive. I have some backups on external usb
drives, and some on CDs, from 2000 up through today.

When I tried to go back on Google groups, they stopped at about 2003.
With hints there were some earlier, but I couldn't find them.

Anyway, I got onto dial-up, then a cable modem a few years after that.
Moved a few times, so my email address has changed about 5 to 8 times.
I'm not sure just how many.
Thomas Koenig
2021-10-02 22:07:24 UTC
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I've heard many times that Usenet is dead. I never stopped using Usenet.
I've been lurking Usenet for decades and I never considered it dead.
It's obscure because most people are mesmerized by social media, reddit,
and the like. Let the proles and zombies have their addictive behavior
modeling distractions. As for me and my net, we will serve the ASCII.
I first got onto Usenet about fall of 1991, via a feed on a
Professor's Windows ms-dos 386 computer withl imited groups.
Just checked a few of my old posts. One of the firste posts I
find is from 1992 (with a different e-mail at the time), but
I think I started somewhat earlier.

I had access to the sf-lovers mailing previously for a time,
which was a a one-way gateway to Usenet when you sent articles
and a partial digest you got back (you could never be sure if your
own articles would be deemed worthy of inclusion).
711 Spooky Mart
2021-10-03 04:07:59 UTC
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The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.
So, we went about proving they were wrong.
Never tell a geek what is possible or allowable. That invites mayhem. ;)
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D.J.
2021-10-03 16:46:18 UTC
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The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.
So, we went about proving they were wrong.
Never tell a geek what is possible or allowable. That invites mayhem. ;)
They were geeks to, but not very good ones at what they did.
Ahem A Rivet's Shot
2021-10-03 17:14:59 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 23:07:59 -0500
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The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.
So, we went about proving they were wrong.
Never tell a geek what is possible or allowable. That invites mayhem. ;)
Indeed, if you want to prevent geeks from doing something make it
very clear that the something is the kind of boring silly stunt that only
clueless idiots do because it's easy and makes trouble and nobody with half
a brain would bother.

That approach pretty much kept the 370 from being hacked by
students at Cambridge[1] - that and the "we catch you at it we revoke your
access" policy.

[1] The only example I recall in three years was an ASCII[2] art Enterprise
flying round all the terminals in the room late one night - the image was
bigger than a terminal.
[2] I think all the terminals were ASCII - there was a pair of PDP-11s
between the 370 and the terminals.
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Charlie Gibbs
2021-10-03 17:35:32 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 23:07:59 -0500
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The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.
So, we went about proving they were wrong.
Never tell a geek what is possible or allowable. That invites mayhem. ;)
Indeed, if you want to prevent geeks from doing something make it
very clear that the something is the kind of boring silly stunt that only
clueless idiots do because it's easy and makes trouble and nobody with half
a brain would bother.
That pretty much sums up my approach to cat-proofing: make it boring.
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J. Clarke
2021-10-03 18:28:18 UTC
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On Sat, 2 Oct 2021 23:07:59 -0500
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Post by D.J.
The university computer staff on main campus had told us 'newsgroups
are impossible at this time'.
So, we went about proving they were wrong.
Never tell a geek what is possible or allowable. That invites mayhem. ;)
Indeed, if you want to prevent geeks from doing something make it
very clear that the something is the kind of boring silly stunt that only
clueless idiots do because it's easy and makes trouble and nobody with half
a brain would bother.
That pretty much sums up my approach to cat-proofing: make it boring.
I have long felt that the easiest way to prevent teenagers from having
sex is to give them classes in that topic at the usual level of
public-school pedagogy. Hormones may defeat boringness but at least
boringness will put up a fight.
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