• DumpTruck Is A File Storage System With Roots In Usenet

    DumpTruck Is A File Storage System With Roots In Usenet

    If you’re familiar with Usenet, you’ll be well aware that the newsreading platform is, well, not longer about newsreading. In fact, most Usenet providers are, by necessity, experienced data storage providers. That being said, GoldenFrog has just announced DumpTruck, a WebDAV file-sharing resource that, in the wrong hands, could end up a SOPA target. The service lets you store data… Read More

  • As Giganews Approaches 1,000 Days Of Retention, A Contest Brews

    Oh dear, another Usenet post. Quickly now, as we don’t want to draw too much to the last interesting place left on the Internet. Giganews recently hit 900 days of retention, and they’ve announced that they expect to his 1,000 days of rentention—just think about that for a second—on May 2. To celebrate, they’re having a bit of a contest. Read More

  • Anyone-Can-Enter Newsdemon Contest Puts Up Black Ops, Civilization V

    Uh, oh: the second Usenet story of the day, this time from Newsdemon. Someone check to see if the planets are still in their orbits, or whether or not that second sun has popped up yet. They’re running a contest over there that I thought I’d point out for a minute. The prize? A couple of free games up for grabs. Nothing wrong with that. Read More

  • Giganews' Retention Has Reached 900 Days

    Look at that: Giganews now has 900 days of binary retention. And to think I actually remember a time when my ISP-supplied news server had a whopping two days of retention time! It sure made things tricky way back when. Read More

  • Mimo Usenet Browser: Now Available For Giganews' Diamond Members

    Giganews, the biggest Usenet provider around, has a new feature for Diamond members that’s certainly worth mentioning here. They’ve teamed up with Golden Frog—yes, the same people who developed Giganews’ VyperVPN service—to create a brand new Usenet browser. It’s called Mimo Usenet Browser, and could be an easy way to get acquainted with the many wonders… Read More

  • Coming Soon: 900GB Torrent Of (Mostly) Every Geocities Web Site Ever

    “[W]ebsites and hosting services should not be ‘fads’ any more than forests and cities should be fads – they represent countless hours of writing, of editing, of thinking, of creating. They represent their time, and they represent the thoughts and dreams of people now much older, or gone completely. There’s history here. Real, honest, true history.” And thus… Read More

  • Giganews' Retention Now At 800 Days

    How did I miss this? Giganews, the biggest Usenet provider out there by some margin, now has 800 days of binary retention. A year and a half ago I wrote a similar story, but the number was 365 days of retention. Man, I remember the days when I had two days of retention! Granted, it was an ISP-provided feed, but it worked just fine. Read More

  • Newzbin has shut down

    Well that didn’t take long. has shut down, just about six weeks after the High Court in the UK ruled against the Usenet indexing site. You had to see this coming. Read More

  • Adios, Usenet: UK High Court rules against Newzbin

    Thus begins the countdown to the Death of Usenet. It’s capitalized because it’s important. The High Court in the UK has ruled against famous Usenet index site Newzbin, saying that the site can be held liable for the copyright infringement of its users. Hear that? That’s the sound of the world’s Usenet users screaming “OH DEAR GOD NO!” You knew this day… Read More