I've been using mine more and more in the past year, previously it was
limited to serial spammers/kooks but it almost seems like the less ppl
on Usenet over time, the greater the proportion of nutcases, trolls
and google spammers.
The reports of Usenet's death are greatly exaggerated. (Sorry, Sam!).
It's still light years ahead of BBS systems run on a Commodore 64, or
Fidonet... it has been diluted by a zillion blogs and other resources, and
I can't possibly follow all of them and still have time to garden and send
binary data with a hand-activated switch!
Like all families, we have our share of crazies, more easily ignored than
the ones we're related too.
So, thank you very much, I'm sticking around.
But that's just my opinion.
I may be wrong.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
You have to be either foolish or very discriminating to actually pay
for a Usenet newsreader. There are many good free ones. The for-pay
ones are different but not necessarily better. You have to set them all
up, of course.
But if you're looking for an excuse to quit, by all means carry on with
Nor am I . There are too few here who actually post , much less useful
information . You leaving makes that one less positive contributor in the
FWIW , Mozilla Thunderbird and eternal-september news server are a free
and easy to configure combination . And both are free .
It has been a long time ago since I signed up with Block.News, bought
20GB then for not much money. Just checked my account and I've only used
0.78203GB up to now. Secure system, no problems in the last many years.
Lots of places out there to get signed up. I use Thunderbird vs
Usenet has certainly gone through many rounds of transformation.
I am a little taken aback to do the math and find that I've been
posting to Usenet for 30 years (plus a month or two, I guess). And
I don't really think of myself as an old-timer (just an old-fart).
There have been many waves of "personality" (for lack of a perfect
term) as to who is coming in and who is leaving.
In retrospect, I guess it was a generatoional thing in ways. It
rose with a one group, transformed with another and then got more
and more grafitti on the walls.
As for dying, I can't really draw a line. Both it and I will die
in this century. I'm just not sure which one of us will go first.
I still think it is a medium superior to web forums, and for exactly
the same reasons that Facebook and such don't like it -- no one owns
Drew Lawson | If dreams were thunder,
| and lightning was desire,
Amen. I think I started in 1990 or close to it, seems like forever. Some
of the newsgroups I've been on were taken over by the crazies and I
moved on to something else. There are still a few that aren't full of
stuff that is irrelevant.
Threatened rain this morning but, alas, it moved off somewhere else.
Winter garden doing well and the !@#$% sweet peppers, tomatoes, and
eggplant planted in early spring are still putting on fruit. I chopped
and froze about five lbs of sweet peppers yesterday. May not need to
grow anymore next year, Nah! I like them fresh too.
I'm with you there. Signed up years ago at the insistance of overseas family
who prefer to post there than write emails and now only visit once a month
or less for maybe five minutes just to see who's hatched, been matched or
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
Yeah, I have kids and grands after me to sign up for Facebook but it
isn't going to happen. I ride a gardening group that is mastered out of
the U of Kentucky, been on it since around 1990. Otherwise UseNet for me
is rec.food.preserving, very low volume nowadays, and
rec.gardens.edible, which until lately, has also been low volume.
Used to run a gardening group on Yahoo Groups but people just kept
leaving it so I left too. I think a large part of the internet
population has no idea what gardening and talking about gardening is all
Supposed to be a light freeze tomorrow morning so we picked sweet chiles
and eggplant, probably for the last time this winter. Winter garden is
coming along nicely, looks like the broccoli is starting make heads and
the cabbage is heading. Lots of salad mix and Swiss chard out there,
that was our dinner tonight. We're trying to eat better and lighter at
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