I've lived in five states of the US and two foreign countries, only have
had a problem with mail here in Harris County, Texas. I can only hope
that the gubmint will sell USPS to someone who knows what they're doing.
Have been to Australia a couple of times when I was flight crew in the
Navy back in late fifties. Some really good beer and pretty women is
about all I can remember except for the accent. <G> The Aussies I met
thought I spoke funny too.
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
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,
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
unfortunately David seems to not have been around on
usenet when it was possible to read the entire newsfeed
in a little while. then there came the great renaming
and then AOL... (which is close enough to what
eternal september was really like). back then there
were things called mailing lists which were similar
and are still even available.
now i see it gradually declining in some areas but i
also see some other groups going strong and doing quite
well. for what it is it is excellent and continues on
i doubt it will ever be gone entirely, but reduced in
scope again and hopefully less attractive to spammers.
ah well, i'll keep on, there's no lack of stuff to
talk about and to write about and i doubt i'll be the
last person writing to usenet in thirty more years.
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