Is it my ISP or has traffic in this newsgroup dropped? I used to see over
100 messages a day, now it's down around 50-60. This used to be one of
the few newsgroups that didn't drop off in the summer or even for
holidays. Now it seems it has.
On Tue, 08 Jul 2008 08:56:46 -0700, Larry Blanchard
I subscribe to over 20 newsgroups and all of them have reduced
activity. I have been using newsgroups since 1989. Back then there
were very few spammers, floods, and off-topic posts. With some
newsgroups I have dropped them in favor of moderated forums, although
the responses can be quite slow.
newsgroups were around a LONG time before isp's were. back then it was
usenet, with computers passing around newsgroup traffic between them. i've
been using email since 1973, newsgroups since about 1985 or so, long before
isp's were around.
cave creek, az
i worked for the air force in the pentagon doing studies about this
newfangled thing called the arpanet in conjunction with sri, who were in
california. i worked on a system called multics, and can remember when the
number of sites on the arpanet was numbered by the handful. i did one of the
first studies on using this odd looking thing called a mouse (and also a
chord keyboard) doing intercontinental document editing, to see if the
response time was usable across the arpanet at what was then great
distances. my office then got a new computer, a dec 11/45, and loaded up
unix license #7 for investigation. i can remember when the first routers
(called tips) were about the size of large refrigerators.
if you've seen the cringley tv show on the start of the internet, i was
involved in a lot of that early hardware.
cave creek, az
On Wed, 09 Jul 2008 15:46:30 -0400, Mike Marlow wrote:
We had Multics on a GE635 at Hughes Aircraft around 1966 or so. I
remember running a job and having the source listing come out on one
printer, the link edit list on another, and the actual program output on a
I've still got the preliminary manual for the IDS database, the first one
commercially available IIRC.
By that time I'd been programming computers for about 10 years - yes, I am
that old :-).
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