"Why is Usenet so popular? I believe it is because there is no censorship on Usenet. You can find anything you could possibly imagine. If you can think of it, chances are it is out on Usenet somewhere. Usenet is also anonymous. Unlike Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Usenet providers, which are how you log into Usenet servers, do not keep logs or records of user downloads/uploads. I feel these are the main reasons not only is Usenet popular, but the reasons it has lasted [...]" Read the article here.
"Free Usenet Trials is actually a misleading title. While there are many Usenet providers that offer trial periods, almost all of them require a credit card. There are also a number of different types of trials available. The most common seems to be where you sign up for a particular plan the provider offers and they do not charge you until the trial period is over, unless you cancel before that time (and usually that you do not exceed a certain download amount). Another type of trial period is more a money-back guarantee for a certain period of time. If you are not satisfied within that time period, you can cancel your account and request a refund. [...]" Read the article here.
"What makes a top Usenet provider? Maybe we should ask Newshosting, Usenet Server, NewsDemon, Astraweb, Easynews, or Giganews, since these six Usenet providers are almost always among everyone's top 10 picks. So what do these providers offer that others do not? [...]" Read the article here.
"Newsgroups are the system by which the text and binary content on Usenet is arranged. They are comparable to discussion groups on the Internet, or the Dewey decimal system in your library. Presently, there are actually greater than 110,000 newsgroups on Usenet, despite the fact it usually no more than 20,000 are active. Each newsgroup is dedicated to a unique topic. [...]" Read the article here.
"What are NZB files and what are they for? NZB files make downloading and reassembling all of the parts of large binary files on Usenet much simpler. NZB files were named for their creator, NewzBin.com. NZB files use an XML-based file format for retrieving newsgroup files that combines the thread location of all parts of a file into a single archive. [...]" Read the article here.
"Newsgroups are organized in a hierarchal fashion. Historically, the original Big 8 newsgroups were moderated and discussions regarding recipes, drugs, and sex were not allowed. This brought about the creation of the alt. (short for "alternative") Usenet hierarchy. This hierarchy is not moderated or censored. So why alt.binaries? When Usenet was first created, the files were all text files. Most Usenet servers placed size limits on individual files, since they were text and not likely to surpass the limits. With the advent of pictures and movies and videos (binary files), file sizes increased significantly. [...]" Read the article here.
"So you’d like to take advantage of the myriad of data and documents on the Usenet. How does one select which Usenet Provider is perfect for you? There are a lot of aspects that must definitely be considered to answer this question." This article was originally posted by My2Cents on the Did You Know... blog. It covers a lot of the basics related to selecting a Usenet provider and mentions our site by name. Reprinted with permission. Read the article here.
There are a few key reasons that people pick Usenet over other file sharing methods. Speed is one. Another is the question of privacy, the right to conduct your online activities without someone — the government, a business, or your fellow citizens — peering over your shoulder. But the privacy question is larger than Usenet or file sharing. This issue applies to the Internet as a whole, and has been highly-debated in the past decade. In this article, we share a video of Al Franken questioning Justice Sotomayor on the topic of net neutrality during her confirmation hearings. This is a great introduction to the issue, and a great high-level summary of the questions being asked. See the video here.
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