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Old 07-30-2020, 01:43 AM   #16
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Usenet was the throbbing heart of the internet before HTML and the world wide web came about.
Yep. That was Usenet in a nutshell. It is hard to express how central it was to both professional communication and technical education. It more or less alone occupied the roles that today are filled incompletely today by mailing lists, Web forums, and social control media.

(It seems weird to use past tense.)

I looked at an old configuration file I have archived from one news reader. That one only spans about 15 years and from it I see when I more or less stopped. I held on longest for some hobbies. However, in the beginning I started out using Usenet for work. Later for both work and school. Some courses used in-house news groups for communication. Mail wasn't practical back then, pre-Pine or pre-Eudora the UI was bad and, of course, mail was not ubiquitous then like Usenet. Like many other high tech work places, my work place had non-syndicated groups for in-house communication as well as mostly making use of the public groups.
 
Old 07-30-2020, 06:31 AM   #17
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Didn't the first major worm get distributed via usenet? It was certainly a UNIX worm, and afterwards the man who created it apologised and said he had never intended it to get so out of hand.
 
Old 07-30-2020, 08:16 AM   #18
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I remember reading comp.arch in the late 80s and early 90s. That was back when there were many competing computer architectures.

The invention of the web pretty much ended Usenet.
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:42 PM   #19
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The last time I checked, a few years ago, my ISP still provided Usenet access but had changed access to require a user/password. It had been a few years and my usual haunts were as you experienced, so I've not checked since.
 
Old 07-30-2020, 07:16 PM   #20
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At the time (we're talking late 1980s and early 1990s here when I got my first home computer, a Tandy 386 which served me well for many years--I always got my money's worth from Radio Shack and miss them still--most persons did not have internet access even if they had computers with modems (screech, whine, connect). One of my friends at the time was an educator who had internet access through a local university, but most persons who had computer access were using bulletin boards and associated "conferences" (think Fidonet) or services such as Compuserve or Prodigy for communication to the Big Wide World.
I had the Trash 80.

Used to work in modems, in fact worked with the team that designed Trellis coded modulation. Most of us could, and did, whistle a V.22 BIS answerback tone to put modems into training. You'd think we did it for fun, but no, it was actual testing.

Fidonet ... THERE'S a word I haven't heard since the 80's!
 
Old 08-09-2020, 02:17 AM   #21
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We used to use internal newsgroups in university (only the computer science dept) - they were pretty useful in that setting. However surely the biggest use historically was with newzbin? Lightening fast transfers of binaries (games, movies etc) with parity files for recovery. Not sure whether they are still used in this manner these days however 10/15 years ago these were the things to make p2p sharers cry into their bedsheets ����.
 
Old 08-09-2020, 08:06 AM   #22
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We used to use internal newsgroups in university (only the computer science dept) - they were pretty useful in that setting. However surely the biggest use historically was with newzbin? Lightening fast transfers of binaries (games, movies etc) with parity files for recovery. Not sure whether they are still used in this manner these days however 10/15 years ago these were the things to make p2p sharers cry into their bedsheets ����.
It is where the vast majority of the files come from on all the torrent sites. Basically anything that airs on TV these days is uploaded to the servers. At least for english programs from North America, the english speaking world really. Foreign languages I have no clue but there is more than enough of them too. Many a time I have downloaded a file marked as a foreign language file to discover at least an english audio track in addition to the language labeled on it.
 
Old 08-09-2020, 03:30 PM   #23
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Around two decades ago, most pirated releases would be distributed first on IRC, because that's where the pirating groups were actually organized. Not Usenet.
 
Old 08-12-2020, 06:05 AM   #24
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Fidonet ... THERE'S a word I haven't heard since the 80's!
Oh yeah! FIDOnet.. I memory serves me well there actually was a FIDOnet - Usenet passthrough somewhere.
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