When starting out a new hobby, there’s typically a learning curve separating newbies (beginners, new users, whatever) from the more experienced. In the case of the Usenet, many, many users have only scratched the surface. In reality, without any outside help, the newest to the most intermediate user finagles the bare-bones experience: manual searches, header downloads, default protocols, the list could go on forever. We’ve corralled our most frequently asked questions about Usenet best practices to shed some light on those subjects that you’re too afraid to ask. We want our users to get the most out of their Usenet access, without fear of judgement or rejection for asking the n00b Usenet questions. After all, you never know until you ask, right?
Typically we don’t like to talk about the competition, but in this case – yes, Usenet has full superiority. Not only is it safer, considering there’s no seeding and you yourself aren’t uploading any files to individuals, but it’s optimized for better use on the user’s end. Instead of relying on others to be available during the download period, you can just download files from the server. And since you’re downloading from a server instead of another live user, you can normally max your connection speed.
The short answer is a simple ‘no,’ you do not need a VPN – but there is enough reason to continue using one. If you’re not ready to play with your download and connection settings, a VPN may be the easiest encryption method achievable. Similarly, if you want to keep your ISP from throttling your newsgroup download speed, than a virtual private network would be just the thing. Newshosting offers a VPN for users to achieve this high level of security when downloading, both from Usenet and from the World Wide Web.
It’s been widely accepted by the community-at-large that the first rule of Usenet is that you don’t talk about Usenet. Users have been keeping mum about the platform for a long time, but we think it’s time to break that first rule. We want to share the best-kept secret on the ‘net with the world – it’s time to share the wealth and Spread the Love!
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Too often do we hear online chatter about Usenet and the serious learning curve for the new user to “get it.” Outside of the most obvious of controversial issues when accessing content stored on Usenet (don’t make us spell it out for you,) the first rule of Usenet is that you don’t talk about Usenet. The active Usenet community has been keeping mum about the platform, hoping that the lack of attention will save it from the same fate as, say, Napster or the Pirate Bay. However, we no longer live in an era where something cannot easily be located or found. Large content rights organizations are abundantly aware of Usenet’s existence and it seems unnecessary at this point to remain silent about the most raw part of the ‘net.
The purpose of Usenet is to provide a network where any user can publicly post information which is then quickly disseminated, allowing any other user to access said posted information.
Okay, so I’ll admit that’s a terribly vague description and it makes Usenet sound like…well, the Internet. This is a loaded question because what Usenet is now is not what it was originally. Like all great things, the Usenet has evolved over the last three decades into the behemoth we love today.
Historically, Usenet is the OG computer network. It predates the World Wide Web by over a decade and is the key influencer for how we communicate on the web today, particularly in forums and social networks. It’s a public network that it is not controlled by any single source – no one owns this network, and no one can truly eradicate it.
Similarly to how we remember Facebook’s initial launch, Usenet was primarily accessed by university faculty and students. At that point in time, Usenet was a means of transferring files as well as providing newsgroups to discuss any number of topics with other users.
Fair point, noble reader. You could’ve looked that up on Wikipedia and let’s face it – we are focused on the *NOW.* But in order to wrap your mind around what Usenet is, you should try to understand its roots.
The newsgroups are still very much an active component of Usenet. Newsgroups are like forums, and there’s a massive number of them. In fact, there are over 100,000 Usenet newsgroups, covering a huge variety of subjects ranging from space science and exploration to iOS app development and technology.
The bread and butter so to speak, of Usenet are the binaries. These encoded binaries can be any type of media file ranging from mpeg video to mp3 audio files. All of these binaries are user generated and are available to download from the Usenet.
Calm down, this is how it normally works. Binary files are broken up into teeny tiny compressed files (usually RAR format) along with parity files (PAR) to allow you to repair any missing parts post-download. These smaller parts are spread across many Usenet messages or articles to make it possible to store the entire file and for quick transfer.
An NZB file is simply a file that points to specific message IDs (in this case, a segments of a binary file) that acts like a table contents for your newsreader. This table of contents tells your NZB client or newsreader exactly where to find specific binary content you are looking for on the Usenet. For the geeks out there, an NZB file is actually an XML file format that contains the full message ID list for the binary content you are trying to download.
Because an NZB file points to all the parts that make up the file you wish to download, using NZBs to download files becomes the fastest and best way to download binary content from the Usenet.
This is a multi-prong process to make the downloading of binaries easier. The more time you spend setting up your system, the better experience you’ll enjoy in the long term. All of the components ensure quick transfers, self-repairing files, and automated functions. You can even automate your downloads if you’re regularly searching for the same kind of media to skip the search and ensure you’re downloading files the moment they hit the ‘net!
Anything and everything. Some stuff is NSFW, and some stuff is great for the kids. Literally. Everything.
Is that your primary concern To reiterate, Usenet is a network of user-generated content. Have users uploaded their home movies for all the world to see? Yes. Is that all you’ll find? Definitely not!
Yes – yes there is. The first rule to Usenet is that you don’t talk about Usenet. There are some additional resources that can fill in the gaps, but that’s all we’re gonna say about that.
If you’ve already planned an outfit for your New Year’s celebration, it probably includes some sort of black tie or party dress depending on your needs…but what about your bloomers? A popular practice amongst Argentinians (and other South American countries) is to coordinate their underwear color with the kind of good fortune they want to receive in the New Year. And while there’s a debate on the kind of underwear – granny panties, boxers, thong, briefs – the type of fortune behind the color is not a debated issue
The New Year is one of Brazil’s major celebrations. It marks the official start of the summer holidays, which last until Carnival. While they also share a similar practice with Argentina of coordinating underwear colors with luck, most partygoers will wear a white ensemble as doing so is traditionally believed to bring and sustain good luck for the rest of the year whilst sending bad spirits away.
Italians have managed to make the otherwise innocent New Year’s Eve celebration (mind you, the generally accepted holiday mascot is a baby) a bit naughty. Tradition dictates that everyone must wear red underwear on New Year’s eve – be they boxer shorts or sexy lace panties – anything goes, as long as it’s red. Shortly after Christmas, red underwear is stocked exclusively all over the country. Then there are the mass PDAs. St Mark’s Square in Venice is known for holding not only a big firework display over the Basin of St. Mark but for a mass kiss-in in the piazza. What better way to ring in the New Year than a nationwide case of mono? TRICK QUESTION – there is none!
While also taking part in colored undergarment tradition, one of Peru’s most well-known traditions is the burning of dolls. Now this isn’t some cryptic side plot for a horror film, the dolls of are made of old clothes, wood, cardboard or paper that represent the old year. Peruvians burn the dolls at Midnight, symbolizing the obliteration of all the negative energy from the old year and the transition to a new year.
Many of the smaller villages in Peru have local traditions to welcome the New Year as well. The village of Takanakuy for example, allow people with conflicts settle them Fight Club style and then start the year with a fresh slate.
A rural Romanian tradition, folks wear brightly colored costumes and animal furs (most notably the bear and the goat) and travel to different houses dancing to ward off evil. That’s one way to keep things from going wrong next year.
Russians don’t have Christmas trees, but they do have New Year’s trees. Gifts are placed under the tree for children, who wake up on New Year’s Day in anticipation of opening wrapped presents, a custom left from the Soviet-era. The the whole New Years celebration is a 10-day affair of family time and food. One particular tradition involves the writing of a wish on a piece of paper. The paper is set on fire and thrown in a glass of champagne. If the champagne is drunk before the last ringing of the New Year’s bell, the wish will come true.
In Spain, New Year’s Eve is all about good timing. When the clock strikes midnight, Spaniards try to eat a grape in time with each chime. Those who don’t manage to cram the right number of grapes at the right time face the threat of bad luck for the following year. Be warned, it’s not as easy as it sounds! Many people practice beforehand to increase their chances of beating the clock. It’s also tradition to include some gold trinket in your glass of bubbly during a toast. Gold rings, chain, and small objects work perfectly.
‘Tis the season to show our Newshosting customer appreciation, and in that spirit, we’re gifting each and every new and existing subscriber a FREE month of VPN access*. Hurry – Christmas comes but once a year, and this free gift won’t always be here.
Existing customers can easily access the Virtual Private Network by logging in to their account home, and clicking the shiny redemption link near the top. New users would first need to signup for a Newshosting Usenet plan, then the VPN will redeemable.
The internal team at Newshosting has been jingle-bell rockin’ since December 1st. Ugly sweaters have be donned, Jack Skellington-clad suspenders have been rocked, and we’ve been flexing our ability to create ridiculous holiday slogans.
This time of year brings out the best in us all. Our family wanted to deliver a sweet deal to users old and new, and like any other family – we fought about it until we found a compromise. We’re excited to offer an array of Contests, Gifts, and Giveaways this season.
Newshosting wants you to flaunt your festive side! Is there a crazy (beautiful) ornamentation level with your tree? Does your office cubicle scream “SANTA! STOP HERE!”? Then this contest here is for you!
We want to see your best holiday decorations. Whether it be your home, your office, your car (if your one of those kind people) whatever…it just can’t be yourself. I can only imagine what we’d get then.
The best submissions will go head to head in a vote. It’s like the “Hunger Games,” only everything depends on your votes from others. If your holiday submission gets the most votes, you’ll win an XL Powerpack (WITH THE VPN) for a year, for free! Or for the price of a photo, however you choose to look at it.
Are you a Griswold, a Grinch, or something in-between? Take this personality quiz to find out who your Hollywood-inspired Christmas alter-ego is. And no, you will find none of those creepy-classic claymation characters* as alter-ego options worth comparing to. After you’ve taken the holiday quiz, you can use your result to enter to win a free month of unlimited Usenet access.
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