Monthly Archives: May 2010

The end of an era

In 1999 i subscribed to a usenet provider named Newsfeeds, the following year i didn’t renew the account but they forgot about me, so i cheated the following 10 years without paying a cent.
Thank you Newsfeeds, it’s been a huge joy downloading 10 years of binaries for free, too bad today it’s all gone, and not because they remembered about me.

This week marks the end of an era for one of the earliest pieces of Internet history, which got its start at Duke University more than 30 years ago. On May 20, Duke will shut down its Usenet server, which provides access to a worldwide electronic discussion network of newsgroups started in 1979 by two Duke graduate students, Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis.

News of the day is also the shutdown of the British Usenet indexer Newzbin today; the site sank under the weight of a lawsuit and outstanding debt. Merge these stories with the recent news of Microsoft shuttering its newsgroups, along with otherrecentstories, and the picture does not look bright for Usenet.