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The Ten Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday Usenet Deals (Til Now)

peeking at presentsWhen I was 7 or 8 years old the suspense of waiting until Christmas to see what Santa, (mom and dad,) had brought to me would kill me. I would search endlessly, and when I found one, peel the tape oh so carefully, always placing the gift back in just the exact spot it came from…

That’s what it’s like now, waiting on the various Usenet providers to announce their deals for the holidays. But not all the providers have been so outgoing with their announcements, yet, some have.

Here’s a list of the ten best providers and the Cyber-Monday and Black Friday deals I have found so far, (or not,):

 

  1. Newshosting – It’s just $5 p/mo if you buy an annual subscription.
  2. Giganews – Use the link and get a Platinum account for a low $15!
  3. Easynews – From Fri. Nov. 29 til Dec. 2 it’s a penny a Gig that is to be used in the 30 day period.
  4. UsenetServer – Through the end of the month, you can get the first month for $5 and then the usual $10 fee.
  5. NewsDemon – No announcement yet, but usually make a great showing for Black Friday.
  6. Thundernews – Also no announcements yet, but they have a reputation for offering deep discounts at the last minute.
  7. Eweka – If you buy 10 months you will get the last 2 to the year for free.
  8. Newsleecher – They have a cool newsreader, but no announcement as of yet..I am waiting patiently.
  9. Ngroups – Also a no show, but they always do make a special offer on Cyber-Monday.
  10. Astraweb – Also a late comer for the holiday announcements, but in the past they have made late offerings.

santa clauseThat’s all I have for now, but check back here as I will be updating this post to reflect the new announcements of Usenet Black Friday and Cyber-Monday deals as I get word of them…

My List Of Top Ten Usenet Providers

I have written on the Usenet subject before, but have yet to include a list of the biggest and best that Usenet has to offer. Here is my list of the top ten Usenet providers: (in no particular order,)

Giganews

  • Binary Retention: 1,933
  • Newsgroups: 130,000
  • Price Monthly: $15 p/mo
  • Trial:Yes
  • Website: Giganews 

UsenetServer

  • Binary Retention:1,923
  • Newsgroups: 80,000
  • Price Monthly: $3 – $17
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: UsenetServer 

Supernews

  • Binary Retention: 1,923
  • Newsgroups: 110.000
  • Price Monthly: $9.99
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Supernews 

Newshosting

  • Binary Retention: 1,923
  • Newsgroups: 100,000
  • Price Monthly: $7 – $ $20
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Newshosting 

EasyNews

  • Binary Retention: 1,900
  • Newsgroups: 60,000
  • Price Monthly: $9 – $29
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: EasyNews 

Eweka.nl

  • Binary Retention: 1,923
  • Newsgroups: 125,000
  • Price Monthly: $10
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Eweka.nl 

Usenet.net

  • Binary Retention: 1,923
  • Newsgroups: 110,000
  • Price Monthly: $10
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Usenet.net 

Astraweb

  • Binary Retention: 1,922
  • Newsgroups: 90,000
  • Price Monthly:$8 – $15
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Astraweb 

Newsleecher

  • Binary Retention: 1,912
  • Newsgroups: 100,000
  • Price Monthly:$3 – $12
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Newsleecher 

Newsdemon

  • Binary Retention: 1,923
  • Newsgroups: 107,000
  • Price Monthly:$5 – $22
  • Trial: Yes
  • Website: Newsdemon 

This list is by no means a comprehensive list, and does reflect my particular prejudices in Usenet access providers. These just happen to be the ones I have tried and believe them to be the best that Usenet has to offer. If you would like a more comprehensive list then check out this website: http://usenetreviewz.com.

When Recovering From Backup Isn’t Possible, Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

Main-UII generally keep up-to-date backup files of everything that could possibly be important to me. Photos, music, software, and the all important system files. I have a couple of different online accounts for my backups, so I can get to my data anywhere. But try as I might, this isn’t the case with all my friends and family, now matter the amount of data preaching I do. But a friends recent accident suffered at the hands of his toddler brought to mind the importance of having good recovery tools in my personal techie arsenal. Continue reading When Recovering From Backup Isn’t Possible, Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

New Open Source Hydra NZB Indexer Is Coming From The Ashes Of The Now Defunct Nzbx.co

NzbX coA couple of weeks ago one of my favorite NZB sites closed their doors. Nzbx.co administrator, Lemon said in a statement that while recovering from a heart attack, he was visited by an agent of FACT, (the Federation Against Copyright Theft,) who threatened him with treatments similar to a movie streaming website, SurfTheChannel. And while Lemon doesn’t run a site anything like STC, (which he told the agent, by the way,) he has been experiencing too many health related issues to keep up with the indexer website and fight the good fight with FACT.

So What Now?

Well, I have fallen back to using the good old search index and NZB creator that comes in the Newshosting Newsreader. But, the newsreaders search isn’t as refined as an index that is well maintained. But even with all that, Lemon said in his statement that he was going to, “ modify the code base – open source it, and make it available as a one-click installer so people can run their own local indexers. I’ll also enable the ecosystem mode so comments, ratings, etc would be shared amongst all installations (if enabled), as well as NZB file sync through the cloud.”

hydraWow, That’s What A Hydra Indexer Looks Like

When I first read the original TorrentFreak article on the entire subject, I wondered what a Hydra-Indexer would do. And, it’s a pretty good idea to use cloud based service to update the open sourced databases. With increasing pressure from the powers that be on NZB sites, indexing sites are closing down at an alarming rate. It seems that FACT and other copyright trolls are concentrating on the biggest and best first. We can only hope that Lemon’s plan to take the index to Open Source comes to fruition quickly.

UNR LogoMore NZB Indexers

I know some of you that would rather use a high quality indexing service, so I have done a little footwork and found that the best and most up-to-date list of the websites that are still open has been posted on UsenetReviewz…a pretty good site where Usenet is concerned. While looking into the NZB index issue, I found that they have a well organized website listing not only the most popular Usenet providers, they list newsreaders, downloaders, and have a lot of tutorials on the more complicated things you may want to do on Usenet.

Not Feeling Too Secure About our Online Privacy? Here’s What I do To Keep My Private Stuff Private

washington postWe were all surprised when the Guardian and the Washington Post published the documents that exposed the massive surveillance system that the US has built and put in place. It’s so massive that the NSA had to build a data center the likes of which has never been seen before. Snowden didn’t release all of his documents at that point though. He has also promised that there’s a lot more things that hasn’t been revealed yet that are even more devastating and revealing. Continue reading Not Feeling Too Secure About our Online Privacy? Here’s What I do To Keep My Private Stuff Private

Juniper Study Shows Over 600% Increase In Mobile Malware Looking For Android Or Jailbroken OSes

villainMcAfee and Juniper conducted studies recently looking at the last year that shows a 614% increase in the number of malware attacks. The main target of these attacks seems to be Android devices, according to the study, though the researchers did say that jailbroken iOS devices have been targeted too. Continue reading Juniper Study Shows Over 600% Increase In Mobile Malware Looking For Android Or Jailbroken OSes

Home First Aid Just Elevated The Level Of Treatment A First Aid Giver Can Provide: Defibrillator Machines, How Shocking

defib1Isn’t technology wonderful? Computers have been adapted to almost every part of our lives, in the medical industry, they are indispensable now. And until recently, first aid was limited to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR when a victim’s heart stopped and they had stopped breathing. I attended first aid classes in College and back home in New Mexico and have been certified as a YMCA lifeguard. Continue reading Home First Aid Just Elevated The Level Of Treatment A First Aid Giver Can Provide: Defibrillator Machines, How Shocking

Best Usenet Provider ? Is there any such thing ?

wolf packIn the increasingly connected world that we live in, the need to be the absolute best, fastest, and most economical, has never been so important. The internet has provided such a massive medium for competitors, that a business really has to be on their toes, or risk losing everything. If you are not striving to be the best of the pack, you will be left behind. Continue reading Best Usenet Provider ? Is there any such thing ?

Google Drive And Drop Box – Two Different Solutions To Keeping Multiple Devices In Order

If you are like most of the people these days, you have more than one device, and probably more than one OS that you use in your daily digital endeavors. Swapping back and forth between devices and OSes can be a hassle unless you have all the devices in sync with each other…and there are almost as many cloud storage/syncing solutions as there are device brands and Operating Systems. I have the same problem myself, and here I will discuss the two most popular cloud services on the internet today: Google Drive and Dropbox. Continue reading Google Drive And Drop Box – Two Different Solutions To Keeping Multiple Devices In Order

University Study Demonstrates That ’05 And Newer Cars Can Be Remotely Hacked And Controlled

OBD-II Laptop connectionComputers are everywhere in our daily lives. At the grocery check-out, in banks, laptops and smart phones keeping people connected. But all of the Operating Systems running these devices that are network capable have one thing in common: Security. One area I neglected to add to the above list, is the automobile. Cars have computers to control everything from the radio to the brakes…and in 2005 the US government made sure that every car sold in the US was equipped with something called OBD-II, or On Board Diagnostics. This is the port, (usually under the dash,) that a mechanic uses to diagnose problems, it allows access to every computer that is on board and connected to the car. Continue reading University Study Demonstrates That ’05 And Newer Cars Can Be Remotely Hacked And Controlled