Category Archives: Usenet

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,)


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


  • 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:

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 ?

Just When You Thought You Had Privacy Under Control: The Supercookie

cookie monsterPersonally, I don’t suffer a lot of grief over cookies. I have automated processes that I have set to my liking and these do the major part of the work. Most of the people I work with, and my friends, have the same precautions in place on their machines. Today, cookies are a way of life. And, for the most part, people know how to deal with them…mostly.

The cookies are usually settings that you prefer to use when you visit a website. Things like language, region, are kept by these cookies. Then there are the cookies that will try to track you. These cookies ore often non-malevolent…recording surfing habits and information we may not want recorded. These cookies are easily found and rooted out, often software will do the trick to get rid of the unwanted stalkers.

Enter – The Supercookie

supercookieThere are websites now that have adopted the use of cookies hidden in files not usually reserved for such files. Services like HULU, Flixster, and even MSN, have been noted as using the special cookies. Due to the files being stored in a different location, detection is extremely difficult, and removal has to be done manually almost every time. Further complicating the matter is the fact that some of the cookies have been noted to also be self regenerating and will create a regular cookie if deleted to prevent the removal.

Potential For Abuse And Misuses

computer spyingUsually, a cookie is limited to what it can collect by the browser that it is contained in. The browser will only allow the issuing website to write, read, and finally remove the cookie. But supercookies operate outside of the browsers usual safeguards, and isn’t controlled in this manner. And even though keeping up with the users surfing on your own website is okay, keeping tabs of the user beyond your own website will quickly become an issue of ethics. Marketing firms will pay a lot to gain insight into internet surfing habits of individual users.

Privacy Invasions And Security Breaches

spying through blindsEven though disclaimers and user agreements could be used to give the thin appearance of permissions, many users will find these cookies objectionable. Industry heads have got together on this, in advance of legislation becoming necessary, to create a self regulatory policy. But in essence this policy does little except restrict the cookie issuers from collecting medical information. Most other information available to them is up for grabs.

Worse yet is the though of Sony losing control of their customer’s data last summer. Literally millions of people had their data compromised due to poor security measures being take by the company. The sheer number of websites that would have this information on hand is staggering. And, the thought of one, or more, of the website databases that contains all their customers and website visitors information being breached is staggering. And there will be millions of such databases to be exploited if something isn’t done to stop this.

The 5 Basic Fair Data Practices

5 rulesFor more than 25 years the industry has operated on the 5 practices that protect the public from unscrupulous types. They are: notification, choice/consent, integrity, access, and redress…here’s how that is supposed to work. First you notify your user/potential customer you are keeping the data. Then you must allow the customer to consent to the data collection or opt out. Assure to the integrity of the data you collect, and that it is clean and doesn’t contain information the user may not want broadcasted. Allow the user to access the information you have, correct it, and delete it if desired. Make yourself available to be held accountable for the info you are keeping, and the public must have a way to hold you to your promises.

Internet Privacy Is Becoming Harder Every Day

VPNReviewzThe information collected by cookies is only one way that companies and governments are attempting to keep tabs on every person in the world…tabs and control. And the only way a person can be assured that they aren’t being watched by one or the other is to use available protections, like VPN clients, private networks, and proxy servers such as the HideMyAss client and Usenet access. Only using these methods will you be able to completely control the information about you that is collected, stored, and used against you in the future.

Why People Would Choose Usenet Over Torrent

downloadsWhen first hearing about Usenet many people say “That sounds like an old kind of Bit Torrent.” In a way it is, and there are many similarities, and it is true that Usenet is a far older functioning system, but that’s part of the beauty of it. Continue reading Why People Would Choose Usenet Over Torrent