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This page contains my archive of Usenet threads.
I have experienced quite a few Usenet groups. Collected here are all
threads I took part in by posting and some other threads I thought worthy
of keeping a copy of. So news groups I only peeked into and then left are
not recorded here.
I have added comments about what I think of the groups.
alt.ascii-art, from 1999.04 to today
- The totally cool art of making pictures using nothing more than
the ASCII character set. Makable in any text editor, viewable in any
file viewer or editor, and all this on any platform.
alt.consciousness.near-death-exp, from 1998.01 to 1998.03
- About the
Near-Death Experience (where people who nearly died go through
an "visit to the afterworld" experience). - This group has a slight
tendency toward flaming. But apart from that it is good. I had to
give it up when changing my news provider.
alt.folklore.computers, from 1997.12 to today
- About "the good old times" in computing, tube/valve monsters,
punched cards, minis, tapes, home micros. - The second group I got
into. A great group. Not surprising, that I have read it longer than
any other one, and am still reading it.
alt.hacker, from 1998.01 to 1998.01
- Where the newbies go to try and learn to "hack" (that is to break
in), which pisses off the oldtimes who want to hack (do nifty stuff).
- Over 100 "m3 hack t00" posts a day. Only ray of light was an nice
list of security oriented web sites.
alt.hackers, from 1997.12 to 1998.08
- Where the real hackers (those who do nifty stuff) fled to. - Was
protected by "auto moderation" system. you had to know how to break
the Usenet moderation system to post. In July an group of puerile
Italian "hackers" found that out how. So it went to the dogs.
alt.hacking, from 1998.01 to 1998.01/dt>
- Another hacking group that went the way of
alt.hacker. - Many "m3 hack t00" posts.
alt.healing.reiki, from 1998.02 to 1998.02, 2002.09 to today
- About the Reiki system of spiritual healing. - Consisted mainly
of an over 100 posts a day flame war, actually the private vendetta
of one guy plus all the reactions to him, and about 1% of content.
That small amount of content included an history of the method and
its politics. - Since then it has recovered
alt.history.costuming, from 1997.12 to 1997.12
- About historical costume making. - Too newer aera for my interest,
mainly American Civil War and World Wars, hardly any medieval.
alt.html, from 1998.01 to 1998.01
- About the files that make the Web move. - Mostly beginners who
should really read a good intro or theory text.
alt.life.afterlife, from 1998.01 to 1998.02
- About theories af what happens after death. - Too spaced off for
me. I prefer
alt.out-of-body, as both are more down to earth.
alt.out-of-body, from 1997.12 to 2002.09
- About the
Out-Of-Body Experience (where people feel as if the concious part
of them (soul?) leaves their body and goes wandering). - Was ince a
great group. A wide selection of psychics, parapsychic and spiritual
stuff, with many sensible and intelligent posters. - Unfortunately
since the beginning of 2000 invaded by a bunch of "Skeptics"
barbarians. Has in 2002 entirely degraded into 1000th time useless
repeat flaming of fundamentalist materialists over spiritualism.
alt.paranormal, from 1997.12 to 1998.01
- About parapsychology. - The absolute Hell in comparison with
alt.out-of-body. The biggest flame
war I have ever seen, up to 300 posts a day. - The main focus of the
flaming has died in the mean time, so it may have improved (at least
the flamewars crossposted to other groups have stopped coming).
alt.religion.emacs, from 1997.12 to 1997.12
- About the Emacs editor with all its extensions. - While I use
Emacs for nearly everything I simply lost interest in the too many
advocacy posts there.
alt.sys.pdp10, from 2000.08 to 2003.12
- About the DEC PDP-10 computers. - From the days when large real
computers had 36 bits, multiple users and no GUIs. I started an
project to clone these. Left the
group after giving up the project.
alt.sys.pdp8, from 2000.08 to 2002.12
- About the DEC PDP-8 computers. - The first really small (12 bit)
computer that could be used as an personal computer in 1965.
ch.comp, from 1998.02 to 1998.02
- About computers, local discussion in Switzerland (in German). -
nowhere near as good as
comp.arch.fpga, from 2000.09 to 2003.12
- About working with FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). -
Good group. A bit VHDL/Verilog heavy, but the chip stuff gets treated
well enough for me. Some Xilinx people frequent it.
comp.security.unix, from 1998.01 to 1998.01
- About computer security in Unix systems. - Decent group. But not
good enough to keep me reading, I prefer the Bugtraq mailing
comp.unix.admin, from 1997.12 to 1998.02
- About administering Unix systems. - Decent group. But at an not
particularly high level of challenge.
de.alt.folklore.computer, from 1997.12 to 1998.02
- German language counterpart to
alt.folklore.computers. - Decent group, but not as good as the
original. Gave it up when I decided I was doing too much Usenet.
rec.arts.books.tolkien, from 1999.07 to today
- About the writings of J R R Tolkien. - Quit a good group. Has some
a bit odd characters in it, but definitely worth reading, because
it also has some very knowlegable good discussants in it.
rec.arts.comics.elfquest, from 2001.10 to today
- About the great Elfquest comic series. - With one of the
originators occationally posting. Very low traffic group. The real
meat seems to be in mailing lists though.
rec.games.frp.misc, from 2000.03 to 2000.10
- About fantasy roleplaying games. - Quit a good group. This is the
dice/pen/paper type of roleplaying, not the computer games (which
are not acceptable discussion in this group). Gave it up because I
was just doing too much Usenet, and this is an 300 post/day one.
rec.org.sca, from 1997.11 to 1998.06
- About the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism), an medieval
recreation group. - The original reason I finally got on to Usenet
after doing years of mailing lists. Has too many debates for my taste
about how authentic the stuff should be, they tend also to turn
into flaming too often. And over 100 posts/day.
rec.sport.archery, 1997.12 and from 1998.04 to 1998.06
- About archery. - A block of historical archery crossposted to
rec.org.sca in 1997.12 and then later
my regular reading. Is too much "modern" bows (compounds) and
material and championship stuff for my taste (relaxation and medieval
recreation). It spawned an group alt.archery.traditional which turned
up on my news server and then froze after 15 posts.
soc.history.medieval, from 1997.12 to 1997.12
- About medieval history. - Contains some real historians and some
wanabees. Highly intellectual. And a highly flamable mix.
soc.support.transgender, from 1998.03 to 1998.04
- About transgendered people (those whose personality feels at ods
with the socially demanded sex specific behaviour). - Is mainly
an flame war between those that want sociaty to accept them the
way they are and those who have changed sex and see the first group
as a threat to their acceptance as "normal" people.
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