Duke to Shutdown USENET Servers   Leave a comment

I like to say I was the last of the first people to get on the Internet. I got on in the last couple of years before the web browser came about. In this world, everything was text. While the content wasn’t as rich as it is today, it had a depth to it. You could also access it via almost anything (dumb terminal, 1200 baud modem, etc.).

USENET was the major discussion area–the precursor to today’s forums and blogs. Google bought out and now hosts the archive as part of Google Groups. In fact, I can still find some of my old posts from that day.

clipped from www.dukenews.duke.edu

Duke to shut Usenet server, home to the first electronic newsgroups

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.
The “Users Network,” Usenet for short, grew into an international electronic discussion forum with more than 120,000 newsgroups dedicated to various topics, from local dining to computer programming languages. Each group had a distinctive name such as soc.history or sci.math.
Many social aspects of online communication – from emoticons and slang acronyms such as LOL to flame wars – originated or were popularized on Usenet.

Jim Ellis was one of the two Duke graduate students who helped develop Usenet in 1979.
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Posted 2010-05-19 by Mr. Guilt in computers, Internet, Web 0.2

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