With P2P coming under the legal crosshairs of late, people are apparently running back to Usenet, or probably discovering it for the first time. There is a conception of increased safety or anonymity that is possibly causing the rise in activity and the file sharing has increased at a dramatic rate on these services. We even can read of a service in the article below that actually boasts that they do not log what users are doing on their network.
You can read this interesting story from Wired here, in it they speak about a new development for file sharing that supposedly makes Usenet easier - NZP file software. It is designed to solve an old problem of locationg and downloading the scattered parts of a large Usenet file. The larger binaries have always needed to be broken into small bits, as there is a 10,000 line limit to a file. Then you had to gather them all up and merge them back together. A tedious and often frustrating process. Sometimes, you could even lack a single fraction of a file and it is useless until the binary is complete. Possibly you know something about this software and could share your thoughts on it. Especially in the aspect of how it compares with the more familiar P2P apps that everyone uses today.
Here is a quote from Wired that we used in our story today:
[I]But a recent open-source technology, the NZB file, solves this age-old problem. Developed by Usenet indexing site Newzbin, the XML file permits the automatic gathering of scattered parts of Usenet postings. NZB files are supported by most popular newsreaders, including NZBGet for Mac and Linux, and NewsBin Pro for PC. There are now also several dedicated alt.binaries.nzb newsgroups.
More dramatically, NZB allows web searches of files posted to Usenet, making Usenet almost as easy to use as eMule or Kazaa.
This new file format and the rise of commercial high-bandwidth Usenet services -- such as NewsGroups and Usenet.com -- are fueling the revival of Usenet. Pirates now are discovering, to their surprise, that the old newsgroup system, patched with modern technology, outperforms most other P2P networks. [/I]
Right now, I am using Comcast for a cable ISP. Interestingly, they have off-loaded the News Server duties to GigaNews and give all Comcast subscribers a "free" 2 gigabyte a month account. A quick check with Forte News Reader reveals a plethora of different types of binaries can be found on their servers. For instance, there are thousands of Mp3's and they are all neatly catagorized by genre or decade or whatever.
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