So posted henry yesterday to the
hacknews group in
As an experiment, for our first month on Usenet, recently completed, we have been getting all the news etc. that Usenet has available. Alas, this has a price, both in phone bills and in my time spent babysitting the link late at night. I have been doing some arithmetic about the costs involved, and the answer keeps coming out as Too Much. For a one-month experiment, ok, but on a continuing basis, no.
If all this stuff were vital and important, that would be different, but much of it is fascinating but essentially trivial gossip. At 300 baud, this is a luxury we can't afford just now. So we are going to have to stop getting some newsgroups. Precisely which ones will get the axe I haven't entirely sorted out yet, but I must regretfully announce that human-nets and sf-lovers will be the first to go -- they are just too bulky. The detailed hit list will appear soon.
Anyone wishing to keep a particular "axed" newsgroup alive may do so by committing to pay for it (phone charges plus a surcharge for human hassle). This must be real money, folks. If your driving passion is to keep sf-lovers open, be warned that sf-lovers costs AT LEAST one hundred dollars a month.
Unfortunatly it's too late to pay for utzoo's long-distance calls to North Carolina, or give them a 1200 baud modem, so from here out oldusenet will probably be offering only a partial feed of Usenet, unless another site steps forward to offer a feed of course. ;)
Meanwhile, keep an eye on
net.news; some guy called "ucbvax!Onyx:glickman"
is talking about writing a new netnews. Who knows if anything will ever
come of it.