OldUse.Net: historical recreation of Usenet as it was 30 years ago


29 Responses to “OldUse.Net: historical recreation of Usenet as it was 30 years ago”

  1. mat catastrophe says:

    My freeshell.org shell account looks like this. And I’m post-Eternal September.

  2. Michael Banck says:

    As it has not been mentioned in Cory’s post, the creator is Joey Hess, author of ikiwiki and long-time Debian Developer

  3. Luke says:

    Like Mat above, this is what my usenet looks like as I use Alpine on a unix shell account to access it.  

  4. Donna Kat says:

    Wow I would love it if “Adventure” was put back online unless of course I got stuck in the twisty little passage….

  5. Vnend says:

    So, in just 7 years we get to go through the Great Renaming again?

    “There is no Backbone Cabal.”

  6. dculberson says:

    I fondly remember dialing up into a friend’s machine, using UUCP to connect my Amiga to the Usenet.  It was really futuristic and had all these wonderful people and the promise of a world without limits.  Man, that was a different time.


  7. So I can check back in 6 years to spy on the much younger me.  That’s frighteningly awesome (I bet there’s a german word for that).

  8. Unfortunately, many of us were in the walled gardens of Compuserve, GEnie, and AppleLink. :(

    Whhhhhaaaa! I want my posts from 1989 back!

  9. Ambiguity says:

    Character cell is great for usability. 2011 and my email client is still mutt (+ procmail + getmail + nbsmtp).

    Back when I still used USENET (gave it up a few years ago) my client of choice was slrn.

    People assume that character-cell clients are old, but some still undergo active development and are quite nice.

    And xterm is a GUI!

  10. From the feed:

    “Hello, alt.sex folx. In response to the many requests for erotica on the

    Yeah, we knew where it was at back then, kids.

  11. Guest says:

    So, because I was on usenet in 1992 I’m special? Okay!

  12. Casey Barton says:

    Proud member of Kibo’s Secret Club ’91!

    • Kibo says:

      Proud member of Kibo’s Secret Club ’91!

      Yay! I’m proud anyone still remembers who I am!My first Usenet access was through college, circa 1987 or so.  The first time I paid for Usenet access was when I opened my world.std.com account in 1990.  That account’s been open 21 years.I used to occasionally dig those 1981-ish articles out of online archives and post replies to them:http://groups.google.com/group…(I don’t appear to have bothered putting in a “References:” header for that followup – either I was being sloppy, or the archived version I was using didn’t have its original “Message-ID”.)

      • Brother Phil says:

        How could we not remember you?

        I still boast about having a Kibo number of 1.

        Of course, I then have to explain what a Kibo number is…

        • Kibo says:

          Of course, I then have to explain what a Kibo number is…

          Just say, “It’s like the ‘K’ part of the Geek Code without all that geeky stuff around it.”

  13. in before the simulation argument “proves” the original usenet to also be a realtime historical recreation of itself. at this point it’s equally likely…

  14. traalfaz says:

    Neat, let’s see when the first ASCII porn shows up.

  15. 1991 user, here.  I’ve forgotten, now, how I got online, but it had something to do with an NCSA server in Champaign-Urbana.  Only used the access for playing MUDs.  Didn’t do any real posting to USENET.  It was all FIDOnet and BBSing for me in those days.

  16. jimmersd says:

    Been there done that… glad to have a GUI

  17. Timo Noko says:

    I was just lucky. Actually in 1989 I was somewhat special, because stupido amerikans thought me and Finland was behind iron curtain.

  18. joey says:

    Kibo, once net famous, always net famous. Especially if your name has verbed.

    People occasionally post replies to messages on olduse.net. I love reading them, but can’t post them anywhere for 30 years.

  19. Gordon Stark says:

    I am an old Wildcat! sysop, and I did NOT like the internet in the 90′s which was “ruining” networking.

    To this day, I still have my Wildcat! 4 system on standby for when the net goes down, for those who still have modems in their computers, and who like secure networking.  There is nothing obsolete or “dead” about DOS…  I treasure my TCIP endowed multi-tasking Digital Research DOS 7.8.

    There are still alternative networks up and running, and there are still people developing DOS and DOS platform applications for the 21st century.  The mainstream is misguided and over-rated.

    Privately owned and FIDONET interconnected BBS style networking was an awesome phenomena for global networking without the internet, and was immune to corporate takeover and consolidation of traffic flows, and did not turn one’s personal computer into a semi-public one like the internet does.The internet took networking out of the hands of the public and placed it in the control of large corporations and governments and imposed an inherently insecure and ancient networking technology in place of modern and secure BBS style networking technology which in the early 90′s was already developing browser-based internet style networking…  Microsoft was set to move forward with BBS style networking with the original Microsoft Network, but the U.S. Military rammed the internet down everyone’s throats to prevent Microsoft from privately creating the world’s biggest BBS technology based private network.

    Imagine the kind of global networking we would have if the internet had not been forced upon the public, and privately run interconnected independent networks had continued to flourish in their superior technology!

  20. Vnend says:

    And still, of course, “We are all Rich Rosen.”

  21. Ville-Matias Heikkilä says:

    The newsreader is apparently too newschool for the experience. I wasn’t there at the time, but AFAIK the readers readers prior to rn (1984) had cryptic, minimalistic command-line interfaces (like that in the original UNIX “mail” program).

    • Kibo says:

      the readers readers prior to rn (1984) had cryptic, minimalistic command-line interfaces (like that in the original UNIX “mail” program)

      I believe the idea was that Usenet messages would be infrequent, and would simply be displayed in chronological order, as they probably represented actual important “news” about your local site. The “readnews” program was actually just a front-end for “msgs” or “mail” (your choice). If you were at 300 baud or less, there was a “readnews -h” option to suppress many of the messages’ headers (of course, these days displaying the massive wad of headers by default is unthinkable, given how they’ve grown.)
      I realize the idea of using a mail client to read Usenet is weird, but… hang on, I gotta go check my RSS feeds in Apple Mail.

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