DOGnzb Father’s Day Special

The team at DOGnzb is celebrating Father’s Day with a special. If you renew or extend your DOGnzb account before June 21st you can enjoy up to a year of additional access added to your account. We’ll share the forum post in a moment but to summarize, you get 1 year free with 3-5 years extensions or 6 months free with one year renewals. The site has open registration for those who don’t already have an account. Remember to sign up or renew your VIP status by June 21st to take advantage of the promotion.

Here’s the scoop taken directly from the announcement on the DOGnzb forum:

Renew (or extend) your VIP membership before June 21st and you will receive up to 365 extra days. If you renew for one year, you will get 6 additional months added to your membership. If you renew for 3 or 5 years, you will get an additional year added to your membership.

Please note, that the additional time will NOT be mentioned anywhere, but rest assured it will be automatically added when your payment is automatically processed.

If paying with Bitcoins, make sure to pay the suggested transaction fee, if not your payment could take hours, days or weeks to confirm properly.

(this offer can only be applied once. if you already received a free year from us during 2017, you cannot use this promotion again).

You will still need both a Usenet provider and client software to download your favorite newsgroup content. Don’t forget to check out the latest Usenet deals and special offers on our main Newsgroup Reviews site.

Famous Usenet Posts – WWW, Linux, Netscape

August will mark the 26th anniversary of Tim Berners Lee publishing a summary of the World Wide Web project to the alt.hypertext newsgroup.  In the beginning the WWW was a side project that Tim Berners-Lee worked on at CERN.  In 1991 he announced the WorldWideWeb project to the online community via Usenet.  The post was made in the alt.hypertext newsgroup on August 6th, 1991.  Since then several important announcements have come via Usenet but the WWW post is definitely one of our favorites.  Let’s take a look at the post.

Here’s Tim’s post from 1991:

WorldWideWeb: Summary

In article <64…@cernvax.cern.ch> I promised to post a short summary  of the
WorldWideWeb project.  Mail me with any queries.

WorldWideWeb – Executive Summary
The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to
make an easy but powerful global information system.

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should
be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within
internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by
support groups.

Reader view

The WWW world consists of documents, and links.  Indexes are special documents
which, rather than being read, may be searched. The result of such a search is
another (“virtual”) document containing links to the documents found.  A simple
protocol (“HTTP”) is used to allow a browser program to request a keyword
search by a remote information server.

The web contains documents in many formats. Those documents which are
hypertext,  (real or virtual) contain links to other documents, or places
within documents. All documents, whether real, virtual or indexes, look similar
to the reader and are contained within the same addressing scheme.

To follow a link,  a reader clicks with a mouse (or types in a number if he or
she has no mouse). To search and index, a reader gives keywords (or other
search criteria). These are the only operations  necessary to access the entire
world of data.

Information provider view

The WWW browsers can access many existing data systems via existing protocols
(FTP, NNTP) or via HTTP and a gateway. In this way, the critical mass of data
is quickly exceeded, and the increasing use of the system by readers and
information suppliers encourage each other.

Making a web is as simple as writing a few SGML files which point to your
existing data. Making it public involves running the FTP or HTTP daemon, and
making at least one link into your web from another. In fact,  any file
available by anonymous FTP can be immediately linked into a web. The very small
start-up effort is designed to allow small contributions.  At the other end of
the scale, large information providers may provide an HTTP server with full
text or keyword indexing.

The WWW model gets over the frustrating incompatibilities of data format
between suppliers and reader by allowing negotiation of format between a smart
browser and a smart server. This should provide a basis for extension into
multimedia, and allow those who share application standards to make full use of
them across the web.

This summary does not describe the many exciting possibilities opened up by the
WWW project, such as efficient document caching. the reduction of redundant
out-of-date copies, and the use of knowledge daemons.  There is more
information in the online project documentation, including some background on
hypertext and many technical notes.

Try it

A prototype (very alpha test) simple line mode browser is currently available
in source form from node  info.cern.ch [currently 128.141.201.74] as

/pub/WWW/WWWLineMode_0.9.tar.Z.

Also available is a hypertext editor for the NeXT using the NeXTStep graphical
user interface, and a skeleton server daemon.

Documentation is readable using www (Plain text of the instalation instructions
is included in the tar file!). Document

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

is as good a place to start as any. Note these coordinates may change with
later releases.

_________________________________________________________________

Tim Berners-Lee

     Tel:        +41(22)767 3755
WorldWideWeb project                Fax:        +41(22)767 7155
C.E.R.N.                        email:        t…@cernvax.cern.ch
1211 Geneva 23
Switzerland

Along with the Tim Berner’s Lee WWW announcement here are some other significant Usenet posts:

You will find that Google Groups is a good source for historical text posts like those listed above.  To learn more about binary newsgroup access visit the Usenet providers section of NewsgroupReviews.com.

Without a doubt we missed some famous / interesting Usenet posts.  The newsgroup articles mentioned above are some of our favorites.  Please share yours with us @NewsgroupRevs so we can add them to the list.

SABnzbd Releases Version 2.0.0 RC 2

SABnzbd continues to refine their popular Usenet browser.  The SABnzbd 2.0.0 release includes a new module to speed up the decoding of Usenet files.  If you’re system is lagging when running SABnzbd then we suggest trying the new version.  Version 2.0.0 RC 2 was released last week.  You can choose whether you want to wait for any bugs to be flushed out.  We’re comfortable with early SABnzbd releases but with any release candidate you can expect some issues.  In this case you can expect more bugs since it’s the first alpha release. We haven’t heard of any major issues with the yet. As of Tuesday afternoon, SABnzbd 2.0.0 RC 2 has been downloaded 2,977 times.  Those who haven’t tried SABnzbd in the past are welcome to grab the latest release from their downloads page or learn more about the project at sabnzbd.org.

SABnzbd 2.0.0 RC 2

SABnzbd is one of our favorite newsreaders along with NZBGet, Newshosting client, Newsbin and NewsLeecher.  All of them do a great job at downloading from Usenet.  If your goal is text newsgroups we would suggest Newsbin.  SABnzbd focuses on binary files.  The open-source client runs as a web server on your system.  You can access it through your favorite web browser.  They have versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Since SABnzbd is open-source and has such a large following you will find a number of cool add-ons and services like CouchPotato, Sick Beard, Sonarr and SABMobile for iOS and Android devices.  Check out the SABnzbd forum to learn more about these add-ons and others available for the client.

Here’s a full list of new features and bug fixes in the RC 2 release:

New in 2.0.0: SABYenc

To improve SABnzbd’s performance on systems where CPU power is limiting download speed, we developed a new module called SABYenc to accelerate the decoding of usenet articles. Depending on the hardware, download speed can greatly increase. The Windows and macOS releases automatically include this module, for other platforms you can read more on: https://sabnzbd.org/sabyenc If you experience issues, please report them on our Forums! The module is not mandatory, the _yenc module will continue to work and its performance will be similar.

What’s new in 2.0.0

  • Post-processing scripts now get additional job information via SAB_* environment variables – See: https://github.com/sabnzbd/sabnzbd/issues/785
  • Certificate Validation set to Strict for newly added newsservers
  • Schedule items can now be enabled and disabled
  • Remove Secondary Web Interface option
  • HTTP-redirects in interface are now relative URL’s
  • Moved some lesser used settings to Config->Specials
  • Cache usage is now updated continuously in the Status Window
  • On macOS SABnzbd was set to have low IO-priority, this is now set to normal

Bug fixes since RC 1

  • SABYenc updated to version 2.8.0 due to failure to decode some articles
  • If SABYenc was missing it could result in crashes
  • Checking for encryption during downloading could fail
  • QuickCheck could crash when renaming already renamed files
  • skip_dashboard set to 1 by default in fullstatus API-call

Who said Usenet isn’t popular?  SABnzbd continues to grow and has now passed 9 million downloads.  Having so many popular extensions integrated with the Usenet browser will only help the project continue to grow.  If you have any questions or need help getting started the SABnzbd team has some nice guides.  The forum is also a great place to ask questions and learn about all the custom add-ons.

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UsenetExpress Launches New Tier-1 Usenet Service

A new Usenet provider by the name of UsenetExpress launched earlier today. It is the first tier-1 Usenet provider to jump into the industry in a very long time. The founder of UsenetExpress is no rookie to the Usenet biz. Earlier today he shared his past history on the site’s blog. He founded a Usenet company in the early 2000s that gained popularity before he sold it in 2006. It has continued to grow into one of the most popular Usenet providers in the world. Back to UsenetExpress, their team is launching the new service to compete with the small number of tier-1 Usenet providers on the market. Time will tell whether or not their strategy will be a success, but in the meantime they are looking for some Usenet enthusiasts to help test the new service. The UsenetExpress team is offering a free month of service to users who help them stress test the service.

UsenetExpress

If you would like to help test the new UseneExpress service, their team has kindly shared a coupon code with us that will give you a free month of Usenet access. We want to note that you will need to sign up for an account and provide payment information to receive the free month of access. If you do not cancel your account during the first 30 days it will bill at their normal rate of $10 a month. Even so, the promotion is a great chance to test out a new tier-1 Usenet network free of charge. To do so you will want to visit their site and click on the blue Signup Now button. On the pricing screen that follows you will want to select the $10 monthly plan. At this point you can enter the coupon code goldenticket to receive the first month free. As of the time of our post there is no field for the code. Instead you can simply type goldenticket without clicking on anything else. As soon as you hit the last letter the screen will present you with a message stating the code is confirmed as shown below.

UsenetExpress goldenticket

Now that the coupon code is active, you can simply scroll down and enter an email address. From there you will choose between a number of payment methods. Regardless of which one you select, a message stating that “your coupon will be applied on the payment page.” will be presented. Then the payment page will show a message that let’s you know the subscription terms which include free service for the first month, then $10 for each month. Give UsenetExpress a test drive and let their team know what you think. As always we’re also interested in your impressions. Hit us up on Twitter and share your thoughts on the new Usenet service.

Free NCAA March Madness Apps

It’s that time of year again.  With day 1 of March Madness underway, hopefully your NCAA tourney bracket isn’t too beat up.  We also enjoy the surprises that come each year over the first weekend.  This might seem a little off topic since we normally cover Usenet but I know a lot of our blog readers will be enjoying the tournament along with us.  Here are some free March Madness apps for iOS and Android to help you enjoy the tourney.

If you plan to watch March Madness from outside the USA we suggest using a Smart DNS service.

NCAA March Madness Live

Free March Madness Apps

This year you can stream every game shown on CBS for free using the NCAA March Madness Live app.  The app is available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes.  Android users can download it free from Google Play.  If you’ve cut the cord on cable you can still watch all the CBS games which include a lot of important games this weekend and all of the NCAA Sweet 16 and beyond.  TBS, TNT and truTV games are open to paid subscribers.

ESPN Bracket Bound

ESPN Bracket Bound App

Keep track of the NCAA tourney brackets with the ESPN bracket bound app.  The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes.  Those with Android devices can download the app free from Google Play.

ESPN ScoreCenter

ESPN ScoreCenter App

Use ESPN’s free ScoreCenter app to view the latest scores, read news, and watch video highlights.  iPhone and iPad users can download it free from iTunes.  Android users can grab ScoreCenter from Google Play.

You can check out more free sports related apps in either app store.  Enjoy this year’s March Madness!

NZB360 Returns to Google Play Store

February 21, 2017 update – we’re very excited to share that the latest release of NZB360 is available on Google Play. After three years of being absent from Google Play, Kevin has managed to get NZB360 back in the store. Better yet the latest NZB360 v10 adds support for Radarr. You can download the app free from Google Play and upgrade for $4.99. I encourage anyone who wants to enjoy Usenet access on your Android device to purchase the app. You can read what other Usenet fans have to say about the new app on Reddit.

NZB360


February 14, 2014 update – Kevin, the developer of NZB360, has been kicking around ideas for distributing and licensing the app outside the Play store.  Unfortunately Google isn’t going to return the app so he is figuring out another distribution method.  Right now it sounds like there will be a base NZB360 app offered free of charge.  With some extra features that you can activate for a fee.  The consensus on Reddit is to offer a one-time fee rather than a subscription model.  It sounds like he might offer both.  The ETA on the app being available is two weeks.  We’ll update you once again when it’s ready.

As of Thursday, February 6th NZB360 is no longer available in the Google Play store.  No explanation is given.  You simply get a “we’re sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server” error message.  We first read about the removal of NZB360 in this sub Reddit forum post.  The developer of the popular Android app confirmed that Google dropped NZB360, apparently without warning and without reason given for the action.

The image above is from the NZB360 page on AppBrain.  According to the site if you have an AppBrain account you can use their installer to directly install the app on your device.  Perhaps that’s another option for the time being.  Assuming AppBrain isn’t just pulling the download from the Google Play store.

Hopefully Google either corrects their mistake or accepts the appeal for NZB360 to return to their store.  If not the developer promises to find a new distribution method.  Given the time and effort spent on making NZB360 arguably the best app of it’s kind for Android users I certainly hope we don’t have to wait long for Google to respond.  If an alternative ends up being necessary we’ll make sure to post the new URL right here.

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DOGnzb Open for Registration

Have you been hoping for an invite to DOGnzb?  If so this is your chance.  DOGnzb is open for registration.  Last time they opened registration it was only for a few hours though so if you want an account we suggest you register fast.  New members typically receive a 30 day free trial for the site.  After that you can continue using DOGnzb for a fee. Unfortunately DogNZB no longer offers lifetime accounts. Instead they offer 1 year for $15, 3 years for $35 or 5 years for $50. You can pay with bitcoin or use a credit card. Note that credit card payments also incur a $10 service charge.  Given the popularity of the site and scarcity of invites we suggest you get in now.  If you’ve missed previous opening this is your chance to gain access to DOGnzb.

Register for DOGnzb

The site doesn’t really need an introduction.  Since Newzbin and NZBMatrix dropped out, DOGnzb has become one of the hardest tickets in town.  Not only is the site great for finding Usenet content, it’s also damn near impossible to get an invite.  Cheers to the DOGnzb team for opening up registration.  Even if it’s for a short period of time.  To sign up visit their registration page.  It should say “Registration” at the top.  If it says “Login” the open enrollment has already ended.  We’ll keep this post updated any time the site is open to new users.

Here’s a list of features available to DOGnzb users:

  • Exclusive regex rules and deobfuscation algorithms result in additional NZBs available
  • Fine tune your Watchlist delay setting and retention limits.
  • Sync from IMDb and Trakt watchlists every 60 minutes
  • Trigger metadata refresh of any TV show or Movie
  • Push notifications alerts to your mobile phone.
  • iCal feeds of your TV Show Watchlist.
  • Custom Searches and RSS feeds updated hourly.
  • Passthrough and Emulation APIs for mobile phones.
  • Primary and Secondary Push Queues.
  • View NZB contents and perform partial downloads.
  • Mobile Website Interface

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NZB Sites with Open Registration

Feb. 13, 2017 update: Dognzb is currently open to new registrations.  I’m not sure how long it will last so if you want in I suggest you register right away.  You’ll have 30 days to try out the site.  During that time you will need to upgrade to VIP which now costs $15 a year (plus $10 service charge) if you want to continue using the NZB site.

Nov. 15, 2016 update: Registration is open at SimplyNZBs. New users can register for an account and immediately gain access to the site. Access over 1500 days of backfill across 192 newsgroups. As a free member you have limited API and site access. VIP members get up to 5000 API hits a day. You can register now at https://simplynzbs.com/

June 30, 2016 update: 6box is currently open for registration.  The admin accidentally deleted some active users while working to clear dead accounts.  Rather than send out invites he has opened the site for registration.  To register simply visit https://6box.me/register

July 25, 2014 update: NZBSooti is open to new members thru Sunday.  If you haven’t checked out their site yet I recommend it.  Just remember to sign up by Sunday.  To register visit https://www.nzbsooti.sx/.  In addition NMatrix is offering 50% off account upgrades this weekend.  The cost is $5 for life if you upgrade by Sunday.  To register and upgrade visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/

June 10, 2014 update: Dognzb is currently open to new registrations.  I’m not sure how long it will last so if you want in I suggest you register right away.  You’ll have 30 days to try out the site.  During that time you will need to upgrade to VIP for a one time fee of $10 if you want to continue using the NZB site.

April 17, 2014 update: nMatrix is getting ready to go private.  If you’d like to become a member before they go private visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/.  You will need to sign up and then upgrade to VIP status to keep access.

Mar. 7, 2014 update: NZBSooti is open to new members this weekend.  If you haven’t checked out their site yet I recommend it.  Just remember to sign up by Sunday.  To register visit https://www.nzbsooti.sx/register

Feb. 1, 2014 update: nMatrix is opening registration for one day.  Make sure to sign for a free account on February 1st.  The registration window will end at midnight EST.  To register visit https://www.nmatrix.co.za/register

Jan. 10, 2014 update: Dognzb opened registration to celebrate the New Years holiday.  New users have 30 days to try out the site for free.  To keep your account active they requite that you upgrade to VIP in the first 30 days.  The cost is $10 for VIP access.

I know a lot of Usenet fans have been looking around for new NZB sites and search engines since Newzbin2 and NZBMatrix closed down.  You’ll be happy to know there are several new options.  Obviously they aren’t as complete as the big dogs of the past but give them time.  Better yet each of the sites we’re about to list is open to new registrations so you won’t need an invite.  The sites are free to join and use.  Some of them offer premium accounts or VIP status based on donations.  Check them all out and see what you think.

Nzb.su open registration

From what we’ve seen so far it seems like there are a few new NZB sites and Usenet search engines that have a shot of being the next NZBMatrix.  Their are several contenders and our favorite is nzbX.  Again though registration is open at all these sites as we’re writing so we recommend you sign up for each and try them all out.  Find the best fit for you.  Several of them are built off Newznab so you’ll notice similarities.

Here’s a list of NZB sites that are free to use or have open registration:

  1. DognzbDognzb.cr (lately they have been opening registration for short periods every few weeks)
  2. Nzb.suNzb.su (closed to new members other than by invitation)
  3. NzbplanetNzbplanet.net
  4. NZB FinderNzbfinder.ws
  5. Nznindex.inNzbindex.in
  6. NZBFriendsNzbfriends.com
  7. FindNZBFindnzb.net
  8. NZBidNzbid.org
  9. BiNZBBinzb.com
  10. FastNZBfastnzb.info

Remember to sign up for the new sites while they’re open for registration.  We’d like to wish each of the new NZB sites and search engines the best in building an active community of Usenet fans.

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Does Astraweb Store Passwords in Plain Text?

Earlier this week a concerned Astraweb member posted on Reddit to warn others that Astraweb is storing passwords in plain text. He included an email from Astraweb that included the username and password for all three accounts that were tied to his email address. What’s wrong with that? For starters no one should hold you’re password in plain text anymore. You may have noticed that when you forget your password and request help that most companies reply with a link to reset your password. Instead Astraweb replied with every username and password tied to the user’s email address. By storing passwords in plain text Astraweb is putting members at risk. This is especially true for those who reuse the same password on other websites.

Password

There are a number of steps you can take to help protect your online accounts. The first is to use a different password for each account. Long gone are the days of using a single password and keeping it on a post-it note under your keyboard. You would think that practice ended long ago but I recently visited a company that specializes in website development and watched the office manager refer to a post-it note to log into a customer’s project. They proceeded to refer to the same note to log into other customer’s projects. Needless to say that didn’t leave a good impression. Most of us do a better job now a days but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Make sure you use strong passwords and never reuse them. You can use a free password manager like KeePass to help keep track of all your passwords.

The next step is to use multi-factor authentication whenever possible. You may already use two factor authentication to log into work while traveling or for financial institutions. The use of two-factor authentication has grown to include a lot of popular mainstream websites including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon and many more. Most of them use a software token like Google Authenticator. How does it work? You simply install the Google Authenticator app on your iOS or Android device and use it to log into your favorite sites. This keeps anyone from accessing your account. They would need both your password and the rotating code that is presented on your device at the time of login. This is far more secure than just using a password.

There are a number of other steps you can take to help protect your identity online. If you don’t already use a VPN service then we suggest researching them and adding one to help protect your privacy. This is especially true for those who use public wifi networks. Whether you enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee while browsing the Internet or traveling, a VPN is a must. It’s way too easy to log into wifi at a restaurant or hotel and not realize you’re communications aren’t protected. You can take of this by logging into a VPN before using public wifi. A good VPN will also help you avoid censorship and geo restrictions. It’s not necessary for downloading from Usenet. Most providers offer SSL encryption which we recommend enabling in your newsreader.

NewsgroupDirect 2 Terabyte Block Sale

NewsgroupDirect is currently celebrating a great start to the new year with a special on 2 terabyte blocks.  Their latest deal comes in the shape of a huge block account.  The largest we’ve seen offered in quite some time.  Through January 29th NewsgroupDirect is offering 2 TB of Usenet access for $70.  Since NGD blocks are non-expiring you can use the account until it is depleted.  Visit the NGD Deal of the Week page to sign up.

NGD block sale

I normally recommend block accounts for backup and fills.  To fill missing content I would suggest a European Usenet provider.  A 2 terabyte block is huge.  Most Usenet fans could use it as their primary account for months.  Remember that NGD blocks are non-expiring.  At less than 4 cents a gig the price is great.  NGD block users enjoy high retention along with 50 SSL connections.  Remember to sign up before January 29th to save.

The 2 terabyte promotion is also open to existing members.  If you already have a NewsgroupDirect account then you’ll want to log into their website and click on add block.  From there you can add a 2 TB block for the $70 discounted price instead of the $150 regular price.  We’d also like to mention that NGD block accounts are shareable.  Since you are buying a block of Usenet access they don’t mind you sharing the account.

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