While browsing slashdot.org for news recently, I read the
item that Google has expanded their Usenet archive. Here's
what Google says about it:
Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives
into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 700 million
messages dating back to 1981. We believe this to be the most complete
collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand
historical account. We are compiling some especially memorable articles
and threads in the timeline below. For example, read Tim Berners-Lee's
announcement of what became the World Wide Web or Linus Torvalds'
first post about his "pet project".
Other highlights from Google's list of posts include "Jul
1982 -- First mention of a compact disc", "Sep 1983
-- Stallman's announcement of GNU", and "Nov
1988 -- The first warning about the Morris Internet Worm".
I was amused at the Slashdot posts in response to this news item.
Some folks expressed concern that their old Usenet postings would
come back to haunt them in the style of David Farley's Doctor
Fun cartoon "The Ghost of Usenet Postings Past."
I, for one, am glad that the archives have been preserved. They
provide a rich historical resource of technical advancements and
events. I hope you all can enjoy your Usenet browsing with a minimum
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