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USENET still going strong, and more environmentally friendly than BitTorrent ;) #internet #torrent

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2004 MSR Netscan Usenet Treemap by number of Posts

I like pronouncing things dead as much as the next guy, and don’t feel bound by facts. As I previously said in Death of USENET I don’t think is dead, and neither do the statistics[1].

Usenet traffic per day

The war against trackers and users of bittorrent continues while all these movies and CDs can easily be downloaded from USENET servers across the world without too much trouble and without revealing your IP to the world. The ISPs are slowly removing this service for their customers, opting rather to deal with the increased traffic to their network uplink rather than promoting the use of the USENET servers they host containing exactly the same material as their leeching customers want.

Besides from cheaper for the ISPs, it’s also more environmentally friendly! 😉 Rather than wasting bits and bytes and the network impact that has on the internet it’s a form of recycling where the ISP uses a limited amount of bandwidth to download the data from it’s peers and redistributes this to the users who are going to download illegally any way. These left over bits and bytes can be used to transport more important things, or can be turned into art projects by art students.

  1. Usenet traffic today (wikipedia)

Images courtesy of Marc Smith and Wikipedia.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

December 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

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Trends in Local News Searching #seo

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I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.

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Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.

For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.

So how can you use this information?

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April 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

YouTube, what’s the use?

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I have had enough of the location restriction. What’s honestly the use of restricting me from watching something on YouTube? I can subscribe to a channel which then disallows me from watching the movie. It makes it even more interesting when I can get all the BBC channels from the cable or digital television here in the Netherlands, yet can’t watch the repeats on BBC’s or YouTube’s websites.

I’m against piracy, seriously against it, so I try to get things legally. I don’t download music or films, even though it’s perfectly legal in the country I live in. I watch all the stupid adverts on MSNBC’s news items, even though I figured out years ago how to skip them.

This is why I like Google Video, though I still fear Googlezon.

Who else thinks it irony that Google owns Youtube?

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September 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

NYT Dealbook for CrackBerry #blackberry

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I discovered a new application for my CB: New York Times for BlackBerry. You can retrieve the application here. I am slightly ambivalent about NYTimes, but I like DealBook.

Obviously it bails on start with a nice Java error.

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July 31, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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I just read that Digg was acquired by google in If Google Buys Digg, What Happens Next?. I don’t completely agree with their view that nothing will happen with Digg. There are a few formats that companies have acquired that didn’t change in some way.

I always saw Digg as an reversed /. format which added the ability to moderate not the comment, but the posts themselves.

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July 23, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Fox on The Presidential Race

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I love following the US Presidential on YouTube or Fox Attacks, Obama went on Fox News and what ever I may think of either candidate I really hoped Barrack Husane Obama rips them a new one, in the style of Bill Clinton’s earlier Fox News Sunday performance. He didn’t.

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July 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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Twitter buys Summize

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July 16, 2008 at 12:25 am

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