Highwinds And The New Usenet Monopoly

The Main Guru Usenet

Usenet is one of the oldest discussion platforms on the Internet. Long before the World Wide Web with all its flashy websites and services became what we know today, people all over the world discussed politics, programming, or asked where the next episode of Star Wars would be released (remember that one episode of The Simpsons?). Of course, in the …

DMCA Experiment, Part 3: Searching For The Delete Triggers

The Main Guru Usenet

So far, so good. In the first two steps, we established that anti-piracy firms use bots that check for certain parameters, the most important being keywords or keyphrases. If an exact release name is used as a title (for example Game.Of.Thrones.S05E01.FRENCH.720p.HDTV.x264-Scaph), it seems to triggers a sure takedown, even if the rest of the subject line clearly shows the file …

NZBClub – Not available anymore

The Main Guru Usenet

NZBClub is another free Usenet search engine, and definitely among the better ones out there. Bankrolled by advertising for Usenet providers on its front page, there are almost no ads on the entire site (except for one very annoying exception). Advanced search features allow you to pinpoint file size, newsgroups to search, and age of file, definitely a good thing. …

Encrypted Or Password-Protected Posts – How To Use Them

The Main Guru Usenet

Even though Usenet communities have been fighting and discussing about the pros and cons of uploading password-protected content for years, no consensus could be reached. Some argue it protects posts from takedowns, while others argue it is against the spirit of Usenet and blocks out many users from using the upload. Be it as it may, chances are you noticed …

Are There “Exclusive” Newsgroups From SSL-News?

The Main Guru Usenet

Usenet was always meant to be accessible to anyone, and especially when it comes to binary newsgroups were all the files we love so much are posted, all are available without any limitations. However, in 2014, some Usenet forums became notorious for some bold claims, concerning so-called “private” or “exclusive” newsgroups. The claim is that these forums (or Usenet posting teams) …