DMCA Experiment, Part 1: Getting Our First Takedowns

The Main Guru DMCA Experiment, Usenet

This is part 1 of our DMCA experiment. Let’s see what happens… if you don’t know what this is all about, feel free to have a look at the overview linked below. DMCA Experiment: Overview On reddit, we got a tip-off about UFC Fights, which one user claimed would likely be “the winner”. Okay, then why not try this for our …

DMCA Takedowns: A Live Experiment

The Main Guru DMCA Experiment, Usenet

Note: If you got to this site through one of the fake posts we uploaded to Usenet, please take a minute to go through this page for an explanation, and see what this is all about. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but as you’ll see, it’s for a good cause. Has this ever happened to you? Then read on… When …

Usenet And newzBin – An Homage To A Part Of My Childhood

The Main Guru Usenet

Instead of our usual reviews, we decided to let someone from the team write a nostalgic article on one of the greatest innovators in Usenet of the last decade. It is not necessarily factual, as emotions often toy with the memories, so some details might be off. As always, this article is not meant to encourage you to download anything …

DMCA And Privacy: Usenet Providers Answer

The Main Guru Usenet, Usenet Providers

For our series on DMCA requests, and for additional information about posting and downloading privacy, we send most large providers an email with a number of questions. No distinction was made between providers with their own architecture and “resellers” who merely resell Usenet access under their own name. Most did not respond at all or simply send us a link …

Binsearch – Easy To Use, But Loads Of Spam

The Main Guru Search Engines, Usenet

Binsearch is one of the best known search engines for NZB files on the net. You can search for posts that are up to 1100 days old. Not a bad site but others often get you better search results with less spam. Also it was very difficult for us to find certain kinds of content, for example some TV series. …

BTGuard Review – Security For Torrents

The Main Guru VPN, VPN Reviews

Quick Overview: BTGuard is a service that was originally made to only anonymize torrent traffic, and it works reasonably good for that purpose. Pricing and speed is acceptable, although there are cheaper and faster services. If you don’t need a VPN to encrypt all your traffic, it might be a good choice. However when comparing it to other privacy services, …

UsenetServer Review – Cheap And Good

The Main Guru Usenet, Usenet Providers

Short Overview: UsenetServer offers a very high retention, good speed, and is among the best top providers out there in regards to quality. Along with SSL, they also have an additional VPN-service for a additional charge, which can help you bypass bandwidth throttling and spying by your ISP or network administrator, particularly interesting for people at universities or if there’s …

XLNed Review – Cheap Usenet With Low Retention

The Main Guru Usenet Providers

Short Overview: XLNed is an interesting provider for anyone with a very slow Internet connection, with a really unexpensive plans for people with less than 3 Mbps bandwidth. With only 900 days retention (which we suspect is more something like 1100 days, for reasons), it is for people who like to download more recent files, as very old content will not be …

Pure Usenet – Low Prices For People With Slow Internet

The Main Guru Usenet Providers

Short Overview: Pure Usenet is a provider for everyone on a budget who still wants to enjoy quality Usenet. Especially if you have a slow Internet connection, this service is worth a shot. On first look, it doesn’t seem to be quite up to recent standards: Retention is lower than usual, at about 1100 days. Certainly this is still a …

GrabIt Review – Free And Old, But Still Good

The Main Guru Newsreaders

Quick Overview: GrabIt is a free newsreader for PC / Windows, and has all the features most people need to download binaries from Usenet with ease. It supports SSL encryption, NZBs, automatically repairs and extracts your downloads, and all the other good stuff, like automatically shutting down your computer after completing its job. You can use GrabIt in the simplest …