* Posts by alderson

1 post • joined 20 May 2010

Usenet's home shuts down today


NNTP? Really?

One quibble: The article makes the claim, perhaps inadvertently, that nntp predates the Internet.

Usenet used Unix-to-Unix-copy (uucp) over dial-up phone lines for a very long time. It wasn't until the Internet was firmly established that a TCP-based NetNews Transfer Protocol (nntp) was devised, and uucp was still the primary vehicle for Usenet for a long long time afterwards, since the world at large was not allowed on the Internet until the mid-1990s.

For a very long time, there were a number of sites which resided on both networks and acted as relays (sometimes in one direction only, sometimes bidirectionally).

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