Spring 2010 Meta Thread

Trn is the best method I've seen for making long discussions usable on-line.

The .newsrc (a record of your preferences and what you've read) is the most crucial part.

Usenet was set up (at least by the time I was reading it) to be read on a telnet screen. Your computer probably has telnet, and you've probably never heard of it. Telnet screens were ASCII-only, and they could load pretty fast, even on a 56K dial-up connection.

The result was that it made sense to display one article (post) at a time, and that meant that a record could be kept of which posts you... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘/CTRL+F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

The .newsrc also let you switch clients, while keeping the same records of what had been read.

Spring 2010 Meta Thread

by FAWS 1 min read11th Mar 2010147 comments

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