I am either about to do something really fun or slightly insane. This is the best kind of project: where you can't quite tell which until you get into it.
I should also confess I've been posting to comp.mail.uucp lately. AND GETTING REPLIES.
#UUCP forever? Or 40 years too long?
@jgoerzen I have been meditating on how I'd k like to use Usenet again*. I'd check out a server if you set one up.
*Not just for a.b.warez
@ieure I've done some surfing with Google Groups (terrible, yes) and it actually seems to have a number of pretty nice communities now. I also have no interest in the binaries groups. Free newsserver is available at aioe.org - take a look! Or watch for my announcement on #NNCP feeds in a couple of weeks.
@jgoerzen @ieure I think last time, after trying out aioe.org for a moment and then trying to post from some local MAN servers and I think succeeding to from my uni or my previous uni servers but having to ssh to my uni or my old uni for that, I ended up just using https://www.eternal-september.org/ which iirc was the most permissive to post stuff and maybe for control messages too i can't remember
@jgoerzen Several years ago I wondered if NNTP could be used to essentially federate Discourse forum installations ... there's definitely something there that we just haven't recreated since.
@jgoerzen I guess it was actually attempted at one point ... https://meta.discourse.org/t/sync-discourse-with-nntp/58602
@jgoerzen I think it's part of computer history and should be conserved in an operational state. It's important to know from where you come and how you got where are you today. Be it UUCP/NNTP or the whole retrocomputing thing in total.
Just because we live today and have modern things doesn't mean that older things are worse or bad. Sometimes the good old things are still better than newer things. It's often just that they are not as shiny as newer stuff (but may be a better fit to a problem)
@jgoerzen uucp still works, and there's a few people out there still running Usenet feeds over uucp (over TCP/TLS, no idea if anyone still does actual dialup).
@jgoerzen The web site is in German only since it's a non-profit that has been providing internet access in a city nearby ever since the 1990s. "UUCP-only membership" is €4/month. Not sure how they keep it afloat - we ran a sister organisation here and gave up some time in the 2000s.
I can ask if they're prepared to set up a feed for someone in a different country (though I assume you're outside of the European SEPA bank transfer region and banking costs would be prohibitive).
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