Newshosting Hits 9 Years of Binary Retention

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Newshosting recently surpassed an astonishing 9 years of binary retention. We are the first Usenet provider to reach this milestone and have no intention of stopping.

Newshosting Holdings Inc. announced they have surpassed an unprecedented 9 years of binary retention. They were the first Usenet provider to reach this milestone and continue to spool daily.

What Is Binary Retention?

For those unfamiliar with how Usenet retention and spooling work, 9 years of retention means binary articles posted in August, 2008 are still accessible on Newshosting’s servers.

  • Retention: how long articles are retained on the servers. Articles older than the defined retention level are deleted.
  • Spooling: refers to retention growing daily.

Newshosting also boasts a 99.9% download completion rate and industry leading throughput.

What is Usenet?

Usenet is an uncensored section of the Internet. Despite having origins dating back 37 years, it remains on of the largest repositories for intellectual discussion and binaries.

It is also one of the three founding pillars of the Internet. In fact, it predates the Web by more than a decade. Think about it this way:

  • Email = SMTP
  • Web = HTTP(S)
  • Usenet = NNTP

Within Usenet, there are 100,000+ newsgroups focused on categories ranging from politics to woodworking to cricket.

Newshosting’s text newsgroups have even more retention than the binary ones. Discussions dating back to 2003 can be found.

Why Should I Care?

Many important events first happened on Usenet.

  • Linux was first announced in comp.os.minix
  • IMDB’s origins can be traced to rec.arts.movies

While these are older references, Usenet still hosts an eclectic mix of Internet pioneers, masterminds, and run of the mill folk from around the globe.

About Newshosting
Newshosting has been the leader in Usenet since 1997. Customers can access multiple servers across North America and Europe to achieve maximum speeds and redundancy.
Constant innovation has kept Newshosting at the industry forefront. Proprietary newsreader software was added free of charge for all customers in 2011. Free zero-log VPN service was added to select accounts in 2014.

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