posted on Dec, 30 2018 @ 09:49 PM
Let's just say that if it were possible to find these postings that it would be a life changing event in my life and I am pretty certain of the dates
I'm not going to say on here, but let's say from Sept 2001 till about Dec 2002 is where my posting would be along with lots of discussion related to
the post (probably upwards of 300-500 posts related to one topic).
The problem is that I don't know what news group it was in as it was a computer related news group (of which there were maybe 1,000 or so, many more
when you get into specific topics like languages, programming and other niche sectors). I do remember it would have been a more main stream group
with lots of postings (IIRC the first time I pulled down all the headers it was over 1/2 million postings) and it may have been something like
alt.sci.comp or alt.sci.comp.network(ing). The problem is that I also subscribed to probably 200-300 groups related to computers and electronics (I
swear NO porn, I was in college for Pete's sake, I didn't need that !)
(On a side note, wow, was that the place to find nudies and videos back in the day when you didn't want to pay for an adult website and the CC
billing showed up as "Giga News, or GigaNews Media Service" - see mom, just keeping up with current events!
SO I know there was a long (probably 2-3 month) conversation about one topic in one specific group.
I also was a member on probably 30+ tech support and computer forums where I talked about this same topic, though to a lesser extent (probably on 5-8
pf the boards), people weren't as engaging or as knowledgeable on those sites, but at least there is possibility of a record showing discussion about
"topic X". I have a suspicion that there are probably only a couple of these sites left and the chances of them being the one I talked on about
this issue is probably pretty slim.
I've looked for online services that say they archive old USENET groups but many of them don't seem to go back very far and some have very spotty
coverage on the groups covered, let along the individual topics.
Here is my thought, since most big ISP's (AOL, Comcast, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc) usually provided access to USENET (some it was an extra expense
that you paid for) they would host their own USENET servers to keep network traffic & costs down (instead of paying a USENET service for each access
by subscriber). So maybe there are old backup tapes sitting somewhere with all the USENET data from 1995 - 2005 or something (minus the porn b/c that
was probably about 97%+ of the data storage on these boards). The rest was basically the same as emails and postings, just text, some pics and
occasional file here or there an exe, scrip, whatever). I wonder if I could find some nice IT manager who could pull a backup tape of their USENET
server (offer some cash, bitcoin, date with a lovely man/woman of choice, Wal-Mart of Costco gift cards, IDK - I'm open to suggestions as this is the
only avenue that I think MIGHT be possible).
I miss the old days when USENET was big. THAT was the internet and that was one of the best features hands down. IDK if it's even still around or
if it could even be revived w/o spammers polluting it.
For those nosey and NEED to know what I'm searching for, well if I find it, you will know and it won't be from me telling you on this board but it
is very interesting (especially for me!) and would explain a lot of things we have experienced (as a society) since about 2005-2006.