Items tagged with: nntp
For fedizens unfamiliar with Usenet, access to text-only servers is available for free. Here is a list of free Usenet service providers as well as some links to other lists of providers:
There are tens of thousands of Usenet newsgroups. Hundreds of them have activity, and there are thousands in the alt.* hierarchies that are dormant and just waiting for you to set up shop and start a discussion.
If you are interested in anonymity, cryptography and ciphers, you can find people in these groups:
If you are interested in arcane cryptography and sources, you might find me occasionally posting cryptic messages in the group: alt.sources.crypto
Since it is mainly text-based, Usenet generally has a different pace than modern social network feeds. There's a "feel" to it without the images and flashy blinkenlights. Usenet favors long threads with lots of quotations of former comments and debate, rather than the "spit it and quit it" vibe often seen on social media. News readers are threaded like email clients, so conversations are well-organized. YMMV.
Rocksolid Light is a retro, forum-style network with anonymity features. It uses NNTP as a back end so access can be with the web interface or with a dedicated news reader. It is being upgraded with inter-node encrypted messaging. It allows peering with arbitrary nodes for syncing newsgroups and exchanging encrypted messages. Rocksolid Light also enables interaction with retro BBS like synchronet.
The interface uses a threaded text mode that is more compact and efficient than heavy front ends like Mastodon.
Content warning: RockSolid: Old-School Social Network on NNTP Backend
"The rocksolid forums are technically some news servers running private newsgroups together and offering web frontends for user access. the intention is to have redundant web forums, which are always up and reachable in a way."
Rocksolid also provides anonymous access via Tor and I2P. PGP-encrypted messaging between instances is currently under development.
Antes que las compañías acaparadoras y explotadoras arruinaran el internet con su basura, ya existían varias redes descentralizadas y federadas. De entre las que sobrevivieron esta #usenet, si quieres saber mas de esto? Visita el blog de hispagatos:
Que es Usenet?
También puedes leerlo en la capsula de gemini de hispagatos:
Gracias a nuestro compa @NerdRat que ha escrito un artículo supercurrado sobre que es "USENET" y "NNTP"
También hemos actualizado y arreglado algunos errores en el artículo de
cómo usar #USENET y #NNTP
También recordar tenemos ya funcionando el nodo de Usenet
de @hispagatos enlazada / peering con 5 de los nodos más usados
de la moderna USENET, sin binarios, sin mierdas, solo hackers, curiosos, explorando y compartiendo información. #hackers
while i'm sad to see #reddit circling the toilet, it only reminded me of how urgent it is that we finally ditch centralized social media. reddit itself isn't the problem - it's a symptom of a much more generalized problem we've had since FB became a thing in the late 00's.
i've spent the past week re-purposing, patching, porting, and expanding a great piece of software based on the same #nntp protocol that #usenet uses, for creating discussion groups. i'm calling it "tomo" (友 - 'friend') bbs.
some time soon folks can spin up their own tomo shards, create discussion groups in a similar manner to reddit, decide whether they want to keep the group restricted to their shard, or share the group with other tomo shards in a public network of discussion groups called tomonet. completely decentralized private or public discussions without supercorporation bs.
best of all, since it is based on plain 'ol usenet-like nntp, you can read and post to discussion groups from a 1977 VAX mainframe, a 1984 IBM PCjr at 2400 baud, an Apple Newton, or a brand new phone.
i can't wait to bust out forté free agent for windows 3.11 and get posting this weekend. 😎