[TUHS] Steve Bellovin recounts the history of USENET

George Michaelson ggm at algebras.org
Thu Nov 21 19:51:17 AEST 2019

I shudder to think how naive, arrogant or both they are. But, thank
you for your detective work. I exist, I am not a number is a glorious

What this says, is that where our posts into the world crossed outside
closed (national) namespaces in UUCP backed services, they did get
archived as much as any other did. But I think my other strand remains
true. The body of posts I and others made into uk.* is probably now
lost forever.  Ephemeral data preservation is chancey. A future
digital archeologist will be looking at these bits, inferring stuff
which in some sense is true (the US was the centre of much discussion
in this space) and not true (the absence of data states about other
places is not strongly indicative of their richness and intensity,
because they were not preserved)


On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 5:41 PM Bakul Shah <bakul at bitblocks.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:56:13 +0800 George Michaelson <ggm at algebras.org> wrote:
> > uk.* and eu.* seem to be unfindable. Stuff from before the great
> > USENET re-org is mostly unfindable. cross posting to lists, only
> > partially visible.  I've tried to find my own rants, its like I was
> > born into the world in 1996. What happened to 1982-onward? It just ..
> > evaporated.
> Check out the archive,org link I provided earlier. I found a
> couple of posts from you in net.lang.c some time in 1984.

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