Usenet's home shuts down today
May 21, 2010, 12:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Duke University in North Carolina is where Usenet began, and
today the institution is shutting down its Usenet server. The
college cites "low usage and rising costs" for the decision.
"The first messages began flowing in 1980, after two Duke
students Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis, developed the protocol, using
UUCP as a transport and modems (two 300 baud auto-diallers) and
telephone lines as the backbone.
"The system was unveiled at a Usenix meeting in January 1980, in
which the two students distributed a five page handout called
"Invitation to a General Access UNIX Network" to attendees."