January 10, 2005

When ALL.ALL Was All

Boggling the mind once again, Google now offers access to 800 million Usenet messages:20 Year Archive on Google Groups.

"Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981. This is by far the most complete collection of Usenet articles ever assembled and a fascinating first-hand historical account. "

They also provide a fascinating timeline of the rise and renaming and rise and flaming spamout of Usenet. The oldest message asks,

is ALL an acceptable newsgroup on the left side of the dot such that ALL.ALL will catch everything?
-- Oldest Usenet Message Mon May 11 09:00:58 1981

Eight... Hundred... Million... Usenet... Messages? I'm sure future scholarship will reveal that half of them were signed by Kibo and the other half written by mnemonic.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 10, 2005 12:09 AM
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OMG. U mentioned Kibo! *gasp*

Posted by: urthshu at January 10, 2005 9:42 AM

Kibo was one of my very first Gods.

Posted by: Van der Leun at January 10, 2005 10:13 AM