Jargons of Info Tech industry

John Bokma john at castleamber.com
Sat Aug 27 03:51:21 CEST 2005

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org> wrote:

> John Bokma <john at castleamber.com> writes:
>> It's time consuming because there is (yet) no need for it. When I
>> started to use Usenet there where only a handful of clients (IIRC), nn
>> and another one (rn?) are the only ones that I can recall. 
> By the time nn was out, there were a number of radically diffrent
> alternatives. The original news client (not NNTP - it predated that)
> was readnews. rn was the first alternative to gain any popularity. By
> the time it came out, there were alterntiave curses-based readers like
> notes and vnews. By the time nn came out, there were even X-based news
> readers available like xrn and xvnews.

I recall something like pine? (or was that mail, and was there something 
pine related for usenet?)

> It may be that the site you were at only offered a few readers. 

Probably more correct: I now and then used telnet to connect, so uhm.. no 
X. And more important, I didn't look further :-)

> But
> that's a different issue.
> All of this is from memory, of course - and may well be wrong.

Those were the days, thanks.

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