Twiddling your thumbs while you download? Then read on. Guest writer Jared Scott describes a solution you may not yet have considered.
Sometimes I find myself glaring at the microwave impatiently waiting, as if it is plotting against me in some attempt to keep me from eating.
It’s easy to forget that just having the ability to microwave something is an advance in food preparation and the time it takes.
Improvements in technology have spoiled us.
Our generation is on the go like never before. We are always mobile, always looking for the fastest option.
I get angry at my computer daily for almost the same reasons I do my microwave. While it is not withholding food from me, it is stealing my time. It keeps me hostage while it restarts, slowly returning to a functional state.
If you have ever used a computer this is something you have probably experienced and can relate to as well.
Another time consuming task that I prefer not to spend my time doing is downloading.
Have you ever downloaded something before and it seems to take an eternity?
This is another frustrating problem that is usually the result of a slow or weak internet connection. Sometimes I find myself counting with the “Percentage Complete” pop-up window as I download updates for my computer.
Downloads can take an even larger amount of time depending on the size of the file.
Sometimes I have left my computer downloading something overnight only to find it still in progress the next morning.
If we have these super fast Internet connections with all this bandwidth, it seems like a shame not to be able to use them to their full capabilities.
Usenet – The past is the future.
Most people remember Usenet as the original social network. The Facebook of its day.
The modern Usenet however is a powerful storehouse of information that allows you to download as fast as your internet connection will allow.
By providing you a direct (encrypted) connection to a commercial grade server farm, you can push the limits of your Internet connection.
Peer-to-peer technologies clog up your speed by sharing connections with others.
With Usenet, you are connecting directly to the source and are not sharing anything with anybody else.
Like a fine wine, Usenet has certainly gotten better with age. Investments made by premium providers have allowed Usenet to move more than 9 Terabytes of information on a daily basis.
It has adapted to meet the needs of our modern world.
When Usenet first began it was a much like a social network. Users posted messages almost like posts in a web-based forum.
Usenet evolved to incorporate the ability for its users to upload all types of audio, video and image files as well.
While the World Wide Web became the place we get our “news” from, Usenet transformed into a global repository for information.
Usenet survives in a fast paced world because it satisfies our need for speed.
Not many things last in this world.
But when something works, it works. Usenet hasn’t been around for 32 years for any other reason. It has continued to evolve and compete with emerging technologies.
And if you are looking for speed in downloading, Usenet is second to none.
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