usenet still out there?
Article: 7554 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: usenet still out there? Date: Mon, 27 Mar 95 14:24:25 est Organization: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center Lines: 41 Approved: email@example.com Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org NNTP-Posting-Host: bedivere.watson.ibm.com Status: RO
A question that will no doubt show how clueless and Out of Touch I am: Does Usenet, in the sense of a bunch of folks with Unix(tm)y systems that phone each other up periodically and exchange files via the uucp program, still exist? Any and all flames, answers, folklore, etc, welcome. ObHack: After a long and blessed period of not having to, I had to make some foils (viewgraphs, transparencies, whatever) the other day, for to give a Pitch with. I've changed both worktstations and operating systems a couple of times since the last time I had to do that, so I had no foilmaking programs lying about. Also, the standards for an acceptable foil have risen considerably since last time I made any, and you now have to have at least a few fonts, a company logo, and preferably color, in order to avoid being perceived instantly as Clueless, and everyone goes back to playing Galactic Empires on their ThinkPads. So what to do? I had, of course, about three hours to do whatever it was. No problem! I recently learned HTML, of course, for hacking up a homepage. And Mosaic has a "Save as... PostScript" button. So I made up the foils in HTML, brought up Mosaic, saved them as PostScript, printed them off on the color printer (having snarfed a logo and a couple of decorative color GIFs from my web pages), and voila! Not actually that simple, of course; I learned that the PS files that Mosaic saves are for an infinite pagelength, and the sizes of the pages it produuced needed tweaking, and some of the colors were off. But a little PS-hacking fixed all that (dontcha love RPN languages?), and I was ready with plenty of seconds to spare... - -- - David M. Chess / ROT13 is my radio station! / High Integrity Computing Lab IBM Watson Research