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Posted: 8/2/2009 12:12:06 PM EST
Just curious to see who out there remembers and/or used the usenet group rec.guns? Back in college - '94-98 as the net was coming around rec.guns was my mainstay for online gun info and transactions. For those who don't know what usenet is or were too young at the time: Usenet
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:13:34 PM EST
I found AR15.com through rec.guns in 1997-8 or so.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:17:50 PM EST
Sorry to say, yes.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:18:53 PM EST
I was there.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:20:10 PM EST
Usenet...the home of ASCII pr0n.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:23:30 PM EST
I never posted there very much, but I've followed rec.guns on and off since about 1993. In its heyday, about 250-350 posts per day IIRC. I learned a hell of a lot from that group. Now it's down to 10-20 posts per day. In the olden days, the web as we know it now didn't exist, so USENET groups were the place to go for online information. Now with about 10 times more people online, and web forums being ubiquitous, USENET has withered to almost nothing. Many formerly very active groups are now dead and gone. As much fun as arfcom is, I miss the old days sometimes.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:27:33 PM EST
here.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:32:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2009 12:32:44 PM EST by mak0]
I still browse USENET
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 12:35:04 PM EST
I was there.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:00:32 PM EST
yeah I remember usenet, but I never used rec. anything. alt. was where it was at
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:05:04 PM EST
rec. guns, crafts.homebrewing and alt.tasteless...
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:05:37 PM EST
I remember usenet, but wasn't into firearms then.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:06:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By opticalc:
yeah I remember usenet, but I never used rec. anything. alt. was where it was at


alt.great.ass.paulina, IIRC. Thank you, Vernman, where ever you are.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:06:55 PM EST
.alt was like the 4chan fetus.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:08:01 PM EST
rec.guns....got my C&R because of rec.guns.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:08:41 PM EST
Haven't used Usenet since the mid 90's. That's about when using the internet became easy, so the retards started showing up.

That's why i hang in GD
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:08:46 PM EST
People pass around that 2 Girls stuff and I'm like that's so 80s.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:09:24 PM EST
rec.guns? who the hell spends time in rec.*? alt.binaries.erotica.* is where it's at...

And it's all still there. Some of the groups are pretty dead(why bother with a news reader when you have ARFCOM?), and many others are 90+% spam, but there is still good content up there.
What I *REALLY* miss is the old Gopher servers. I don't want to think about all the time I wasted on a 14.4k modem downloading stuff from UMich and MIT RIP hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu

Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:10:15 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:10:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By jrollins:
rec.guns? who the hell spends time in rec.*? alt.binaries.erotica.* is where (ALL THE VIRUSES) it's at...

Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:11:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By peekay:
Haven't used Usenet since the mid 90's. That's about when using the internet became easy, so the retards started showing up.


I remember when insisting on netiquette could lead to tar and feathering.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:11:55 PM EST
on usenet everyday
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:13:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By jrollins:
rec.guns? who the hell spends time in rec.*? alt.binaries.erotica.* is where it's at...

And it's all still there. Some of the groups are pretty dead(why bother with a news reader when you have ARFCOM?), and many others are 90+% spam, but there is still good content up there.
What I *REALLY* miss is the old Gopher servers. I don't want to think about all the time I wasted on a 14.4k modem downloading stuff from UMich and MIT RIP hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu


The old 33.6 modem would take forever to load pix.

On alt.binaries you'd have to pic one of the photos blind and wait 5 minutes for it to load...woe unto he who picked the wrong one in the series where the girl was still dressed....that was a waste of time!
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:14:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By rykn0w:
on usenet everyday


me too...download alot from there
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:19:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
rec. guns, crafts.homebrewing and alt.tasteless...

Fascinating. I was a huge alt.tasteless subscriber. Also rec.pyrotechnics along with the rec.firearms.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:20:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By ThePitbullofLove:

On alt.binaries you'd have to pic one of the photos blind and wait 5 minutes for it to load...woe unto he who picked the wrong one in the series where the girl was still dressed....that was a waste of time!


Kids today got no idea how good they got it.

Warcraft? I just downloaded the latest version of Nethack.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:21:08 PM EST
i was a god on r.s.f.c.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:22:34 PM EST
I was there BEFORE Usenet. Try ARPANET.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:33:46 PM EST
Starting in the late 1980s, yes. I'd get Usenet by telneting to it from an IBM mainframe. At home my modem was a snappy 2400 baud.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:43:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By mak0:
I still browse USENET


Me too, but I can only access it through the web interface since my ISP dropped their NewsGroup service and I'm not inclined to pay for an extra service.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 1:59:12 PM EST
You're all a bunch of old geezers.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:16:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
I found AR15.com through rec.guns in 1997-8 or so.


rec.guns(1995-96)...led to...subguns.com(1997-99)....led to....AR15.com(1999 on and off til present)


Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:22:33 PM EST

Since '92. Anyone else remember .mil?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:24:24 PM EST
I was on there and on talk.politics.guns from the mid '90's up until '01 or so.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 2:47:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
You're all a bunch of old geezers.


+1






Oops, so am I.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:05:54 PM EST
Yes, I remember usenet
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:07:56 PM EST
I posted there and other places and kept on getting banned by my ISP for my political rants and personal attacks
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:12:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
I posted there and other places and kept on getting banned by my ISP for my political rants and personal attacks


Alt.tasteless was a great place to develop your internet thick skin. They could smell weakness pouring out from the CRT and tended to behave like sharks in a frenzy.

And where else could you get things like recipes from St. Jeffy? Or a treatise on the joys of squicking a hooker's empty eye socket...
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:13:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
I posted there and other places and kept on getting banned by my ISP for my political rants and personal attacks


Alt.tasteless was a great place to develop your internet thick skin. They could smell weakness pouring out from the CRT and tended to behave like sharks in a frenzy.

And where else could you get things like recipes from St. Jeffy? Or a treatise on the joys of squicking a hooker's empty eye socket...

You mean the Great Geoff Miller?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:15:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
I posted there and other places and kept on getting banned by my ISP for my political rants and personal attacks


Alt.tasteless was a great place to develop your internet thick skin. They could smell weakness pouring out from the CRT and tended to behave like sharks in a frenzy.

And where else could you get things like recipes from St. Jeffy? Or a treatise on the joys of squicking a hooker's empty eye socket...

You mean the Great Geoff Miller?


No-I mean Jeffery Dahmer.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:15:32 PM EST


Although I spent more time on talk.politics.guns. Discussions there were more lively.

Kinda like GD vs. Team.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:15:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2009 3:16:13 PM EST by Rustygun]

I bought my own computer so I could have rec.guns
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:18:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By krecon1:
Back in college - '94-98 as the net was coming around...

Funny, but that was pretty much when the net was on its deathbed and about to be taken over by gov. cronies....
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:18:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/2/2009 3:22:10 PM EST by pdg45acp]
Yep, I was at talk.politics.guns and rec.guns.

That eventually lead me to arfcom

Edited to add, about that time or even earlier the woman who ran the NRA, I forget her name, had her own BBS.

How many here were on that BBS?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:24:31 PM EST
I remember it.

Anyone remember FidoNet? I used to have a FidoNet hub back when I had my own BBS in the early 90's.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:27:42 PM EST
I was more preoccupied with alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:33:26 PM EST
Found it my freshman year - 1987. How time flies...
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:35:39 PM EST
Yep. PlusP (Darrel Mulroy) was always good for a rant or two.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:45:16 PM EST
Yep 93 or 94

used to use Gopher.
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 3:45:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By photokirk:
Yep. PlusP (Darrel Mulroy) was always good for a rant or two.

Anyone from t.p.g remember John Schelereth, the original DU troll?
Link Posted: 8/2/2009 4:03:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
Yep, I was at talk.politics.guns and rec.guns.

That eventually lead me to arfcom

Edited to add, about that time or even earlier the woman who ran the NRA, I forget her name, had her own BBS.

How many here were on that BBS?


Tanya Metaska?
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