WARNING: this post is not very interesting to anyone except weirdly geeky stalkers of me.
August 30, 2014
Usenet used to be really central to my online life... before the web really got into gear, it was a great set of forums over myriad topics, and it was cool to have so many different forums all with the same interface, one that the poster could choose. (Especially compared to web-forums, where every forum requires a new login and uses a slightly different interface.)
Years ago I used Google groups to do some basic metering of how much I posted to Usenet. Today, cleaning out an old HD (including a snagged snapshot of my old cs.tufts.edu account home folder) I found a copy of my ".posted" file, a list of references to Usenet posts I made. I crunched some numbers and came up with the following...
Here's how much I posted per year:
Here are the groups I posted to most often. (I posted to 441 unique groups, 193 only once, and 65 only twice.)
Finally, here were the threads I participated in the most:
|What does Micro$oft do Well ?||alt.folklore.computers||46|
|Tufts Lifeline Taxi||tufts.general||45|
|Tufts on NPR||tufts.general||40|
|Worried about IDSA killing emulation?||rec.games.video.classic||23|
|What did Nintendo do that Atari couldn't?||rec.games.video.classic||19|
|Defending Emulation / some ROMS.||rec.games.video.classic||17|
|Just missing immortality, defining a life well-lived||rec.arts.sf.written||17|
|Reorganization RFD has been submitted||rec.games.video.classic||14|
|Landware Go Type Pro keyboard comments||comp.sys.palmtops.pilot||12|
|whats your favorite classic system (cannot include arcade emulators)||rec.games.video.classic||12|
|The string of lights down the hill||tufts.general||11|
|Dont buy Palm: Retarded OS with 4K memo limit||comp.sys.palmtops.pilot||11|
|Atari VS. ???||rec.games.video.classic||10|
|Gameboy vs 2600: The Ultimate Classic System?||rec.games.video.classic||10|
Anyway, here is the raw .posted file, the full data analysis, and the node script I wrote to crunch it.