Give a warm welcome to BoDark!

// 8th Jun '10 Give a warm welcome to BoDark!

As our dedicated readers will know, we've grown from what was effectively a one-guide site to a fully-fledged news portal dedicated to Usenet in just under a year and the time has come to expand the team here at UsenetShack so that we can push out a higher rate of quality posts. The team will hopefully be growing by more than one in the near future but first up is BoDark, an American Usenet fanatic who attracted me with what I can only describe as a completely unique writing style; he'll definitely keep us both entertained.

BoDark has a long history of Usenet, way back to the days before it's main use was for downloading binaries; he is also versed in the technical side of things and the IT industry as a whole. He'll be bringing a mixture of Usenet related things to the table including the usual news and guides that we do now but also opinion pieces, something we haven't had a lot of here so far, so that should definitely be interesting.

As I've said, he's from the other side of the pond (the Shack is hosted and run from London) and therefore will be able to cover the stories that break when I am perhaps otherwise unavailable (as has had happened multiple times since we started up last year) and will also help me make some sense of you lot over there. Perhaps. ;)

There are other authors on their way, BoDark just happened to make it first! Give him a warm welcome, his first post will be going live in the next 48 hours..

If you'd like to write for us; we're still in the process of looking for more quality volunteers - so if you've got a good handle of Usenet and a better handle of the English language, get in touch using the contact form.

djm posted by djm
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  1. Thal
    Posted Jun 8th, 2010 at 03:06 a.m.

    Welcome BoDark! i can't wait to hear and discover more about the usenet world!

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  2. Sean
    Posted Jun 8th, 2010 at 14:06 p.m.

    I love this line, "so if you've got a good handle of Usenet and a better handle of the English language".

    So many sites of this nature are completely unreadable. I'm pleased to hear literacy is an important part of this site.

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  3. Posted Jun 8th, 2010 at 14:06 p.m.

    You should see some of the applications.

    Or rather:

    u shd c sum of da appz.

    n.b.: For those that did send something in, if you got a reply - this comment doesn't apply to you. ;)

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  4. Max
    Posted Jun 10th, 2010 at 07:06 a.m.

    Welcome Bodark! I'm looking forward to reading some of your stuff.

    It sounds like you have a lot of experience and knowledge regarding usenet. Very interested :)

    djm, I should email you soon. I'm absolutely still interested and I apologise for not replying to your email yet. =/

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  5. Pete
    Posted Jun 18th, 2010 at 18:06 p.m.

    Welcome Bodark. Looking forward to reading some of your work.

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  6. MimoUser
    Posted Dec 21st, 2010 at 23:12 p.m.

    To B.O. Dork...

    Big words from such a small mind!!!!

    I was able to figure out what the main problem was - it was the Mimo database being corrupted or otherwise all screwed up. I was able to figure out where Mimo kept the database files and I deleted them. When I did then Mimo functioned as normal as it did before - which is that it functions poorly but at least it's "normal" again.

    Pretty good for a NEWB - eh?

    So then I log on here and read these posts and guess what? It turns out Alec was right in his response - and you were way off base largely because you don't have a clue what you're talking about.

    Speaking of NEWBs - you seem to be a big NEWB yourself. I guess no one ever taught you NOT to jump to conclusions or to make so many assumptions. In your case, making so many assumptions just made an a$$ out of you and no one else - and for everyone to see. LOL.

    So my question to you - being such a NEWB: Has your mommy let you out of diapers yet? Are you making plans to quit sucking your thumb - or other body parts?

    Let's get a few facts out on the table - just one NEWB to another....

    I've been working on the Internet and Usenet probably longer than you've been alive, considering you appear to be about 12 or 13 years old. I've got more degrees in Computer Science than you could count, considering you probably can count only to about 3 or 4. So I'll challenge you on ANYTHING you claim to know about the Internet, Usenet, or computers, although that's probably an unfair challenge - kind of like if I were to arm-wrestle a 12 year old.

    And what about the laptop, Dork? Well, it looks like another poster already put you in your place about that, and he was totally correct. I may not have Admin rights to the laptop, but apparently I don't need that for Mimo which, if your had read carefully, you would have understood from the initial post. Notice that I had installed and was running Mimo, albeit poorly, before I went out of town. If Admin rights were the problem, then I would not have been able to install at all. I knew that already because I had tried to install my other newsreader on the laptop and guess what - it told me I needed Admin rights to install it! When I installed Mimo I did not get that message and Mimo installed and ran just fine. You remember I said I was excited that Mimo installed on the laptop don't you? Oh yeah - I forgot ... small mind - probably short attention span, poor comprehension, lack of initiative, poor hygiene, etc., etc.

    So the laptop's not the problem, B.O. Dork. The corrupt database was the problem. You do know what a database is, don't you? It's a set of files ... oh never mind, I forgot again - small mind...

    And what about being online, Dork? You seem to think everyone is as stupid as you by going online at work. Why would anyone with half a brain think they could get to Usenet AT ALL through a company VPN? Well, let me explain to someone who has less than half a brain - Most company networks, infrastructure, firewalls, and connection policies restrict and prevent anyone getting to Usenet groups with ANY newsreader, including one like Mimo. Anyone other than a NEWB knows that! So posting a comment about trying to do it just PROVES you're a NEWB! LOL.

    No, Dork - I use my company laptop at home through my own ISP. You do know, don't you, that you can use a company laptop at your own home and you DON'T have to connect to the company VPN in order to use it on the Internet? Well, I suppose you DON'T know that otherwise you wouldn't have embarassed yourself by posting such a stupid comment! LOL.

    Oh, BTW:

    I noticed you haven't posted anything since those other posters put you in your place and embarrassed you for the NEWB that you are. (You're probably cowering in a corner sucking your thumb again.) And I know - you'll probably post a response now just to try to "save face" but go ahead. Everyone already knows you for the micorcephalic that you are.


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