How Usenet was Saved
How Usenet was Saved

Google’s Abandoned Library of 700 Million Titles (UPDATED)

Everybody: Google your Usenet interface is unusable
Google: We'll fix it.

They did. A bit, it's stil not great, try finding oldest article about anything you name.

The geeks who saved Usenet

Google’s restoration of digital history relied on a few heroes’ packrat mentality and a mountain of decaying mag tapes.

How Usenet Was Saved

It's just a pointer to the Salon article, but hey, it's the Wall Street Journal.

Exploring the USENET Archive: Early Thoughts

230-Yes, you have found the on-line copy of Henry Spencer's UTZOO NetNews 230-Archive. 230-

230-It is not in a very reasonable format but it is all here. There were
230-141 magtapes in the collection and, so far, we have them organized to
230-reflect these tapes. You will find two types of files in this
230- newsNNNfM.tgz the archives, tar'd and compressed
230-and newsNNNfM.toc the tables of contents (tar listings)
230-where NNN is the tape number (from 001 to 141)
230-and M is the save set number (from 1 to 3 but usually 1).
230-There is also a file called AllTOC.tgz which is a compressed tar archive
230-containing all of the .toc files.
230-Please note that news001f1.tgz contains A news. All of the other tapes
230-contain B news. The news in this archive was collected between February
230-of 1981 and June of 1991. (The Scavenged.tgz file contains A news articles
230-which were "found" off the end of some of the earlier tapes.)
230-Also below here is an 'info' directory which contains several useful
230-files with "overviews" of some of the archive information. Hopefully
230-the filenames will explain what they are. (I know, probably not.)
230-The 'pc' directory contains Windows code which can unpack .tgz files. I
230-have also been told that the latest versions of WinZip can also read them.
230--- magi
Identifier utzoo-wiseman-usenet-archive
Year 2001