Database Content

  • Total NNTP or other News Servers: 63 (see list of active newsgroup servers)
  • Total Newsgroups: 2,118
  • Threads: 1,867,488
  • Authors: 471,304
  • Articles: 8,100,648
  • First Article: 08-May-1997
  • Last Article: 02-Mar-2022
  • Article Database Size: more than 17GB
  • Rubicon Index Size: 12,025,726 words indexed
  • Data imported prior to 10-Dec-2011 was imported in Ansi. Now data is processed using UTF-8. Over time, we hope to re-import some old articles.

Database Storage

  • Article database: Firebird SQL 2.5.9 locally on the same Windows server, on AWS EC2. As of 2-Jun-2014, the Firebird SQL pagesize is 8192 per excellent advice from IBAnalyst.
  • Keyword index: NexusDB v4.0 64-bit
  • Charset: UTF8. Try searching for ΠΉΔΗΣΕ or русски to be convinced that we are indexing more than just English here.

WWW Software

  • codenewsfast.com
  • OS: Microsoft Win2019 Server, 64-bit
  • HTTP Server: Microsoft IIS
  • FREE HTTPS Certificate: LetsEncrypt.org
  • Configuration: XML via ZaphodsMap
  • Web Application v1.0.0.0 [2184]
  • XanaNews is used to download over NNTP as of June 2020. A custom program reads the XanaNews DAT files and adjusts to charset UTF-8 as needed.
  • Article importer written by Tamarack Associates; updated by HREF Tools
  • Indexing subsystem
    • Rubicon v4.072
    • NexusDB v4.0 compiled with Delphi d28_win64


  • Web Server: AWS EC2 t2.xlarge
  • Bandwidth: AWS "moderate"

NNTP Client

  • Many long-term Borland/CodeGear/Embarcadero developers use XanaNews to download and read newsgroups. XanaNews was written in Delphi and full source is available. Another option is to use Mozilla Thunderbird to work with NNTP.
  • For a complete list of Network News Transfer Protocol clients, see wikipedia on Usenet_clients

Artistic Design

  • Original design by Deven Hickingbotham at Tamarack Associates in California.
  • Blue design in 2010 was by Ran Zhang when she worked at HREF Tools Corp.
  • Responsive design by Zurb Foundation v6 as of July 2020
  • Experimented with dual color scheme options in July 2012 thanks to Color Scheme Designer; settled on a single dark palette in July 2020 with assistance from Elizabeth Kent.
  • w3.org HTML5 compliance helped by validator.w3.org

Database Design / Tools

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