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Corporate culture, personal experiences, and unique observations about Giganews, Usenet, Newsgroups, and Usenet related technologies.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Golden Frog releases Mimo Beta v0.2.2 for Diamond Members

Golden Frog has released Mimo Beta v0.2.2 for Diamond Members. Please read the Golden Frog blog post about Mimo Beta v0.2.2 improvements and changes below:
What's New in v0.2.2
We are pleased to announce the next beta release of the Mimo Usenet Browser. Download the free update now. The primary changes in this release focused on two key areas:

  1. Bug fixes and performance improvements: This new release specifically targeted some the performance of the newly overhauled internal engine of the last couple releases. You can now download large amounts of newsgroup information without running Mimo out of memory.

  2. First glimpse of the new User Interface (UI): Our new sidebar for downloads and group bookmarks is debuting in this release of Mimo. We’re excited to start coding the newly designed UI.

Full details are available in our Change Log.

Mimo’s New UI
Last year we asked our UI designers to focus on making Mimo even easier to use. And now that we have Mimo’s internal engine optimized, a team of our developers are switching their focus to the UI. But don’t worry, our core team will still be working on implementing new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.

Due to our iterative development process, we are able to release updates more frequently. We do this so our users can take advantage of our latest development efforts and provide us with faster feedback. The UI work will follow this iterative method as we release new bits of the new UI as we finish them.

It’s important to note this frequent release schedule will often cause parts of the UI to be in a “functional” state, but not necessarily a “final” state. Mimo is still beta, and we are walking around here with hard hats on.

Thanks for joining us on our journey with Mimo!

Download the free update now.

Golden Frog Dev Team

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

New VyprVPN UK Server Now Available!

Golden Frog added a UK server for VyprVPN customers today. The UK server is available immediately for Giganews members who use VyprVPN for all VPN protocols, including PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN. For more details, please read Golden Frog’s blog post below about their UK server launch:
“Here at Golden Frog, we work hard to respond to customer feedback and deliver superior privacy and security solutions in ways that fit with our customers’ changing needs. Since we first launched VyprVPN, the most requested feature has been a UK VPN server location. You asked; we listened. Today, we are proud to announce our new UK VyprVPN server!

You can now access the Internet from anywhere in the world and appear as if you are browsing from the UK. This is perfect for British travelers who need to access the Internet in their native language while traveling.

Our new UK VyprVPN server adds to our existing server options on the East and West Coasts of the USA, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. The UK server is ready for connections from any of our available robust VPN protocols, including PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and OpenVPN."
To start using the VyprVPN UK server, existing Giganews customers only need to update their VPN hostname to:
If you need setup information, please visit our VyprVPN setup page, or contact Giganews support.

If you don’t have access to VyprVPN, upgrade to Diamond or add VyprVPN to your account!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Please Read Our Members' Testimonials

We’ve told you why we think we’re the best Usenet provider in the world. We work 24/7/365 to maintain redundant, worldwide Usenet clusters. We’ve written custom software from the ground up to ensure you always have the fastest possible Usenet connection. We’ve made the investments to build the largest and highest quality Usenet retention on the planet with 100% completion and full speed across every day of retention regardless of the age of the article.

We obviously think we do a pretty good job; but you shouldn’t take our word for it. We recently concluded our 1000 Days of Retention Prize Giveaway in which we asked our members to tell us what they like about our service. We received over 4,400 Salutes. We’ve read every salute, categorized them, and put the best ones up on our site.

So, don’t take our word for it:

See what our members say about the Giganews service!


Monday, May 02, 2011

Announcing 1000 Days Retention & Prize Giveaway Winners!

Today, Giganews became the first Usenet provider to ever store 1000 days of binary newsgroups retention – and we will continue to grow our retention over the coming months. Giganews customers have over nine petabytes of redundant storage at their fingertips, and every day, we add more space.

It’s one thing to offer long retention. It’s another thing to offer high-quality long retention. Some competitors claim to have long retention, but when you look closer, you see the long retention is only in some groups, older articles are slower, and many older files are incomplete.

We built our infrastructure from the ground up with a focus on scalability. That’s why, when you pull a 1000 day old article, it downloads just as fast as one posted today. You’ll find the same quality and length of retention across all 109,000+ newsgroups, not just a select number of groups.

To celebrate this milestone, we created the 1000 Days Prize Giveaway. All members were automatically entered into the giveaway. Members could earn additional entries by "Liking" us on Facebook, "Following" us on Twitter, using Mimo Usenet Browser + Search or being selected in the Top 10 Salutes.

Today, we wrapped up the contest and are excited to announce the winners.

Remember, by having an active Giganews account you were automatically entered into the giveaway, so you may have won even if you did nothing.

See if you’ve won now, and thank you to every Giganews customer for participating!

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