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Usenet vs. Bittorrent – which is better in 2017?

Usenet vs Bittorrent

Usenet and Bittorrent have been, undoubtedly, one of the most popular sources for downloading files and content for several years. However, there has always been a minor predicament among users when it comes to choosing the best one. While some prefer Usenet to look for and download their preferred content, some find Bittorrent to be a better source, thanks to its user-friendly interface. But the question remains the same – which is better? Here, we have tried drawing a comparison between Usenet and Bittorrent, and have attempted to clearly bring out the pros and cons of each, across various aspects. Check them out.


One of the primary factors that influence users from selecting a source is cost. Unlike Usenet, which requires a payserver to provide the services and payment for the utilization of the services, Bittorrent is free. The reason is Bittorrent is a peer-based service and does not require the presence of a physical server. However, Usenet needs a server for the files to be hosted, accessed and retrieved. Hence, a charge is levied on users to access Usenet.

Besides, factors like bandwidth, retention and added features and services influence the price of the services as well. This is why Usenet trials are offered by numerous providers so you can easily try for free. Keep an eye on the Gratis Nieuwsgroepen Facebook page (Dutch) for new Usenet trials.


Usenet scores on this one. Usenet offers privacy (SSL) in downloads, which means no third-party can have access or view what content is being downloaded. However, in the case of Bittorrent, privacy in file downloads cannot be established unless you have a VPN provider, which again involves payment. Check out IPVanish to read why it’s the best choice for torrenting on the market today.

Library and Retention

Bittorrent seriously has an upper hand when it comes to the availability of files and content in the library, and retention. While Usenet has a specific time limit set for the availability of each file, Bittorrent offers access to files even years after its date of hosting.


Bittorrent has a lot of factors that influence the speed at which files get downloaded. Known as seeds and leeches, these act as deterrents in the downloading process, and significantly influence the time taken for downloads. On the other hand, this is not the case with Usenet; specifically, if you are familiar using NZB sites, you can make the most of Usenet with a premium newsserver.

Also keep in mind that with Bittorrent you are uploading and downloading at the same time, which can slow down your connection if no proper speed limits are set. With Usenet your are not uploading, just downloading.

Be it Usenet or Bittorrent, we do not support or take any sides of either. All we intend to do is bring out the distinction between the two and help you get what you want. Both are good in their own ways, so choose the one that’s ‘better’ for you, and stay conscious of what material or content that you download.

The technology behind home video security and what you need in 2017

videosecurityToday security has almost become a top priority for most people. Home video security is an absolute necessity for every homeowner, irrespective of the fact that they reside in an apartment or a single home.

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The basic idea would be to protect one’s family and belongings and also to ensure total peace of mind when one is away from home. So it is imperative that your home is installed with the perfect home video security monitoring system.

Of course, the risk may be nominal when the number of family members residing together is large and someone is always at home. But the home video security system specifically applies to business people who are often away from home, on business and personal trips.

The days of cheap burglar alarms and other such gadgets are over making way for the high tech digital video surveillance system, which has brought about a revolution in the whole security concept. This is basically a closed circuit television network that operates within a limited area. This is fast putting an end to human-watch security, while at the same time ensuring proper vigilance. Recently the emergence of wireless video security systems has been observed.

The key components of a home video security system are basically

– cameras,
– monitors,
– power supply,
– recorders and cables, if the system is not wireless of course.

– The camera can be either black and white, 1/3 inch, or an infrared CCD camera in 3.6 mm lens, which also enables night vision.

– A normal television or personal computer should suffice to carry out specific functions of a monitor like recording and the cable specification would be Plug and Play Cable Assembly.

– The power supply of home video security would consist of a main and a standby. A card and software would ensure that the computer receives the camera signals and stores them on the hard disk. Whenever there is a movement in the field of view, the security software begins the recording process and sends messages to a cell phone or a landline.

If the homeowner is outside, he or she can use the security software to watch the video. One can also log on to a personal computer and watch the surveillance video, which ensures that one is actually never away from home.

Home video security CCTV or closed circuit television has three to four multiple cameras around the home, which are connected through cables, if the wireless mode is not used. The hidden cameras come as expensive pieces. The advantage of a CCTV installation is that one can maintain a constant vigil on all sides of the house. This applies especially in the case of a bigger home area. It is advisable to install cameras having night vision capability for better vigil and monitoring during the night.

A home video security system might be a little costly but there is no denying the fact that it is highly effective and almost a necessity for most people today. With the rapid change of technology in recent times we are sure to see more technological developments in these systems, ensuring the security of your home.