Last Updated: Feb 12, 2012
This year we picked Binsearch.info as our top Usenet search index because of their completeness and speed of search. There are several other things that also contributed to this decision, like the filters available, and number of newsgroups indexed. Their index includes more than 3,000 newsgroups and millions of binary files available. You can search for up to 1,200 days of retention, and even get a pizza delivered…okay, you’ll have to call the pizza place if you want the pizza, they don’t do that.
It’s been rather quiet over in their camp, for the most part, over the course of the last year. They updated the engine a couple of times, to improve search speed, and returned results, and there was one incident that took them down for a couple of days, but that was short lived. The 2 solid state disks that went bad on them were quickly found and replaced. Then they had to use a backup that was a little out of date…but this was also easily and quickly taken care of.
Here’s a few of the more important details about the Binsearch search index service:
They were probably pretty happy that they managed to stay out of the blogging limelight. Usually this means either very bad, or very good, news. And, no news is good news. But at the end of the year there was the incident where not just 1 but 2 HDD’s went bad at the same time. The odds of this were astronomical, but it did happen, and their technicians handled the problem quickly. They had the site back up and running in a matter of a few days.
For an outfit that charges absolutely nothing for their service, you guys have done better than just well, you have maintained a high standard of excellence in this area. You have all worked hard to insure that we have had the best fastest and most relevant Usenet search index available. Thanks.
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