Hey boys and girls!!
We are always looking for new friends so please follow/like us on twitter and Facebook. Contests could follow!
“Back in the day” we used to offer many contests and we look forward to hopefully doing the same again soon. In order to kick that off we need a lot more friends and followers. Please give us a like/follow on Twitter and Facebook and we see about putting together some fun contests so that we can give some stuff away!Tweet
For those of you that use the startpage in which we created for everyone (a unique page to replace their browser’s startpage or “new tab” page…more details below), there is an update coming that you probably have already seen begin.
We have already moved a few links around based on popularity or recommendations and now we are adding a whole new section. We have received some requests to bring in more of a presence for gaming. So you may have noticed there are 4 scenes instead of 3 on the page; one of which very well states “coming soon”.
This will be dedicated to both console and online video games. For the online games we will try to focus on the free games and will attempt to update shortcuts based on popularity so that no unpopular game is wasting space 🙂
You can get to the startpage by the following link: http://www.animevortex.net/html/startpage
What is the startpage? The startpage was created by us to offer users a fun and unique approach to setting their startpage or “new tab” page in their browser. It is themed after Windows 8/Phone/Xbox’s metro style theme. It works with your mouse for both scrolling and clicking (arrow icons), as well as your keyboard as you can use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to switch scenes, each scene with it’s own group of shortcuts. Now with 4 categories (scenes) it offers the main scene, Games, Social and News/Fun.
Other updates you will have noticed is the background has been switched to an image vs a solid color (used to be purple) and we will look at future options for that as well…maybe a rotation feature depending on load times.
Also, Google search box now sends all search queries via Google Encrypted Search (better for local privacy when it comes to your online search activity). If you chose a different search provider, that obviously no longer applies.
What is Google Encrypted Search? That comes down to all of the recent complaints about internet privacy and how the search engines track everything you do and provide that information to the websites you click on through referrer information as well as analytic data (data farming) for the displayed advertisements. With Google Encrypted, it isn’t a perfect solution thanks to Google’s own actions behind it but basically if the website you click in the results uses HTTP, it will have no idea where you’re coming from or what your search query is. If it uses HTTPS, it will receive referrer information normally. So it prevents half of the shared data to the world about your search activities…the other half however will still see it. Is this addition to the page a big one?….not really. It’s just something extra to have on there.
“Why is it you chose Google for the search box vs the others engines”: Google is only set by default due to popularity (more users use it over the others). You can actually click on the little magnifying glass icon and it will give you a selection of Google, Yahoo, Bing and even Wikipedia. So the control is actually in your own hands 😀
…I guess that covers the questions that have came in heh.Tweet
A new gallery section has been opened with some of the images taken by AV members at the Fanime 2013 Conventions! Here is the link!
Hey everyone! If you are an artist and would like to have your fan art displayed in our gallery on animevortex.net, please visit the following link and use the “Submit” option below the images to submit your today!
I know it says “Submit a Wallpaper”, but we cheat and use they same button throughout all of the galleries 🙂
We are always looking for new art though. So many talented people in the world.
Please make sure to fill out your information as well so that we know who to credit it to on the gallery. Most users simply submit the attachment but don’t give any other information for some odd reason.
You can also reply below in the comments with a link to your artwork as well as your name or nickname that should be attached to it. I’ll make sure it gets added and cited.
I briefly mentioned this in my last post but I wanted to emphasize on it since it has been awhile since we opened it up to new accounts. If you were interested in a blog with free hosting, do let us know by commenting here or going to the main site and hitting the contact link. Just make sure to describe what kind of blog you plan on coming up with. We will select a number of submissions that sound fun and hook em up!Tweet
Author: TheSa|nt from Animevortex.net and Grauw from abma (alt.binaries.media.anime)
Being an anime-related domain, this site (naturally) gets a LOT of requests on how to find/download fansubs via newsgroups. Also, anime will be the key example in this tutorial due to the legality of other topics. You can replace “anime” in this tutorial with whatever you like (movies, music, etc), but that is your own preference and decision.
Recently I posted on a very quick-tutorial on how to use easynews for newsgroups. However, there are other ways to more thoroughly explore newsgroups via desktop-based applications. A long time ago, Grauw developed a wonderful tutorial on how to do this, but through time a lot of it become outdated. So I have gone through and created a new version of the tutorial to better cover today’s practices, features and additional facts. This will act as the advanced guide on how to dive into the deep end and get crazy with it!
Even though I tried to summarize this as much as possible, the tutorial is still a bit lengthy and might be intimidating when looking at it but trust me when I say “it’s easy!”. It just has to be put into enough words to help even those who have been living under a rock 😉 — Now after reading this, if you are still missing anything, it should be easy to pick it up on your own through messing around. If I went over every possible detail on the usage of newsgroups, this tutorial would literally go on forever.Tweet
It seems once again spambots had there way with the forums, but we struck back and defeated them. Now the new user registration system has been upgraded. Now it should be a lot harder for a spambot to break thru, while at the same time easy for people to register because they no longer have to enter a captcha. Hopefully they extends the moments of peace.
If you are not registered yet, please do so at http://forums.animevortex.net 🙂
A forum is hard to be a forum is no one is joining in on the fun!
I have had the question asked so many times….”how do I learn to use news groups”. Well, I can recommend software and the advanced way of finding what you need, but some prefer to keep it simple.
Wikipedia shares: A usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users in different locations. The term may be confusing to some, because it is usually a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web. Newsreader software is used to read newsgroups.
Despite the advent of file-sharing technologies such as BitTorrent, as well as the increased use of blogs, formal discussion forums, and social networking sites, coupled with a growing number of service providers blocking access to Usenet, newsgroups continue to be widely used.
Easynews has gone out of their way to create a nice video tutorial that will walk you through the usage of the very user-friendly service. Easynews acts as a one-stop-shop for using news groups, where you can login, search and download everything from one spot (without the need of external applications or bouncing between sites).
Visit easynews now and start off with a free trial. Take the time to dabble and see if they are a good fit for you:
For a more advanced tutorial explaining further access to Newsgroups via desktop application, click here to view my full tutorial.
A new section has been added to the Animevortex.net forums! This section represents the LV Mobsquad…most commonly known for their Youtube videos, animations or local tear-jerkin acts in the city of Las Vegas (you never know where they will come from).
Anyways! They have graced us with their participation and are offering us the chance to request custom ringtones and voice mail recordings. They will try their best deliver whenever they can, and possibly even interact with the community.
More details can be found by visiting the LV Mobsquad category in the forums, and don’t forget to tell your friends! Tell them to come down to “animevortex.net” and register with the forums and join the fun!
Let’s bring the forums back to life! We need more people who are interested in posting and socializing. For those who might have noticed, there has been a new section for Xbox Live players to share their clan information and general talk. Let it be Halo 3, ODST or Call of Duty, you can share your stories, comments and other general information.
We really do need to raise activity in there though. We can’t do that without other users who are willing to participate (so we need “your help” ^_^). I would say the channel would be more important but unfortunately IRC channels are starting to become yesterday’s news…so the forums are more of a point of interest.
If the forums were to replace the channel and what it used to be, various sections of Animevortex.net will be upgraded to provide further media, function and all sorts of good stuff. None of that can be possible though without great trends in traffic.
SO, visit http://forums.animevortex.net and sign up today! You can’t miss the link (upper right corner) or click on it in the menu. If you are already registered….start posting 🙂
Lets all help make Animevortex as popular as it once was (before the fall of IRC channels).