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Help with Newsgroup servers, etc.
Posted on 10/01/2001 5:23:58 PM PDT by lafroste
Please forgive this vanity, but I need help in figuring out how to find/subscribe to newsgroups. I am totally new to them but not computer illiterate. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
posted on 10/01/2001 5:23:58 PM PDT
Go to Google
and click on "google groups" and there you are.
The easiest way is to go to Groups.Google.Com
and read & post from there.
You could see if your ISP has a news server, it is probably "news.myispname.com" and you should put that into your News Server settings in your newsreader.
If you do the above you should also be able to broswe the list of available newsgroups.
I would start with Google first though, very easy. Extremely useful especially if you're doing computer work and need an answer
posted on 10/01/2001 5:28:14 PM PDT
First, check with your ISP - many have a server you can access that they maintain, or they get service for their customers from an outside provider. If your ISP does not provide the service, there are a number of commercial services you can get newsgroups throug - search Google or Yahoo for "usenet news providers" - one I am familiar with is called AirNews...
DL Forte Free Agent from Tucows
or the Agent website. Find out your newserver at your ISP, it'll be something like news.xxx.xxx and go into the program, enter the host under preferences and you should be set. It's pretty easy. In fact, Google has newsgroups. You can access them through Google's
You have to register.
posted on 10/01/2001 5:30:22 PM PDT
I try to stay away from that group! :-P
FREE: Good free new server you can post also. Must register with them. I had to wait a few weeks to be accepted but maybe they are better now http://news.fu-berlin.de/
FREE: These guys are good..... many good newsgroups and it moves fast. Read only no posting. You can read here and post via google if you like:
posted on 10/01/2001 5:45:01 PM PDT
BTW, if you are serious about newsgroups and are willing to pay for them. There is nothing better than Usenet.com
That is a regular on many Free news server lists. I have used it quite often.
Which one ....maxwell or berlin???
Here's another read only.
ALSO the newsgroup
posted on 10/01/2001 6:24:14 PM PDT
Oh, sorry. Maxwell.
I frequently visit here, and here for a good list.
Super thanks for the info. I am with a real cheapo Florida ISP that is so cheap ..... that it has no newsserver. So I have to scrounge around sometimes. I post via google or the berlin newserver. But I don't post (to usenet) as much on politics as I used to since we have FR.
For computer questions I go to usenet. I like the newsgroups on motherboards, AMD processors, and overclocking. Tons of helpful geeks out there on usenet computer newsgroups.
posted on 10/01/2001 6:36:58 PM PDT
Sorry, that was an unfortunate error. :o)
I meant alt.binaries.dwarves.midgets.and.horses.in.dresses
posted on 10/01/2001 6:45:06 PM PDT
posted on 10/01/2001 6:46:52 PM PDT
I like it. I am a frequent lurker there.
Yeah, I have found the free servers that allow posting seem to come and go. I have not found one that allows me to post for longer than a few weeks.
I like the anonymity offered by posting thru a free server, though. I use Newsbot.com to find them. Their list seems to stay up-to-date.
Yup I mainly surf for tech help, as I am a network admin. under a TIGHT budget.
Read other posts and study the responses to those posts
Thank goodness I'm not the only one!
When you finally do get a good list of ng's (there are thousands), for an introduction to Usenet and info about "netiquette", check out news.announce.newusers. It is a "read-only" group.
You can post your questions to news.newusers.questions
There are newsgroups for every subject under the sun, and then some. (There are a few kooks out there who create groups with some really nonsense names just to be "kooky", especially under the "alt." hierarchy and a good percentage of those are left empty.)I like the alt.politics.*** groups.
I like it. I am a frequent lurker there.
Pfagh. When you're ready for a REAL newsgroup, go to:
posted on 10/01/2001 7:27:07 PM PDT
These guys are for real. I have used them for 2 years to post and read via my news reader (outlook express).Fill out the application. I think I signed up with a yahoo or softmail mailbox..... not my real ISP address.
posted on 10/01/2001 7:28:00 PM PDT
I prefer alt.fan.karl.malden.nose and an occasional romp with the "KoTAGoR", thank-you. ;-) [meow]
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