OK, help me out here: I am not 'used to using the alt.binaries'
groups; I just attempted to get online with one of them, and this
specific server wants money. Is this normal, or was I about to be one
of the many whom are thwarted from the free sources?
I have two ISPs, as I have houses in two different states. At one, I get
binary newsgroups with my newsgroups on a cable modem feed. At the other, I
do not get any binaries and am on a dish feed to a land tower. Sorry, I
forgot. At my cabin, I also have newsgroups, but they are very few, are on
a dish to satellite route, and I haven't even really been there enough this
year to even set it up.
I thought they just came with the monthly fee. Not so. I was informed by
more knowledgeable people where I could get binary newsgroups from specific
providers on the net, but it would be at a fee. On my land to land dish, I
have a monthly bandwidth limit, and when I get close, my service starts to
slow down. That's how it was explained to me. I haven't ever approached
the limit, so one would have to find out what constitutes sending and
receiving enough material to affect bandwidth limits.
I guess the short answers are that there are sites that will provide you
with binary groups. For a fee. And then you will have to monitor your use
so you don't rack up additional charges or slowed service from your ISP.
I use flickr, and when I have a question to a newsgroup, I'll put the thing
in question on flickr, then put the link on my question in the newsgroup.
That works pretty good, and is free. This also targets the newsgroup of
people you want to ask about a particular thing, like bird, plant, fish,
etc, to people who know such things, and not to thousands of people who are
not interested in those topics. Plus, others may be in your same boat and
not get binaries either, so you'll miss a lot of prospective answers.
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