Why?- there are better servers for free- and plenty of *way* better
servers for next to nothing. [I think I pay $15/yr for Usenet service
from someone who understands what Usenet is]
Even when it was being Beta tested as Worldnet and the beta testing
feedback groups were on Usenet, the PTB hadn't a clue about Usenet.
If you are using the AOL client software, and not just getting to AOL
using explorer, your machine is loaded down (and slowed down) with what
amounts to popup ad generator. They went free because nobody would pay
for it anymore, and depend on ads for their income. I regard the AOL
software as a virus, and since it is close to impossible to uninstall,
Nuke and Reload is the indicated cure. As to Google Groups- tolerable
for reading, but painful to compose a reply or new post with, and many
old-school Usenetters will never see your posts, since they block
anything coming from Google, due to the amount of spam that comes from
The AOL software is not that bad if you run 7. It is not really
supported anymore so they don't send the pop ups and other junk.
I still like the AOL mail client better than anything I have tried.
(Outlook, Express or Thunderbird)
My father in law found out the mail client is actually a separate
application that will run alone. His AOL is corrupted and posts a
message on a black screen with nothing but the top tool bar but mail
still works fine. He doesn't want to fix it. It is really pretty slick
My ISP is AT&T and they cut off Usenet services on July 15, 2009. I
got a free account from Eternal-September and setup the server in
Agent. It works and it's free! I don't see any reason to pay for
Server name: news.eternal-septermber.org
You must have a username and password specified in Agent for it to
I went with the 3 buck a month plan, since I'm not a binary collector,
but may want something once in a while. I wouldn't be pissed with ATT if
they dropped the price, but I am now paying 8 bucks a month for just an
ATT emaill address. (I can't get DSL from ATT, so I use my 3rd party DSL
to get to them. ) If I could remember all the places where I have that
address out as my point of contact, I'd tell ATT to get lost. All these
'powered by Yahoo' home page features are useless noise to me. If I
wanted crap like that, I'd sign up for AOL.
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