A "newsreader" is the client software that you run on your computer to read
Usnet articles. "Agent" and "Gravity" are examples of "newsREADERS".
A "News server" is the thing in the cloud that the news reader connects to, to
serve the articles to your newsREADER. Most newsREADERS are free, with the
obvious exception of Agent. News SERVERS include "ThunderNews", "GigaNews",
"Individual", and the one run by the makers of Agent, "Agent Premium News".
Individual is cheap, about $14 a year, though doesn't have binary groups.
ThunderNews is around $7/month, IIRC, and APN is $3/month for 15GB. *ANY* of
which is better than Googlie Groups.
You don't need to upgrade. There are many other free news readers, as well.
As mentioned before, Xnews is free.
Astraweb has great retention, and I am still using the subscription I
paid $10 for in June in 2008. From this subscription of 25GB downloads I
have so far used 1 GB.
So this cost me so far less than $0.30/month, and it is fully paid up
with 95% of the paid for access still available.
I use FREE AOL, and honestly dont understand what a news reader
it comes up as http://groups.google.com/group/alt.home
I have had my AOL e mail address at least 15 years it works fine and
is easy to remember
One of the advantages of a news reader is that you can pre-select the groups
you're interested in reading daily, then when you open the news reader it
automatically downloads all the new messages on only the groups you are
interested in and displays them a group at a time. Much easier than having
to navigate to each group you are interested in like in Google Groups.
There are *many* reasons not to use Googlie Groups, but that's not one. GG
keeps each newsgroup you're "subscribed" to separate, too. The format is
horrid and the tools nonexistent, but it does keep them separate so you can
view one at a time.
I use Thunderbird, Version 188.8.131.52 or something like that. I don't
care for the Ver 3x, to many bells and whistles.
My ISP has newsgroups included but they were having problems and got
so slow that I eventually went to http://www.aioe.org/ it's free, it's
fast, it has some limits that I've never exceeded. Text only...
And that's how I do it......
> Or do people pay for a newsreader to follow the news, period. If the
> latter, why not just go to news sources on-line?
Who/What asked you to pay for a newsgroup reader?
At least Thunderbird, Outlook Express, & Window$ Live are free!
@~@ You have the right to remain silent.
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