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Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in

I also still use Xnews. It's free and does exactly what you want. It requires no installation, just copy it to a directory, and you can save posts to refer to later. It's old and is not being actively developed but is very stable. Nothing in NNTP has changed anyway...
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On Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:56:37 -0500, Lee Michaels wrote:

I use 40tude dialog on windows, and Pan on linux.
Dialog supports encryption and yenc and is configurable in every way imaginable. It also has extensive filtering capabilities. It is complex compared to OE or thunderbird.
I have never been a fan of Thunderbird, lots of folks like it though.
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"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote in

I've been using Xnews for several years now. Completely happy with it.
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"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote in message

Get a different email client. One that also does nntp. Either Sylpheed or Claws would do nicely, Thunderbird too. Any would also give you the benefit of not having to use Outlook, Live Mail or Windows Live Mail.
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On 12/10/2013 7:07 AM, dadiOH wrote:

But he says he needs an INDEPENDENT, DEDICATED newsreader. That lets out Thunderbird which I also use as a newsreader and ONLY thing I use as a mail client.
Lee, take a look at Xnews
http://xnews.newsguy.com/
It's cheap (Free) It's simple It needs no installation (standalone like a DOS program but NOT like a DOS program<g>)
The tradeoff, if there is one, is that it while it's somewhat intuitive, it does take some getting used to and to find all the features, you'll have to peruse the site.
There are others that have been mentioned but this is the only standalone I've had any experience with.
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On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:07:33 -0500, dadiOH wrote:

I don't use Thunderbird for news, just for email. But it has developed a nasty habit of changing the font size in the middle of composing an email. Could be peculiar to the Linux version (17.0.2) but it is an irritant.
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I know a little about woodworking but I'm not too educated when it comes to news readers. I will ask this question sort of expecting flames:
Why would you not use Google Groups other than the inability to get binaries?
On Monday, December 9, 2013 11:56:37 AM UTC-5, Lee Michaels wrote:

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On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:36:03 AM UTC-6, Bill Leonhardt wrote:

Maybe some functions like saving posts or blocking certain posters, a better text editor too. Other things like highlighting responses to your posts and showing the thread hierarchies.
I used to use a dedicated client and service, but now I use google groups because it's free, easy, and readily available on my computer, phone, &c.
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On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:36:03 -0800 (PST), Bill Leonhardt

If it suits your purpose good for you, but the main reason for me is threading, GG's horrific interface and the poor retention of GG.
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GG is the source of much spam and is contributing the the demise of Usenet. Many people that have been around Usenet for years block anything posted from a GMail address. I wouldn't have seen this had someone not responded. Nothing personal, but I have found the content of users that post using a NNTP client is more likely on topic.
http://twovoyagers.com/improve-usenet.org/
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On Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:36:03 -0800 (PST), Bill Leonhardt

Because Google screws up the Usenet for the rest of us. Read your own posts for just one example. There are many.
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On 12/9/2013 10:56 AM, Lee Michaels wrote:

This latest version (24.1.1) of TB is pissing me off. Unstable, not responding from the simple saving of an email to a storage folder, etc. Most problematic version I've had on this Win7 box in a good while.
Feels like it may be an add-on/Filter issues, but they all show as compatible, and the few add-ons/Filters I need is what makes TB usable for me.
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On 12/10/2013 1:17 PM, Swingman wrote:

Aw, you musta blinked. TB is now at 24.2.0 as of this moment. Just launched TB and it upgraded it a minute ago.
Hopefully the "undocumented feature" you mentioned has been scrubbed out.<g>
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On 12/10/2013 6:34 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:

LOL ... damn, you're right. Hit Help while typing this and it started downloading immediately.
I'll be back shortly, I hope. ;)
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Hmm...maybe Microsoft surreptiously bought them out and is now doing the coding :)
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On 12/11/2013 5:28 AM, dadiOH wrote:

I'm using Firefox and Thunderbird as my default internet apps. I've used them for years, and have never (well, almost never, and not for a long time) experienced crashes and hangups.
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On 12/11/2013 3:36 PM, Mike Marlow wrote:

I am another of the "one hundred thousabndth".
My experience with Firefox and Thunderbird is the same. I started using Firefox and Thunderbird as a replacement for Netscape over 10 years ago. I have never had a serious problem with updating, or using either of the programs. I am not an occasional user but use them several hours per day.
The people who appear on the newsgroups and forums are a small minority of the Mozilla users. Many are like the person in a recent Mozilla newsgroup that was complaining about problems with FF & TB where he had between 77 and 100 addons installed. I did not know there were that many that were truly different addons available. I have less that a half dozen in each Firefox and Thunderbird.
In some of the post with problems, FF & TB get blamed when the root cause of the problem is somewhere else and probably with non standard code of a URL.
Unless you have gigabits of messages, several dozen different accounts, 77 or more addons installed in FF & TB, and never compact TB's databases, I doubt if you will ever have serious problems with Firefox or Thunderbird.
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On 12/11/2013 03:35 PM, Keith Nuttle wrote:

Agree - been using TB and FF for years with no major issues. No more than half dozen add-ons on each.
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On Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:18:45 -0500, "Mike Marlow"

For some reason I'm stuck at FF 21.0. Maybe that's a good thing.
I'm sure having a bunch of add-ons doesn't help stability at all. I only use the security add-ons (Ghostery, NoScript, and DontTrackMe).
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On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:36:18 -0500, "Mike Marlow"

No problems here, either. I've been using FF since it was named FF and TB for about five years now. I has crashed a couple of times but it just restarts with everything in tact (all the tabs, even). *MUCH* better than anything from M$.
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