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
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
"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.
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
It's cheap (Free)
It needs no installation (standalone like a DOS program but NOT like a
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.
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
This message was for rec.woodworking - if it appears in homeownershub
they ripped it off.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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).
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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