Trying Supernews

Checking to see if Supernews does better than Teranews. Haven't been able to post with Teranews since last Saturday (again, this is about the 3'rd time this month). Only response from "help" desk is "I'll tell the admin to look into it". So now I try the 30 day trial and see how it works.
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I just re-upped with Supernews after the trial period and a paid year using the service.
I've had zero problems in the last 13 months. Good retention. ABPW shows 3862 posts right now (including parts, of course) going back to July 8/04.
That's well over 90 days in a binary group. I can't imagine the storage they have to deal with it. Figure a terabyte a day for a full news feed, times 100 days plus backups and RAID space...
500 terabytes minimum?
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dave@N_O_T_T_H_I_S.balderstone.ca says...

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Dave and Greg P.
    Thanks for the responses. I tried the abpw and abpf binaries, there are still pictures I can't download (thanks Direcway); but I can post and so far haven't had a problem logging on. No messages with "Teranews only allows 8 connections per host, connection denied, number of connections exceeded" errors despite having not even one connection enabled.
    I'll see what happens over the next 30 days; teranews may become history.
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Mark & Juanita said:

Err... That would be Greg G, not Greg P. - P as in Political. ;-) Greg G., Greg O., Greg P., Greg S.... Too many darned Greg's here - I'm switching back to Dr. Know.
Greg G.
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<Greg G.> wrote in message

Geez! Don't let it worry you! I used to post as "Greg" untill I noticed the popularity of the name. The only Greg O.
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Greg O said:

I'm just suffering from total lack of distinctiveness, lost in a virtual ocean of Gregs. ;-) It's not like having a "distinctive" name like Englebert Humperdink.
Greg G.
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"Supernews" *is* arguably the _best_ News provider available. They have, hands down, the best "USENET spam" filters in the business.
"Giganews" is a close second,
"Easynews" is the third of the '*big* boys', but they've been having capacity problems recently -- they got behind the power curve, and are having great difficulty catching up. This *is* a temporary situation, but _until_ they do get ahead of the curve again, it's hard to recommend them.
"Newsguy" is another _top_notch_ provider, although they have a much smaller customer base than the big three. OTOH, if you want _personal_ attention, they provide it -- you're likely to get greeted by name the _third_ time you call, because they recognize your voice!
Then there is "Hostopia", using the name "MegaNewsServers" for their news operation. "Run away", *fast*, from these folks -- 'incompetent', and 'un- caring' are *charitable* descriptions.

It's not _that_ bad. quite. Supernews averages about 100 days of history on _text_ groups, and about 2 weeks (average) on binary groups -- longer on binary groups that don't have large numbers of postings.
The 'text' groups disk-farm is about 3 terabytes. 'binaries' is several times larger.
Grand total, including the indexes is about 15 terabytes.
A full feed is now running about 1.3-1.6 terabytes/day. A dedicated 100mbit 'fast ethernet' (full duplex) connection is _not_ sufficient for a 'full' feed today.
The 'scary' part is that volume is *still* growing at a rate in excess of 40% per year.
Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the growth is in the binaries groups. "Interestingly", the -source- responsible for the largest amount of the growth is *Denmark*. And has been, for the last year or more.
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"Robert Bonomi" wrote in message

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You can say that again ... megaNOnews is more like it, the sorriest excuse for an nntp service going. I've been using Giganews for about a year, haven't had a single problem and don't know how they could be any better for the $8/mos. Giganews retention on the wRrec is currently about 469 days, 200,000+ messages ... way more than I want to deal with.
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On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:02:58 -0700, Mark & Juanita

Yeah, TeraNews is subject to fits and I only use it as my third level backup.
I use the Uniberlin server as my primary but it doesn't do binaries. It's almost never down and has an excellent retention rate
I use the GigaNews that comes with my Comcast service for binaries and it seems to work passing well. The retention rate appears to be about thirty days.
Regards, Tom.
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If Supernews continues as it has today, Tereanews will become my former news service provider.

This wasn't a problem for me until Direcway arbitrarily decided to drop Usenet service, to utilize that bandwidth for improved services for everyone of course. Of course, nobody's seen any new or improved services since DW dropped Usenet and their own internet radio site.
I had mentioned that I was still having problems with downloading some binaries. This evening, I found that I was able to download and view all binaries on abpw, something I haven't been able to do since Direcway dropped service. I was even able to download your "Witch is Which?" pictures as well as Black Sheep's pictures -- I haven't been able to see either of your binaries for ages. This could be a very cool thing.

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It isn't particularly hard to run a text only news server. The hard part is running a binary news server as the binaries are 99% of the volume.
Brian Elfert
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