For someone who claims to be subsribed for as long as you claim you
are demonstating an exceptionately shallow intellect... usenet is no
different now from how it's always been. All anyone can hope to get
from any Newsgroup is as much as they contribute. Perhaps you are
simply too full of yourself because over the years you've contributed
very little, nothing meaningful other than your self absorbed
claptrap. Adios and don't let the door hit your ignorant ass.
most of what you write about seems to apply to
other groups as i've not noticed politics, religion
or spammers here in the gardening groups.
i'll miss the news from your pastures and gardens
and hope eventually you'll figure out how to get
a new service (news readers and services can be
found still, but you don't sound like you want to
even look) and reader set up and return. in the
meantime i hope your summer is warm and you get
plenty of rain in Aussieland...
for what it's worth i think a lot of the other
forums i read (even the web based ones) are fading
as more people get ipods and devices which make
writing very awkwards. one place recently did an
upgrade and the old-timers are mostly gone and
and as this trend continues the actual content
becomes what? "likes?" and "r u thr?" ah, well
i'll keep on writing what i can when i can and i
hope there some sort of audience out there who'll
cheers and all the best,
As other posters have already mentioned,
there are plenty of free Usenet clients.
I'm using GNUS, (part of Emacs).
There's even "Google Groups". Not really a Usenet client,
but it will get you here.
Anyway, I've always looked forward to your posts and you never
If you find something online that you like better, please
come back and tell us about it.
Sorry, that kill files are all that we have.
I'm sure the guys at Bell Labs that dreamed this up never
anticipated the spammers and trolls, or the idiots.
My mistake. The first time I saw Usenet I was working at Bell Labs.
All these years I've been making an unwarranted assumption.
Now I'm wondering what command I typed to read news
and where it came from. Oh well, some of my memories
have been in the compost heap too long.
Is that English... do you mean no kill files 'are' available?
Usenet does not supply killfiles, killfiles are available on
newsreaders, typically the free news readers do not have killfile
ability. However there's really no need to use a killfile at
rec.gardens, spam is very rare, and posts are rather sparse, often
days pass with no posts... and it's pretty easy to not read posts from
those posters you'd rather not read, just delete those posts unread.
I already said that newsreaders offer killfiles, the ones you pay
for... the freebies generally do not. I read Usenet with Forte Agent:
A one time copy costs $29, then $2.95 a month for support:
It's well worth the 10¢ a day for a newreader that's hassle free.
It's trouble free and has excellent killfile capability, actually has
many features I don't use, there's not enough time in a day to use
even half their features... you'd need to pick, choose, and refuse.
There are many others if you search <newsreaders>:
You can sign in using an amazon account, a gmail account, a facebook
account, or an account specific to IMDB. I would be very surprised if
there was any internal isolation between the different kinds of
Yes, you're most likley right about that. Presumably they have some
sort of disclosure somewhere (not that I am all *that* concerned).
In future I'll use my Amazon login details - not that I really need to
login very often as I rarely post there. Thanks very much for the
great info :)
I only use IMDB for research and generally don't have to sign in. I like
it better for that than I do Wicki. I've had an Amazon Prime account for
many years, seldom ever have a problem other than the USPS losing
shipped items. But, then, they lose my prescription drugs on a regular
I'm in Australia and have never bought pharmaceuticals online. I
seldom buy much from Amazon these days, but used to buy a lot of music
and DVDs from there 15 years ago. Can't recall losing any shipments
from Amazon (or anywhere else for that matter, come to think of it).
Better go and touch some wood, now that I've said that...
My Medicare provider is ten miles away, generally the meds they send me
make it here. Insulin is delivered by courier and I have to sign for it.
Kelsey-Seybold Medicare Advantage Plan is very good at what they do. The
only five star Medicare Plan in the US of A.
The problem with the U.S. Postal Service is that it is heavily unionized
and the post masters are afraid of the union. I have lived in other
states where the post masters do a good job but the ones here in Harris
County, Texas are a bunch of fraidy cats. I generally have to call the
post mistress about once every three or four months looking for my mail
that I knew was coming. We have learned to ship Christmas presents to
relatives in other states by United Parcel Service, UPS does a good job
of getting things where they're supposed to be. If we ship them USPS
they seem to disappear easily. I suspect there are a lot of postal
carriers that have sticky fingers.
Sheesh. In Australia there is only one real carrier of mail, that
being Australia Post, which is government owned but a large portion of
the business is run by contractors. Aus Post is in it's death throes
and will be privatised soon. I can only imagine the problems that will
bring... Aus Post is far from perfect but I can honestly say I cannot
recall a missing letter or parcel from them in more than 30 years.
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