Anyone else in this group using this service?? Forte's Agent Premium
$3 for 12GB a month. I've been on a trial for two months, but haven't
really used it so much. But I don't see any problems.
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I used them briefly a few years ago when my ISP dropped newsgroups. Never
had a problem and never hit the limit.
Once I changed to a different ISP I dropped them with no problems or
Bottom line: Good deal if it is not included with your ISP package. Free is
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I switched to them a couple of months ago. As others say, it's working
well. I have some confidence of continuity because Forte has been
around for a very long time, and their main product is the Agent
newsreader, so they have a vested interest in providing a good news
feed. Not saying anything against the alternatives that others have
mentioned, just my experience.
$3/month will be about 2% of what I spend on communications services
(phone, Internet), so it's not worth much to me to try to squeeze a
few drops out of it. Someone said "free is always better", but I don't
agree. "Free" usually means "advertising supported", which means the
vendor's primary allegiance is to the advertiser, not to the user. In
most cases, I'd rather pay and get the vendor's undivided attention.
I'm not sure why anyone reading usenet text groups would want to use a
paid service vs any of the many free servers that currently exist (such
as the one I've been using for the past 4 years - aioe.org).
When it comes to the binary groups (of which my experience with
multi-part binary completion was poor back when my own ISP still
operated a usenet server) I have to admit to no experience with binary
downloading from usenet, but that's probably because all of my download
needs are satisfied for free by using torrents or by patronizing several
of the web-based file-sharing directory and listing services
(avaxhome.ws being one example) where the download files are hosted on
file-locker sites like rapidshare, hotfile, fileserve, etc.
And when it comes to downloading from file-locker sites, I find that (a)
my download speed is generally very good - 100 to 550 kbyte/sec, and (b)
I can perform serial download sessions from those sites without having a
paid account by simply re-freshing (changing) my IP address.
So all of that is my way of saying that I don't understand the need to
pay for a usenet service. I download several gb of copyrighted material
per day, all without paying for any sort of account (other than my ISP).
Which is paradoxical, since aioe goes overboard to ban all local-users
from posting to groups from which the aioe administrator has received
pretty much any form of abuse complaint.
At any given time, there are dozens of groups which aioe does not permit
local users from posting to, and which local users discover this "ban"
because their posting software given them an error when they attempt the
post. And aioe does not make it known which groups are banned, or when
the ban was put in place. It does remove the ban at the request of
users, but only if a suitable ban-period has elapsed, but the length of
this period is not known to users.
And I'm not aware of any organized or widespread habbit of kill-filing
AIOE posters, at least not like there is supposed to be for google-group
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