A couple months ago my news provider, NewsGuy, changed the way they number the articles. Since then my news reader, Agent 6.0
has been very slow in retrieving new headers.
NewsGuy support says I should be getting headers as fast as I was before their change. Agent support says as long as I have
certain settings set the way I do then it isn't Agent's fault.
So the only way to sort this out is to try a different news reader. What recommendations do you have?
Try Mozilla Thunderbird . Pretty simple to set up and it has adaptive
filtering . It "learns" what you delete , plus has a regular killfile IIRC .
If you're running WinXP , you might try OE , I use it and like it .
Thunderbird is standard. I've also seen
people whose opinion I value recommend
something called Mesnews. But I've never
used anything other than OE6, and I don't
want all the fancy colorcoding or other
extra features, so I can't offer an informed
Here's one example of a free newsgroup provider < no binary >
Perhaps better than the bother of registering for free trials ..
I've been using it for several years, since my ISP dropped usenet.
On Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:25:46 -0600, Gordon Shumway
I had that problem with v1.93. Online>Catch Up With Selected Groups
fixed it. You have to do that every couple week or so.
Think I purged newsgroups too.
It resets a couple files keeping track of header numbers.
Funny thing is with my new computer I don't have to do it.
Probably something to do with how it handles memory.
Don't know if v6.0 uses the same scheme as v1.93, but it's a good bet
I found the problem!!!
Well, sort of. I have a corrupt filter or filters causing the slowdown. I thought it was my provider because the slowdown
started roughly the same time as their numbering change took place. Now all I have to do is figure out which one(s) is(are
Thanks to all who responded.
Part of the problem may be your filters, but last year I tried Newsguy
again after not having used them for a long time, and I found them to be
slow when logging in and connecting, and also when retrieving headers.
News.individual.net was faster, but I finally ran across an offer from
Supernews that was very affordable. I'm really happy with their
service. It's fast and they have good retention. (Some newsgroups have
available posts going back to 2003.)
I'm not a fan of Agent, but you probably wouldn't like the newsreaders
that I like. :) If Agent is working for you, then keep on using it. You
should be able to resolve the slowness, either by changing settings or
by moving to a new news provider.
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