Stroking your own always works, even when the girls -- erm, I mean
Google -- let you down.
You could take five minutes and learn how to read newsgroups properly.
Google Groups is what AOL used to be: a repository for the clueless.
It's meant to be an archive, not an interface. Even Outlook Express is
preferable, they say.
Before you respond to someone it's a very handy way of catching up on what
people have been posting (petrol additives, Global warming). where they've
been posting (uk.d-i-y, uk.tech.broadcast, uk.tech-digital-tv) and what sort
of contributions they make.
It's a bit shit, so sometimes the posts you make just don't appear.
Hence, I've learned that whenever I use GG, I highlight and copy the
text first, then wait until it shows up (doesn't take long) before
making another post.
Then convince your employer to open up NNTP to allow lunchtime access
Once you've done that tell me how you did it and we can all do the
same and stop the endless debate once and for all.
In the meantime Google Groups it will have to be...
It's far from perfect (and the latest version is another two steps
back), but it does the job. There's certainly been a problem in the
last day or two with groups not updating for ages, and I'm sure I've
lost a couple of posts of mine.
"Multitasking: Reading in the bathroom"
Remember: Google Groups uses Ajax, which is in the habit of sending
your posts to the toilet if you're not careful. Example, you hit the
send button, but unlike traditional webforms which divert you to a
confirmation page after posting, this asynchronous technology lets you
continue browsing the page you were on while it attempts to post your
message in the background. The downside is that, should you navigate
away from the page while it's still trying to post your message (and
if there are network problems, this can run into minutes), you will
lose it forever.
Unless you've disabled certain dialog messages, IE7 and FF2 should
warn you about this, giving you the option not to leave the page.
If your ISP provides a Usenet news server, use that instead.
Also, do a poo in an envelope and send it to the guy who recommended
you use Outlook Express. Lawl. xD
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